Medellín, the ‘City of Eternal Spring’ and Colombia’s second largest metropolis. Forget the dodgy accents on ‘Narcos’, Medellín is quite simply THE coolest city in Latin America. Awesome nightlife? Check. Lush urban parks? Check. Ultra modern transport system? Check. Historic city center? Check. When Medellín won the Wall Street Journal award for most Innovative City in the World 2013, it really was proof that Antioquia’s capital had recast itself as a number one destination for visitors to Colombia. Some breathtaking pictures of Medellin you can check out HERE.

 

 

 

Just one hour on the road from Medellín you’ll get to the state’s former capital, Santa Fé de Antioquia. Founded in 1541, this beautifully preserved colonial pueblo is bursting with character and history. Stroll through cobbled streets, chat to friendly locals and see for yourself the Colombia of bygone days. But be warned, it gets hot here, so don’t forget your sun lotion!

 

To the east of Medellín, you’ll find the second biggest rock in Latin America – the 22 million cubic meter Piedra del Peñol. The 800 steps to the top is a small price to pay for the spectacular views of the surrounding lakes. At around 2000 meters above sea level, you’ll need to wrap up warm! Check out this amazing drone video of El Peñol HERE.

 

 

 

 

3 hours from Medellín, at the edge of the coffee zone hides Jardín, a beautiful and relaxed colonial village. Coffee farms around, water falls, horseback riding tours, hiking. Tourists wont really bother you here to chill and enjoy the layback lifestyle of Paisas.

 

For more destinations in Antioquia check out our short trips HERE.