San Gil is a fantastic city in Colombia, which has become known as the adventure capital of the country. A popular stop off between Bogota and the north coast, there are plenty of exciting activities to try out. You can read more in my posts ‘Rapelling down Juan Curi‘ and ‘Paragliding in San Gil‘, but something a little less scary and equally worthwhile is a beautiful hike from Barichara to Guane.
It only takes about 40 minutes by bus (roughly £10,000 COP) to reach Barichara from San Gil and it’s so beautiful it was declared a national monument in 1878.
HIKING FROM BARICHARA TO GUANE
Barichara’s streets are paved with stone slabs and each of the buildings has bold-coloured shutters and doors.
CATEDRAL DE LA IMMACULADA CONCEPTION
Just off the main square is the Catedral de la Inmaculada Conception, which is well worth a look, if not for the beautiful architecture then to have a moment away from the relentless sunshine.
FOOTPATH FROM BARICHARA TO GUANE
If you continue uphill for a couple of streets to Cra 10 and turn left, you will find a stone slab marking the start of a path to the equally quaint town of Guane.
The Barichara to Guane footpath takes approximately 2 hours, but if you like to stop regularly for photos or rest breaks you should allow yourself 3.
I only passed one other person on the path from Barichara to Guane. By coincidence, we would meet again a couple of weeks later on a day trip from Medellin.
For the most part, though, it liberating to be wandering alone in a foreign country through such fantastic scenery, with only the occasional bird song or buzz of an insect to break the silence.
I arrived in Guane with a full 10 minutes to spare. I quenched my thirst with a bottle of ice-cold coca cola from a local tienda and bought my bus ticket home. If you give yourself enough time, this would be a lovely place to relax with a beer.