Buga is in Valle de Cauca region.
Welcome to Guadalajara de Buga!
Buga, one of the oldest towns in Colombia, was founded in 1555 and is well known for being a pilgrimage town. Over a million Colombians per year come here to see the famous black Jesus sculpture in the Basilica. Buga has unique architecture and historical heritage formed by it’s colonial churches and houses and is considered “Patrimonio Nacional”
Buga is definitely ’small town Colombia’ - off the beaten track with few foreigners yet several activities and areas to be explored.
The weather in Buga is hot and you’ll need to cool off! Take a break from the tropical weather and go swimming in various pools just outside of Buga—dive off rocks into crystal clear water and swim in natural rock pools under waterfalls!
You can also hike or bike in the cooler mountains surrounding Buga, take a stroll through the historic streets, sit in one of the parks or enjoy a cultural event in the newly restored theater that dates back to the 1920's (free most of the time!)
Armenia = 2hrs, 15pp. Armenia-Salento = 1hr, 3.4pp. Cali = 1hr20, ±8pp. San Cipriano = 3hrs, 15pp. Bogotá = 10hrs, 40-55pp. Medellín = 8hrs, 35-45pp.
TIP You can easily make a triangular tour: Cali - Buga - San Cipriano - Cali.
Valle de Cauca, Andean South
One of the oldest colonial cities in Colombia where you can find the Black Christ, micro-brewed ales, natural pools, rivers, a beautiful canyon + waterfalls, enjoy diverse nightlife, clubs and rock bars or go to a cultural event in the newly restored theater that dates back to the 1920's. A small, unknown town but with more than one interesting sight!
Buga is also listed as "Heritage Village" of Colombia. Look at this map with all the heritage villages of Colombia (2015).
HIGHLIGHTS Plaza de Cabal: Buga’s central park is great for relaxing; during the day you can spot huge iguanas & squirrels. @Cra 14 # 6.
Microbrewery tour of Holy Water Ale: learn about the artesanal beer creation process & the wide selection of ingredients, just a few blocks away from the hostel. = FREE, max 1hr.
Mirador Al Derumbado: a stunning view from the hill overlooking Buga, especially beautiful at sunset. Hike = 1hr.
Basílica Señor de Los Milagros & its pedestrian walkway in front of the basilica, La Plazoleta, ends up @the terminal.
Natural Park Laguna de Sonso: heaven for bird watchers & nature enthusiasts. You can go in a fishing canoe. B headed to Yotoco town (not the park) = 10min, ±1pp/one way.
Lago de Calima: perfect for kite + windsurfing & water skiing; B ±1hr, 6pp.
Rent a bike & ride all the way from Alaska to Buga! Take the B to Alaska 5pp (@chiva B station between cra 10 # 10) where the downhill adventure starts.
Check out local art @art gallery, cll 5 # 14 in Hotel San Francisco. 1Min walk from the hostel.
Pipo Tours, offering several day treks to Buga´s varied outdoor attractions,which include cliff diving, waterfalls, and lunch in a beautiful Spanish hacienda with a local Bugueño family. Arrange through Buga Hostel, or book with Pipo himself at [email protected]
Los Pitingos Canyon Tour 4-6 hours 15.000 cop This tour through a beautiful canyon is for the adventurous! It’s a good challenge but very manageable for anyone in fairly good shape and everybody who has done it has loved it! You will get wet! There are some parts where you have to jump and swim and there will be some scrambling over rocks. It’s a pure walking tour and starts at the Buga Hostel.
Cascada de los Milagros tour 4-6 hours 15.000 cop+bus and Nacimiento del Rio Guadalajara fare 7.000, This is a great nature walk with a great guide! See how long you can stand under the waterfall! A guide is actually not necessary, only if you want to practice your spanish and have some company. The bus to Alaska (3.000 COP, february 2017) leaves from a garage on Carrera 10, Calle 10. Then you get off at the coordinates 3.883030,-76.185065 just at the entrance of Alaska where you follow an unpaved road next to a river. When you arrive in a village after 20 minutes turn right. From there it is another 20 minutes to the waterfall. To get to the waterfall you have to follow some blue pipes.
Los Chorros tour 6-8 hours 15.000 cop + bus fare After a short walk down a country road, you’ll arrive at this magical place with huge rocks and natural, clear pools to swim in!
El Derrumbado This hike to a view point that overlooks town and the valley is the best way to see the sunset! Best to leave the hostel about 4:00 to 4:30 pm. It takes about an hour to walk up to the top from the hostel. You’ll walk through a large park and by a few juice stands on the way.
