Camino Real
Camino Real
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SirDrankalot
4,219 contributions
Oct 2020
At the trailhead from the NW corner of the streets in Barichara, there is a stone marking the entrance to the trail. The trail is easy to follow and if you start in Barichara it is mostly downhill. There are places along the way that offer food and drink. I wish I would have allotted more time to stop at some of those places, but the trail was very enjoyable. The views are fantastic and there is a bus at the end where you can return to Barichara. The ride back is about 20 mins and was a few thousand pesos per person.
Written October 28, 2020
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dkennedy01
Santiago, Chile85 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
This is a highly recommendable outing. You’ll need some fairly good running or hiking shoes, a significant amount of water, sunscreen, and leaving early on the trail to really enjoy it. My family and I left a touch late - 9:15am, and this was probably a touch too late. I’d recommend hitting the trail while the early morning cool is still there - say, between 7am and 8am.

Nevertheless, the 9KM walk is highly enjoyable. You don’t need to be in top shape to do this, but you have to be able to pick your way down some decently steep rocky embankments. You’ll find yourself looking forward to getting to the village and, while there are no markers to tell you how close (or not) you are to your destination, we found several groups of people returning from Guane who encouraged us along.

Highly recommended. Go prepared (see above), but go.
Written December 31, 2022
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aldman64
Aldbourne, UK202 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This 5km hike starts and finishes steeply but otherwise is fairly flat. You need to watch your step because the old cobble stones are uneven. It was no problem for two of us in our 70s and took about two and a half hours to complete. It gets very hot so start early and take plenty of water. There are two places to replenish supplies on route but they are quite close to the start and finish.

The scenery is magnificent with good views of mountains and the surrounding valley. Cows, birds and butterflies were plentiful.

Guane is an attractive old village and the ideal place for lunch or a drink. The bus back to Barichara leaves from the main plaza 15 minutes past every hour.
Written March 13, 2020
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New Brunswick
Montevideo, Uruguay11 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The hike from Barichara to Guane was a highlight of this trip along with the hike up Monserrate in Bogota .
The Camino Real , I’m sixty-two , fit and a walker . I will pass this along , it was “ Hot “ so pack plenty of water . There’s a spot where you can stop en route for cerveza , I didn’t stop . Start early if you’re able , again , it was hot .
The scenery was amazing , and such an overworked description can’t do the views any justice .
Guane is well worth the walk !

Barichara is easy to reach from San Gil .

If you’re staying in San Gil , do yourself a favour and stay at the , Hotel Campestre la Montana ! You’re never going to want to leave .
Written February 14, 2024
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Melissa B
Medellin, Colombia19 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Its a short easy trail of 5 Km long (it takes about 1 hour and a half to walk it). I walked the barichara- guane trail, it’s beautiful, has incredible parts of the trail with tiles made by prisoners like 200 years ago and many trees that give it a fairytale feeling. If you think its too easy you can to it back and forth, that would be almost 3 hours walking. Its also very good that you dont need a local guide to do it. And also, its very safe.
Written May 9, 2021
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5bottomspink
Fredericksburg, VA91 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
A wonderful walk. Best done early before it’s hot. Take water. Have good shoes. Not for the infirm. Wander through farms and stone walls. Ground is uneven cobbles. Lots of birds, cattle, some goats and dogs. Finish in Guane and have a late breakfast or early lunch. Take time for the museum in Guane.
Written February 13, 2020
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Bicks_medellin
Colombia8,634 contributions
Aug 2022
A really enjoyable walk with beautiful views from Barichara to Guane. I actually used it for my daily exercise and ran it, which was excellent. This is well worth doing if you visit Barichara. Its much easier going from Baricchara then coming back from Guane to Barichara if your fitness levels are not the best. Take water and sunscreen - it was really hot.
Written September 27, 2022
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Jose Pedro Pinto
Bogota, Colombia34 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
I recommend you to do a more interesting trail, passing by 6 small towns: Cabrera, Barichara, Guane, Villa Nueva, Jordán y Los Santos. It's a beautiful trekking that you can make in 3 to 4 days. You don't need to reserve any place, nor pay any agent. You just have to pay your food and places where you stay. Follow the path in Maps Me and enjoy the nature and local culture away from tourists. WARNING: The last part of the trekking is tough... Since you have to go down a cabin and then up again (in the other side). But it's worth it!!! Just remember to get up early in the last day, so the sun won't get you in the middle of the way up.
Written March 12, 2018
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Tom Z
Orinda, CA5 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Enjoyable hike for its mostly downhill inclination and beautiful views of the big mountains across the valley, along with butterflies zumbando here and there. We did this hike with kids ages 9 & 11, took us 1hr45min with some stops. Bring a water bottle or two because it was hot out there - but not terribly. The bus back from Guane runs every hour on the quarter after until 6:15 and costs $2200 pesos. Nice change up from pueblo attractions.
Written July 25, 2017
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Maddin B
43 contributions
We got the Bus from san gil at 9 (45minutes, 4000$) , in barichara we asked for the camino real and walked in around 1:30 to guane but did no breaks and walked quite fast because we wanted to be back early in san gil
In guane the buses leave every hour :15 (f.e. 10:15, 11:15, ...) and go back to barichara and then to San gil
So we were back in San gil around 1 pm and made it to Villa de leyva on the same day, nice trip!!!
Written May 10, 2015
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