San Gil, Colombia

San Gil is a great stop on the 'Bogota to the coast stretch' where you could happily spend a few days taking in the town and its surroundings. Within the town of San Gil itself, there are several worthwhile attractions. Parque El Gallineral is a beautiful spot by the river with an amazing variety of plantlife and the Colonial streets and the leafy plaza with it's beautiful cathedral should easily provide a couple of days entertainment.

San Gil's real treasures however, lie in the surrounding area. Fast becoming Colombia's adventure tourism capital, the rivers Fonce, Suarez and Chicamocha offer excellent adventure opportunities and the the surrounding area is dotted with caves, waterfalls and canyons waiting to be explored! For the true adventure seekers among us, there's also a number of 'extreme' activities on offer including bungee-jumping, caving, abseiling, paragliding and the most popular activity - white-water rafting.

The beauty of this area is that there's a wealth of things to do independently. The town of Barichara is less than an hour away and is a classic, colonial village well worth a visit and several treks to waterfalls and swimming holes can be made directly from San Gil.

This area shouldn't be missed, it's only in the last few years that the area has begun to open up to International tourism and for that reason, the town retains much of its traditional and cultural charm. With so much to see and do, this is an excellent place to lay down your rucksack for a few days and make the most of what's on offer!
Hostels...
Casa Monkora
Cra 9 #9-16 Centro
San Gil
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Macondo
Carrera 8 #10-35
Centro
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Mansion Del Parque
Calle 12 No. 8-71
San Gil
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Sams Vip Hostel
Cra 10 # 12 – 33 (Top Floor )
San Gil
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Santander Aleman
Calle 12 No. 7-63
Centro, San Gil
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You might need...
Delicias & Coffees - This place on the square serves great ice-cream frappes and other tasty snacks and drinks
Sam's Pub - Serves steaks and hamburgers until 10pm every day. connected to Mansion Del Parque Hotel.
Betty's - The multi-purpose cafe that never seems to close. Great for a morning coffee and a snack or to hang out in the evening with an ice-cold beer.
Supermarket - There's a handy supermarket on the plaza at Calle 13 which should have everything you need.
Banks - There's are a few of ATM's in town, if you head to the plaza, you'll find two of them side-by-side opposite the cathedral.




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Tours...
Exploracion
Calle 8 No 10 38
San Gil
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Paramo Santander Extremo
Main Square
Paramo
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Colombia Rafting
Carrera 10 No. 7-83
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Other...
Agama Yoga
Finca San Pedro
Kms. 2 via Aquitania
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Don't Miss...
- San Gil Cathedral is an impressive building on the main plaza and is well worth taking the time to have a wander around inside
- Barichara - This village only 45mins out of San Gil is a lovely example of the area's colonial era with its cobbled streets and charming white houses.
- Cueva del Indio & Cueva Antigua There are several impressive caves in this area and these two are the most popular. They can only be visited through tour companies but are well worth visiting for the incredible rock formations, wildlife and of course the adventure!
- Rio Suarez is the number one river in Colombia for superb whitewater rafting. It's a grade 3-4 river and is an exciting ride! Only one company in town are qualified to offer this excursion - Colombia Rafting.
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