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Trek from Barichara to Guane, along the stunning Camino Real trail

The start of the Camino Real trail from the North-Western edge of Barichara

Originally built by the Guane indigenous people hundreds of years ago, the ‘Camino Real’ trail is part of a vast ~1,000km ancient cobblestone road network that runs throughout the Santander region of Colombia. The cobblestones, some of which are over 3 meters wide, served in the region to transport products such as anise, tobacco, cotton and fruits.

We picked up the trail in Barichara, a stunning example of unspoilt, colonial architecture and made our way along the 5km section to Guane. Wandering around the street of Barichara, you really do feel like you’ve been transported back in time. The streets are sleepy, the people warm and welcoming and the countryside beautiful. At 1,300m altitude, it also has the benefit of being much cooler than other places we’ve visited in Colombia to (though it’s still comparable to the UK on a warm summers day!). Anyway, enough about Barichara, you’ll be able to read more about that in Bambi’s upcoming blog – here are a few of our favourite snaps from our walk to Guane…

 

The view from the top of Barichara as you ascend up through the village towards the start of the trail
The view from the top of Barichara as you ascend up through the village towards the start of the trail
Bambi looking out across the valley to the Natural Serranía De Los Yariguíes National Park from one of the viewpoints on the North-West edge of Barichara
Bambi looking out across the valley to the Natural Serranía De Los Yariguíes National Park from one of the viewpoints on the North-West edge of Barichara
The start of the trail from the North-Western edge of Barichara
The start of the trail from the North-Western edge of Barichara
And more modern signposting. The route is well marked at the beginning but then its simply a case of following the cobbled path all the way to Guane
And more modern signposting. The route is well marked at the beginning but then its simply a case of following the cobbled path all the way to Guane
Bambi heading downhill along the beginning of the trail
Bambi heading downhill along the beginning of the trail
View along the route, featuring an epic skyline and view of the Natural Serranía De Los Yariguíes National Park
View along the route, featuring an epic skyline and view of the Natural Serranía De Los Yariguíes National Park

 

Another shotof the trail, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Tuscany, Italy
Another shot of the trail, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Tuscany, Italy
There are a couple of small, local places like this one you can stop off at en-route for refreshments
There are a couple of small, local places like this one you can stop off at en-route for refreshments
The path begins descending again slightly towards the end as you head down towards Guane, with some gorgeous views
The path begins descending again slightly towards the end as you head down towards Guane, with some gorgeous views
Almost there, much to the pleasure of an irate Bambi, with Goat stopping to capture snaps every few minutes!
Almost there, much to the pleasure of an irate Bambi, with Goat stopping to capture snaps every few minutes!
This stone/sign combination signifies the end of this leg of the route and the arrival into Guane
This stone/sign combination signifies the end of this leg of the route and the arrival into Guane
Entering Guane, this stunning little village has as much, if not more, charm as Barichara - and is even sleepier (though we didn't think that were possible!)
Entering Guane, this stunning little village has as much, if not more, charm as Barichara – and is even sleepier (though we didn’t think that were possible!)
With a backdrop even more spectacular than in Barichara, Guane is absolutely stunning
With a backdrop even more spectacular than in Barichara, Guane is absolutely stunning
The cemetery has the most incredible view of the Natural Serranía De Los Yariguíes National Park - such a peaceful resting place
The cemetery has the most incredible view of the Natural Serranía De Los Yariguíes National Park – such a peaceful resting place
View of the central square in Guane, just in front of the main church
View of the central square in Guane, just in front of the main church
View of Guanes' church from the central square - If only the car wasn't in the way ruining the shot!
View of Guanes’ church from the central square – If only the car wasn’t in the way ruining the shot!

2 thoughts on “Trek from Barichara to Guane, along the stunning Camino Real trail

  1. Another wonderful collection of jaw dropping photos. Brilliant. Great to see soome of what you have seen.
    take care both of you.
    love g’pa& g’ma / R &M XX

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