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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.

Get in[edit]

Buses depart every 20-30 minutes from San Gil local terminal between 6:15 AM and 8:30 PM (COP$6,500, 45 min, as of Mar 2023). The buses from Barichara to San Gil leave every 20-30 minutes from 5:00 AM and 7:10 PM.

Get around[edit]


  • Barichara's downtown
  • 1 San Antonio's Chapel (Capilla San Antonio).
  • 2 Santa Barbará's Chapel (Capilla de Santa Bárbara).
  • 3 Inmaculada Concepción's Cathedral (Templo Parroquial de la Inmaculada Concepción).
  • 4 Cemetery (Cementerio de Barichara).


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 plaza and at other plazas 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.
  • 1 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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