Known as the most beautiful town in all of Colombia, Barichara is renowned for its perfectly preserved colonial architecture, houses of Tapia (compacted earth), clay-tiled roofs, peaceful cobbled roads, and its artisan workshops and shops. On your tour, you’ll visit remarkable chapels, churches, graveyards, parks, and sculptures.
Your guide will accompany you through this walking tour of the most important streets, such as Calle Real. Along with the most significant Churches, including the Cathedral of Barichara, the Church of the Risen Christ, and the Chapel of Santa Barbara. You’ll have time to stop to enjoy a delicious coffee, and discover different viewpoints, where you will appreciate the amazing structure of the paths that date back over 600 years, to the times before the arrival of the Spaniards, and that of the Guane Indians.
You’ll stroll through some of the best handcrafted artisan shops where you can pick up a unique souvenir. You’ll also have the opportunity to use a local plant called Fique to make your very own handmade paper.
After you’ve mastered the art of papermaking or at least given it a good try, you’ll check out the incredible views of the Suarez Canyon at the edge of the town. At this point, you have the choice of strolling around Barichara and taking more photos or exploring the Camino Real trail (or at least part of it) and hiking for about 2 hours to Guane. (optional, and additional tour time). The 5.5 km (3.4ml) Camino Real walking trail running between Barichara and Guane, was declared a National Monument in 1977, thousands of visitors every year now enjoy walking along the same stone path hand-built by the local indigenous before the arrival of the Spaniards.