The bus terminal in Buga is located a straight shot from the basilica and a few blocks from the pedestrian space. To avoid walking in the terrible heat, you can take a taxi into town. It cost us COP$3,900 to get to Parque José María Cabal.
To get to Buga, it’s possible to take a bus from Cali or Pereira’s bus terminal. From Cali, it took us about an hour by car. We returned by bus to Pereira in about two and a half hours and it cost COP$20,000 each. From Pereira, there are a few different companies offering service to Buga – Tax Central, Expreso Palmira, and Expreso Trejos. If going on a day trip, especially on a Sunday or religious holiday, we recommend booking return tickets upon arrival. Both times we visited, we had to wait about two hours for a bus that wasn’t full.
On our first visit, our group of eight had lunch at Don Karlos. It’s ridiculously cheap and the food is great. We ordered a huge tray that the server said was good enough for six but it fed our entire group and there were even leftovers. It contained chicken, pork, ribs, fries, and arepa.