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.