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Tulua


Tulua (pronunciation tOOl-wa), is a city located in the core and heart of the department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. It is the department's fourth largest city after Cali, the department capital, Buenaventura and Palmira. Founded around 1741 in southwestern Colombia by the Tulua River, it has a population of approximately 200,000 inhabitants.

Geography

The Tulua River runs through Tulua's urban area. The town has excellent access to three major cities: Cali, Pereira, and Armenia. Tulua is located 269 miles from Bogota, DC., capital of Colombia; 63 miles northeast of Cali; and 108 miles from the important harbor city Buenaventura, Colombia, which is situated on the coast of the Pacific Ocean.

History

The town was established by Juan de Lemos y Aguirre, and is a major industrial and commercial center. It is famous for its attractive women and delicious food. It is well-known throughout Colombia and many parts of South America as a major center of salsa dancing. It's also known as the Corazon del Valle (approximating to Valley's Heart/Core) and also as La Villa de Cespedes . Tulua is a native name meaning Tierra Facil (Easy Land). Even though its urban area is small, Tulua is a big place if the rural area is taken into account. Tulua is famous not only because of the great quantity of motorbikes in it. It is also famous due to its people's sense of humour, tenderness and integrity.

Climate

Located 3 north of the equator, the weather in Tulua is very tropical, with hot, sunny days punctuated by intense storms. The weather is 28 degrees Celsius and up. The nights are cool, though. It lies between the two westernmost cordilleras of Colombia, about 50 miles east of the Pacific Ocean port city of Buenaventura. A lot of vegetables and fruit are grown here thanks to the diverse climates.

Education

The Universidad del Valle has a branch campus in Tulua. The main Universidad del Valle campus is based in Cali, the department capital. The Tulua branch campus is located at the town south entrance. There are also many other important universities which offer mainly technological courses. La Unidad Central del valle, Universidad San Buenaventura, UniRemmington, among others.

Transportation

The closest international airport that services the city is Cali's international airport, which in fact is in Palmira, Alfonso Bonilla Aragon International Airport (CLO) or Palmaseca. Nine airlines provide service for the airport, including American Airlines, AeroRepublica, and Avianca, Colombia's largest airline. Tulua also has a regional airport, Farfan (ULQ), which has had a checkered history regarding its operating as an actual airport.

Tourism

If you want to sight-see, go to the Jardin Botanico Juan Maria Cespedes (in Mateguadua Village), Barragan, La Moralia, La Marina, or to nearby villages and towns. You can also go and see the Chillicote Lake, with its famous herons, or dive in the natural waters of the Parque de la Guadua.

Points of Interest

Farfan regional airport;

Soccer Stadium 12 de Octubre (October 12th) with 17,000 capacity;

Professional Soccer Team (Cortulua).

Renowned Hospitals;

Shopping Malls: La 14 and La Herradura, among others;

Regional Universities;

Industrial Park.

Excellent infrastructure with all the national public utilities:

*Centroaguas,

*Cetsa (electricity),

*Gases del Valle,

Communication Mass Media:

*Television

*Local newspapers (El Tabloide is the most important).

Sufficient hotels and restaurants.

Entertainment

You can find different ways of entertainment. If you're looking for parties, go to Yambu Discoteque, a place where Salsa music is played and where black and white people demonstrate the tolerance. Or go to the Zona Rosa (Pink Zone), where you'll find your music site: cross over, rock, rancheras, vallenatos etc. as well as fast food places and different restaurants. Another choice is Narino, the Juanchito for Tuluenos. The best thing you will not regret when you are here is the Feria de Tulua (Tulua's Festival). This takes place every June, in the second or third week. You can find all kinds of things here. Hard to describe with words! Within the festival, of course, music plays an important role - bands, artists, and singers show their capabilities mainly in singing. A musical presentation is held each night, preferably one that mixes emotions. Lately, more concretely this XXI C. on, Tulua has seen a new Rock music scene. Many bands have formed and performed in different places and stages. Furthermore, many bars have opened and brought each different tendencies of this well-known sound. Yet, the importance lies in the fact that Rock is still alive.

Gastronomy

Some famous beverages are the Chicha de maiz, Masato and Champus. Typical foods in the city are Sancocho, Morcilla or Rellena, Tamal, etc. This includes some sweet meals: Desamargado , Natilla (at Christmas time only), Trasnochado .

Sports

Tulua has a football (soccer) team called Cortulua which plays in the Colombian second division. It has also had a checkered history. First, it was one of the first teams to reach the first division within few years of existence. Second, it has once won the chance to go to La Copa Toyota Libertadores de America, during which it had an acceptable presentation. However, it went back to the second division and hasn't been able to demonstrate the football strength coming from this area of Colombia.

Famous Persons

Faustino Hernan Asprilla - Soccer Player

Gustavo Alvarez Gardeazabal - Writer

Poncho Renteria - Journalist

External links

Major's Official Website: [*]

Enterteiment Website (Iosfera): [*]

Enterteiment Website (Mastulua): [*]

Tulua's Fair Official Website: [*]

Information Website about Tulua's Fair on Iosfera: [*]

Information Website about Tulua's on Iosfera: [*]

Information Website about Tulua's Fair on Mastulua: [*]

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