Barichara is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in Colombia and thanks to its incredible architecture, its cobblestone streets and the Andalusian style of its houses, it is also part of the 17 Heritage Villages of Colombia.
In this travel guide, you will know how to get there, what to do and some hostels and hotels in Barichara, plus you will learn what plans should not be missing on your trip and we will tell you what you can do in Guane.
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.
Also, it is important that you know that the old sector of Barichara is declared cultural heritage of Colombia. A jewel of colonial architecture looks like a work of art where the years have been frozen.
Barichara is an excellent destination for travelers from all over the world looking for a quiet place, and good, also for those who want to reach a photogenic and very instagrameable place.
Finally, keep in mind that the climate in Barichara is usually composed of short hot summers and cloudy winters. The temperature usually varies between 18°C to 24°C.
Now that you know all this data, we can boot:
HOW TO GET TO BARICHARA SANTANDER?
To get to Barichara from Bogota, Medellin, Cali or any other part of the world, the first thing you must do is first reach the city of Bucaramanga or San Gil.
In Bucaramanga you can easily find buses from the main transport terminals in Colombia, while San Gil can only be reached from the Salitre Terminal in Bogotá.
🚌 Bus Bogotá to San Gil: $65,000 COP and 6 hours each way
🚌 Bus Medellín to Bucaramanga: $60,000 COP and 8 hours each way
🚌 Bus Cali to Bucaramanga: $160,000 COP and 18 hours each way
IN BUCARAMANGA YOU HAVE TWO CHOICES TO GET TO BARICHARA:
1) Take a taxi directly to Barichara, which you can hire between $200,000 and $250,000 COP, which is a good alternative if you travel as a group.
2) Go to the Transportation Terminal of Bucaramanga and take a direct bus to Barichara (they do not have much frequency), or go to San Gil and from there take another bus to your destination.
The bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil you can get from $20,000 COP and the tour lasts about 3 hours.
In the terminal of San Gil you must take a new bus to the main park of Barichara, each journey costs $5,000 COP and lasts 40 minutes.
WHAT TO DO IN BARICHARA?
One of the best plans in Barichara is to walk its beautiful streets and impress with the beauty of its houses.
Of course, you also have to get to know its main park, visit the local craft shops, take lots of photos and get a taste of its gastronomy.
So, the main plans in Barichara that you can not stop doing are:
1. ROUTE IN TUK-TUK
This is an excellent alternative to get to know the history of the town up close, as the tuk-tuk drivers are often innate knowledge 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 confirm them at (+57) 321 258 6116.
You can also walk 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 turned Barichara into one of the most beautiful villages in Colombia.
2. TRAVELING THE OLD ROAD OF LENGERKE
The paths of Lengerke are trails built in the nineteenth century, which communicate some of the most beautiful colonial towns of the department of Santander: Barichara, Guane and Zapatoca.
The walk from Barichara to Guane lasts 2 hours, well, everything depends on the rhythm you have, but the important thing is that the tour is a visual and sensitive spectacle for lovers of landscaping and history.
When you reach Guane you can stop by the Archaeological and Paleontological Museum, a place where fossils that are millions of years old are kept, as well as ceramics, necklaces and other objects of the Guane indigenous people.
If you are full adventurer you can follow the road to Zapatoca.
Keep in mind that to enter the paths of Lengerke you must wear shoes with good grip and for nothing in the world forget to bring a good camera, but above all, look forward to exploring historical sites and talking to people who live nearby.
Recommended: 12 Epic Walks in Colombia.
3. TO KNOW THE CATHEDRAL OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF BARICHARA
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the temple that adorns the main park of Barichara with its ocher tones that stand out with the naked eye.
This cathedral is completely built in yellow stone and when you enter it, you can contemplate how its unique architecture merges with its altar covered in gold sheets.
4. VISIT THE CHAPEL OF SANTA BARBARA
The Chapel of Santa Barbara is located about 4 blocks from the main park, a building that was built at the end of the seventeenth century and is so beautiful that it is usually the scene of marriages, exhibitions and concerts.
And do not forget to visit the chapel of San Antonio and visit its altar carved in wood.
5. TRAVELING THE PARK FOR THE ARTS JORGE DELGADO SIERRA
Next to the Chapel of Santa Barbara is the Jorge Delgado Sierra Park for the Arts, an open-air museum where you can appreciate 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 artisan heritage.
In addition, you should know that this park has a very good view of the mountains and the Suárez River Canyon.
6. ENJOY THE VIEW OF THE VIEWPOINT OF BARICHARA
The viewpoint of Barichara is a relaxing enough place, a little more than the town itself.
From this viewpoint you can see the Suárez River Canyon, the Serranía de los Yariguies Natural National Park, and the municipalities of Galán, La Fuente and Zapatoca.
7. THE CEMETERY
It sounds strange that a plan is to visit a cemetery, but perhaps the cemetery of Barichara, like that of Mompox, are the most beautiful in Colombia.
If you dare to visit it, you will find on the headstones beautiful sculptures carved in rock, which make this place a great work of art that breaks the conventional.
WHERE TO STAY IN BARICHARA?
In Barichara there are hostels and hotels for all preferences, but for you we have highlighted three places in which you should spend at least two nights to be able to enjoy everything that the destination offers.
1. HOSTAL CASA NACUMA
Casa Nacuma is an old building made of stepped wood, wood and clay tile, in which the warmth of home is felt in every corner.
It has a kitchen available for those who decide to stay, so you can prepare your own food without any problem.
Really, Casa Nacuma is a good alternative if you plan to travel as a family, as a couple, with friends, or even alone. There you will always find a cozy place with all possible comforts.
Shared rooms from $35,000 COP | Private from $60,000 COP
2. HOSTAL ARTEPOLIS BARICHARA
Artepolis is a place that has all the necessary amenities to spend one or more nights there and has a balcony with one of the best views of Barichara.
Hostal Artepolis is a good option if you are looking for a quiet and rural accommodation near the historic center and if you travel on a budget.
Private rooms for two people from $85,000 COP
3. CASA BARICHARA BOUTIQUE
This colonial house has a swimming pool, a library and gardens inside, is about 100 meters from the Chapel of Santa Barbara and about 300 meters from the main park.
Clearly, your pool is perfect for resting after a long walk through the center.
Private rooms for two people from $280,000 COP
If you have not yet used Booking, register here and receive $15 dollars after your first reservation or if you prefer to spend the night on an Airbnb, receive up to $113,000 COP on your first reservation.
WHAT TO EAT IN BARICHARA?
Santandereana food is very broad, and in your visit to Barichara you should at least try to try these 5 delights:
1. HORMIGAS CULONAS
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.
The ants culonas prepare roasted, previously seasoned, cleaned and without wings, and can be eaten in any way, with the head, with the legs or without them.
2. MUTE SANTANDEREANO
The mute is a very thick and traditional soup based on beef rib, pork, beef, callo, mondongo and peeled corn.
3. AREPAS DE MAÍZ PELADO
These arepas are usually made with yellow corn and roasted on charcoal grill. We know that in Colombia each region has a version of arepa, so you must try the santandereana.
4. LA PEPITORIA
The pepitoria is a typical dish of the region made with the viscera and blood of the goat, is prepared by mixing these ingredients with egg, cheese, rice, bread crumbs and spices.
5. LA CHICHA ARTESANAL
Chicha is a fermented drink, so you should be cautious if you do not want to get drunk.
Finally, always remember to respect the rules, values and traditions of the community you visit, contribute your bit to local development, do not consume more than necessary natural resources and deposit your trash in the right places.
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