The Gallineral Park
With a wide variety of fauna and flora, this park is a pleasure by just contemplating its landscape.
The Gallineral Park is located in the town of San Gil, within the Santander Department, 300 kilometres from Bogotá and 95 kilometres from Bucaramanga. It covers four hectares of farmland with a number of trees called 'chicken coops', hence the name given to the park. They are the most notorious and striking feature of the park as moss hangs like beards from the branches beside lush and gigantic Ceibas.
The Fonce River passes by one side of the park and on the other side lies the Curití creek. As the park is surrounded by plenty of water this undoubtedly contributes to the floral freshness throughout. The river crosses San Gil and by its banks, just a few blocks from the main square you can find one of the main touristic attractions of San Gil city, The natural park of 'El Gallineral'.
The various types of trees are covered with enormous hanging moss that resembles an overgrown beard and are surrounded by paved pathways that create an amazing landscape generating an odd contrast with the thriving, busy life in the city.
The park is also the centre of extreme sports that take place in the caves, cascades, rivers and mountains of the municipality. These activities have turned San Gil into the touristic capital of the department, which it was awarded in 2004.
A visit to the park can be completed in about two hours. The close contact with nature, fresh air and the calming sound of the Fonce River makes for a magical, unique and unforgettable experience, it really is like food for our body and soul.
You have time to sit and reflect after the tour, where you can appreciate the beautiful panoramic views of the park. When leaving the park we come across Lolita, a colourful parrot, who bids us farewell to such a fantastic visit.