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That's not to say that I did absolutely nothing in San Gil, Colombia. Though, yes, most of my time in the town was spent in my pajamas, in my hostel bed, binge watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix. But I did force myself away one morning, and took a 40 minute bus ride to the nearby village of Barichara so I could explore new place and walk the Camino Real from Barichara to Guane. Barichara was a lovely town. Stone streets, whitewashed thatched homes, a brick cathedral. I spent a little time wandering and taking photos. But I...

After spending too much time on the water between Panama and Colombia, I had no desire to hit the beach while in Colombia. While most travelers traveled from Cartagena to Santa Marta to enjoy the Caribbean, the sun, the water, 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, Colombia: 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...