Colombia
Barichara

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  • 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.Read more

  • 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.Read more

  • 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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  • Day50

    Sleepy Barichara

    January 28, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    A town they might have used to film "Romancing the Stone" if they didn't film it in Mexico.

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