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How To Get From Bucaramanga to San Gil – All Possible Ways

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We will tell you how to get from Bucaramanga to San Gil. The distance from Bucaramanga to San Gil is 98 kilometers. The travel time by car is around 2 hours by car and 2 hours and 45 minutes by bus.

The cheapest way from Bucaramanga to San Gil is by bus for 21K COP which is around $5 USD. You can also rent a car in Colombia. Read here how to get from Bucaramanga to Barichara and San Gil to Barichara

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WHERE TO STAY IN SAN GIL

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We stayed at Macondo Hostel where you can enjoy a small pool and beautiful common areas. You will find private rooms with bathroom for affordable prices. The Wifi connection is great to work online if needed.

Macondo Hostel will help you to organize activities and transportation. And you will find entertainment with Tacos Night a Mexican chef bringing the best tacos in San Gil. And Tejo Night where you will be to play the most popular Colombian game .

There are numerous hotels and B&B that you can choose from in San Gil. Accommodation price can take you around $10-12 USD if you sleep in a dorm. For mid budget accommodation starts at $40-60 USD and more than $100 USD you will find luxury accommodation.

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BUCARAMANGA TO SAN GIL

Bus From Bucaramanga to San Gil (Cheapest Way)

The cheapest way from Bucaramanga to San Gil is by bus. You will have to take the bus from Bucaramanga to San Gil at Bucaramanga Bus Terminal.

COPETRAN BUS SCHEDULE FROM BUCARAMANGA TO SAN GIL

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The Copetran Bus schedule from Bucaramanga to San Gil is running every 30-60 minutes starting from 5 am to 9 pm. After this schedule there are a few buses leaving but not so often. Check here Copetran Bus schedule and prices!

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The bus fare from Bucaramanga to San Gil is 21K COP which is $5 USD. The travel time from Bucaramanga to San Gil is around 2 hours and 40 minutes.

CAR RENTAL AT BUCARAMANGA

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There are many options for renting a car in Bucaramanga. It’s the most convenient option if you are planning to visit places on the way to Barichara in San Gil and Santander area. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis available in the airport. Prices are around $30-40 USD per day depending how long are you renting.

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WHERE TO STAY IN SAN GIL

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We stayed at Macondo Hostel where you can enjoy a small pool and beautiful common areas. You will find private rooms with bathroom for affordable prices. And you can book tours if you want to do activities around San Gil.

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There are a few places for accommodation on a budget in San Gil prices are around $30 USD for a room and if you want mid budget prices are starting from $50 USD.

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WHAT TO DO IN SAN GIL

RAFTING

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We did rafting in San Gil with Colombia Rafting and organized by Macondo Hostel where we stayed in San Gil. At Fonce River just a few minutes driving distance from San Gil. It was so much fun activity and as you can see in the pictures kids are allowed to join. Han 9 years old enjoyed raftign in San Gil so much!

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Prices for rafting in San Gil is around 60K COP which is $15 USD per person. The rafting will last around 2 hours and they will drive you to your hostel. We really loved rafting in San Gil and it was a great way to spend the morning in San Gil.

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You can do rafting at Rio Suarez for 200K per person which is around $50 USD with transfer included. Expect to have better waves and much more adventure than Fonce River.

PARAGLADING

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Paragliding in San Gil is one of the most popular activiites to do. Rachel did Paragliding with Aventura Total organized by Macondo Hostel. They will drive you 1 hour from San Gil to Canon de la Chicamocha an amazing place to fly around with the best views around Bucaramanga nad Santander area. Rachel loved it so much!

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Prices for paragliding in San Gil is 200K COP which is around $50 USD if you do Canon de la Chicamocha and 20 minutes flight.

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If you go near San Gil are prices can be half of the price. You can do paragliding in Curiti for 100K COP which is $25 USD but not so beautiful views as the Chicamocha.

Bungee Jumping in San Gil

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Bungee Jumping in San Gil if you love adventure is a perfect activity to try. You can choose between 70 meters or 140 meters. You can do the activity jsut a few minutes driving outside San Gil.

