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Tourism Office


You can pick up information about Valledupar at the city's tourism office in the base of the bandstand on Plaza Alfonso López (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-6 p.m. Calle 15, between Carreras 5 and 6. Tel: 584-6981, E-mail: liluzamo@hotmail.com). The provincial tourism office on the fourth floor of the Gobernación del Cesar has information about the region (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-noon, 3-5 p.m. Calle 16 and Carrera 13. Tel: 5-574-8230, Web: www.gobcesar.gov.co).

For tourist card or visa extensions, the Extranjería office of DAS is where you have to go (Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m. Carrera 11A 15-42, Tel: 5-574-2833). However, you will receive only 30 days more, effective from the day of renewal.

Money

Many of Valledupar’s banks have branches throughout the city. All have 24-hour ATMs. Below are just the principal locations of a few banks.

Banco Popular (Calle 16 8-20)

Banco de Bogotá (Calle 16 7-46)

Bancolombia (Carrera 9, near Calle 16) — Changes American Express travelers cheques; ATM: also accepts American Express cards.

Bancolombia also has a branch at Centro Comercial Guatapurí with extended hours (Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, holidays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Calle 19E, between Carreras 9A and 9C).

Most casas de cambio deal only in bank check cashing, but not travellers cheques. One exception is Cambios y Negocios, which exchanges cash dollars and bolívares fuertes (Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m. Calle 16 17-67).

Giros y Finanzas is the Western Union agent (Diagonal 16 17-67, inside Supertiendas Olímpica; also at Centro Comercial Guatapurí, local 4, Calle 19E, between Carreras 9A and 9C).


Keeping in Touch
Edetel is your telecommunications stop; it has local, national and international call services, as well as internet (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-noon, 2-6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-noon. Calle 15 10-17). Shops and phone stands also offer local or national calls. On Calle 16B, between Carreras 9 and 10, are a bevy of inexpensive internet cafés. It appears no-one has Skype. The post office is a half-block from the main plaza (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Carrera 5 14-81.)

Medical
Valledupar’s public health facility is Hospital Eduardo Arredond Daza (Carrera 20 43-63, Tel: 5-582-6784). There are other medical facilities on Calle 16 between Carreras 15 and 18. Here and on Carrera 7 between Calles 16 and 17 are clusters of pharmacies (droguerías).

Camera
On Calles 16 and 16A, between Carreras 7 and 8, are several camera shops that carry digital cameras and accessories, batteries and film. None can repair malfunctioning apparatus though.

Religion
Valledupar has a small Muslim community that meets to worship, but no mosque.










12 Jul 2011

 
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