Where coffee history beguns

Trip highlights:

  • 2 days tour and 1 night in Jardin, Antioquia.
  • Meeting point in Medellín. Could be you hotel or where you staying
  • Santa Fe de Antioquia and its attractive colonial sites.
  • Museum Juan Del Corral
  • The Park of Jardin.
  • Aerial Cable in Jardin.
  • Traditional coffee farm.

This new tour has become the best choice to get to know two of Antioquia’s patrimonial towns, Jardin and Santa Fe de Antioquia.

We will leave from Medellin for Santa Fe de Antioquia, the old capital of the department. To get there, we head towards the Vía al Mar, which has undergone a remarkable transformation with the construction of the metrocable. We will then take the Western Tunnel, one of the longest in Latin America.

During the 1 hour drive we will appreciate the changes in temperature as we descend to about 800 meters above sea level. The first stop will be at the Western Bridge, a modern work of engineering. It is a suspension bridge dating from the late nineteenth century. We enter the historic center of Santa Fe de Antioquia to visit its main square and cathedral as well as the current city hall in the historic Mon y Velarde Palace. We will also enter one of the typical houses of the previous era, which is currently the site of operation for The Mariscal Robledo hotel. Included is a tour of the plaza in honor of the Virgin of Chiquinquira, admission into the Museum of Juan del Corral and lunch at one of the best restaurants in town.

We head out towards the southwest along the Cauca River to take in the area’s wealth of natural beauty and to behold the landscape of Antioquia’s coffee region. A quick stop is made at one of the traditional sites along the road and then we continue the journey to Jardin. Upon our arrival, tour-goers will settle into their accommodations in a traditional B&B style hotel. In the night you are free to explore and walk through the Central Park, all the while our guide will be available to help you with whatever you may need. There is a good variety of restaurants in the area to enjoy a nice dinner on the town.

In the morning breakfast awaits. We will head to the rural area, which is located just 10 minutes from the plaza. First we will hike to a series of small waterfalls that locals call “del Amor”. The area is rich in birds and other species. We then visit the fish farm, the veranda and take a tour of the cablecar to get a better view of the town. We leave Jardin around noon but not before stopping in to the bodega of the Colombian Federation of Coffee Growers to check out how the product is prepared and sold. En route, about 20 minutes from Jardin we will encounter Andes, the birthplace of “Juan Valdez“. Here we will visit a coffee farm, a wonderful place where we will have the opportunity to become coffee growers for a day. We will also enjoy a typical lunch on the farm. The tour begins with a look at the cultivation, to see how coffee is planted, its growth and its harvest. We continue to the beneficiadero to observe the process of pulping and washing coffee beans, then drying and packaging. We will have a small coffee “laboratory” session for coffee threshing, roasting and grinding. At the end, an excellent cup of coffee will be waiting for us.

We finish up the activity and head back towards Medellin. There are approximately 3 hours of travel.


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Between cups of coffee and Montains