San Juan de Giron

Santander is a region full of picturesque little villages, and San Juan de Girón is one of its finest.

Cathedral San Juan de GironGirón is one of the ‘Patrimonial Towns of Colombia’, meaning it has been recognised as a national monument and one of the most beautiful pueblos in the country.

=> A good time to visit Girón is to go there on the 14th of June for the Festival Corpus Christi held since 1645.

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Girón almost defines what it means to be quaint, boasting just 46 blocks of beautiful architecture that welcomes the traveler with a relaxed, sleep atmosphere. After a few days of extreme sport in San Gil, a place like this is the perfect opportunity to slow down and relax.

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Be sure to spend some time in the town’s main square, Parque Principal, which boasts an attractive cathedral (Basílica Menor San Juan Bautista) and a number of cafes nearby to enjoy a little tinto, just like the locals do.

Chorro Waterfall near Giron

Walking the streets of Girón, enjoy the Parque Peralta, Parque Las Nieves, the house museum La Mansión del Frayle, the chapels Señor de los Milagros and San Roque, the Casa de la Cultura and the Museum of Religious Art.

Outside Girón, you can enjoy the El Humedal del Pantano, an eco reserve or visit the Moliendas, these are distilleries where is prepared the "mapanahua", the local drinks that mix fermented sugar cane and aguardiente.

For a good day out, head to the waterfall El Chorro, there's a hostel near the waterfall where you can stay and eat. They also organise hikes to the waterfall and around.

Other noticeable sites around include Cerro de Fasana where you can enjoy an amazing panorama and the Laguna de Zhogra.

...=> San Juan de Giron Travel Guide Part 2: Accommodation, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife, Getting There

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