Barichara

December 27, 2013

3 coaches and 5.5 hours later, Barichara is similar to Ville de Leyva. But even more beautiful.

Coaches

The coach out of Ville de Leyva was more a van, the road unsealed and dusty. At a small interchange, we waited to hail a blue and white coach like  it was a taxi. The first we didn’t recognize, the second was full and didn’t stop, the third we got on.  Once underway the air conditioned coaches take you rapidly through the lush country side, usually with Colombian music playing. Some are driven quite aggressively, making ambitious overtaking maneuvers on blind corners. On the winding road out of Solento 80% of the traffic was trucks, the rest mostly coaches. We overtook everything.

The hostel owner at Barichara documented his FAQs in a handy photocopied sheet: where to eat, what to do, bus time tables etc. I solute him.

The El Camino Real on the edge of town is a historic path between Barichara  and Guane. About 9 km / 2 hours walk, it is a cobbled ancient trail that takes you into the sleepy village of Guane - famous for goat milk products (FAQs says).

Below: Approaching the main square

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Below: The El Camino Real trail

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Below:  View along the El Camino Real trail

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Below:  View along the El Camino Real trail

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Below:  Butterfly along the El Camino Real trail

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