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Barichara

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  • Day153

    Barichara y Guane

    January 17 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Ich wache auf mit einem ordentlichen Muskelkater, mache mich aber trotz der Schmerzen mit dem Bus auf den Weg nach Barichara. Das ist ein kleines, gemütliches Kolonialstädtchen und besticht durch seine schönen weißen Fassaden, mit den braun-roten Ziegeldächern und seinem Kopfsteinpflaster. Frühstück mache ich dort in einem Kaffe direkt am Plaza - allerdings merke ich hier langsam, dass ich nicht ganz fit bin. Ab diesem Moment quälen mich Bauchschmerzen, Durchfall und Gliederschmerzen - na prima. Ich ruhe mich noch ein wenig aus in dem Café und mache mich dann auf einen langsamen Rundgang durch das wunderschöne idyllische Dörfchen - ich besuche Aussichtspunkte, den Cementerio, Kirchen und kleine Parks. Eigentlich wollte ich heute noch den Camino Real laufen, eine alte spanische Straße, die teilweise einem indigenen Handelsweg folgt. Der teils noch original erhaltene Steinweg führt vorbei an Feldern und Viehweiden durch eine wunderschöne Landschaft. Ich trinke also noch einen Tee, entspanne ein wenig im Schatten und mache ich dann gegen 14 Uhr auf den Weg nach Guane. Wirklich ein Wunder, wie ich es geschafft habe, denn meine Beine fühlten sich wirklich wie Brei an, einfach energielos. Guane ist ähnlich wie Barichara, nur noch viel viel kleiner :). Von hier nehme ich den Bus wieder nach San Gil. Zurück im Hostel gehe ich noch duschen und nehme gemeinsam mit Melody, Joelle und Florian den Bus um 19 Uhr über Santa Marta nach Riohacha - 700km (115.000 Pesos).Read more

  • Day73

    Barichara, notre étape au Santander

    July 25, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Pour la suite des aventures on change de département et on passe au Santander. On n'est pas vraiment tenté par San Gil et on décide de poser nos valises dans le très joli village de Barichara.

    Pour y arriver on a passé une journée dans les bus depuis Sogamosso car il a fallu changer 2 fois et à chaque fois on a dû sacrément attendre les connexions.... pourtant le chauffeur du bus Tunja-San Gil a bien fait crisser les pneus et chauffer le moteur pour passer de l'autre côté de la Cordillère Orientale ... mais il a tout de même mis 4h.

    On arrive de nuit à Barichara du coup mais on sent déjà deux choses : on a renoué avec un peu de chaleur et c'est plus animé ici le soir que tout ce qu'on a fait jusque là. Coool ! Par contre le coin est visiblement pas donné (resto/logement) mais on trouve une bonne affaire à Mi Ranchito. Peut être que si on fait le tour des posadas du village on peut trouver mieux mais nous on a notre chambre et notre hamac à 1 minute de la place centrale donc on est au poil!

    Barichara c'est très joli. C'est encore un village blanc et des rues en pierre. Ca monte et ça descend ici. Du coup il y a des tuk tuk pour les trajets (mais on ne s'en servira pas dites donc! On fait bosser les jambes histoire de préparer le corps pour les 5 mois qui viennent). On flâne, on bulle, on fait notre lessive,....

    Bon on se bouge quand même et on emprunte le Camino Real (chemin de pierre autrefois emprunté par les indigènes pour relier tous les villages jusqu'à Bucaramanga je crois bien) jusqu'au village de Guane. La ballade est très sympa (prévoir les baskets) et facile car dans ce sens on ne fait que descendre. En chemin on peut observer pas mal d'oiseaux, Greg a même vu le barranquero (oiseau typique du coin) mais pas eu le temps de me le montrer ni de le prendre en photo avant qu'il s'envole.... et on ne l'a plus revu. Snif !

    Guane c'est tout petit mais c'est très mimi aussi. Ici on vous accoste pour vous aire goûter l'alcool local : le "sabajon" à base de tout ce que vous voulez (café, ananas, crème de whisky,...). C'est un peu écœurant car beaucoup trop sucré et sirupeux mais bon... on veut pas vexer... on goûte ! L'église est pas terrible (contrairement à celle de Barichara qui pour une fois sort du lot, c'est celle avec le tuk tuk devant dans les photos). En en sortant, un local nous dit qu'il y a un mirador. On y va et on découvre la grande vallée en effet.

    Pour le retour...il fait trop chaud... on ne se sent pas de remonter, le bus n'est toujours pas là... alors je suis Greg pour lever le pouce. Les colombiens sont vraiment top, la première voiture qui peut s'arrêter le fait ! Et hop en 10 minutes et 0 euros nous voilà de retour à Barichara.

    Pour notre dernier soir on découvre un bon et joli restaurant sur l'extérieur du village : Igua Nauno. On s'en sort pour pas cher comparés aux prix à Barichara donc on le signale ! Et le lieu est superbe et les serveurs adorables (mais comme toujours en Colombie).
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  • Day144

    Cemetery Barichara

    February 20, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    This site is noted for its carved stone tombs, many of them adorned with iron crosses. Here lie dozens of patiamarillos (“yellow feet”); that’s what the people of Barichara are called, because of the yellow color of the streets. Its a beautiful place to stop when in the town.

  • Day144

    Sunset at the Mirador, Barichara

    February 20, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    From the cemetery, we walked to the mirador at the edge of the village. The cliff ends here and there are beautiful views of the valley below. It was almost 5:45 pm and the sun was setting behind the hills on the other side of the valley. There was a nice cafe right at the viewpoint. We stopped there and bought some ice-creams while we waited for the sun to set. The place was really magical with the slanting rays of the sun clearly visible in the slightly foggy air above the valley.Read more

  • Day144

    Barichara at night

    February 20, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    The beautiful colonial town of Barichara was truly magical in the lights that had turned on as it got dark. We reached the main square around 6:20 pm. The last bus from Barichara was at 7 pm, so we still had 40 more min to enjoy the amazing town.

