- Eat lunch at El Mana's. For a set price of $10,000 COP, the lunch includes a fruit starter, salad, juice, soup, an entree with either chicken cordon bleu, beef, fish or lasagna, potatoes or rice, dessert and a coffee.
- A must for dinner is Sam's Pub. This restaurant has only been open for about 5 months but if the quality maintains, it will surely gain a strong following. I had the pleasure of enjoying one of the best steaks I've tasted in Colombia. It was an excellent cut of meat, prepared to perfection. I suggest the 250 gram filet for smaller appetites. The 400 gram filet is a very generous portion and should only be tackled after a full day of adventure sporting.
- Stay at Sam's VIP hostel. Meticulously clean, great atmosphere, nice outdoor patio and also a small rooftop swimming pool.
San Gil is located about 3 hours outside of Bucaramanga by bus. The ticket should cost around $15,000 COP. Connections to all major cities including Santa Marta to the north and Medellin to the south go through Bucaramanga.