San Gil, Colombia

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Mattfromtexas

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What to Do

Paragliding

Paragliding in San Gil - $30
by Hacked By of youtube.com/fırlamaadam about 7 years ago
Paragliding in San Gil - $30

Went paragliding for the first time in Colombia! We paraglided just outside of Curiti, one of the neighboring towns to San Gil. From there, you have a nice view of Chicamocha Canyon. Although you can paraglide over the canyon, we opted for the cheaper package and the shorter ride. We were only in the air for 15-20 minutes, which was plenty of time. On the ride up, look for the tobacco fields and wild poinsettia. Hostel Santander Aleman on Calle 12 helped us to make the reservation and arranged our pick up.

Rafting

Rio Suarez as an Amateur
by Matfromtexas about 7 years ago
Rio Suarez as an Amateur

I did the Rio Suarez through the Colombia Rafting Expeditions adventure tour company. As a "less than amateur" rafter, I was scared as hell of doing Class V rapids. But it turns out only one rapid set is Class V, and our guides ported the boat and prepped us on what to expect and how to deal with a worse-case scenario. The rest of the rapid sets are all II, III, and IV's. We were the only raft that went down the river that day. We had one rescue kayak with us, and our guide really knew the river.

Rappelling (Juan Curi Falls)

Splurge for the Professional Photos
by Mattfromtexas about 7 years ago
Splurge for the Professional Photos

The tour company we used offered to have "professional" photos taken of our descent. We paid for them and are happy we did. Well worth the value! Frankly, I was too scared to even consider taking photos, and you get absolutely soaked, so the odds of your camera surviving are slim to none. The photos turned out awesome! You can even see the individual droplets of water.

What to Eat

Street Food

Get your Meat on a Stick from La Gorda
by Mattfromtexas about 7 years ago
Get your Meat on a Stick from La Gorda

In the main square there will always be a handful of street vendors selling fruits, corn, arepas, and meat on a stick. During busy nights, there will likely be 2 different women selling meat on a stick right next to each other. One is skinny and the other is larger. You have to order yours from La Gorda, the larger woman. I don't know if it's the meat quality, or spices, or her overuse of butter, but that meat is good!