Barichara has a good selection of international flavors and traditional regional dishes like cabrito (grilled baby goat) and the famous hormigas culonas. A lot of places close early in the week, especially on Tuesday, when there are very limited dining options.

Santander's Edible Ants

Of Colombia's culinary traditions, perhaps none is as peculiar as Santander's delicacy, hormigas culonas (literally, 'fat-bottom ants'). The tradition dates back more than 500 years to when the indigenous Guane people cultivated and devoured the ants for their supposed aphrodisiac and healing properties. The giant dark-brown ants are fried or roasted and eaten whole, or ground into a powder. Containers of fried-ant snacks are sold in just about any corner shop in Santander, but especially in Barichara, San Gil and Bucaramanga. The ants are normally in season during spring but can now be found year-round. Their flavor is like crunchy dirt mixed with old coffee grounds. It's definitely an acquired taste – but one you must attempt to cultivate.