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Jardin – the most beautiful pueblo in Colombia!

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The main street of Jardin de Antioquia

Were you ever curious how a real Colombian pueblo (a little town) looks like?

Oh-my, these guys knows about bright colors and celebrating life so much!

After living in Medellin, the second biggest city of Colombia for a month, I decided I want to visit one of those vibrant villages around Medellin. I chose Jardin, a place that is less touristy comparing to Guatape, another Colombia tourist attraction where the majority of tourists go to.

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I visited Jardin, Colombia (Antioquia region) during Christmas, but seriously, any season is great, because the weather in that region is always perfect throughout the year!

Honestly, at first, I was not planning to write about Jardin, it was supposed to be just a Christmas getaway from the city. But then I liked it so much, I could not stop snapping pictures with my camera of this authentic bright-colored town!

There are no museums or world wonders in Jardin worth visiting, however that will be probably the most authentic place where you will get to feel what real Colombians are and how they live! You will see it in my travel guide below.

Here is what to do in the town:

1. People watching

Oh yes, that was by far my favorite activity!

Locals LOVE to sit in bars, drink tinto (local colombian coffee) and just enjoy their life over the conversation.

Maybe it was so full of people because of Christmas? I dont know, but something tells me it was despite of Christmas, that is just what they like to do the most!

Jardin Antioquia

people watching in Jardin Colombia

locals LOVE colorful tables and to discuss passers by

Colombia turismo Jardin

The majority of men from Jardin wear cowboy hat, I wonder why?

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2. Take the oldest cable car up to see the view

There are 2 cable cars you can take in the town. The new one and the old one. And by old I mean OLD!

It is called La Garrucha cable car and it is by far the oldest cable car I have ever taken in my life!

I was scared that wooden thing will fall apart right during the mount, seriously!

But don’t worry, it is safe! And fun! 🙂

La garrucha cable car in Jardin Colombia

Just ask the locals where is La garrucha to have the adventure of your life! 🙂

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Jardin La Garrucha cable car

That is how the cable car looks like, wow!

3. Visit a real coffee plantation in Colombia

If you don’t have time to go to the Coffee Triangle – a region where the majority of coffee beans are produced, you should not miss a chance and go to Jardin coffee plantation!

It is a little household that produces a bit more than 60 tons a year (not much in Colombian scale) and it is not touristic at all! You will have the whole plantation just for yourself!

The price is 20 000 COP (~6 USD) for 4 hours visit including an AMAZING home cooked lunch!

Best colombian coffee in Jardin

70 kg of best Colombian coffee that goes to export soon

Jardin coffee plantation

Somewhere up in the coffee plantation, that was quite a hike!

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Coffee plantation Jardin

Did you know that this is how coffee beans originally look like?

Colombian coffee jardin excursion

Then they peel it, sort it and dry it!

Jardin Colombia coffee plantation

4. Just walk around the town

Can you even call a village that is a bit more than 10 000 people a town?

I don’t know but it definitely has all the elements to be called so! There is a main square with numerous bars around, a big church right in the middle of it and endless people watching opportunities (see pictures above!).

Just walk around this radiant place, this is more or less what you will see:

Colors of Jardin pueblo in Antioquia

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Colorful pueblo Jardin Antioquia

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5. Go bird watching

In all honesty, I am not really the type of person who will sit for hours waiting for that lucky moment when a bird will fly over and I will be able to see its tail. That is exactly why I liked bird watching in Jardin: there is a specific time (around 4 p.m.) when these colorful birds fly more down and you can see so many of them at once in 15-20 minutes.

Birdwatching Jardin Colombia

6. Where to stay in Jardin

I stayed in an amazing AirBnb called La Casa Amarilla (they also have private rooms, which I chose for my stay). Our host Maria Victoria could not have been more hospitable and thanks to her we felt like locals in Jardin de Antioquia!

The place is very well decorated and is located 2 minutes walking from the main square!

The price for the 17$ if you stay in a shared room and 38$ if you choose a private room.

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Airbnb Jardin Antioquia

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Loved my room’s balcony!

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If you are more of a hotel person, I have some recommendations for you!

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the courtyard of one of the hotels in Jardin

Jardin, Colombia hotels according to your budget:

LUXURY STAY: Gallito de las Rocas Guest House – this 2 bedroom chalet will leave you speachless by the breathtaking beauty that surrounds it. Can fit up to 6 people and the cost is US$110.

MIDDLE PRICEHospedaje Rural La Boira – 3* accommodation surrounded by amazing picturesque nature, the prices starts from US$44 per double room.

BUDGET STAY: Finca Hostal El Edén – amazing reviews, good decor, the prices starts from $25 for a double room.

7. Where to eat in Jardin

There are plenty of food choices in Jardin, all relatively inexpensive. You can try some traditional food in numerous restaurants around the square or Western food in “Cafe Europa”.

I read some reviews on Tripadvisor and realized that there are 2 trout farms where you can get fresh fish, or even more! – you can first catch it yourself from a big swimming pool! I tried (it is free), but did not have enough patience, and just ordered it a regular way. It was delicious!

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8. How to get to Jardin de Antioquia

You will most probably go to Jardin from Medellin, the biggest city around.

UPDATE: We now have a new article about Best Things to Do in Medellin, make sure you check it out!

If you will go by public transport (like me), that means you will have to take a bus. Buses in Colombia are generally inexpensive and often. Even if it is not far (130 km), it is a mountain road, that is why the way will take you about 3 hours. Bring some snacks!

