San Gil

san-gilPOPULATION: 45.000
ALTITUDE: 1.114 m.a.s.l

Known as the adventure tourism capital of Colombia, it’s no exaggeration to say that San Gil has it all. From rafting on the River Suarez, one of the biggest rivers in South America, to rappelling 180m waterfalls to paragliding Colombia’s largest canyon or just relaxing in a colonial town nestled between imposing mountains and watered by gushing rivers.

The “Pearl of the River Fonce”, San Gil is gaining in popularity and in turn becoming a cosmopolitan small town with attractive cafes situated around the central plaza, excellent lodging options and good restaurants. The Parque El Gallineral has to be singled out for special note for being located close to the center of San Gil but on an island in the River Fonce where one can enjoy viewing all different species of flora, in particular the old man’s beard plant that hangs from the tall trees offering much appreciated shade from the midday sun.

But San Gil’s main calling is that it has everything for the adrenaline junky including hydro speed, kayaking and caving. For the more tranquil visitor there are nearby swimming holes, gentle hikes and one of Colombia’s most beautiful colonial towns, Barichara.

Don’t Miss

  • Rafting the whitewater of the River Fonce
  • Strolling through the Parque El Gallineral before trying some toasted ants (a local delicacy!)
  • Discovering the colonial pueblos situated around San Gil such as Barichara, Socorro, Guane, Curití and Cepitá


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