TunjaColombia and the capital of the Boyacá department. It is very much a college town, with several universities despite its small size. At an elevation of 2,820 m (9,250 ft), Tunja has a chilly highland climate.
By busThe bus terminal is at the bottom of the hill where the main plaza is. Collectivos to the surrounding cities leave from upstairs.
- From Bogotá: COP$18,000, 2hr 30min. Buses leave from the terminal, but it may be faster and more convenient to catch one at Portal del Norte.
- From Cocuy National Park: COP$25,000, 9 hr
- From San Gil: COP$20,000, 4 hr
- From Sogamoso: COP$7,000, 1hr 30min
- From Villa de Leyva: COP$6,000, 1 hr, 39 km
By taxiTaxis are plentiful, with a minimum fare of $3.000. Most trips within the city won't cost more than COP$4,000. tel: 3102183305
By busMinibuses are usually COP$1,400, and go pretty much everywhere.
There's a cool old train station on Avenida Norte. It's fallen into disrepair, but looks like they might be working on restoring rail service.
Puente de BoyacáFamous bridge that was the site of a historic battle and decisive revolutionary victory.
Unicentroaddress: Av Universitaria #39-77The largest mall in Tunja.
La Buona Vitaphone: +57 7422198address: Carrera 9 #23-45Italian restaurant with great handmade pastas.
Piqueteadeoro La Novenaaddress: Carrera 9 - Calle 22Cheap traditional Colombian food and fruit salad.
El Maizaladdress: Carrera 9 #20-30Possibly the cheapest breakfast in town: Hot chocolate and roll with cheese, COP$1500. Also set lunch and dinner.
All nightlife closes at 1:30AM, Sundays being rather dead.
phone: +57 7443444address: Kra 9 #21-89Microbrewery and pub, good beer and good food at very affordable prices.
Berlinaddress: Carrera 10 - Calle 21A; 5th floorCocktail bar with roof-top terrace. Nice view over the city.
Hops & Barleyaddress: Avenida NorteBrew pub that brews an IPA, stout and other craft favorites.
Pussiniaddress: Plaza de BolivarCosy cafe.
Dozens of options between the bus terminal and Plaza Bolivar, and somewhat beyond.
Hosteria San Carlosphone: +57 387423716address: Carrera 11 #20-12Old colonial house, a bit run down. No breakfast.
- Bogotá is 2 to 3 hours away, COP$17,000.
- Villa de Leyva, one of the nicest colonial towns in Colombia, is 45 minutes to an hour away, take a minibus from the terminal, COP$6,000.
- Paipa has a natural hot springs, with waterpark and spa. It is 45 minutes away by bus, COP$4,000.
- San Gil is the capital of extreme sports in Colombia, and is 4 hours away.
- Suesca is one of the major sites for rock climbing in Colombia.