Buca to Bari

I can’t sit still.

So, even with the holidays and my trip to the US fast approaching, Iyla + I booked a trip last week and flew to Bucaramanga last Friday afternoon. Bucaramanga is one of Colombia’s smaller cities, though it’s still home to over a million people. It’s a 40ish minute plane ride northeast of Bogotá, and worlds different with the weather. Bucaramanga is warm and humid, to Bogotá’s cool and rainy climate. I loved Bucaramanga’s manageable size and cute, boutique restaurants and cafes. Cheers to artisanal donuts and an ample dinner selection.

Bucaramanga is also a portal to Colombia’s most beautiful colonial town, Barichara. Iyla and I stayed with Fulbright friends for a night in Bucaramanga, then took a cab and two long, winding bus rides to arrive in Barichara.

Our first night in Bari was quiet; our second day had tons of sunshine, heat, and lots of time spent wandering the cobble-stoned streets. I’d say, Barichara’s main attraction is Barichara itself; you go for the beauty of this super-preserved town and to relax away from its surrounding cities.

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The view from where we stayed, Tinto Hostel
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Iyla + I

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I was not (completely) afraid of this cat.
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More views from the hostel

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The main plaza in Barichara

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Walking the long, quiet streets

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Weaving baskets, bags, + clothes inside of a Barichara shop
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One thing that is not lacking in Barichara: churches

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Lunching
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My favorite home

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In the northeastern corner of town

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In the shade, I didn’t want to leave

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On the far west side of Barichara are massive views and hikes

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Pride rock.

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Collecting more and more bags as the afternoon passes

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The bus ride back to Bucaramanga
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