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Barichara is the get-away of choice for better-heeled Colombian vacationers seeking to escape metropolitan hassles. This pueblo perches on a plateau overlooking the Río Suárez, 20 kilometers (14 miles) from San Gil, 118 kilometers (80 miles) from Bucaramanga and 307 kilometers (200 miles) from Bogotá. Its well-preserved colonial architecture, made of tapia pisada or rammed earth, earns Barichara a place on the national register of historical sites. Traditionally this is a village of stone carvers, but in recent years artists of other media have come, inspired by its tranquility and beauty. Whereas neighboring San Gil is for the adventure sports enthusiast, Barichara is for the cultural tourist. From the immemorial buildings to the Parque para las Artes, from the workshops of talladores de piedra to those of Colombia’s premier painters, you can pass days here soaking in Barichara’s bohemian atmosphere. Its inhabitants are called patiamarillas, for the golden-rust colored soil of their land.


(Altitude: 1336 m / 4382 ft., Population: 10,000, City Code: 7)


Neighborhoods in Barichara : Near Barichara,

Other places nearby Barichara : Málaga, San Gil, Pamplona, Cúcuta , Tunja, Curití, Villa de Leyva , Sogamoso, Cocuy and Guane.

By Lorraine Caputo

Upon re-declaring her independence at age 29, Lorraine Caputo packed her trusty Rocinante (so her knapsack's called) and began...

15 May 2009

VIVA Colombia

Top Places in Barichara


120952Atop a narrow mesa above the Río Suárez lived the Guane people since long before the Spaniards’ arrival. It was to here, Guane pueblo, that all surviving Guane were relocated in the 17th century. ...
Guane, Near Barichara, Barichara , Colombia

Things to do in Barichara

A Walking Tour of Colonial Barichara

120948The real treasure of Barichara is its pristine colonial architecture. Many come to this pueblo just to wander its flagstone lanes, snapping photos of the white-washed, red-tile-roofed buildings. ...
City Walk
Barichara , Colombia

Parque para las Artes

120949Uphill from the Capilla de Santa Bárbara is Parque para las Artes, a small park dedicated to the main art form Barichara is known for: stone sculpture. Founded after the second Festival ...
City Park
Barichara , Colombia

Camino Real to Guane

120951The Camino Real to Guane is part of the old Camino de Herradura that traversed the countryside from GirĂłn, near Bucaramanga, to Barrancabermeja on the banks of the RĂ­o Magdalena. It was originally ...
Barichara , Colombia

Museo de PaleontologĂ­a y ArqueologĂ­a

Entry to the Museo de PaleontologĂ­a y ArqueologĂ­a is $1.5 for adults and $0.50 for ...
Guane, Near Barichara, Barichara , Colombia
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