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Waterfalls and Torrentismo - Other Activity San Gil - Colombia

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 good folk of this area, like rappelling in waterfalls. Get ready to zip down a slick rock face, misted by tumbling waters. This has to be the most extreme you can get in the wild adventures that San Gil has to offer besides hydrospeeding of course. The easiest fall to get to on your own is 150-meter (500-foot) high Juan Curí, out near Charalá, which has a delightfully cool pool at its base where you can swim.

San Gil, Colombia

Other Activity Types:
Rappelling, torrentismo, Aquatic sports, Adventure

Getting There

Contact local tour operators as they offer excursions to several different waterfalls.

Alternatively, to get to Juan Curí on your own, catch a Bucaramanga-bound bus or a bus headed to Charalá ($1.60). Tell the driver you’re going to Juan Curí.

Travel Tips:

If rappelling, be sure to check the quality of the equipment. At Juan CurĂ­, there are two entry points through private property. Although the first entry point is cheaper ($1.05), the second entry point includes a tour of the cacao farm ($2.65). To rappel is extra.

Price Description:

The average cost of a tour, including transportation, is about $13.

Relative price: Mid-Range

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

You Need to Bring:

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

Other adrenaline sports, like caving, hydrospeeding, kayaking, paragliding and rafting are available in San Gil. You can also visit colonial towns in the area like 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, Caving and Other Water Sports.

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