Between Cups of Coffee and Mountains
Get ready to live a completely natural and authentic colonial experience. Antioquia is an incredible state supplying all kinds of fun, and of course — as in all of Colombia — fantastic coffee. This state boasts two darling patrimonial towns, which is reason enough to visit. Santa Fé de Antioquia is the old capital absolutely covered in cobblestoned streets, while Jardín is the cute colorful town full of beautiful, handmade balconies. You cannot miss this tour!
The “mother city” as the central focal point of the tour
To get to Santa Fé de Antioquia, we’ll cross Medellín and head west, through the western tunnel that is considered to be a true masterpiece of engineering. A rainbow of fruits will accompany us along the highway as we barrel towards our destination. The first attraction that we’ll visit will be the western bridge, a jewel from the previous century constructed by Colombian engineer Villa. This bridge hanging over the second most important bridge in the country is a reflection of the quality of Antioquian constructions. The tour continues toward the main park of Santa Fé where we will take a walk to see many of the main points of interest: Metropolitan Cathedral, Hotel Mariscal Robledo, La Chinca Church, Juan del Corral Museum, Mon and Velardi Palace, and the Santa Barbara Plaza and its church. We’ll have lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants housed in a beautiful colonial home.
Along the Cauca River
Once we’ve gotten our fill of Santa Fé de Antioquia, we’ll continue on a marvelous path bordering the Cauca River and leading us to Bolombolo, a small town located on the shores of this main river. After another hour and a half on the road, we’ll arrive at Jardín. This quaint and classic Antioquian town has not aged a day since its heyday and still preserves it beautiful houses and balconies. Its main plaza is a true spectacle and ideal for enjoying a lovely afternoon coffee. We’ll stay a local, traditional hotel after having the night off to walk around the town, enjoy a cocktail or two, people watch, or enjoy a delicious dinner. Your guide will accompany you and make recommendations based on your preferences.
Wake up and smell the coffee
Our day begins at 8AM with a hearty breakfast (included). Later, we will head to a coffee plantation located on the outskirts of town. A short, 10-minute walk will bring us to our destination. While on the farm, we’ll learn about the harvesting and processing strategies, and of course, enjoy a good cup of coffee. Continuing on our journey, we’ll visit some beautiful waterfalls and soak up the breathtaking landscape. In this region, it’s quite common to see the Andean cock-of-the-rock, a special, endemic species of bird. We’ll then arrive at the trout fishery where we’ll have a delightful lunch. Once we’re nice and full, we’ll head back to Medellín to finish our tour.