Jardín is a small village located in the southernmost part of the department of Antioquia. Unlike many other hamlets in the country, Jardín has remained largely unchanged since established 140 years ago. Less than 20,000 people inhabit Jardín, in the past most dedicated their lives to grow coffee, plantains, beans and sugarcane. Today many will be glad to show you their town and surroundings.
Mean daily temperatures are 19°C with moderate humidity. Days are comfortable while nights are colder and a jacket/sweater is required.
The area of the municipality is 224 kms2 (87 mi2).
From Terminal Sur in Medellín take a bus of Transporte Suroeste Antioqueño Andes-Jardin to the last destination. Trip duration 3 hours. Price 10,000 pesos (5 USD). Phone +57 4 361 1998.
Rápido Ochoa also travels to Jardín from the same bus terminal. Phone +57 4 444 8888.
From Riosucio in the department of Caldas (South of Antioquia) take a small bus - once daily - to Jardín.
Departing from Medellín take Autopista Sur through the towns of Caldas, Amagá, Bolombolo, Hispania and Andes. It will take 2.5 hours for the distance of 134 km.
From Riosucio (Caldas - make a note this is a different 'Caldas' that the one mentioned above) drive north through a small and dirty road suitable only for 4x4's and jeeps. Trip duration 2 hours.
Ride a moto-ratón - a tiny cart pulled by a motorcycle - for fun or for transportation in town and to nearby destinations. These drivers can take you as far as the trout restaurant or to visit the native tribe.
By cable car
Jardín is located in the Andean mountains and this city pioneered the new wave of Cable Car systems Colombia is living. The 2 Cable cars in town are popular for both commuting and tourist transportation .
Hiking is most pleasurable in Jardín due to the comfortable weather.
Visit the first nation people of the Emberá-Chamí tribe just 10 minute away from the town center, or go to their old cemetery in Morro Amarillo.
Over a century ago people from the central and eastern area of Antioquia started moving south and conquering this unsettled land, this migration is called the 'Colonización Antioqueña'. The new towns grew with a characteristic architecture and Jardín is a fine example of such. Balconies and doors are in wood painted in colorful reds, blues and yellows, in sharp contrast with the white walls of the homes.
The main church dominates the plaza, the town and the whole scenery. Its neogothic style couples perfectly with the materials used to build it: hard rocks from a nearby river.
Museum Casa de la Cultura along the main plaza. Phone +57 4 845 5745.
Countryside journeys to many creeks, ponds and caves (Cueva esplendor a 3 hour-walk).
Just hang around the main plaza, listed as a National Monument - together with the basilica -. There are more than 20 cafés and bars with wood-and-leather tables and chairs to sit outdoors and have a cup of coffee, a soda or as many do: your favorite liquor.
Visit nearby hills, Alto de las Flores is close by and offers nice views of town.
The area's handcrafts are basic. The most popular is Carriel Paisa a handbag with a wide shoulder strap used for carrying money and small personal articles. This bags have many tiny hidden pockets to conceal the valuables: think the 'old & wild west'. The outside cover is finished in hairy leather, a distinctive trait.
Five kilometers (3 miles) away from town you will find a couple of creeks and ponds with rainbow trout. The restaurants nearby offer delicious recipes, you can catch your own trout and they will cook it for you.
The many bars and cafés around the main plaza should suffice anyones' thirst.
Accommodations are usually simple and basic, but quite clean and staffed with helpful people. Hotel here usually refers to what you will consider a hostel'.
Hotel Hacienda Balandú: Although small it is probably the only true hotel. Located just outside the village offers the most comfortable stay with private rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, parking area. Transportation is needed to got to the main plaza. Usually quieter than the hostels downtown.
Hotel Jardín: right in the heart of town, classic architecture, nice views. The rooms facing the plaza are noisy.
Hotel La Casona
Hotel Los Guayacanes
Hotel Los Balcones
Hotel Diana: basic rooms.
There are a couple of internet cafés in town.
You can buy cell phone 'minutes' to wholesalers in the main plaza.
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