The prices are around 80K COP which is $20 USD if you try the small one. For 140 meters expect to pay 150K COP which is around $40 USD.

BIKING TOUR IN SAN GIL

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You can do a biking tour in San Gil. You will have to join a tour for 250K COP which is around $55 USD with transportation included. Expect to stay 3-4 hours biking and easy difficulty while enjoying beautiful views around Santander area.

Spelunking in San Gil

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Spelunking in San Gil for 35K COP which is less than $10 USD you can enjoy this activity in Curiti. You can do spelunking in Vaca and Indio. You can combine spelunking with hiking since isn’t deep and long the time in the cave it will be fun hiking enjoying beautiful views before and after exploring the caves.

Canyoning in San Gil

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Canyoning in San Gil prices can go from 70K to 120 K COP which is $20-30 USD. Canyoning in San Gil can last around 2-3 hour the activitity and expect to jump into waterfalls 3 meters high. You can do the activity in La Laja and you will find rappel of 20 meters.

TACOS NIGHT AT MACONDO HOSTEL

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Tacos Night was organized at Macondo Hostel Thursday Night. You cna join if you are a guest and apart from delicious tacos you can try Margaritas. The tacos were so delicious and Han loved them so much.

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Prices for tacos are 20K COP which is $5 USD for 3 tacos (you can choose between pastor, chicken and vegetarian) all of them so delicious. You can also visit them at Restaurante Tacos & Cuates in San Gil.

TEJO NIGHT

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Tejo Night was also organized by Macondo Hostel for the guests able to join for free. You will enjoy the most popular Colombian game. It’s easy and fun activity to try in San Gil. And playing Tejo in San Gil is free of charge. You jsut need to buy drinkgs a beer cost less than $1 USD.

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Tejo is easy and similar to Petanca or Petanque. You will have to throw the disk and try to hit the pink expl;osive to add 3 points. If you can hit them the closest to the pink explosive will have 1 point. It’s really fun to play for 2-3 hours and you will be able to meet locals and foreigners joining to play Tejo.

DAY TRIP TO BARICHARA

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Walking around Barichara streets is so beautiful. Barichara is a small town and you can go walking distance everywhere 10-15 minutes. Barichara is so picturesque and we loved it taking pictures. It feels so calm and relax!

BARICHARA VIEW POINT

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To get to Barichara viewpoint you will have to walk 10 minutes outside the main square. You can ask locals but it’s easy to get there. On the way to Barichara view point you will find beautiful and colorful streets too.

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN SAN GIL

You can go to San Gil any time of the year. The months of December to February are the best time to visit San Gil because is the sunniest also the peak season. October to November are the months ideal for those working with a budget because its is considered the low season.

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ATMS AND CASH IN COLOMBIA

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You will find a few ATMs in San Gil town near the main square where you can withdraw cash. The official currency of Colombia is called Colombian Peso (COP). And $1 USD=4000 COP. ATM’s are available and it is also advisable to withdraw as much as you can because of fees for foreign cars.

The maximum amount that you can withdraw will be around 600K-1200K COP depending on the bank. Click here to check the exact change rate.

Bank Fees For Foreigner Cards In Colombia

Most of the banks in Bogota and Colombia will charge fees for foreigner cards in Colombia. Check the list below with the exact fees for foreigner cards in Colombia and how much money are you allowed to withdraw in Colombia with every bank. There are many ATM in San Gil and exchange currency office if you need.

BankAmount Allowed And Fees
Colpatria900K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Pichincha800K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Banco Caja Social700K COP Withdraw And No Fees
BBVA300K COP Withdraw And No Fees
CorpBanco400K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Davidienda400K COP Withdraw And No Fees
Citibank1200K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees
Bancolombia900K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees
ATH400K COP Withdraw And 10k COP Fees
Servibanca750K COP Withdraw And 15k COP Fees

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

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