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Girón

The “white city” of Santander

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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. 

 

MUST-TRY ITEMS

 

The hormiga culona comes out of the earth once a year, when it is trapped, roasted, and seasoned with salt. 

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    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.

    Pepitoria
    Brave this unique Santander tradition
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    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

WHERE TO EAT?

 

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