Long tendrils of moss hang from ancient trees and sway in the slight breeze. Sunlight sparkles on the torrent of the RÃo Fonce. This is Parque Natural El Gallineral, four hectares (10-ac) of botanical gardens where the Quebrada (creek) CuritÃ meets the robust river RÃo Fonce. Within this park, nine plazoletas (squares) are connected by a network of paths through foliage so dense you will not meet another soul. After an enchanting afternoon of wandering through these thickets, bathe in the refreshing spring waters of the piscina (pool).
San Gil, Colombia
City Park Types:
Natural park, garden
Do not swim in the RÃo Fonce as it has dangerous currents. The swimming pool is closed for cleaning every two weeks, usually on a Tuesday. There are lockers and showers in an adjoining bathhouse. The restaurant and cafeteria are expensive.
$2.10 adults, $1.05 children, $1.60 third-agers (over 60 years old)
Relative price: Budget
Open Hours from:8 a.m.
Open Hours to:6 p.m.
Travel Skills: None
You Need to Bring:
Bring water and snack; camera; and, swim gear (for the swimming pool).
Extreme sports, like rafting, torrentismo (rappelling in waterfalls), hydrospeeding, paragliding and caving are also available. Visits to the colonial towns of Barichara, Guane and CuritÃ are an option as well. Parque Nacional Chicamocha is another park in the area that has a lot to offer.
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