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Caving - 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— This cave out in Páramo is the easiest to spelunk, suitable for the whole family. A special feature is zip-lining or jumping 5 meters (16.4 feet) into a pool, then swimming out along a rope.

Cueva la Antigua— This cave is more demanding and hands-on, calling for a lot of crawling through mud. This is not for the claustrophobic.

Ojo de Pájaros— This 100-meter (328-foot) deep and 20-meter (65.5-foot) wide cave near Mogotes earns its name from the thousands of oil birds that reside in it.

Other caverns of interest include Cueva del Yeso and Cueva de la Vaca, which are both growing in popularity with foreign tourists.

San Gil, Colombia

Other Activity Types:
Caving, spelunking

Getting There

Contact the tour operators in town to schedule a caving excursion.

Travel Tips:

All caves are on private property and each has only one tour company authorized to lead expeditions. It is illegal to go on your own. Be sure to check the quality of the safety equipment.

Price Description:

Prices depend on which cave you decide to spelunk and are set by the municipality. Prices begin at around $13.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.

You Need to Bring:

Wear old clothes, sandals or tennis shoes, shorts, t-shirt, swim gear, and sunscreen. Do not wear flip-flops. Also, take a camera for those rare photo opportunities.

Other extreme sports, like rappelling in waterfalls, hydro speeding, paragliding and rafting are available. While in town, take time to visit the colonial towns of Barichara, Guane and CuritĂ­. Parque Natural El Gallineral and Parque Nacional Chicamocha are also worth a visit.

Currencies accepted
Colombian Peso

Here are other activities in and around San Gil that may be of interest: Whitewater Rafting, Other Water Sports and Waterfalls and Torrentismo.

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