San Gil & Barichara Pit Stop
Trip Start Nov 24, 2007
49Trip End May 15, 2008
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To my luck, after arriving in San Gil at 11:30pm (yes it is safe to travel by bus at night in Colombia), I found out it was another 12-14 hours of travel to the town of Cocuy depending on on the infrequent rotating day bus schedule in order to get to the national park
Besides having a great plaza with impressive Ceiba trees and an amazing natural park, the majority of people come to San Gil to do `extreme' things like paragliding and rafting. Not wanting to pay one peso to do either when I can do them back home for free, I have taken the time to do a little chillaxing and make sure the tick bites that I picked up in the Sierra Nevada S.M don't give me any strange illnesses. So instead of a great last few activities leading up to Bogota, I have had to pass on one more yet again. Sulkingly, I have stuffed myself on a few of the best fruit salads I have ever had in my life. Sometime try cheese on top, it's the clincher. Wait, the types of fruit I am eating down here don't even exist in the US. Sorry, you'll just have to imagine the perfect fruit salad with foreign tastes and textures amidst your classic pineapple, melon, banana, kiwi etc and then you'll understand my indulgence.
Between heavenly fruit salads I also went for a worthwhile side trip to the sleepy colonial-preserved pueblo of Barichara
Overall, I am a tad disappointed with the fact that Colombia has two many amazing things to see, dammit, let alone the incredible places you see in aerial photographs but dare venture to for safety reasons and outside Colombia are not even talked about as significant natural wonders of the world. I guess I`ll just go have a fruit salad and wallow in my sorrows.... Wait a minute...arn`t I travelling South and Central America for 5.5 months, not working and still getting to see at least some of these amazing things? I guess sometimes it doesn't hurt to remind oneself....