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San Gil

Crawling underneath the ground and flying high up in the sky

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San Gil is Colombia's equivalent to Ecuador's Baños, meaning that you can do all sorts of adventure sports around there.

The first day in San Gil, I just wanted to relax a bit after all the big cities. So I spent the morning at the pool in the hostel (yes, the hostel had a pool on a terrace!:) ) and the afternoon in the Parque El Gallineral, a beautiful park with interesting trees and plants and even a few tortoises walking around.
Parque El Gallineral

Parque El Gallineral


Parque El Gallineral

Parque El Gallineral


Parque El Gallineral

Parque El Gallineral


Tortoise in Parque El Gallineral

Tortoise in Parque El Gallineral

I really wanted to do 2 activities in San Gil: abseiling down waterfalls and paragliding. Unfortunately, the weather ruined those plans for the second day. There had been too much rain at night so that the waterfall was too strong and you could not go abseiling, and there was too little wind to do the paragliding (we waited up on the hill for about 1 1/2 hours till the guides finally gave up). By then we were a group of 11 people from the hostel who all got disappointed that day and we wanted to all go play Tejo that night, a typical Colombian game which involves throwing metal disks at envelopes filled with gunpowder (or something like that; as I haven't played it yet, I'm not sure about the rules). However, this also did not work out because the tejo centre which is supposed to be open every night was closed this night. A day of bad luck!

The next day we were all still hoping to go abseiling and paragliding, but again, there was too much water for the abseiling. When we heard this, 5 of us decided to go caving instead. This activity can be done any day, in any weather, so we were sure to get at least 1 thing done that day. It was a great idea. At first it was a bit scary, entering the dark, wet and muddy cave which is very narrow and low in some spots, but in the end it was loads of fun! We had to swim, wade through the water, crawl though the mud, dive through a small tunnel, climb over rocks, drag our bodies through mud and shallow water just with our hands and arms... There were a lot of stalactites, stalagmites and some columns formed by the two types of formations meeting and joining. We saw some small waterfalls and there were bats hanging on the ceiling and sleeping. By the end of the whole adventure we were soaking wet and covered in mud (and bat poo...).
Wet and muddy after the caving

Wet and muddy after the caving

The cave was on the way to the paragliding site, so that our hostel had arranged for us to be picked up on the way. Driving up the hill, we were all really happy to see some people paragliding already. This meant that it was possible that day! We finally all got to fly! This was of course scary as well at first, but only until I was up in the air. As soon as we had left the ground I really enjoyed it! It was such a great experience to be flying over the hills and tobacco fields suspended by a big parachute. I had told my guide beforehand to not do any crazy swirls or other tricks, but when we were flying I changed my mind and let him give it a try. It was great, like on a crazy rollercoaster!
The paragliding site

The paragliding site


Ready to fly

Ready to fly


Paragliding

Paragliding


Paragliding

Paragliding


Paragliding

Paragliding

Posted by sarahm_lux 17:33 Archived in Colombia Tagged paragliding caving san_gil parque_el_gallineral

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