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What to eat in Girón

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. 


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

    Veleño jelly
    Candy from the land
  • 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

    These insects come out of the ground around April, when peasants catch and then roast them. Their flavor is strong and salty.

    Hormigas culonas
    A Santander delicacy
  • An arepa is a corn tortilla cooked over a coal fire. It can be eaten on its own or with cheese, onion, and tomato stew.

    Corn Arepa
    A perfect side dish



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