San Gil is a town municipality in the Department
of Santander in northeastern Colombia, located roughly 300 km (192 mi) from Bogotá
and 95 km from the department's capital, Bucaramanga. As of 2005, San Gil had a
population of roughly 42,000 people within the total municipal area, making it
the third largest urban area in the department, after Bucaramanga and Barrancabermeja.
Founded in 1689, San Gil is over 300 years old. It was officially named the
touristic capital of the region in 2004, thanks to its outdoor