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Barichara Colombia

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Barichara is one of the most beautiful towns in Colombia. A destination that thanks to its incredible architecture, its cobbled streets and the Andalusian style of its houses, is also part of the Heritage Villages of Colombia.

Barichara Colombia
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In this travel guide you will learn how to get, where to stay and what to do in Barichara, you will know what plans you should not miss in your trip and we will talk about your neighbors Guane and Zapatoca.

Travel guide updated to November 2019

ABOUT BARICHARA, SANTANDER, COLOMBIA

Before embarking on your trip you should know that Barichara is in the department of Santander very close to Bucaramanga and about 350 kilometers from Bogotá.

Barichara, beautiful town in Colombia
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Barichara is an excellent destination for travelers looking for a quiet place and a photogenic town. An architectural jewel declared Cultural Heritage of Colombia, which looks like a work of art where time has frozen.

The climate in Barichara is usually composed of short, hot summers and cloudy winters, and the temperature usually varies between 18°C to 24°C.

HOW TO GET TO BARICHARA?

To get to Barichara from Bogotá, Barranquilla, Medellín or Cali, the first thing you should do is get to San Gil or Bucaramanga.

Bus to Barichara from Bogotá
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You can reach Bucaramanga by bus from the main transport terminals in Colombia, while San Gil can only be reached from the Salitre Terminal in Bogotá and the Bucaramanga Terminal.

🚌 Bus Bogotá to San Gil: $70.000 COP and 6 hours
🚌 Bus Medellín to Bucaramanga: $60.000 COP and 8 hours
🚌 Bus Cali to Bucaramanga: $160.000 COP and 18 hours

🚌 Bus Bucaramanga to San Gil: $22.000 COP and 2.5 hours

You can buy bus tickets online here, or if you want to travel by plane to Bucaramanga or Bogotá, you can find cheap flights here.

HOW TO GET TO BARICHARA FROM BUCARAMANGA?

How to get to Barichara from Bogotá
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In Bucaramanga you will have three transportation alternatives to get to Barichara:

1) Go to Bucaramanga Transportation Terminal and board a direct bus from Cotrasangil to Barichara.

Keep in mind that the only times the direct bus to Barichara operates are Monday through Friday at 4:45 a.m., Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. and on Sundays at 7 p.m., the trip lasts 4 hours and the ticket costs $22,000 COP.

So if you want to travel on the direct bus to Barichara, it is best to spend the night in Bucaramanga and get up early to take the bus. You can stay at Kasa Guane Hostel, Hostal Rural Chitota or Casa Mendoza Hotel Boutique.

Barichara hotels glamping
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2) Another option you have to get to Barichara is to go by bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil for $22,000 COP. In San Gil you can take another bus that takes 30 minutes to get to Barichara and costs $5,000 COP each way.

3) Finally, from Bucaramanga you can take a taxi to Barichara for about $250,000 COP or you can rent a car and follow the road on your own.

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HOW TO GET TO BARICHARA FROM BOGOTÁ?

Cobblestone streets of Barichara
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Getting to Barichara from Bogotá is very easy, you just have to go by bus to San Gil and from there a direct bus to Barichara.

The bus from Bogotá to San Gil is obtained from $70,000 COP and takes 6 hours to arrive, and the bus from San Gil to Barichara takes 30 minutes and costs $5,000 COP.

WHERE TO STAY IN BARICHARA?

Hostels in Barichara Colombia
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In Barichara there are hostels and hotels for all budgets, most are in the historic center and retain the original architecture. We recommend that if you are looking for a nice, comfortable and cozy accommodation, and that it has a good price, you should look at:

($) Casa Nacuma, Sanalejo, La Juanita Casa Boutique, Casa Aparicio López ($$) Posada Sueños de Antonio, Casa Canela, Serranía del Viento, Casa Oniri Hotel Boutique ($$$) Nativo Glamping, Casa Boutique, Hotel Boutique Venturi, Casa del Campo

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WHAT TO DO IN BARICHARA, COLOMBIA?

The most beautiful town in Colombia
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One of the best plans in Barichara is to walk its beautiful streets and impress yourself with the beauty of its houses. You can also go to its main park, buy handicrafts, visit natural viewpoints, take many photos and crave its gastronomy.

So the main plans you can make in Barichara are:

1. TOUR IN TUK-TUK

Mototaxi in Barichara
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This is an excellent alternative to get to know the history of the town up close, as the tuk-tuk drivers are usually innate connoisseurs of their region.

In the Main Square of Barichara you can find the tuk-tuk that can take you to the main points of interest. Prices vary according to the duration of the tour and you can get them from $35,000 COP.

Typical houses of Barichara Santander
Photo: Luis Alveart
Facade full of plants
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You can also tour the town on foot, if you do it this way, you will want to stop at each corner to take a beautiful photo and you will understand why its narrow streets and white walls have made Barichara one of the most beautiful villages in Colombia.

