Blogs from San Gil, Colombia, South America


South America » Colombia » San Gil February 2nd 2015

The mountain biking trip I was hoping to do was cancelled so I went caving and canyoning instead which was fun.... read more

South America » Colombia » San Gil January 29th 2015

I got to San Gil last night after a nice bus journey through the mountains. This is the place for adventure sports and today I went paragliding. It was incredible flying with the birds over Chicamocha Canyon, the views were amazing as you will see in the pictures. The videos are too bug to upload on this internet connection but I will get them up soon if I can.... read more

South America » Colombia » San Gil December 25th 2014

With our mountain experience covered, we decided to head to San Gil... which is stil in the mountains, but, you know, different mountains. And that meant a long bus journey first. Before going to bed we'd checked the bus times. The Gacela bus stop showed that the busses left at 3:30am and 5:30am. Radio had told us that the buses 3:00am and 5:00am, but we were kind of through with trusting Radio at this point. But we should have, because we decided to get up at 4:30am, and by the time we were ready, we got outside just in time to see the nice comfortable Libertadores bus leaving town. Dammit. One minute too late. The town blared it's Christmas carol music again, and the church started filling up with people for 5:00am mass. Again, when do ... read more
Whitewashed Streets of Bariachara
Unplanned Siesta
Vanessa Makes a New Friend

South America » Colombia » San Gil September 27th 2014

We have now decided to avoid night buses where we can as the roads are really windy and the seat space really cramped, so we took the day bus from Bogotá to San Gil. This also gave me the opportunity to enjoy the views along the way. San Gil is the adventure capital of Colombia with a population of about 50,000. The city itself is not particularly pretty and doesn't have many sites of interest outside their amazing adventure sports. When we arrived at the hostel we were given a booklet outlining all the different activities on offer. We signed up for the combination caving and rappelling with our guide Diego who pretty much only spoke Spanish. We began with caving and visited La Cueva Antigua (the old cave), it has many rock formations as well ... read more
Gary abseiling down the overhang

South America » Colombia » San Gil July 7th 2014

Onze eerste ochtend in San Gil begon niet veelbelovend. We wachtten op onze hotelkamer tot 8.00u, want dan pas werd het ontbijt geserveerd, om dan tot de vaststelling te komen dat het ontbijt niet inbegrepen was en we er ook niet voor konden bijbetalen. Dan maar naar de terminal vertrokken voor de bus naar Barichara, toen bleek dat die vandaag uitzonderlijk niet reed omdat de plaatselijke ‘Tour de Colombia’ werd georganiseerd. Dan maar plan B: we zetten de buggy snel terug af in ons hotelletje dat om de hoek lag en namen de bus richting Charala. Onderweg stapten we af om naar de Cascadas de Juan Curi te gaan. Een stevige klim door de jungle bracht ons tot aan de voet van de indrukwekkende waterval van 180 meter hoog. Casper stapte de hele weg zelf, echt ... read more
De 'Tour de Colombia'
Wachten op de bus met in elke hand een nieuw speeltje
Onderweg naar de waterval van Juan Curi

South America » Colombia » San Gil June 20th 2014

Our Arrival Our bus from Bogota dropped us off at the terminal up the hill and over the river from the town at 3:20pm. We walked down the hill and left across the bridge which is calle 12 and took the first right down carrera 11 which is where a lot of the hotels are next to the river. It took 20mins to walk there along the side of the road. There wasn't much of a path. Where We Stayed Hotel San Carlos - Carrera 11 and calle 12. COP$20,000 for a double room with TV, fan and shared bathroom. COP$30,000 for a private bath. Towels and soap provided. Cold water showers. Internet works on both levels. What We Did Walked up to the cross on the other side of the river for views of the ... read more
Juan Curi waterfall from the road
View of San Gil from the cross
Barichara town

South America » Colombia » San Gil February 24th 2014

Saturday 22nd February (Odyssey Day 106) Another travel day today, it’s a good thing Ithaca is comfortable since we spend so much time aboard her. We left Bogota at 0900 which was a rather late start actually and Hannah and I managed to find the time to head across the road to a café for muffins for breakfast. Whilst there I got chatting with an American girl who was there doing work for a documentary on Colombia. It was interesting to hear what someone who had already been in the country a few weeks had to say about the increasing tourism of the area, as well as the pre-conceived ideas most people have when coming here. The reputation of Colombia is something we have all heard, and the most common things people mention when I said ... read more
Travel Day
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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

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