Blogs from San Gil, Colombia, South America


South America » Colombia » San Gil January 28th 2018

From Minca we took our first night bus to San Gil, the adventure capital of Colombia. The curvy, bumpy roads don't allow for decent sleep so we were a bit too dazed to do anything adventurous the first day. Instead we walked through the botanical gardens and ate ice cream in the lovely central park. San Gil is a medium sized city which has retained its charm while growing as a centre for adventure tourism. Among the many things on offer, Phil aimed to convince Becky to do white water rafting, parasailing and bungee jumping. The rafting and parasailing had to be done in the morning and since we only had a few days, once they were booked there was no deliberating. The rafting was on class 2/3 rapids down the Rio Fonce with a fun ... read more
Rafting the Rio Fonce
Rafting the Rio Fonce
San Gil

South America » Colombia » San Gil April 12th 2016

So after many tries I was finally able to secure a bus ticket out of town. I hopped on a night bus for the 10 hour journey to Bucamaranga (90,000 COP) where I would arrive dazed at 7:00am for a transfer to a bus bound for San Gil (20,000 COP) which took 3 hours. So after 13 hours on a bus I had finally arrived to the adventure capital of Colombia. So far though I've yet to be able to white water raft on the famed class IV rapids due to some recent rainfall which has made the river a dangerous and unnavigable class V. Rafting shut down indefinitely. I'm not that concerned though as more opportunities will present themselves along the way. For my goodbye, Santa Marta presented me with this: On the bus to ... read more

South America » Colombia » San Gil March 28th 2016

Leaning backwards, Chris slowly walked himself over the edge of the cliff. P could barely look over the ledge. Finding his footing and feeling confident, he took a few more steps backwards and began his descent. Then came the water - a tap operated waterfall sending litres of water per minute over the cliff. Chris immediately lost his footing as the rock became slippery and swung outwards and then sideways crashing into the wall then becoming entangled in a tree branch. Thankfully this wasn't another near death experience like we had on the Great Wall. Dangerous yes. But luckily we were on a tour of extreme activities with a very proficient guide who only spoke Spanish. We guess thats a good and bad thing. San Gil is the hub of extreme activities in Colombia and many ... read more
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Now jump!

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
San Gil
San Gil

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