Likened to a freshwater âocean,â the CiÃ©naga 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 ciÃ©naga, 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 ciÃ©naga.
Cienaga San Silvestre
Catch a taxi from downtown Barrancabermeja.
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.