A national monument since 1978, the colonial village of Barichara offers supreme relaxation and some of the prettiest cobblestone streets in Colombia.
Visit beautiful Barichara to recharge, relax, and soak up the colonial village’s traditional Spanish charm. Sip wine in the sun against a backdrop of picture-perfect whitewashed houses, red roofs and cobbled streets. Explore churches sculpted from clay and steeped in character, or immerse yourself in thrilling outdoor pursuits, from paragliding to rafting. Whatever your taste, Barichara provides the perfect blend of culture and adventure.
Selected as the locale for many a Spanish-set movie, Barichara oozes traditional Colombian charm. Its quaint cobbled streets and rustic, red-topped buildings nestled against the lush green splendour of the Andes, have earned it the reputation as Colombia’s prettiest town. The area was preserved by the Colombian People’s Heritage Network and declared a national monument in 1978 – and it’s easy to see why. Boasting stunning colonial architecture and myriad churches, including the imposing sandstone Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Barichara transports the traveller back in time.
To visit this sublime colonial village is to embrace a slower pace of life. Barichara oozes calm and serenity, as well as divine local food and gorgeous boutique accommodations. Indulge in a spa treatment at the Tuscan-style Terra Barichara Spa to enjoy the ultimate in relaxation and unparalleled views. If thrills are more your thing, head to the adventure lover’s paradise of San Gil, half an hour’s drive away, where you can enjoy paragliding, rafting and rappelling. Whether you’re a daydreamer or a daredevil, Barichara is the perfect spot to see the sights and breathe in the beauty.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
This stunning sandstone cathedral is a must-see for any visitors to Barichara. The centrepiece of the town, the building is a striking example of 18th century colonial architecture, and glows a beautiful golden-orange as the sun goes down.
Hike the Camino Real to Guane
Undertake the two-hour hike along the old road from Barichara to Guane and be rewarded with stunning scenic views along the way. The walk is serene and beautiful, while the village of Guane boasts equally picturesque streets and its own fair share of traditional architecture.
Taller de Cerámica Terracota
Explore your inner creative with a visit to a ceramics class at Taller de Cerámica Terracota. The classes are open to all, from seasoned artists to total beginners. Give the potter’s wheel a whirl and craft a unique piece of art, sure to serve as the perfect Barichara keepsake.