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Four Days in Colombia's Best Kept Secret


Why Barichara?

Barichara is a colonial village in the Colombian Andes that is one of the most stunning and best preserved in South America. Even better – it’s still largely untouched by international tourism!

The atmosphere is unmistakable on arrival - cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings with red tile roofs, and tree-lined plazas filled with incredibly friendly locals. Next thing you know, you’re at a lookout over the neighboring canyon. It’s truly as if you’ve stepped back in time, but there’s so more to do here than just snap photos of the incredible architecture for your Instagram and Facebook. Barichara has a long and rich artisan tradition – there are several hundred of them in a town of less than 8,000 inhabitants. Barichara is also the ideal base for incredible active options given its location on the edge of the spectacular canyon and not far from San Gil and the stunning Chicamocha canyon. The variety of outdoor and cultural activities, shopping and relaxed pace in Barichara and the surrounding region make this an ideal and flexible destination for families and groups of friends.

Our Barichara itinerary combines well with Bogota and Cartagena for international connections, and also can be combined with Medellin - all via Bucaramanga airport, just a scenic 3-hour drive away from Barichara.


Arrival into Barichara via Bucaramanga

Welcome to Barichara!

Arrival into Bucaramanga airport today from Bogota or elsewhere in Colombia.

On arrival into Bucaramanga airport, your Barichara guide and driver will welcome you outside baggage claim for your private transfer to Barichara (duration 4 hours including optional stop for a snack or lunch en route.)

Barichara is a small colonial village on the edge of the spectacular Chicamocha Canyon, and is among our favorites in Colombia - certainly one the most beautiful and best preserved in all of South America! Accommodations here at are charming and comfortable but a bit rustic, and you won't find high-end restaurants or shopping like in big cities. This is for those seeking something really authentic, adventurous, and off the beaten path for a mix of culture, adventure and a slower pace.


Barichara is a perfect base for exploring not only the town and its strong artisan community, but also countless outdoor options in the nearby mountains and canyon including hiking, rafting, mountain biking, horseback riding, and visiting nearby coffee and tobacco farms. From arrival to departure, your guide and our local team will serve as your hosts, ensuring you are able to have an unforgettable stay here.

Your Barichara stay includes private vehicle and guide for your airport transfers and 1 private sightseeing activity per paid night of stay, as well as tuc-tuc dinner transfers each evening. Barichara and this region of Colombia is still very young and emerging in the sense of receiving international visitors, so our team is with you there ensure you have the smoothest possible experience and can maximize your enjoyment daily. You'll also have plenty of snacks and bottled water included daily, too.

Services: Arrival transfer with guide
Hotel: Villa Yahri or Casa Barichara
Meals: Dinner



Early this morning, head out with your guide along the historic Camino Real, built in the 19th century to connect the entire region and today used mostly by local farmers. Your 2.5-3-hour hike will include great views of the surrounding countryside, and ends in Guane, a sleepy colonial town that feels stuck in time, just in time for a look around and some lunch. This part of Colombia is known for its tradition of stone-carving by hand, passed down strictly through an apprentice-based system, and during your visit we can arrange to meet with one of the town elders to learn a bit about this impressive tradition and skill.

After time for lunch in Guane (included), you'll return to Barichara for a walking tour around town with your guide. We suggest also a stop into one of the many artisan workshops in town, such as a local women's collective that produces high-quality paper by hand using local plants. With this, they simultaneously recapture lost traditions and provide a source of income and empowerment to local women.

Evening at leisure in Barichara, but we'll make reservations for you for dinner at a favorite spot in town.

Services: Full Day Private Tour
Hotel: Villa Yahri or Casa Barichara
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner



There are a number of options today both in-town and in the surrounding region, based on your interests. Please note starting pricing includes 1 activity per paid night of stay, so your trip price may vary based on the exact options chosen.

  • Spend a half day or full day visiting the workshops of artisans both in town and nearby - stone carving, pottery, ceramics, embroidery and more.
  • Full day hike down into the Chicamocha canyon to the town of Jordan, and whitewater rafting (level III or IV) along the Chicamocha river.
  • Half-day excursion to hike up to and then rappel down the 590-foot Juan Curi waterfall
  • If you're not visiting the Coffee Triangle elsewhere in your trip, visit a traditional small farm near Barichara to learn about Colombia's most famous export, from bean to cup
  • Get a look at this region's flavors and ingredients with a cooking class and lunch or dinner
  • Enjoy some time wandering around town, snapping pictures and visiting the shops of the many artists

Services: Private Tour
Hotel: Villa Yahri or Casa Barichara
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Depart Barichara via Bucaramanga


After checkout, your guide and driver will meet you this morning for your private transfer back to Bucaramanga airport with a stop for lunch en route at one of Colombia's best coffee plantations.

During your transfer, you'll part ways with your driver for a bit to take a cable car across the spectacular Chicamocha canyon.

Your driver will meet you on the other side, to continue your drive onward to Bucaramanga airport in time for your late afternoon flight onward to your next stop in Colombia.

Services: Transfer with guide
Meals: Breakfast, lunch




2 Guests Traveling Together
From USD $2,300 per person, double occupancy

4 Guests Traveling Together
From USD $1,900 per person, double occupancy


  • Suite at Villa Yahri or Casa Barichara
  • For parties of 4 or more, private villa rentals (2- and 3-bedroom) also available.
  • Breakfast daily and service charge in all hotels
  • Lunches during activities
  • Dinner each night at one of Barichara's restaurants (including local tuc tuc transfers) or with a private chef
Transportation and Services
  • Private, local English-speaking guides for all sightseeing (1 activity per night of stay) and airport transfers as described
  • Private transportation for all included sightseein and airport transfers, with bottled water.
  • Entrances for all sights and experiences specifically included in your itinerary
  • 24-hour local emergency contact
  • Full-service advance tailoring of your itinerary and assistance with restaurant reservations


  • Air travel
  • Lunches or dinners other than those specifically included
  • Alcohol
  • Gratuities
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Any other items or services not specifically included in the itinerary

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