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Colombia - San Gil

San Gil is a small town nestled in a valley on the bank of Rio Fonce, offering an array of adventure sports, and the climate is near perfect! We went white water rafting, where we managed to 'accidentally' fall into the cool water several times, and swam down some of the more gentle rapids.

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Then I couldn't pass up the opportunity to paraglide over the spectacular Chicamocha canyon. After waiting for the clouds to lift, my instructor and literally ran over the cliff edge into the canyon....and we were airborne! Up in the air for around 25 minutes was plenty of time, and the company Paravolar located in the San Gil plaza were very professional and offer a video included for COL150,000. After all the excitement of paragliding, Paul couldn't miss out so and decided it was time to try out a zip line offered in Chicamocha Park, around 1000m long with nice views of the canyon.

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We stayed at Le Papillon Hostel, which was nice and small, great rooms, suprisingly cheap and a nice place to hang out. The Swiss owners were so friendly and shared their home baked bread and pizza with us. Also worth a visit is El Mana for a set lunch at 10,000 a piece (about $5) you get a fabulous 3 course meal, with extras and silver service (Colombian style)! Barichara and Guane are two small completely colonial towns about an hour from San Gil, with white buildings, cobbled streets and painted wooden shutters. So gorgeous, a visit here made us feel like we'd stepped back in time for the afternoon.

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Posted by TheNomadWay.com 16:00 Archived in Colombia

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