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Adventure Trip Colombia

Overview

In this 8 day trip, you will visit Santander, a department located in the north-eastern Andean region of Colombia, whose capital, Bucaramanga, is known as the “City of Parks” for its abundant trees and its spring-like climate. You will visit the small town of San Gil, known as the Mecca of all extreme sports and the Chicamocha Canyon National Park, which borders the majestic Chicamocha Canyon, was shortlisted to be voted as one of the new seven natural wonders of the world.

Trip Code: CMTSATC

Travel Style: Tailor-Made Journey

Location: Colombia

Flights: Internal flights included in itinerary. Ask us to help book your flights to/from South America.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • You will visit Barichara. undoubtedly one of the most beautiful colonial towns in all of Colombia, paved with cobblestone streets and a declared national monument of Colombia. 

  • Take a walk across the McCormick bridge, a hanging bridge and the first-ever built in Colombia.

  • This itinerary is easily combined with itineraries that include trips to Ecuador or Peru. 

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

Transfer to San Gil from Bucaramanga along a highway that takes in the beautiful natural landscapes that are outstanding here along the Chicamocha canyon. After a journey of roughly 3 hours, arrive in San Gil and check in.

Bucaramanga - San Gil

Leave from San Gil for a 40 minute drive along the road to Charalá, a typical Santanderean town so-called to honour the Guane Cacique “Chalala”. Along the way admire and enjoy beautiful Santanderean landscapes before arriving at the start point.

From here the spectacular waterfall is visible and the hike begins.

The walk starts in the open and sunny pathway towards the torrents of water that flow along the Juan Curí River. After 30 minutes, the pathway enters the verdant forests and the scenery changes. On arriving there is an abundance of nature and a natural swimming pool that has been formed by the waterfall where bathing is possible. This is a magical place where energy is replenished and one can enjoy the nature and the fresh water.

San Gil – Juan Curi waterfalls

In the afternoon, leave from the jetty on the riverbanks of the River Fonce located 30 minutes from San Gil After a short walk to the jump off point, receive a technical debriefing and then start rafting.

The trip takes place in an inflatable boat down a freshwater river in that the water takes on a greyish hue. The average descent is 7 per cent with no major changes. Over the course of 1.30 hours and a distance of 9km the experience will cover strong rapids (Grade III) in the first section, gentle waters in the second and end with Grade II rapids before arriving in the San Gil Country Club opposite the Parque Gallineral. During the whole expedition riverside forest and typical Santanderean landscapes will be on show.

San Gil - Half Day Rafting

Departure to Barichara, located 25km from San Gil. This town was declared a National Architectural Monument in 1975 for the well preserved urban structure and colonial Spanish-style architecture.
The houses are expansive and encompass a cloister style design around internal gardens, intricate stonework and clay tiles on the rooftops. The cobblestone streets speak volumes for the culture and the population of this Santanderean town that is known for its cuisine, stonemasonry, weaving, obacco growing and gathering “hormigas culonas”, large ants (fried up and eaten and considered an aphrodisiac).

The tour starts on foot in the town centre in the Plaza Principal which is elegantly ringed by tall palm trees and leafy foliage. On the western edge of the park is the Alcaldia, a truly colonial edifice with large balconies, internal stone columns and the monument to the Hormiga Culona in its central patio. The churches of note are La Inmaculada Concepción and San Lorenzo Mártie which have altars bathed in gold. At the top of the town is the Capilla de Santa Barbara built at the end of the XVIII century and on one side is a huge ceiba tree. This tree was scared to the indigenous Guane people that inhabited these lands prior to the arrival of the Spanish. The Parque para Las Artes Jorge Delgado Sierra is littered with interesting stone sculptures contributed by both local artists and international ones.

The Casa Natal de Aquileo Parra, the 11th President of Colombia, is today a small museum and also an elderly peoples’ recreation centre where they can work on handicrafts. There are outstanding viewpoints from which one can enjoy views of the Suarez river valley as well as the town’s streets and architectural offerings. Afterwards, visit the Casa de Arte de Oficios, where local artists display their works such as cotton and fique weavings.

The trip continues on the Guane, a small town located on a tiny plateau beside the hills and alongside the majestic Suarez River. This journey can be made on foot along the old Camino Real which extends 5km connecting the Guane with the town of Barichara. This ancient pathway was paved in stones by the pre-Columbian Guane people.

During this walk one can appreciate beautiful landscapes, valleys and fossils all the while treading in the footsteps of a past culture.
Guane is a perfectly preserved colonial village, with a pre-Columbian past, dating to the XVII century is at an altitude of 1100m. Visit the Arqueopaleontológico Museum and the Plaza Central.

San Gil – Barcihara and Guane - Barichara

Early in the morning, leave the hotel to start a hike with a private guide. Walk along the mountains from Villanueva to Jordan.

The impressive Chicamocha canyon is seen from various aspects throughout the hike with impressive landscape and stunning natural scenery. Stop for lunch at Shangrila Eco-Farm for a typical asado and enjoy some free time. Dinner will be made by a cooked by a local family.

Barichara – Chicamocha Canyon Hike

After breakfast, enjoy a short hike to some waterfalls and natural pool or spend some time in the Eco-Farm learning about sustainable agriculture.
After lunch, head to McCormick Bridge, a hanging bridge built in the 19th century, and the first of its kind in Colombia. The bridge connects Jordan and Los Santos. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Chicamocha Canyon Hike

After breakfast, transfer to Bucaramanga.

Los Santos - Bucaramanga

Upon arrival enjoy paragliding from the Ruitoque Plateau.

Bucaramanga Paragliding

Transfer to local airport for departure flight.

Bucaramanga

This is a suggested itinerary. All Tailor-Made journeys can be customised to suit. Add in additional highlights, spend more time in areas of particular interest to you, or extend your journey to visit other regions of Latin America or Antarctica.

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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Why not add on a tour to the Galapagos at the end of your South American journey, spending 4 days exploring the beautiful archipelago that abounds with fascinating wildlife? Amidst spectacular volcanic scenery you will see a myriad of birds and animals from lava lizards to blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, frigatebirds and giant tortoises. Find out more

  • Explore the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the archaeological marvel that is Machu Picchu. Discover the traditional rural life of the Lares region. Experience the evolving role of the original Andean people as you move from unique lodge to lodge, experiencing daily hikes with panoramic views of waterfalls, snow peaks and turquoise lakes and discovering breathtaking sites of ancient Inca civilisation. Find out more.

  • Amend you itinerary to include a stay in Quito. Discover the incredible blend of colonial architecture as well as a modern, pulsating Latin city. Visit indigenous markets, some of which are the largest in South America, all at the base of beautiful snow-capped peaks.Find out more.

WHY TAILOR-MADE?

  • Personalise your itinerary
  • Access to great flight deals
  • Choose your accomodation
  • Tailored travel insurance options
  • Choose your preferred dates
  • Cater to your travel needs

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Important Information

  • Private airport transfers
    Internal flights as mentioned on itinerary
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Lunch and dinner on day 5 & 6

    Exclusions

    International flights
    Travel insurance
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Beverages
    Any items not mentioned as included
    Gratuities for guide/driver

  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

    This is a Tailor-Made itinerary which can be customised to create your own unique journey. Contact us to discuss your travel plans.

  • Season and availability

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore remain culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE