Top things to do in Santander

Top Choice American in San Gil

Gringo Mike's

What isn't good here? In a moody, candlelit courtyard you'll find this US-UK operation thrilling homesick travelers with a surplus of American-portioned gourmet burgers, bacon-heavy sandwiches, breakfast burritos an…
Top Choice Steak in Bucaramanga

Mercagán

Often touted as serving the best steak in the whole of Colombia, this traditional parrilla (grilled-meat restaurant) run by a team of brothers is all it's cracked up to be. Perfect slabs of meat from the brothers' o…
Top Choice International in Bucaramanga

Penelope Casa Gastronómica

A diverse selection of gourmet plates from faraway lands awaits at this small but seriously hip restaurant run by talented young chefs. Among the options are naan bread topped with lamb and baked vegetables, causa l…
Top Choice Colombian in San Gil

El Maná

This popular, word-of-mouth favorite is the best Colombian restaurant in town. You can taste the extra love in the fantastic set meals – seven or so to choose from daily – featuring traditional dishes like chicken i…
Top Choice Bar in Bucaramanga

Vintrash

Among vintage oil barrels, hanging bicycles and a wisp of street cred, this bar sucks in the indie cool kids and those drawn to them for great music and alternative attitude. Electronica is the main sound, decent fo…
River in Guadalupe

Las Gachas

Santander's answer to Caño Cristales, Las Gachas is a clear, shallow stream that emerges from a spring in lush countryside and runs along a red stone riverbed falling into dozens of individual-sized swimming holes –…
Waterfall in San Gil

Cascadas de Juan Curi

Take a day trip to this spectacular 180m-high waterfall where you can swim in the natural pool at its base or relax on the rocks. Adventure junkies can rappel the sheer face of the falls; book this activity with one…
Italian in Barichara

Ristorante Al Cuoco

This fairly elegant one-man Italian show is run out of the home of an amicable Roman chef. Though the menu is limited (some raviolis, cannelloni, gnocchi, risotto, a couple of mains and some desserts), the house-mad…
Cave in San Gil

Cueva de la Vaca

Located just outside the town of Curití, La Vaca is the most attractive and adventurous cave in the are,a with numerous caverns filled with stalagmites and stalactites. To explore the cave you'll need to go on a gui…
Spanish in Barichara

Carambolo

Barichara's finest dining option is an elegant open-air affair with phenomenal views over the canyon of Río Suárez. The gregarious Spanish owner prepares a variety of Mediterranean-influenced dishes, and prices are …