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Cienaga San Silvestre - Other Activity Barrancabermeja - Colombia

Likened to a freshwater “ocean,” the Ciénaga San Silvestre spans out from Barrancabermeja to as far as Puerto Wilches, making it a vast body of water measuring nine square kilometers (3.5 sq mi).

On the banks of San Silvestre, a 10-minute drive from Barrancabermeja, various water sports resorts have sprung up. At these family-friendly places, you can swim in the delectable waters of the ciénaga, waterski, parascend and fish. Normally, there is a beach volleyball court set up, a live band playing on the weekend and spaces to set up your own BBQ. Too much action? Take a hammock, string it up in the shade of some trees and have a serious siesta in the breeze coming off the ciénaga.


Cienaga San Silvestre

Barrancabermeja, Colombia

Other Activity

Getting There

Catch a taxi from downtown Barrancabermeja.

Travel Tips:

To keep costs down, you could bring your own picnic. Make sure to bring plenty of sun protection and watch out for freshwater stingrays near the shore in dry season.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: beginner/easy.

Here are other activities in and around Barrancabermeja that may be of interest: The River Train,

By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
10 Feb 2012

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