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That's not to say that I did absolutely nothing in San Gil. Though most of my time was spent in my pajamas glued to Netflix, I did force myself away one morning, and took a 40 minute bus ride to the nearby village of Barichara. And Barichara was lovely. Stone streets, whitewashed thatched homes, a brick cathedral. And then I took a walk through the Camino Real, plodding a cobblestone path, seeing only a few locals here and there. enjoying the immense scenery that unfolded below me....

After spending too much time on the water between Panama and Colombia, I had no desire to hit the beach. While most travelers traveled from Cartagena to Santa Marta to enjoy the Caribbean, I wanted to get as far away as possible. And so, instead, I took a 12-hour night bus that ended up taking 20 towards the town of San Gil, an interior town known mostly to backpackers for extreme activities such as paragliding or white water rafting. I had no desire to go paragliding or white water rafting. In fact, I had no desire to do anything when I arrived...