San Gil, Santander Department, Colombia

🇨🇴 San Gil is a town municipality in the Department of Santander in north-eastern Colombia, located roughly 300 km from Bogotá and 95 km from the department's capital, Bucaramanga. San Gil is the third largest urban area in the department. Founded in 1689, San Gil is over 300 years old. It was officially named the tourist capital of the region in 2004, thanks to its outdoor activity opportunities such as rafting, caving, kayaking and hiking. Besides tourism, the region's economy relies heavily on agriculture. Products such as tobacco, sugar cane and coffee are commonly grown in farms nearby which are mainly commercialised in the town's main market plaza. One of the region's most historically important entrepreneurs was José María Rueda Gómez, known as "Conde de Cuchicute", who, in spite of his eccentricity, pushed the development of coffee production, and helped establish the first bank and a hydroelectric power plant for the region.

San Gil is very well connected to the rest of the country. By Air it is connected through "Los Pozos" a small regional airport for chartered flights and seasonal commercial flights By land Berlinas del Fonce, Copetran, Omega, Reina and Cootrasangil among other companies ensure connectivity with Bogota and Bucaramanga.

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San Gil has a population of over 46,000 people. San Gil is situated 97 km south-west of Bucaramanga.

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