  • Day144

    Hormiga Culona (Big assed ants)

    February 20, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    While waiting for the 7 pm bus, we went to the bakery "Central" right on the main square. They had some fantastic cakes. We bought some and came out and sat in the main square to eat them. After that we went to a nearby souvenir shop and bought some very unique souvenirs from this area. These included an actual ant of about 2.5 cms "Hormiga Culona" encased in a plastic cover as a key-chain. These are a species of leaf cutter ants that are found in this region of Colombia besides a few other places in Venezuela to Paraguay.
    Atta laevigata is known in northern South America as hormiga culona (literally translated as "big-assed ant") or as bachaco. The hormiga culona has been eaten for hundreds of years, as a tradition inherited from pre-Columbian cultures as the Guanes. The ants are harvested for about nine weeks every year, at the time of the rainy season, which is when they make the nuptial flight. There are local beliefs that the ants are aphrodisiacs. The harvesting is done by local peasants who are often wounded by the ants, since the ants have strong mandibles. Only the queens are collected, because the other ants are not considered edible. The legs and wings are removed; after that, the ants are soaked in salty water and roasted in ceramic pans. They are supposed to have a high level of protein and very low levels of saturated fat and an overall high nutritional value. Hristo even bought chocolate covered ants packaged as candy.
    At 7 pm, we caught the last bus to San Gil. There we went to the main square again to one last time have our dinner in one of the fantastic restaurants with their balconies overlooking the square. After the dinner, we picked our bags from the hostel and took a taxi to the inter city bus terminal. Here, we booked ourselves in the bus leaving San Gil to Bogota at 10 pm. The lady at the counter promised us personal entertainment systems and comfortable semi-cama (semi-sleeper) seats. The bus didn't turn up at 10 pm. The lady told us that it was bit late and would reach in about 5 min. Around 10:20 pm, there was still no sign of the bus. We went back to the counter and were told it was reaching in 5 min. At 10:45 pm, the bus did show up and sure enough each seat had a personal entertainment system but the driver had picked up extra passengers on the way, so there was no place for us. We were asked to get off the bus, we were extremely pissed and went to the lady at the counter. She expressed her helplessness as she wasn't aware that the driver had picked up extra passengers. But she promised to put us on the next bus that would be there in.... guess what... yessss 5 min :))
    The bus did turn up in 10 min and we managed to get our seats but there was no personal entertainment system. We were pretty darn pissed at the lady at the ticket counter. First of all, we didn't get the amenities we were supposed to get, then we were starting an hour late and on top of it all, she had given only one receipt of our three tickets. The rest we guessed was going to her pocket. We went back to the counter and demanded the 3 receipts for our tickets. She reluctantly printed out our tickets. We took them and then were off towards Bogota.
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  • Day29

    Arrival in Barichara

    November 6, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Today we travelled from Bogotá to Barichara, a small town about six hours north of Bogotá which is known for its well-kept colonial-style architecture.

    Most of the day was spent travelling from Bogotá to San Gil, the closest major city to Barichara (the ~220km took about 7 hours including a break).

    We arrived at our Airbnb place at about 6pm. A great place, with a very friendly host (Diana) who also runs a small natural-ingredients-based shop and a library out of her house :-)
    Anna managed to get some yoga in before we headed to a great dinner in town. With place for only about 10 guests, the hostess prepares every dish fresh for each guest. Anna loved her Pita so much, we took some bread home for tomorrow :-)
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  • Day30

    Hiking around Barichara and slacklining

    November 7, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We had beautiful weather again and decided to hike to the next village, Guane on a beautiful 10km hike along wild forests and plantations. Guane was a nice and quite sleepy village where we ate our snacks and relaxed before catching the bus back to Barichara.

    After an extensive, midday-sun-avoiding lunch break with new style afogato (espresso with ice cream - here: bubblegum flavor instead of vanilla :-)), we looked for a place to slackline. We used the local park and soon had many visitors from the local youth crowds. Two of them even dared to try it out themselves :-)

    Now: pizza a movie at a private open-air cinema :-)
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  • Day144

    Capilla de Santa Barbara, Barichara

    February 20, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    We walked all the way to chapel of St. Barbara at the end of the road going around the town. The mainly brick construction shows some age, adding to the chapel's historical appeal. From here, we started walking back to the main square.

  • Day174

    Barichara

    November 20, 2018 in Colombia

    Noch bevor ich von dem Ort San Gil gehört habe, habe ich mir das kleine Örtlichen Barichara mit “möchte ich hin” bei Google Maps markiert, da es das schönste Dorf in ganz Kolumbien sein sollte. Dass es direkt bei San Gil liegt, war umso praktischer.

    Viel gibt es zu Barichara allerdings nicht zu berichten. Es ist wirklich einfach nur ein kleines, hübsches, ruhiges Dorf, mit schönen, kleinen weißen Häuschen, die schön mit braunen Ziegelstein-Dächern bedeckt; schönen alten Kopfsteinpflaster Gassen; einem Hauptplatz auf dem riesen Palmen wachsen und natürlich einer schönen Kirche; schönen Aussichtspunkten auf das nahegelegene Gebirge; schönen Blumen und Kakteen, die die Häuser schmücken und sogar der Friedhof ist richtig schön.
    In 1,5 Stunden kann man in das benachbarte Dörfchen Guane wandern - natürlich auf einem schönen Wanderweg mit schönen Aussichten.

    Ein wirklich schöner Tagesausflug war das.
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