Sunset Ride on a Chiva Bus (10.000 cop round trip, 2 hrs+) Every day at 3:30 pm leaves a Chiva from the Chiva bus station (carerra 10 between calle 9 and 10) goes up to the little mountain village Guacero, turns around and comes right back. Its fun to just go for the ride, enjoy the great view of the mountains and the valley. It also does the same thing at 6:30 every morning, for the very ambitious!
Swimming Pools -The semi-Olympic pool at Inder in front of the stadium is the best one to swim laps in and the cheapest (3.000cop) -Comfenalco and Comfandi are fun pools with water slides. Best to go on weekdays because on weekends they fill up with Colombian families. -Hotel Guadalajara has a very nice pool that is open to the public. It’s quiet and relaxing, but more expensive (12.000)
Bike Rental Rent a bike at Buga Hostel(10.000/day), then take the bus from the “chiva” bus station (Carrera 10 between calle 9 and 10) to Alaska (a cool mountain village near Buga(5.000cop w/bike). Enjoy the scenery cruising the bike back downhill to Buga, it’s a beautiful ride! You can go swimming in the river and eat lunch on the way down at restaurant Ginebra in the village of Magdalena (recommended)
Laguna de Sonso Nature Reserve This beautiful marshland is home to many species of birds, mammals, fish and reptiles and is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. The reserve covers 2,045 hectares, of which 745 acres are lakes and 1,300 acres are wetlands. To get there take a bus from the main bus terminal to Darien or Yoyoco. After 10 minutes you reach the entrance to the lagoon on the left of the road.
Ask the staff of Buga Hostel to arrange a tour for you. Pipo normally stops by in the evening
Ask about the Brewery Tour and see how our beers are made!
Holy Water Ale Cafe and Mircrobrewery, Carrera 13 # 4 - 83, Buga, Colombia. This brewery remains one of the only brewer/hostel combinations in South America, and has been said to house the best sourdough bread in all of Latin America. Enjoy fresh baked pizzas, artesanal beers, and various snacks in a friendly restaurant setting decorated by leafy plants and giant colorful wall paintings. The bar serves 2-for-1 hot sandwiches Monday- Wednesday, and Happy Hours from 530-630 during the weekdays (big pizza for the price of one), which is great for guests staying a few nights in the hostel. The restaurant itself is a great place to relax, enjoy quality pizza and beer, and enjoy the breeze through the open windows.
Casa Dominguez (Calle 3#10-37, lunch 6.000cop) A nice Colombian lunch plate in an Colonial style building with a large patio. Go all the way through to the back, if you don't mind chickens and turtles running between your feet!
Mana (Calle 5#11-47, breakfasts, lunch 7.000) Just a couple blocks up from the hostel—excellent big juices!
The upstairs of the marked hall (La Galeria, Carrera 12 calle 8) A variety of eateries Colombian style! Breakfast and lunch, a very Colombian experience!
Green Food vegetarian lunch (Carrera 16#5-43) (7.500 COP, february 2017)
Aztecas (Calle 3sur#9-12) great Mexican food! Evening.
Milano (Carrera 10a#1sur33) Italian restaurant ran by a family from Milan. Delicious!
La Sevillana next to the Canaveral Supermarket, about a 15 minute walk but worth it. They have a display case and you pick out your piece of steak, chicken or salmon and they grill it the way you want it! Reasonably priced, great quality! Most days they have a 2 for 1 special.
El Costeño (Carrera 9#11-22) great sea food place, lunch and early evening! Lunch with a big piece of fish 10000 COP
Life Café (Carrera 5 # 4 - 12 ) is a lounge bar also with some of our beers on tap and great cocktails!
Amaretto (Carrera 13 # 1 - 35) Great little Café just at the end of our street!!! Open at night.
Coffee Valle del Cauca is a very nice café with great drinks in front of the Basilica. Open at night!
Salsa Bars along Calle 1 between Carrera 12 and 8 are several Salsa bars
Another interesting thing to do is to go to the north of Buga at night to “los barrios populares” You’ll see many little bars and peo-ple in the street, especially on weekends! It’s pretty safe, but just in case don’t take you valuables!
Buga Hostel,carrera 13 # 4 - 83, Buga, Colombia. 24.000p (february 2017) for the clean and spacious dorm rooms. The hostel also houses the Holy Water Ale Cafe, selling artisanal beers, pizzas, and delicious fresh baked sourdough bread. In addition, the hostel also offers: Free brewery tour, roof top terrace, free coffee, Wi-Fi, laundry service (5.000 COP = 1.70 USD) per load, guest kitchen, bike rental 10.000/day, outdoor tours, breakfast $6000 from 9-11 a.m. (upon request), and luggage storage. There are two private bedrooms in addition to the main dormitory and a locker is provided with every bed. The hostel offers a self-catering kitchen for guest use and an open air dining area on the roof-top terrace with views of the Basilica. See bugahostel.com for more information.