Barichara & San Gil
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Barichara & San Gil

Barichara is a very well preserved colonial town, where you will feel as if time had stopped a while ago. Its name comes from the Guane dialect and means a “place for relaxation”, a premise that can be easily proved when you visit. Its cobbled streets have charmed several artists, who have chosen the town to settle down. You will love to stroll and get lost among the artisan workshops and art galleries.
Linking Barichara and Guane, an ancient Indian trail is perfect for a 4h trek in the magnificent Andes…

Further North is San Gil known as the Pearl of the Río Fonce. It is the capital of the Province of Guanentá and was founded in 1689. It is an ideal place for outdoor activities, such as water rafting, exploring caves and walking in its beautiful Gallineral Park. Set on an island where the Quebrada Curití flows into the Río Fonce, the park has very old Ceiba trees covered with “old man´s beards,” long silvery fronds of tillandsia which form spectacular translucid curtains that filter the sun rays.

The region is known for its sugar cane plantations. Amaterra can organize a visit to a traditional sugar mill in one of the farms around San Gil, where you will have a chance to see the beautiful countryside and learn about the process of sugar cane.
Not far from San Gil, the Cañón del Chicamocha, is a real natural marvel; this canyon formed 4.6 billion years ago is deeper than the Grand Canyon in Arizona. A theme park is set one of its sides featuring many different rides, a small museum, and an impressive cable car that takes you from one side of the canyon to the other offering magnificent views.

Amaterra tours featuring Barichara & San Gil :

- Colonial Andes and the Caribbean