Blogs from San Gil, Colombia, South America


South America » Colombia » San Gil » Barichara August 19th 2013

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South America » Colombia » San Gil November 27th 2012

With only a few weeks left in Colombia, I really wanted to visit San Gil which is billed as the extreme sports capital of Colombia. About an 8 hour drive outside of Bogotá, four of us went in the car on Friday night and had the Saturday, Sunday and most of Monday there as it was a bank holiday weekend (again!). San Gil itself was amazing, a really beautiftul colonial town up in the mountains with blue skies and lots of sun. Perfect for chilling out in the late afternoons and evenings after the day's activities, especially as we had a nice outdoor jacuzi in the hostel bar! The first day we were a little tired from the journey and decided to save the weekend's main activity, white water rafting, for Sunday. The guys in the ... read more
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South America » Colombia » San Gil October 25th 2012

San Gil!!! ohh San Gil!What an absolutely amazing place!I left Bucaramanga on Thursday the 25th early, up at 6am to get to the Paragliding Rendezvous. I wasn't going to let what happened the previous day with the climbing happen for the paragliding! I packed up all of my stuff and hobbled out of Kasi Guane headed for the main road, the 33. Once there I waited for a bus to take me to Papi Quiero Piña. After waiting for about 15 minutes, I became impatient and decided to catch a taxi. It was going to be much easier than trying to s... read more

South America » Colombia » San Gil October 13th 2012

Hello from Colombia. We have made our way up to Colombia, a country in the North of South America. We spent 4 nights in the capital city called Bogota. The city is built 2600 meters above sea level, this means that it can give some people altitude sickness (dizziness, tiredness and feeling sick) because it is so high. For this reason we decided to spend a few days there to get used to the height as we were tired a lot of the time and walking up hills was making us more puffed than usual!!! Once we felt better again, we decided to walk around La Candelaria, the old town of Bogota which had many beautiful buildings in. We also walked along a main high street which could have been in London! In one road, in ... read more

South America » Colombia » San Gil September 21st 2012

When it comes to outdoor sports in Colombia, don’t look further, San Gil is the destination to head to and as I rarely miss an occasion to go white water rafting, rappelling or trekking, here I was slowly making my way toward it from the Caribbean coast. A 10 hours bus ride south from Santa Marta all the way to Bucaramanga followed by another 2 hours and half on curvy mountain roads later, I finally arrived in the tiny town of San Gil. Early morning and the town is already bustling : cattle trucks are queuing to deliver vegetables and fruits to the nearby market, rancheros wearing the classic cowboy hat are going in and out of the building loaded with wooden boxes while the oldest are chit chatting on the town main square. Having heard ... read more
Slowly but surely
trying to keep my balance, easier said than done !
No turn back, behind me 70 meters down....


South America » Colombia » San Gil September 19th 2012

hello friends and fam! it's tuesday evening now, we're relaxing in our hotel room in san gil right now after another long day. i'll jump back to what happened on sunday first, to explain the pictures. in the morning we made the trek up to monserrate, a beautiful church located on top of one of the andes peaks that run north/south and abut bogota to the east. carmen and i rode the cable car up the cliffside, a total gain of about 1700 feet in less than 5 minutes, but adam, being his burly self, took the long way and walked up the steep stairway and met us there. it was a beautiful view to behold...the church itself is incredible, with hundreds of people also making the journey to be present for the sunday sermon, plus ... read more
bogota and monserrate
bogota and monserrate
the hard way up

South America » Colombia » San Gil » Barichara August 20th 2012

Destination-San Gil Colombia, the adventure capital of Colombia. We arrive in san gill after a few days in the countryside in villa de leyva. Seeking a bit of action in San gill, I had the upcoming week planned in my head....Monday mountain Biking, Tuesday River Rafting, Wednesday paragliding. After some convincing, Monday arrives and we sign up for a 12 hour day of extreme downhill mountain biking.The day consisted of driving up into the mountains in a 4x4 range rover and speeding down ski slope type hills through the mountain range. Pure utopia for me, less so for Dani. In my element, I speed ahead of the group soaking up the breathtaking views while Dani, cautiously hangs back and enjoys the ride at her leisurely pace. Now, those who know Dani will already foresee how this ... read more

South America » Colombia » San Gil March 26th 2012

From Santa Marta to San Gil It was truly hard to peel ourselves away from Cartagena, but we knew we had to keep on moving if we wanted to see everything we had planned on in Colombia. We decided to make our way to Santa Marta, which from what we heard was pretty much just a jumping off point to get to Tayrona National Park. If you visit this area you’ll most likely hear about how everyone passes right through Santa Marta to get to Taganga and that Santa Marta is a total waste of time. For us however, we couldn’t have disagreed more. We decided not to go to Taganga knowing that we would succumb to the pressure of alcohol and at this point in the game, the more drinking we do, the sooner we ... read more
Mico Titi the name and the hair!
Beautiful but unswimable

South America » Colombia » San Gil September 22nd 2011

We are finally happy. Very happy : ) The first few days after our Lost City hike have been our lowest point yet. The ugliest, most resistant tummy bug found its way inside of our tummies and wreaked havoc for over 2 weeks. 4 courses of medication did not help, and eventually, suspecting something more serious like cholera or dysentry, we headed to the clinic in San Gil (after a charming 18 hour bus ride complete with cramps, nausea and no toilet paper in the toilet). We finally got some decent medication that seems to be doing the job. So after days of eating almost nothing, we are almost brave enough to eat street food again! Our time in Cartagena was mediocre. It was the first port of entrance for the Spanish. Most of our time ... read more
San Gil

South America » Colombia » San Gil August 31st 2011

We were jostling with the crowds, standing on the tips of our toes, our necks craned, Lewi holding a flimsy cardboard sign above his head reading ‘Joshy Balboa’. It was 10pm on a grey Bogota evening and the atmosphere outside the arrivals gate was louder feistier and crazier than a gaggle of teenagers waiting for a TakeThat concert. An hour passed, and as the hyper arrivals hoards around us began to thin there was still no sign of Josh. But then all of a sudden there was another surge of passengers to the doors….including one very familiar face beaming back at us! We joined in the melee of shouting, hugging, laughing and crying, blending in perfectly with the joyous families surrounding us. Bogota itself didn’t have much to enchant the traveller with, it was simply a ... read more
The sleeping brothers
Beautiful streets of San Gil
The amazing sights of Parque Gallineral

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