Barichara: The Prettiest Pueblo in Santander

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Barichara
Barichara
My favorite door in Barichara
My favorite door in Barichara

Barichara is considered by many to be the prettiest pueblo in Colombia. In 1978, it was declared a National Monument on account of its architectural heritage dating back hundreds of years.

While I will say it is one of the best-preserved pueblos in Colombia, I can’t go so far as to say it’s the prettiest. Guatape, Salento, and Jardin are also up there in my book.

I took a short bus ride from San Gil to visit, but unfortunately for me it was a Monday, when most restaurants and shops are closed. The heat of the day also ensures few people are walking around in the late morning and afternoon.

If you want to get a real sense of Barichara, I recommend spending the night. It’s far prettier a pueblo than San Gil, and there are lots of restaurants around to feed hungry travelers.

Church of the Inmaculada Concepción in the main plaza
Church of the Inmaculada Concepción in the main plaza
Inside the Church of the Inmaculada Concepción
Inside the Church of the Inmaculada Concepción
I love the varied colors and textures of the buildings' facades
I love the varied colors and textures of the buildings’ facades
Looking down the street toward the main plaza
Looking down the street toward the main plaza
The Chapel of Jesus sits on a hill overlooking the pueblo
The Chapel of Jesus sits on a hill overlooking the pueblo
Hormiga culonas (ants) are sold in shops and restaurants throughout the pueblo
Hormiga culonas (ants) are sold in shops and restaurants throughout the pueblo
I love the faded blue paint on the windows and doors of this building
I love the faded blue paint on the windows and doors of this building
Entrance to the Pizza y Pita restaurant, which was closed along with most businesses on Monday (the one day I decide to visit)
Entrance to the Pizza y Pita restaurant, which was closed along with most businesses on Monday (the one day I decide to visit)
Beautiful flowers erupt over a wall
Beautiful flowers erupt over a wall
Green balconies near the main square
Green balconies near the main square
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