You Need to Know About the Prettiest Town in Colombia
“Perhaps it’s the fresh air, the small-town lifestyle, the staggering mountains, or the childhood memories, but all I know is that when the land is calling me, that’s where I want to be,” says Giselle Hernandez, who tries to pay a visit to Barichara in Colombia’s Santander region whenever possible. She’s not alone in her adoration, and if you’re not researching flights by the end of Giselle’s tour of her favorite village in her home country, there might be something wrong with you.
“Two of my top spots to stay are small, boutique hotels set in colonial houses near the center of town. They have all the rustic charm of the area, plus decor that’s equal parts sophisticated, intimate, and welcoming. This place has the best classic white decor. The simplicity allows you to soak in all the little architectural and interior-design details. There’s a terrace on the second floor with a great view of the cathedral and the quaint tile rooftops of neighboring houses.”
“There’s more of a vibrant atmosphere here. I discovered it while walking aimlessly around town—the impressive tropical plants in their lobby lured me in. They have a great restaurant and lots of relaxing little nooks that will make you want to make yourself at home.”
“On the outskirts of the main town, there’s El Salto del Mico, an observation deck where you can sit down and soak in the peacefulness of the surrounding landscape. To get there, walk or take a moto-taxi from the plaza. More adventurous explorers can also enjoy rock-climbing and exploring waterfalls in the canyon, both of which are accessible via hike.”
“Walking around the town’s peripheral areas, you’ll also find El Parque Para Las Artes, which features a beautiful stone amphitheater and sculptures made by local artists. True story: Barichara’s architecture is one of the main reasons for its charm and probably also why it serves as the home and inspiration to talented artists.”
“This art space is one of my favorite places to visit. They teach a variety of classes, including ceramics, weaving, jewelry-making, and cooking. Bonus: You can buy all kinds of gems made by the students.”
“I love the food and atmosphere of this restaurant, La Veranera, which is connected to the Fundacion and serves gourmet dishes from the area. Be sure to order the lengua en salsa—my favorite!”