Departmento de Santander Travel Guide

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  • Barichara

    San Gil Off The Beaten Path

    The area around San Gil is a great one to explore and one place not to miss is Barichara. In fact, many make the stop in San Gil for that reason alone. This incredibly preserved colonial town is a 300 year old time capsule that is particularly romantic to stroll about and it's no wonder it was declared a national monument in 1978. A scenic 45...

  • this place does fish too

    San Gil Restaurants

    Though on first thought, fish did not come to our minds when coming to San Gil but it was on a big river and there seemed to be no shortage of restaurants selling it. We had a good experience with trout in the El Cocuy area which was all mountains so why not give it a try here? Back we went to Maxi Pollo to find that chicken was not all they were...

  • in transit with a backpack

    San Gil What to Pack

    When traveling around Colombia, you'll find a backpack comes in very handy, especially on small stops like we did in San Gil. Getting into and out of the city centers is easier and you can actually walk if on a tight budget. Try doing that with a roll-away suitcase. Dressing in layers was the way to go in most of Colombia but we found San Gil...



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  • the icing before the cake

    Barichara Favorites

    We made our way to a park perched high on a hill on the northern end of town, noted for watching condors, all the while snapping pictures to our rear of the stunning town. The park was cute and indeed we saw a few condors circling as well as one interesting but elusive bird feeding in the park. Very happy with our morning thus far, we explored a...

  • Hostal Mision Santa Barbara

    Barichara Hotels

    This is a comfortable hotel constructed in the nineteenth century with the capacity to house eighty...

  • the Motmot vs. the time-capsule

    Barichara Favorites

    This is one stunning old colonial time-capsule of a town. Despite being big birders and coming across one of our best ever bird sightings and first ever one of a Motmot, it still did not top wandering the quiet scenic streets that the town is famed for. Ok, maybe the Motmot sighting was more exciting and I did take nearly as many photos of it as...



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  • Restaurant next to the Catedral

    Girón Restaurants

    Before going back to Bucaramanga it was time to eat again and I went to a small restaurant I had seen next to Basilica Menor. They didn’t have a menu of the day (comida corriente). I ordered a quarter of a chicken with French fries and potatoes and a Pepsi. I didn’t get a knife and fork to eat with but a plastic glove. It tasted okay, but I...

  • Pasteleria

    Girón Restaurants

    In the north-western corner of Parque Principal there is a café where you can buy cakes and juices. I had a yummy croissant with cheese and ham and a strawberry smoothie. It was 3300 pesos. It was just enough to get me going for a few more hours.

  • Basilica Menor

    Girón Things to Do

    Basilica Menor, also called Catedral del Señor de los Milagros, is the principal church of Girón. It is standing on the west side of Parque Principal, it is white and has got two towers. Construction of the church was begun already in 1646, but it was not completed until much later, in 1876. Pilgrims from all over the country is coming here. The...


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