San Gil

Colombia’s adventure-sports hotspot, SAN GIL is one of the biggest backpacker draws in the country. The town itself is small, friendly and easy to get around (give or take the odd steep hill), but what brings in the visitors is the opportunity it affords to take part in high-adrenaline sports such as whitewater rafting, paragliding and other exciting outdoor activities in the surrounding countryside. San Gil is also an excellent base for day-trips to the colonial town of Barichara and the Parque Nacional del Chicamocha. In the way of sights, on the other hand, San Gil itself doesn’t really have very much. The tree-shaded main square, Parque la Libertad gets quite animated after sundown, when people come to hang out in the cool of the evening. The cathedral, in the northwest corner, is worth a second glance. It was built in the late eighteenth century, in rich, tawny sandstone from Barichara, and its retablo, in white with gold and red trimming, is quite magnificent. \n San Gil is a town municipality in the Department of Santander in northeastern Colombia, located roughly 300 km (192 mi) from Bogotá and 95 km from the department's capital, Bucaramanga. As of 2020, San Gil had a population of roughly 46,000 people within the total municipal area, making it the third largest urban area in the department, after Bucaramanga and Barrancabermeja. Founded in 1689, San Gil is over 300 years old. It was officially named the tourist capital of the region in 2004, thanks to its outdoor activity opportunities such as rafting, caving, kayaking and hiking.

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