Neiva is easily reached from Bogotá and is on the main road to the border with Ecuador. Cootranshuila, Coomotor, and Bolivariano are the major bus companies that serve the city. We traveled to Pereira with Cootranshuila and it cost COP$56,000 per person.
Neiva apparently has some decent restaurants and hotels, apparently because it’s an important business destination. We narrowed down our choices carefully since we only had two nights there.
For our dinner in Neiva, we ate at a distastefully named Japanese restaurant called Nagasaki. It billed itself as “oriental fussion” (fusion). The wonderful decor (minus the bar decorated in imperial flags) didn’t match with the food. Our sushi was mediocre at best and the lo mein lacked flavor. The meal was saved with the banana tempura and a lychee lemonade. Service was abysmal. Our bill including tip came out to around COP$120,000.
The best part of Neiva was our hotel, GHL Style. This boutique hotel was extremely comfortable, spotless clean, had good wifi and air conditioning, and a friendly and helpful staff. It’s a little out of the way as far as the city center or bus terminal go, but it’s near the airport and attached to a decent shopping mall. Our double room cost about COP$160,000 per night and was well worth the splurge. The only negative was the breakfast. Many items were cold or not prepared to standard.