This area is very important because it's than simply a place in our region. This geography has shaped our culture and our character. The Guane culture that gave rise to the town of Santander is here at the bottom of the high mountains.
A little over half an hour in 'minivan' down a steep path from San Gil, we finally got to our destination which was one of the most delightful colonial towns of Colombia: Barichara. This corner is completely lost in time and in the mountains that surround San Gil there is such beauty that you are virtually left haggard. It seems like nothing has changed in Barichara in 300 years, and it has white houses with thick walls with doors and windows painted green or blue and red roofs. The churches of the Immaculate Conception are amazing, representing the Risen Jesus and Santa Barbara, and his beloved cemetery . Not even the lives of their neighbors seems to have been touched by modernity. An overwhelming serenity wanders wide streets, where there are small shops selling handicrafts. Barichara is so beautiful that recently, they have installed sophisticated boutique hotels and villas with charm. One of them is located in a colonial mansion and is totally amazing. It is called the Hotel Corata. Discovering the town takes a few hours, which takes gives you times to go down each alley and explore the churches. Then it's best to venture to the tiny village of Guane via the path of the historic El Camino Real. It's an hour of beautiful walking and it is easy as it goes downhill. From Guane can go back to San Gil in 'minivan'.
The historic center of the town with its steep streets on the banks of the river Fonce is where you'll find this National Monument. One of this area's main attractions is Gallineral Park, which occupies an island in the river where you can see moss hanging from the trees and the sound of water makes it a must-see. Other attractions of San Gil are Ragonessi ecological park, spa blue pit, Mount Grotto, Cerro de La Cruz and adventure sports such as canoeing, mountain climbing, mountain biking and motocross, among others.
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in memory of The Virgin of the Rock is an extraordinary work of art. It's held up by 10 carved monolithic columns that are each 5 meters high and 70 cm thick, and a huge dome. A beauty that harmonizes with the surroundings of the square and surrounding buildings
A very nice and pleasant Cathedral, the construction of which began in 1769 and ended in 1791, built in a classic architectural style. The altarpiece of the main altar was made by Jacinto Garcia, and is spectacular, but I particularly like the side chapels.
Gardens in Floridablanca
For its lush beauty, this tropical rainforest and causes admiration from the start of the tour. With more than 400 species of living plants, joined with ducks on the various lakes, of the turtles as they move through the meadows, and squirrels, who are certainly not shy, who come near for you to feed them. The Botanical Garden has as flagship plant, the heliconia or 'platanillo', although its complete collection up 35 fruit species, 32 medicinal plants, 65 ornamentals, 18 heliconias, 45 kinds of orchids, 60 types of leafy trees and 20 country plants, among many others.
Beautiful village of Santander with a very nice, cold climate. The people are very kind and warm. Very rich in tourism, you can find the cave of Nitro, the well of the drowned, Toad lagoon, and more. It also has many historical sites. Two hours from the capital Santandereana, Bucaramanga it´s a place you can not miss.
To enjoy a beautiful sunrise in Santandereano is to renew the spirit and start a day full of magical experiences. Nothing compares to the feeling of sun rays against your skin and the soft morning smell all around you.
Impressive, lecherous, wild ... This is the landscape that hides the spectacular waterfall of Juan Curi. The waterfall is 120 meters high, and it is 22 kilometers from [poi = 122048] San Gil [/ poi], on the road leading to Charalá. Juan Curi is a natural beauty, but it is located within a private property. From the entrance you will see it and, while the view is magnificent, nothing compares to entering the woods along an almost jungle path to the foot of the waterfall. The water falls with a fantastic force within large natural pools, which are perfect for swimming. Although most people stop there, if you want more adventure you can continue scaling a very slippery path, as the waterfall is actually on several different levels. At one point, the path comes to an end and you have to continue climbing the rocks in order to go on. It´s a big effort, but it's well worth it: After a couple of hours you arrive, drenched, to the source of the waterfall. Juan Curi is the perfect place to feel the [poi = 122095] adrenaline pulsing through your veins [/ poi]. Do not miss it, it's an incredible place.
In San Gil, life goes on mainly in the street and the square is the meeting place for everyone, children, young people and old people. The latter chatting on benches, the young having a Colombian beer in the bars of the square, and children playing around the main fountain.
Right at the center of this wonderful colonial town known as Barichara, which is one of the most beautiful towns in Colombia, you'll find this place. It's decorated with stone fountains and monuments and all types of people who worship their Virgin, surrounded by the most representative buildings of the village, the [poi = 59734] cathedral church [/ poi] which is obviously made of stone and kept in perfect condition and the [poi = 59736] council [/ poi].
Like [poi = 122144] the Cathedral [/ poi] of [poi = 14505] in Barichara [/ poi] and [poi = 122147] The Risen Jesus Chapel [/ poi], the church of Santa Barbara is built completely out of a type of yellow stone. Santa Barbara is located on the top of the city, and although this town has suffered the ills of time well, it's well worth the climb up there you'll have to make to visit. Its facade, simple and endearing, is the original inside, carefully restored, has a beautiful polychrome wooden altarpiece.
This is a street in Giron which is located in Santander, Colombia; Girón is one of the last towns of my country that still maintains its old colonial touch. Close to this road there is the village cemetery. It is a great experience of cobbled streets, adobe houses and narrow streets.
The beautiful San Gil is in the Department of Santander, an eight hour bus ride from Bogota. The village, dotted with colonial mansions and it's own beautiful cathedral, is on the banks of the river Focne surrounded by wild and lush landscapes, ideal for water sports. San Gil is a typical inland Columbian village with its quiet, unhurried love. The lively morning market is a feast for the senses, the vallenato music is played constantly, people enjoy their free time taking fresh air in Freedom Park Square. The town is a base for many sports in contact with nature, hiking, rappelling, paragliding, kayaking and rafting, which is why it's called the 'Land of adventure'. A few kilometers away is the amazing colonial town of Barichara, one of the architectural jewels of Colombia, and a few meters away from The Gallineral Park beings. A fascinatingly beautifully natural area on the river Fonce. Another must see in San Gil is the Juan Curi waterfall, an impressive waterfall with natural pools surrounded by jungle vegetation where you can rappel. Travellers come here from around the world looking to live close to the spectacular nature around the village and do adventure sports. Macondo hostal is a good place to stay and you'll find good company.
This memorial is dedicated to the epic commoner in the province of Santander, Colombia. It's located in the park Panachi (Chicamocha National Park). The uprising of the commoners was an armed uprising gestated in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in 1780. The rebels took their name from the ancient villagers of Castile, who had rebelled against King Charles the first in defence of Spanish bourgeoisie rights, which were being ignored by Flemish nobles. Besides admiring this sculpture, you can go down to the river Chicamocha in this park by the recently opened cable cars, practice zip lining, visit a small zoo, or walk the streets of a typical village in Santander.
Situated at the highest elevation in town, between parks Jorge Delgado Ortiz Rafael Sierra and Prada, you'll enjoy some great panoramic canyon views that the river Suarez has made all by itself. The viewpoint is a path of about 500 meters around the barrel and from where the road that would lead us to Guane, another beautiful colonial town.
After the holiday season and starting the new year...our family outing was ......to visit the new bridge that links Barrancabermeja with Yondo (Antioquia), and to finish off we had something to eat and appreciated the sunset in the oil port.