9 Awesome Things to do in Ibague, Colombia
This list of 9 awesome things to do in Ibague gives a short review of each of the things to do in Ibague, links to more detailed reviews (where applicable), and advise on accommodation in Ibague as well as information on getting to Ibague.
9 Awesome Things to do in Ibague
1. Jardin Botanico San Jorge Senderos
The first thing on this list of awesome things to do in Ibague is the botanical garden. I went there but didn’t actually go in, mostly due to miscommunication and laziness on my part. In any case, it was a nice walk through the city to get there and also around the general area.
2. Plaza De Bolivar
I think every city in Colombia must have one of these. A park for people watching, snack foods, and free wifi.
3. Carrera 3
Carrera 3 goes right through the city centre and a part of it is blocked off to traffic. It’s a good place for shopping and food.
4. Ibague Art Musem
Unfortunately this little museum was closed when I went there. I couldn’t quite figure it out due to my poor Spanish but I think it re-opens at the end of July.
5. Parque Centenario
The biggest park in Ibague (I think) set inside a “dip” in the city. There’s an outdoor stage with seating, giant bamboo, exercise equipment, a basketball court, playground, a little bridge, and these funky stairs, which are technically not part of the park.
There are a couple of other parks dotted around the city also. Ibague strikes me as a good place to practice parkour.
6. La Martinica Parque
La Martinica is an ecological park where you can hike up high and get a spectacular view, apparently. Truth is I wouldn’t know because I never actually made it.
I walked all the way there from town, but when I got there I could’t figure out how to get into the place. I have a feeling I just needed to go up the road another 1/2km or so, but by then I didn’t feel like climbing a mountain anyway so I caught a bus back to town.
7. Fundación Orquídeas Del Tolima
This is one thing I didn’t even bother to try getting to but I thought I’d include it anyway because if I stayed another day I would have tried.
From what I read on the internet it has a nice orchid garden and a nature trail to a pretty good view.
8. Eat Tolima Specialties
The Tolima region has a couple of specialties that I found about, tamalas and lechona. You can get both of these all over Colombia (I think) but apparently they are extra delicious in Tolima. Also, the food is cheaper in Ibague in comparison to Bogota. 1/4 chicken, rice, arepa, drink, and salad for only 6,000 COP!
9. MultiCentral Commercial Chapinero
The last thing on this list of awesome things to do in Ibague is to check out this market style shopping complex. There’s also a fresh food market next to it. You can find it in the southern part of Carrera One.
Getting to Ibague
I caught a bus from Bogota. From where-ever your hotel is, make your way to the South Terminal. A taxi will probably cost about 15,000 from the city. I caught a bus to the Auto Sur and then just walked over the bridge into the terminal (2000COP). You can google maps it for the best transit directions from your location.
Once in the South Terminal go to a ticket booth for the Tolima Region. There are a few companies to choose from. I used Bolivariano. My ticket cost 25,000COP and the ride took about 3.5 – 4 hours. It was on a mini van and was non-stop, so use the bathroom before you leave.
There is one stop just before Ibague where some people get off. Wait till you get to the terminal.
Once in Ibague you can walk to the city centre pretty easily. A taxi is always an option, or catch a bus from across the road (up Carrera 1). Just give 1,600COP to the driver as you board. Destinations are on signs in the buses front window.
Accommodation in Ibague
Whilst doing all these awesome things to do in Ibague I stayed at Hotel Center.
Cost: Approximately 47,000COP per night for a single room with a private bathroom.
Address: Cra. 4 #1252, Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia. hotelcenter.co. +57 8 2637311
I got a single room with private bathroom. I’m pretty sure the single room is the same as the double. They just charge you more if you have another person.
Good location, clean, nice sized room, TV, fan, desk to work at, excellent internet. I was pretty happy with it.
Book your stay at Hotel Center or some other accommodation in Ibague.
Getting to Hotel Center
I just walked there from the bus terminal. It’s less than 2km away. There are plenty of taxis, and buses go by across the road on Carrera One. Just give 1,600COP to the driver as you board. Destinations are on signs in the buses front window. Look for one that has Carrera 5 on it and keep an eye on your gps to get off somewhere close. Personally I think it’s easier to just walk it.
Here’s a video slideshow of all the pictures taken in Ibague.
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