Photo Journal: Barichara and Guane, Colombia 25


Barichara is a well-preserved Colonial style town about thirty minutes away from San Gil, Colombia, where I have been staying for about a week or so. San Gil is up in the hills, roughly halfway between Santa Marta on the coast and Bogota. The weather here has been a welcome relief after a few weeks in the heat and humidity on the coast.

Barichara is one of the best maintained towns I have been in almost anywhere in Latin America, especially for its size. The roads are all done out of hand-hewn stone — more on that in a subsequent post. In short, it is a beautiful little town.

Guane is a really tiny little village close-by. There is a downhill trail that goes from Barichara to Guane that is well worth a hike that takes about an hour and half. Luckily, you can get a bus from there, because the hike back up the hill would be a tough one.

blue painted window in Barichara, Colombia
the Catholic church on the hill in Barichara, Colombia

photo of green door in Barichara, Colombia

guy working in Barichara, Colombia

Catholic church on main square in Barichara, Colombia

the Catholic church on the main square

inside a grocery store in Barichara, Colombia


About Michael Hodson

Iā€™m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.


25 thoughts on “Photo Journal: Barichara and Guane, Colombia

  • Adam

    Very nice. Looks like a pretty cool town, and the pictures are great. I LOVE Colombia, and I hadn’t heard of this place before.

  • Jaime D.

    Those are some great pictures!!! I especially love the last one. It reminds me of my grandpas store in Gral. Teran, Mexico. It is stocked just like that (diff products of course).

  • Michael Hodson

    Many thanks Jaime and Adam. I really love Colombia. The people are perhaps the friendliest on the planet. Plenty of big cities that are wonderful (Medellin, Cartegana, Bogota, Cali), great beach villages, mountain towns, things to do. I think it is going to be the “it” destination for North Americans this decade.

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      thanks! I don’t think the kid was happy with me clicking the pic, but I love the order of the place, and him off in the corner.

  • Dave and Deb

    Great shots! There is something about the 1st one that I love. The vivid blue painted shutters against the creamy background just makes it float in the picture. It seems like such a tiny window on a huge wall. And I like how it is off centre. Nice!

  • Tara Curley

    ohhhhhh thank you, i lived in Bucaramanga ten years ago and used to go to Barichara & San Gil often.
    Brings back so many memories

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      many thanks — you are an inspiration on the wide angle shots. Just trying keep up with you!

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      many thanks Andrew. I do need to shoot more, if anything, just to get my energy level up. I like the shot in the arm that comes from thinking creatively (a bit) with a camera in my hand.

  • Carolina!

    Thank you for taking the time to visit my country, It is a great one and like all others we have problems but also we have great things too!!! =) I love foreigns that love my country!!! so i send you some Colombian love!!!! =)

    • Michael Hodson Post author

      I love your country and can’t wait to come back. Such a great place and even greater and more beautiful people.

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