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Barichara is a village in the Santander department of Eastern Andino. It is widely acknowledged as one of the best preserved and most beautiful colonial villages in Colombia.

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Buses depart regularly from San Gil local terminal between 6AM and 7PM (COP$3,000, 40 min).


  • Barichara's downtown
  • San Antonio's Chapel
  • Santa Barbará's Chapel
  • Inmaculada Concepción's Cathedral
  • Cemetery


You can walk 2 hr from Cabrera to Barichara and from Barichara to Guane (3 hr). For more details see Trekking Section of San Gil.



  • The Hormigas Culonas, a kind of big flying ant, is the local speciality. They can be bought at the main place and at other places in the city.
  • Arepa Santandereana
  • Carne Oreada
  • Carne Seca
  • Cabro
  • Mute
  • Changua
  • Yuca



  • Los Tiestecitos, Cra 6 No 4-57, +57 7 726-7224. Cheapest of the town.
  • Tinto Hostel, CALLE 6 # 2=61 Bloque E casa 1, +57 7 7267725, +57 3102800218, . Check-in: noon, check-out: 12:30PM. A beautiful clean and tidy hostel, offers dorms and private rooms, very good prices one of the cheapest hostels in Colombia, capacity 20 people and has 5 bathrooms, Barichara is one of the 3 most charming places in Colombia, you can take a walk down to Guane (90 minutes) a pretty village. try steak with ants sauces or the traditional goat. COP$15,000.


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