The “fat-bottomed ant”

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Barichara

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The “fat-bottomed ant”

Eating hormigas culonas (fat-bottomed ants) is a tradition in the department of Santander. These insects come out of the ground around April, when peasants catch and then roast them. Their strong and salty flavor is so important to the cuisine of Barichara that the town has erected two monuments dedicated to them: one at the village entrance and the other at City Hall, next to the main square.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Visit churches and an archaeological museum to learn about Barichara’s past, eat “fat-bottomed” ants, and explore Gallineral Park in San Gil (20 minutes south of Barichara).