Honda mainly exists because for a long time, it has been the last stop on the river journey to BogotĂˇ. From Honda, conquistadors and royalty had to rough the rest of their journey overland. The city was declared a national monument based on its historically significant location.
Honda is also known as the â€śCity of Bridges,â€ť due to the 29 bridges that cross back and forth over the Magdalena River. Some architecturally interesting buildings remain on the river from the colonial era.
All bus lines that run in from the Caribbean Coast come through Honda and pause briefly to let a few passengers off. Therefore, to most travelers Honda represents little more than a hot and nameless stop on an overnight bus to BogotĂˇ. There is no central terminal, so in the darkness, it just looks like a confusing crossroads on the highway.
Others also know Honda as the â€śCity of Peace,â€ť because it avoided the violence in the 1950s that affected so many of Colombiaâ€™s major cities. As a whole, the city has a worn and used-up feel and has definitely known better days.
Telephone Code: 8
Altitude: 229 m