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About San Gil

Capital of Guanenta's province, is a colombian municipality located on the road between Bucaramanga and Bogota, in Santander's department. Is the most important urban nucleus of the south of Santander. Also, it's famous for being a perfect destination for adventure sports and experiential tourism. In the XVI century emerged the first populations and the others were product of the trade, mining, quinoa's extraction, tobacco cultivation, etc. San Gil was founded and was inhabited by spanish people, thus it was an important power point during the colony. In 1887, San Gil obtained the title of Municipality because the governor Peña Solano decreed the municipal ordinance.In 2004, San Gil was designated the turistic capital of Santander's department. Currently, it develops in the commercial, urban, educational and industrial sector. It is cataloged as the third largest and most important city in the department.

Travel tips for San Gil

If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to rainforest areas- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.It's better if you visit several sports agencies before you buy any service so you can compare prices, in that way you can choose the most economic and safe choice.

San Gil weather

Best time to visit San Gil

The best month to visit San Gil is november because they celebrate traditional fairs and parties. They organized several festivals where important artists present to give shows and performances.

Climate in San Gil

San Gil is located 1117 meters above sea level. Thus, it's minimum temperature is 59°F (15°C), it's medium temperature is 75.2°F (24°C), and it's maximum temperature is 89.6°F (32°C). The months of greatest precipitation are April, May, September and October.

Things to do in San Gil

Nightlife in San Gil

El Solar Bar

Location:Road 9 # 9 - 97
Club with comfortable spaces. It’s highly recommended for its great service, for its price and for having great music to dance.

Queen 1991 Disco-bar

Location: Road 17 # 30-48
Disco that offers good service, trending music and delicious cocktails. Also, sometimes they invite electronic dj’s to play the best mixes.

Where to eat in San Gil

La Barra 1516 Pub & Grill

Location: 10 Street N. 12-184 C.C. The local bridge 207
Hours: 12:00pm- 1:00am
Precio: unknown
Restaurant with a great view of San Gil, it offers international meals and craft beers from different parts of the world. If you want to listen rock music instead of reaggeton, it’s the right place.

Gringo Mike's

Location: Lopez House, 12 Street, N. 8-35, Local 103
Hours: 8:00am- 11:00pm
Price: unknown
Restaurant famous for its American west coast burgers. In addition, they use local ingredients to improve the recipe’s taste. It’s highly recommended for its tasty seasoning.

The tourist places to see in San Gil are

Pozo azul

Location: 2 kilometers from the principal municipality, to one side of the road that conducts to Bucaramanga
All day
Price: Free entrance
Very famous beaches that have natural pools, formed by the water of the Curiti ravine. Also, there are restaurants and cafes.

El Gallineral Park

Location: Cra. 11 #21-1, Malecón Turístico
Hours: 8:00am- 5:00pm
Price: Children 5000 COP and adults 6000 COP
Island located between Fonce river and Curiti ravine. It’s an attractive place for its hanging moss, walking trails, chicken coops, exhibition animals, small square and pool. It’s the perfect place to enjoy an exotic landscape with your family or friends.

Descent of the River Fonce

Location: 10 kilometers from El Gallineral Park
Hours: unknown
Price: unknown
Is one of the most important places in San Gil, where tourists practice rafting, swim and contemplate nature.

The things to do in San Gil

Guane’s Museum of archeology and anthropology

Location: Cl. 12 #9-100, San Gil
Hours: 8:00am- 5:00pm
Price: unknown
Small museum that shows recovered objetcs and explains the Guane’s culture history in Santander.

Santa Cruz’s Cathedral

Location: In the municipality’s principal square
Hours: unknown
Price: Free entrance
Beautiful church built in the XVI century. Its colonial architecture is very attractive as well as its altar, columns, and stone and ceramic sculptures.

Typical dishes in San Gil

Hormigas culonas

Typical of Santander’s region. To cook them, wings, abdomen and legs are removed. Then, they are toasted in a frying pan with oil and seasoned with salt.


Typical dish that’s elaborated with the goat’s entrails and blood, onion, pepper, cumin, achiote, lard, eggs and grated bread. It’s served with cooked and chopped potatoes.

How to reach San Gil

San Gil by train

Currently, there is no passenger train service operating in San Gil.

San Gil by flight

Los Pozos airport is the closest to San Gil, it’s located to the north of the city. This is one of the most important airports of Santander’s south region. Currently, it receives national flights from different cities. In the future they want to implement a commercial airline that operates daily flights to encourage tourism.

San Gil by bus

San Gil has a modern transport hub, located to the south-west of the city, on the way out to Bogota. The distance from Bogota to San Gil is 186.411 miles (300 km) and the approximate travel time is 6 hours 41 minutes. The approximate ticket’s price is 51056 COP. The distance from Medellin to San Gil is 299.501 miles (482 km) and the approximate travel time is 11 hours 4 minutes. The approximate ticket’s price is 81608 COP. The distance from Cali to San Gil is 472.242 miles (760 km) and the approximate travel time is 17 hours 41 minutes. The approximate ticket’s price is 128263 COP.

Accomodations in San Gil

    Open House Hostel

    Location: 8 Road N° 11-78, 684031
    Price: 21 000 COP
    Hostel located 20 meters from La Libertad park and 1 km from El Gallineral park. It offers comfortable rooms with shared bathroom. It has a 24-hour reception and free Wi-Fi. Guests can have free coffee and tea during the day.

    La Mansión Hostel

    Location: 12 Street # 8-69, 684031
    Price: 26 000 COP
    Hostel located 49 km from Piedecuesta and 14 km from Barichara. It offers rooms with private bathroom and TV. Also, it has a 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi and a ping pong table.

Important dates in San Gil

Fairs and partiesOctober 31- November 10Activities and traditional festivals that take place every year in San Gil. Among the main attractions are: the serenade to San Gil in the Cathedral, the decoration of balconies of the historic center, cattle trade fair, popular open-air dance, orchid and garden festival, gastronomic festival, parade of old cars through the streets of the city and the exhibition of handicrafts.

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