For this Wednesdays’ literature quote we are going to take a different route again. Years ago I wrote an article for a travel web site which described 5 relatively obscure places to visit in Colombia.
My introduction was as follows:
If it’s life you want, then its life you will get. Colombia is one of the world’s five richest countries in biological diversity, coupled with its unspoilt colonial heritage and colourful festivals. As the Colombian travel slogan says ‘the only risk is wanting to stay’.
One of those places in that article is called ‘Camino Real’. Well it’s not so much a place as it is a centuries old 10 kilometer path made out of stone. The experience of walking ‘Camino Real’ was unlike any other. I described it in the article ‘as an almost surreal experience; a pilgrimage into a different age’. I felt as though I had stepped knee-deep into a Robert Frost poem.
Below are some photos of ‘Camino Real‘ from fellow blogger notesfromcamelidcountry trip to ‘Camino Real’ used with his expressed permission. For more photos and description of the towns that connect the walk I recommend you visit his marvelous travel blog:
How to get to Camino Real: Frequent buses travel north from Bogota to Bucaramanga or you may decide to stay in San Gil situated just 10 kilometres from Barichara. Alternatively, fly directly to Bucaramanga and take a bus south 1.5hours to Chicamocha or San Gil.