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San Gil & Barichara – the great outdoors never tasted so good

11 Apr

San Gil is a destination on the rise and considered to be the number 1 place in Colombia for extreme sports. It’s not unusual to see groups of wet-suit clad rafters charging towards the river, graceful para-gliders soaring like birds in the sky, or cavers checking and double checking the batteries powering their helmet lights. Known as ‘La Tierra de Aventura’ or Land of Adventure, the possibilities for raising your pulse rate in the great outdoors are endless. For those who aren’t so keep on high adrenalin activities preferring to save their sanity, the list of options for days trips is also huge. Just a stone’s throw from San Gil old colonial villages, waterfalls and pristine wilderness are all waiting to be explored. Many people count on spending a couple of days here but end up extending their stay by a week or more as they enjoy it so much.

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A recipe for colonial beauty – Ville de Leyva

3 Apr

Take a good helping of cobblestones and mix well with white washed buildings topped by terracotta tiles. Add a pinch of colourful creeping plants and lightly stir in some locals steering horse-drawn carts. Make a space in the middle of your mixture for one of South America’s largest plazas and pour in a good amount of art and crafts. Whilst it’s warming in the temperate climate, sit back, relax, and breath in the aromas from French bakeries and cute coffee houses serving Colombia’s finest beans.

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