We have such a supportive community and always receive excellent destination suggestions. Usually these recommendations are all over the map, but recently we noticed a trend. Whenever friends or online connections found out we’d arrived in Colombia, they’d say, “You have to go to Barichara!” After hearing about Barichara over and over, we started to really look forward to our visit. What was it about this town that attracted so many people?
In our latest video, we discover the answer for ourselves. We wander the colonial-era cobblestone streets, see the second largest canyon in the world on the edge of town, eat good food, and meet good people.
In my opinion, the allure of Barichara lies in its authenticity. Its streets are quiet and still untainted by the tourist-focused advertisements and shops we see in so many towns. When the directors of Disney’s Encanto took their two-week research trip to Colombia, they said Barichara looked like it was art directed. It was so lost in time, it looked like a movie set.
Along with Salento and Palenque, Barichara is one of three Colombian towns that most inspired the setting of Encanto. But the word is out. Given how many people recommended Barichara to us, we’re afraid the town is due to change. Maybe you’ll be able to visit before that happens.
We had only been in Colombia a couple of weeks when we decided we wanted to stay a long time. Our original visa was 90 days, but we are planning to renew for a total of 180 days. We will probably be in Colombia until April 2023. It is a huge country and there is so much to see.
I need to receive non-emergent medical care, so we are going to settle in Bogotá to be near my surgeon. We arrived last week to spend Christmas in the city, then take care of my medical needs in the new year. When I am cleared to travel again, we’ll head up to Medellin, then work our way south on the western side of the country.
We are enchanted by Colombia and thrilled to be able to share it with you. Make sure you have your eye on Instagram, where we share to our Story daily and put up video Reels of experiences that don’t make it to YouTube. We also share exclusive video with our Patreon supporters using a free app called Marco Polo. With Marco Polo, you can see what we’re seeing in real time, then respond with your questions and comments.
Thank you for sharing this journey with us.