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2. WALK THE OLD ROAD ROAD OF LENGERKE

Camino Real that leads to Guane
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Lengerke’s roads are paths built in the 19th century, which connect some of the most beautiful colonial towns in the department of Santander: Barichara, Guane and Zapatoca.

The walk from Barichara to Guane lasts 2 hours, well, it all depends on the pace you take, but the important thing is that you enjoy the tour, which is a visual and sensitive spectacle for landscape and history lovers.

Guane, ntander, Colombia
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Upon arrival in Guane you can stop by the Archaeological and Paleontological Museum, a place where fossils that are millions of years old are preserved, as well as ceramics, necklaces and other objects of the Guane Indians.

If you love adventure, you can sleep in Guane at La Patagonia and the next day continue to Zapatoca, but keep in mind that the route is 18 kilometers and of high physical demand, so if you decide to go you must spend the night in Zapatoca at the Hostal de la Prada, Casa del Sacristán or La Carmelina.

Camino Real Barichara Guane
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In Zapatoca you can visit the Cueva del Nitro, Puente Ruedas and Mirador Los Guanes, from where you can see up to 7 municipalities, in addition to the Suárez, Chicamocha and Sogamoso rivers.

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3. KNOW THE CATHEDRAL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF BARICHARA

Houses of Barichara Santander
Photo: Luis Alveart
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
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The Immaculate Conception Cathedral is the temple that adorns the main park of Barichara with its ocher tones that stand out with the naked eye.

This cathedral is built entirely in yellow stone and when you enter it, you can see how its unique architecture merges with its altar covered in gold foil.

4. VISIT THE CHAPEL OF SANTA BARBARA

Santa Barbara Chapel
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The Santa Barbara Chapel is located about 4 blocks from the main park, a building that was built at the end of the 17th century and is so beautiful that it is usually the scene of marriages, exhibitions and concerts.

Do not forget to go through the chapel of San Antonio and visit its altar carved in wood.

5. KNOW THE PARK FOR THE ARTS JORGE DELGADO SIERRA

Jorge Delgado Sierra Arts Park
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Next to the Santa Barbara Chapel is the Jorge Delgado Sierra Park for the Arts, an open-air museum where you can see more than 20 sculptures carved in stone by regional and international artists.

A place that serves as a tribute to the stone carvers of the region, who preserve and practice this artisanal heritage.

In addition, you should know that this Barichara park has a very good view of the mountains and the Suárez River Canyon.

Packages available in Santander

6. ENJOY THE VIEW OF THE BARICHARA VIEWPOINT

Mirador Salto del Mico
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El Salto del Mico is one of the Barichara viewpoints, quiet and tall enough to observe the Suárez River Canyon, the Serranía de los Yariguies National Natural Park, and the municipalities of Galán, La Fuente and Zapatoca.

7. VISIT THE CEMETERY

Barichara Cemetery
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It sounds strange that a patch is visiting a cemetery, but perhaps Barichara’s cemetery, like Mompox’s, are the most beautiful in Colombia.

If you dare to visit it you will find in the tombstones beautiful sculptures carved in rock, which make this place a great work of art that breaks the conventional.

Barichara the most beautiful town in Colombia
Photo: @diegonzalez

Keep in mind that if you are going to travel in a group, a good idea may be to hire a walking tour guided by a native, you can hire them when you arrive in the town and it will surely give you a good perspective of the history and the main places of interest of Barichara .

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WHAT TO EAT IN BARICHARA?

The food of Santander is very wide, and on your visit to Barichara you should at least try to try these 5 delicacies:

1. BIG ASS ANTS

Big ass ants Colombia
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This is a curious dish based on queen ants of the genus Atta. Its origin is indigenous and is very typical throughout the department of Santander.

Big ass ants are prepared roasted, previously seasoned, cleaned and without wings, and can be eaten in any way, with the head, with or without the legs.

2. MUTE SANTANDEREANO

Typical food of Santander Colombia
Photo: bello.santander

The mute santandereano is a very thick and traditional soup based on beef rib, pork, beef leg, callus, tripe and corn.

3. PEELED CORN AREPAS

Peeled Corn Arepas

These arepas are made with yellow corn and are grilled on charcoal grill. In Colombia each region has a version of arepa, so you can not miss the Santandereana.

4. PEPITORIA

Pepitoria santandereana
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The pepitoria is a typical dish of the region made with the viscera and blood of the goat, it is prepared by mixing these ingredients with egg, cheese, rice, breadcrumbs and spices.

5. CHICHA

Chicha Santander

Chicha is a fermented drink, so you should be cautious if you don’t want to get drunk.

Finally, always remember to respect the norms, values and traditions of the community you visit, contribute your grain of sand to local development, do not consume more than necessary natural resources and deposit your garbage in the right places.

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