You can buy tickets online here or just make your way to Terminal Sur and buy it on the spot. There are 6 buses per day to Jardin and the price is 20 000 COP (~US$6).

To see the schedule back from Jardin to Medellin click here and here.

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Thank you for reading this article!

I hope I convinced you that Jardin should be one of the places to go visit in Colombia, it is truly one of the most cutest pueblos I have been to!

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By |2020-02-10T17:00:04+04:00May 31st, 2016|Jardin, Colombia, South America|25 Comments
About the Author:
Yulia is originally Russian but truly is a world citizen in the heart. She was traveling around the world for over 4 years now. Her blog is created with the purpose to inspire people to travel more and to share her advice on how to travel "smart".


  1. Shashank Ranjan 15.07.2016 at 12:45 - Reply

    Its wonderful to read this post all about Jardin and watch these stunning snaps. Bright color town really looks amazing. Thanks for this wonderfully informative post. Keep traveling with smile

    • Yulia 21.07.2016 at 01:49 - Reply

      Thank you so much!
      Safe travels! 🙂

  2. Geoff McDade 21.11.2016 at 06:07 - Reply

    Yulia, I like your photos and congratulate you on your perfect English – a very professional and helpful blog.

    • Yulia 23.11.2016 at 13:37 - Reply

      thanks so much Geoff, so nice to hear that! 🙂

  3. Lucie 22.12.2016 at 02:31 - Reply

    Hi – thanks for all the info. We are staying in Jardin over Christmas and wondered if you know if the restaurants will be open on Xmas day. Thought I’d ask as you said you were there over the Xmas season. Thanks,

    • Yulia 22.12.2016 at 19:26 - Reply

      Hi Lucie!
      As far as I remember, the restaurants were open during the day!

  4. Edmundas 10.03.2017 at 18:52 - Reply

    Hello Miss Tourist,

    great post, thanks!

    Could you maybe tell us who should we contact for a coffee tour?

    • Yulia 20.03.2017 at 17:29 - Reply

      I wanted to save it specially for this post, but I lost it eventually, sorry!
      Just ask around when there, you will find it, I am sure!

  5. Melanie Zuckerman 23.04.2017 at 03:20 - Reply

    Hi Yulia,

    Lovely post, I wanted to ask what company you used to book your coffee tour?

    • Yulia 24.04.2017 at 17:00 - Reply

      I did not write it down, sorry. Just ask people around, it think it is the only one there.

  6. ron 09.07.2017 at 01:33 - Reply

    Thank you for this post!! I will be in Jardin in October and have been looking for a coffee tour, and unable to find anything on the internet — other t han day trips from Medellin. I will ask around and see if I can find the one you took. How did you learn about it? Where did you ask?

    • Yulia 13.07.2017 at 19:50 - Reply

      The host of my airbnb organized it for us. But the town is so small, i am sure someone will help you if you will ask about this tour!

  7. Ron 14.07.2017 at 03:03 - Reply


  8. Nick 04.11.2017 at 19:57 - Reply

    Great photos Yulia! We didn’t get to go to Jardin this time around, but the photos look so similar to Guatape! Did you find that it was more or less touristy over the Christmas season? We went in Sept-Oct and it wasn’t very busy but it also rained most days.

    • Yulia 09.11.2017 at 13:23 - Reply

      There were no tourists in the town except us i think 🙂

  9. Scott 21.01.2018 at 08:58 - Reply

    Do you recall if the coffee farm you visited was called Café Finca Los Angeles? I’m hoping to visit one during my stay in Jardín.


    • Yulia 21.01.2018 at 18:55 - Reply

      Hi Scott! Unfortunately i really do not remember the name, but the pictures of Cafe FInca on google images shows something where i for sure havent been though.
      If you want to visit that place specifically, i can suggest showing some of the pictures from this post to any of the locals, chances are, they know this place, it was very close to Jardin!

      Sorry i couldnt help more,
      enjoy your time there!

      • Scott 23.01.2018 at 02:55 - Reply

        Not a problem. I’ve actually just booked our accommodation at La Casa Amarilla so I’m sure Maria will be able to point me in the right direction!


        • Yulia 23.01.2018 at 11:27 - Reply

          Cool, hope you like it there! Say Hi from me (hope she still remembers me, haha).
          And once you go, could you please write me an email of the coffee place?Everyone asks me 🙂

  10. Анастасия 09.05.2018 at 07:11 - Reply

    Здравствуйте, Юлия! Подскажите, экскурсия на кофе плантацию на английском или испанском? и как ее найти? спасибо!

    • Yulia 17.05.2018 at 15:14 - Reply

      по-моему на ипанском,я уже не помню, и контакрты тоже не сохранились к сожалению, я бы попробовала поспрашивать у местных, они очень дружелюбные мигом помогут)

  11. Eddynson Duque 22.07.2018 at 22:02 - Reply

    Yulia, thank you so much for considering Jardín is the most beautiful pueblo in Colombia. All of us here in Jardín truly believe it is true. I decided to stay here, since the first day I stepped on these lands. I came here as an English teacher, and I’m planning to teach here forever! ¡Sigue visitándonos, Señorita Turista!

    • Yulia 23.07.2018 at 14:06 - Reply

      Aw, what a wonderful story!
      I am sure the locals are treating you well, they are such hospitable people!

  12. jose 14.03.2019 at 00:42 - Reply

    I’m glad that you visited my country.


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