Due to the country’s landscape, nature, and culture, Colombia is commonly known as “World in one country”
Cañon del Chicamocha
From Minca we drove straight south with the goal to visit the Parque Natural Los Estoraques. At a gas station where we asked about directions, we were told by military and police to skip this area and to stay on the main road due to guerrilla activities. They let us camp at the gas station and police made sure we were safe. We drove through Bucaramanga and camped at Cańon del Chicamocha. 220 km in length and over 2km in height, the canyon not only is one of the largest in the country but in the world.
Beautiful Barichara is a perfectly maintained hilltop colonial town. We immediately liked this town and the surroundings. We camped at the mirador overlooking the Suarez Canyon. Explored what the town had to offer and also hiked the Camino Real to Guane and back. For the New Year celebrations we decided to get a room at the Hostel Tinto, where at check-in they let you try the typical food in the area like fried big ass ants. It was a great surprise when suddenly Jan and Joan showed up. We love how without planning we keep meeting up again. Also Sarah & Erdem checked into the same hostel. So together we had a great potluck dinner and headed to the main plaza for the New Year Celebrations with lots of fireworks and dancing. Happy New Year everyone!
Hiking Camino Real
The Camino Real, a one and a half hour hike down a 160 year old colonial trail through farm land to the delightful town of Guane.
It was not easy to leave Barichara and travel friends behind but were excited for some hiking in the remote Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy.