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Top 10 Best Things to Do in San Gil

San Gil is considered to be the adventure Walhalla of Colombia. You can expect to meet a lot of fellow thrill-seekers in this town. Despite of being quite small, there are many tour operators which can hook you up with the best tours for good prices and most importantly a big portion of adrenaline.

Luckily, San Gil has also plenty of options to relax, such as natural pools, parks, and waterfalls. You can also choose to explore the area on your own, because it has so many beautiful hikes!

Let’s see what San Gil has to offer!

1. Mountain biking

What is a better way to see San Gil and its beautiful surroundings than by mountain bike? It offers you a fair amount of exercise, adrenaline, and stunning scenery. Rushing rivers, steep descents, canyons, and beautiful mountains are things which you can find in and around San Gil. It offers trails for all kinds of levels and durations.

2. Rafting

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San Gil is the perfect place for rafting. It has two rivers where you can go white water rafting. The difference between these two is the level it offers. Río Fonce is a good option for beginners, children, and more easy-going rafters. When you want to experience a lot of adventure and something more challenging, then Río Suarez is your place to be! Imagine yourself going through level 5 rapids which will fill your body with adrenaline. 

There is little doubt that going rafting in San Gil is one of the most fun things to do!

3. Paragliding

When you have seen enough of the land-based activities, you can opt to go paragliding over the Chicamocha Canyon. This is one of the best ways to see the breathtaking surroundings and to get your adrenaline flowing. As this activity starts with running off the edge of the canyon into the unknown. For the daredevils among us, you can even ask the instructor to do some tricks which will change this tranquil flight into an experience you will never forget.

4. Bungee jumping

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The place to go bungee jumping is definitely San Gil. Here, you can find the highest bungee jump in the whole of South America, 140 meters! For people who would like to try this but aren’t ready to do the 140 meters, there is an option to jump from 70 meters. Both experiences are exciting, scary, and nerve-wracking at the same time, but it is totally worth it! 

Are you ready to take the leap?

5.   Ziplining

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The location to go zip lining is only a few kilometers from San Gil. Here, there are three zipline cables running across the valleys, with which you can admire the canyon and even a waterfall. This is not the only activity they offer here, you can, for instance, go on an extreme swing and go in the human slingshoot.

6.   Swim in the natural pools

When you need a break from all the extreme sports you did, you can visit the natural pools in the area. There are two options where you can go to. The first option is located only two kilometers from San Gil, while the other one will cost you a bus drive and a 40-minute walk. After these 40 minutes of walking you will arrive in Pescaderito and it is free to enter. You can visit the five swimming holes, picnic, hike and you are even allowed to camp for the night. 

7.   Canyoning

Canyoning is an extreme sport and with a good reason. You have to overcome different kinds of obstacles, such as descents of different heights, natural slides, climbs, and swimming.  Who is ready for canyoning in San Gil?

8.   Waterfall Rappelling

Would you dare to rappel 80 meters down the waterfall Cascada Juan Curi? For the real daredevils out there, there is an option to do the rappelling from 130 meters!  This waterfall is in total 180 meters high and has natural pools for swimming and relaxing. So, even if you are not planning to do rappelling, you can still hike around and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

9.   Caving

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Imagine yourself crawling and climbing through a cave full of stalactites, stalagmites, ice water wells, and bats. Is this not exciting enough? In these caves, you have to either free dive for a couple of seconds to go to the next room or jump from 3-meter-high to end up in an ice-water well.  Adventure enough I would say!

10. Play Tejo

After a day full of adventure, it is time to relax for a bit. This can be done by experiencing the authentic Colombian game, Tejo. This game consists of throwing little metal pucks (tejos) at a clay-covered board. In the center of the board, there are four small packets of gunpowder which will explode when struck. This will guarantee an explosive evening! 

Written by Lana Kuijper