Honda Basics

Donde Katleya

For food in Honda, there weren’t too many great choices. We stumbled upon a small restaurant run out of a house in the old town called Donde Katleya. It served very good seafood and Caribbean style dishes for reasonable prices.

Donde Katleya restaurant in Honda, Tolima, Colombia

Donde Katleya


Zona Rosa

The Zona Rosa is located quite a hike from the old town and a taxi is recommended, especially at night. The fare is just COP$3500. Most of the food is fast food, chicken or pizza, but the Burger Grill had a nice selection of sandwiches and burgers. The Zona Rosa is where you will find the entertainment as well.


Puerto Bogotá

Across the bridge over the Río Magdalena is the ramshackle town of Puerto Bogotá. As soon as you cross the bridge there will be a good selection of restaurants serving traditional Colombian fare. They cater to travelers passing between Bogotá and Medellín.

Bridge to Puerto Bogotá in Honda, Tolima, Colombia

Bridge to Puerto Bogotá


Hotel Riviera Plaza

For a hotel, we stayed at Hotel Riviera Plaza. The pictures looked nice but it was only so-so. There was no toilet seat and the bathroom door didn’t close, and the swimming pool we looked forward to had murky water. The saving grace was the wonderful staff and great air conditioning. Wifi was also pretty good. There is a restaurant on site that serves a decent and cheap breakfast. The hotel cost us about COP$70,000 for the night.

Hotel Riviera Plaza in Honda, Tolima, Colombia

Hotel Riviera Plaza


Getting There

Honda is located just three to four hours from Bogotá, depending on traffic, four hours from Manizales, and six hours from Medellín. Several buses to and from all three cities pass through Honda. The bus terminal is located just a few minutes taxi ride outside of town.

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