Museum of Paleontology & Archaeology


The unique Museum of Paleontology & Archaeology has a collection of more than 10,000 fossils, a 700-year-old mummy, a few conehead skulls, Guane artifacts and religious art. The curator locks the front door and gives a personal tour (in Spanish) whenever someone shows up, so just hang tight.

You'll feel like you're in school again as she points out the different objects with a cane while delivering a scripted spiel.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Santander attractions

1. Parque Para Las Artes

2.84 MILES

A lovely little park decorated with impressive water features (although they were out of service when we visited), statues carved by local sculptors and…

2. Iglesia de Santa Bárbara

2.85 MILES

Atop a hill at the north end of town, Barichara's oldest church was carefully reconstructed in the 1990s (only the facade survived). The floor has quite a…

3. Capilla de Jesús Resucitado

3.05 MILES

This humble pale-yellow chapel has a fine baroque mahogany altarpiece. The original bell tower was damaged by lightning but has since been restored. Do…

4. Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepción

3.09 MILES

This 18th-century sandstone church is the most elaborate structure in Barichara, looking somewhat too big for the town’s needs. Its golden stonework …

6. Taller Centro Dia

3.39 MILES

Inside the courtyard of the Museo Aquileo Parra, this collective of 24 senior citizens weaves bags and other artisanal products from fique fibers using…

7. Catedral Santa Cruz

11.16 MILES

A handsome 18th-century stone church, Catedral Santa Cruz is located on San Gil's main plaza.

8. Parque La Libertad

11.19 MILES

The tree-lined plaza of Parque La Libertad, also called Parque Principal, is San Gil's most visible landmark and the heart of its social life. The…