Barichara is home to cobblestone streets and whitewashed buildings with red-tiled roofs that look almost as new as the day they were constructed some 300 years ago. It's no wonder that many Spanish-language films and telenovelas are shot here. Granted, the movie-set appearance owes a debt to considerable reconstruction efforts made since the town was declared a national monument in 1978.
The town is located 12mi (20km) northwest of San Gil, high above the Río Suárez, and its natural beauty, temperate climate and bohemian lifestyle have long attracted visitors. Compared to Villa de Leyva, Barichara is more upscale but less touristy.
These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Barichara.