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San Gil is a safe place to spend a while—just watch out for the motorbikes.

When participating in any extreme sport, assure that the company provides you with proper safety equipment and well-trained guides. Do not swim in the Fonce River, which flows through Parque Gallineral and town, as it has very strong currents; people have drowned in it.

The tap water is chlorinated and said to be okay to partake. As in other parts of lowland Colombia, dengue is present in San Gil; take appropriate precautions.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to San Gil: Holidays and Festivals, Getting There and Away, Services - Tourism Office, When to go and Important Information to know about Parque Nacional del ChicamochaParque Nacional del Chicamocha.

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