BARICHARA
Santander, Colombia

Barichara Church

Just a 40 minute bus ride away lies the sleepy town of Barichara. The traditional cobblestone streets and stunning colonial architecture make it easy to see why it’s thought to be one of Colombia’s prettiest towns. Spend your day admiring the impressive 18th century sandstone church which dominates the main plaza or browsing local fossils, pottery and art at the casa de la cultura (1,000 pesos entrance). With an abundance of artisan shops and cosy cafes, Barichara provides the ideal setting to wile away a sunny afternoon.

Alternatively, those looking for a little more action can take the easy hour and a half/two hour hike along the Camino Real to the nearby village of Guane. The spectacular mountain views, paleontology museum and numerous artisan shops selling locally produced fabrics and other goodies provide ample reason to make this trip. Those who wish to avoid the trek can take a local bus which runs frequently between Barichara and Guane.

For a complete experience, why not stay a night or two? Filled with restaurants serving Colombian, Mediterranean and even Asian dishes, this charming town caters to all. Spend your evening chatting with locals and admiring the incredible sunset at one of the town’s quaint little bars before retiring for a good night’s sleep in a traditional colonial house. The beautiful Tinto hostel, just three blocks from the main square, provides an ideal place to relax and absorb the tranquility of this picture perfect town.