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What to eat in Barichara

Hormigas culonas (fat-bottomed ants) are a culinary tradition in Barichara. Other regional dishes include mute (a thick grain soup), goat, and corn arepas.


The hormiga culona comes out of the earth once a year, when it is trapped, roasted, and seasoned with salt. There are two monuments dedicated to these ants in Barichara—that’s how important they are to the region.


    This rice dish is prepared in several ways: with shrimp, chorizo, chipi chipi (a small local clam), and more.

    Arroz con todo
    A wide variety of flavors

    This guava paste jelly is famous in the town of Vélez.

    Veleño jelly
    Candy from the land
  • The meat is seasoned with salt, spices, and sometimes panela and dried in the sun for a couple of days. 


    Oreada meat
    Cook meat the Santander way
  • Pepitoria

    Photo by: Viceministerio de Turismo de Colombia


    Goat entrails and blood sit on a bed of rice in this dish, seasoned with powdered seeds, spices, and breadcrumbs, among other ingredients.

    Brave this unique Santander tradition


Restaurants around Barichara square serve traditional Santander and Colombian food. Some boutique hotels in the area offer haute cuisine.