Well, there is one more major activity to do in Barichara: hiking the old “Camino Real” to the tiny village of Guane. From the viewpoint behind the cemetery, the path descending down the canyon and across the plateau below can be seen, as well as the Rio Suarez in the distance.
What a great walk! We left shortly before 09:00 am, because then the first part, which takes you straight down, is still in the shade. Later it got really hot and there is only one little farm along the whole 9 kilometers trail that had a sign outside: “Se vende agua”. Otherwise, we only ran into an elderly lady herding her goats that nibbled on shrubs.
Again we enjoyed being emerged in complete tranquility and were quite surprised to reach Guane only after a leisurely 2 hour walk. Guane is an extremely quiet hamlet gathered around a plaza dominated by a small church made of the same okre colored blocks of stones like the churches in Barichara. After circling the plaza we dropped into one of the three restaurants, where we tried “cabrito”, young goat meat with some intestines as a side dish.
By noon a few other tourists had arrived, all Columbians, who chose to do the trip in their cars on the now paved road. Due to the heat and the prospect of an only uphill trek back to Barichara, we opted for the local minibus back.