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From Bucaramanga, the north highway continues to Bosconia (405 kilometers / 243 miles, four tollbooths). There, the road turns eastward, skirting the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. When traveling by night bus, a wonder to see is the sunrise reflected off the snow peaks of the range. After 89 kilometers (53 miles, one peaje) the road arrives at Valledupar, the purported birthplace of Vallenato music. It is the capital of Colombia’s newest department, established only in 1968, having been carved out of the old Magdalena political district. This is the beginning of the Caribbean region of Colombia. The near-by Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is home to four indigenous nations. The Valledupar region is the furthest south of Wayuu territory. This city’s main square, Plaza Alfonso López, is an enigmatic mango-tree-lined island in a sea of wonderful colonial buildings with plaques proclaiming which personage of Valduparense, or Vallenato, history had lived there. The town has many carreras and calles with both numbers and letters; these are more like diagonal streets, thus making the city a bit confusing with odd angles.

(Altitude: 169 m / 554 ft., Population: 354,250, City Code: 5)

Neighborhoods in Valledupar: Near Valledupar,

Other places nearby Valledupar: Coveñas, Barranquilla, Minca, Santa Marta, San Andres Isla, Aracataca, Taganga, Ciénaga, Providencia and Santa Catalina and San Andres Isla.

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Valledupar's Top Restaurants

Restaurante Nandoburguer

Despite the name, Restaurante Nandoburguer is much more well-known on the local circuit for the hearty home-cooked meals it whips up—whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With two rooms of indoor ...
Valledupar, Colombia

Jerusalem Express

At Jerusalem Express, Lebanese-born Ibraham and his Colombian wife have introduced Valduparenses to healthy Middle Eastern cuisine. They prepare everything from quibbes, fatayer (meat or chicken ...
Valledupar, Colombia

Restaurante Muralla China

Valledupar’s resident Chinese restaurant, Muralla China, has over 80 Sino dishes as well as a few international ones. Start off your meal with lumpia (eggrolls) or a seafood cocktail before moving ...
Valledupar, Colombia

Café Plaza Mayor

A favorite gathering place for Valledupar residents is Café Plaza Mayor. In the evenings, they sit at tables on the tree-lined sidewalk, drinking beer and sharing news. Inside, small rooms exhibit ...
Valledupar, Colombia

Restaurante Vegetariano Vital

Around the corner from the Vital health store on Carrera 9 is the shop’s vegetarian restaurant. A short staircase leads up to a four-table and counter affair where delicious meals are served. ...
Valledupar, Colombia


enjoy the fresh food, with ingredients fresh cooked over coals. Fast Food, Grill, Beef, Burguers.. ...
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Things to See and Do

Pueblo Bello And Nabusimake

120921Travelling westwards, into the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, you arrive at the village of Pueblo Bello, on the edge of Arhuaco territory. From here an arduous road crawls like an old snake to ...
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The Cultural Centers of Valledupar

120922Culture in Valledupar isn’t just limited to Vallenato music. Several centers provide free exhibits, literary readings and concerts:• Alianza Colombo Francesa (Carrera 13A, 13C-66. Tel: 570-3344) ...
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The Road To Guacoche

143038The road to Guacoche, a small village where pottery is made, is a wildlife watchers paradise. Rice paddies on either side of a tree-lined lane attract a variety of fauna. Hopping through the canopy ...
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The Road To GuatapurĂ­

143040Up until 2008, most roads winding into the Sierra Nevada were off-limits. Now travelers may explore the incredible wonders along them, including the road to GuatapurĂ­. The paved road heads north ...
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La Mina

143058A visit to La Mina means that you will encounter natural swimming facilities and amazing rocks, a natural spa mine and handicrafts. At La Mina, there are amazing rock formations that were carved long ...
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