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San Gil

San Gil is great for extreme sports or just for relaxing. San Gil has long been popular with Colombians as a week-end and holiday escape. Just recently have travellers come to know of this colonial town in Santander, only six hours from Bogotá.


There are several private nature preserves, the most famous being "Parque Gallineral" with guided nature tours and swimming pool, on the banks of the Río Fonce.


Numerous travel agencies offer "extreme sports" tours, including paragliding, rappelling, kayaking, caving, biking, horseback riding and day walks. Also there is water-water rafting down several local rivers or through the Chicamocha Canyon. Prices for these tours are regulated.


Nearby are several historical towns. Barichara has virtually untouched colonial architecture and the Parque de las Aguas. In Guane there is a paleontology museum, and good rock and fossil hunting.


(Altitude: 1,114 meters/3.654 feet, Population: 49,500, City Code: 7)

Neighborhoods in San Gil: Near San Gil,

Other places nearby San Gil: Capitanejo , Bucaramanga , Pamplona, Guican , Sogamoso, Cúcuta , Barichara , Curití, Cocuy and Villa de Leyva .

By Lorraine Caputo

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Top Places in San Gil


Curití is a typical Santandereano village of narrow calles lined with white-washed homes. Its residents are famous for their artesanía in fique, or agave sisal. This hamlet offers more to the ...
Curití, Near San Gil, San Gil, Colombia

Things to do in San Gil

Parque Natural El Gallineral

121275 Long tendrils of moss hang from ancient trees and sway in the slight breeze. Sunlight sparkles on the torrent of the Río Fonce. This is Parque Natural El Gallineral, four hectares (10-ac) of ...
City Park
San Gil, Colombia

The Camino Real from San Gil to the Río Magdalena

121276 I heard a bit of buzz from a friend in San Gil: Go trekking on the old camino real (highway), or Camino de los Guanes, to the Río Magdalena. I checked it out a bit. Indeed, it appears you can ...
San Gil, Colombia

Cave Exploration

124023Tourists brave enough to ignore the bad publicity given to such a culturally diverse country, must surely contain a sense of adventure somewhere inside themselves. And there\'s no better place for ...
Near San Gil, San Gil, Colombia

Whitewater Rafting

San Gil has become renowned for its whitewater rafting. Three principal rivers, all with different characteristics, offer adventures for novices and experts alike. The Río Fonce has class 2+ rapids. ...
Other Activity
San Gil, Colombia


Delving into the bowels of the earth (a.k.a caving) is another adventure you can undertake while in San Gil. You can only visit a few of the many caves that gouge the landscape. Cueva del Indio— ...
Other Activity
San Gil, Colombia

Other Water Sports

Besides whitewater rafting, there are other aquatic sports to partake in here in San Gil. Check with tour operators in the town for these excursion opportunities. Kayaking-- There are eight ...
Other Activity
San Gil, Colombia

Waterfalls and Torrentismo

Waterfalls drape the river canyons slicing the countryside around San Gil. At some of the cascades, not only can you gaze upon these natural wonders, but you can also practice a sport offered by the ...
Other Activity
San Gil, Colombia

Parque Nacional del Chicamocha

Founded in 2006, Parque Nacional del Chicamocha protects part of the rim of the Río Chicamocha\'s canyon. This national park proffers much for the amusement of its visitors. The culture connoisseur ...
National Park
Near San Gil, San Gil, Colombia
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