Jardín is a small village located in the southernmost part of the department of Antioquia.
Unlike many other small towns in the country, Jardín has remained largely unchanged since established 152 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 there are two companies offering service to Jardin (via the town Andes) multiple times per day. The trip takes about 3.5 hours along paved highways with beautiful mountain and river vistas. You can take a larger bus or 'micro' (10 person van) and both are very comfortable. The cost as of January 2017 is 25,000 COP one way. See the photos below for the schedules.
Transporte Suroeste Antioqueño Phone +57 4 361 1998 or +57 4 232 1923 , with 6 daily buses.
Rápido Ochoa , also has 6 daily buses. Online purchases available. Phone +57 4 444 8888.
Transporte Suroeste services to Jardín
Rapido Ochoa services to Jardín
- To go from Salento to Jardín, multiple buses per day leave to Pereira (7,500 COP one way, as of April 2017), from there take a bus to Riosucio (17,500 COP one way, as of April 2017).
- From Riosucio in the department of Caldas (South of Antioquia) take a small bus - once daily - to Jardín.
To go from Jardin to Manizales and vice versa: there is a direct bus that leaves early (around 6 AM) in the morning every day except Sunday (around 40.000 COP) OR a bus that leaves twice a day every day (around 8 AM and 2 PM) that will take you to Riosucio (around 19.000 COP) where you can then catch another bus to Manizales Bus Terminal. (around 16.000 COP) This also works in the opposite direction (Manizales to Jardin), note that times may vary. (As of July 2017)
- 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.
UPDATE July 2019: a large part of highway 60 from Medellin to Jardin is closed due to a landslide. There are a few alternate routes - check navigation apps or ask locals. Trip now takes - at minimum - 3.5 hours.
- 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.
Sharing a taxi with 4 people to go from Medellín to Jardín is also commonplace. They pick you up in your hotel or home. Rates are competitive. Phone +57 4 845 5310 or +57 4 361 7935
Motorratones -tiny cabs- in Jardín
Ride a moto-ratón - a tiny cart pulled by a motorcycle, also known as 'tuktuk' - 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.
- The Hospital is also worth seing. Only one story high and built in blocks of dark stone from rivers closeby. The interior has many patios with flowers. Walk 6 blocks down from the main plaza of town.
- Museum Casa de la Cultura along the main plaza. Phone +57 4 845 5745.
- Visit La Argelia, a local trout farm, and watch people making panela from the raw sugar cane. You can also eat a delicious, fresh trout lunch here.
A traditional countryside home in Jardín
- 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.
- Countryside paintball has become popular in the last few years. The scenery is beautiful and it is great fun. Rates: 6 USD for 90 shots. Camouflage, helmet and guns included. Phone +57 312 286 3243 or +57 300 610 9939
People playing paintball in the countryside
- Cerro Cristo Rey - the cable car up to the lookout with a white Christ statue is currently closed, but you can hike up there instead and be rewarded with excellent views and coffee plants. At the top you can purchase coffee, snacks, juices, and sometimes even a horse ride for your journey down.
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.
"Los Dulces del Jardin" is a local shop that makes there own sweets, including arequipe (delicious carmel-type spread), marmelades, chocolates and other items. They have a shop on calle 13, between carreras 5 and 6.
You can buy locally-grown coffee at a couple different shops. "Cafe de los Andes" on the corner of calle 10 and carrera 5 (at the main plaza) is a popular spot.
- Restaurante Café Europa has a great menu specializing in excellent pizza as well as enough bottles of wine to enjoy while you eat. I had a great time there talking with the German owner as well as with several locals. Great prices too! Located just one block downhill from the main plaza, on a corner from which you can look up at the church. Facebook: Café Europa de Jardin. Phone: + 574 312 230 28 42
- Restaurante El Zodiaco has been around for almost 30 years. The food is basic, the place is clean. Location: Calle del Medio, half a block down from the main plaza. Phone + 574 845 5615
- Restaurante El Dorado Phone + 574 845 5556
- Restaurante Las Margaritas located in the main plaza Phone + 574 845 6651
- Crêperie Trigo y Centeno, a cosy specialized restaurant, The owner serves special tea blends she imports from France. Located at 50m from the plaza, Calle 9 Santander #2-57. Phone +57 315 258 2686
In the country
- La Trucheria, (Five km south of town, in the road towards Riosucio), ☎ + 574 845 5159. 11 AM to 7 PM. Five kilometers (3 miles) away from town you will find a couple of creeks and ponds with rainbow trout. La Trucheria is a full service restaurant with delicious recipes. you can also catch your own trout and they will cook it for you. There are a few other restaurants nearby. $$. edit
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.
- Lulo Guest House A basic hostel with relaxed atmosphere. Dorms from 18.000 COP, privates from 36.000 COP (January 2017). The hostel has a new owner, who also owns Villa Maria and Canto de Agua.
- Hotel Hacienda Balandú Although small it is probably the only true hotel. Located at 800 mts from the center in the outskirts of 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. Phone + 574 845 6848 or +574 845 5561. Price: 95,000 COP breakfast included 
- Hotel Valdivia Plaza is a nice hotel with a balcony overlooking the main plaza. Front rooms can be noisy at night but there are plenty of rooms in the back. Phone +574 845 5055 or +574 845 5050 . The website is slow.
- Hotel La Casona Phone +574 845 5514 or +574 845 5897
- Hotel Los Guayacanes Phone +574 845 5543
- Hotel Los Balcones
- Hotel Barajas Phone +574 845 6393
- Hotel el Dorado Phone +574 845 5618
- Hotel Casa Colonial Phone +574 8456152
- Hotel Casa Grande Phone +574 845 5487
- Hotel Diana Basic and small rooms. Phone +574 845 5854
- Hotel Jardín (Currently closed, under renovations) Right in the heart of town, classic architecture, nice views. The rooms facing the plaza are noisy. Phone + 574 845 5651
Renting a room in a Family Home or a FamiHotel is also popular, the options are: MI CASA 845 5548, NUBIA CONDE 845 5597, ROCIO PELAEZ 845 5624, TERESITA LONDOÑO 845 5963, RAQUEL MONTOYA 845 5905.
A furnished apartment is also available: Phone +574 845 5580
In the Country
Fully equipped countryside homes, the ones were local farmers used to live in, are a great choice for large groups of people:
- Finca hotel la Trucheria: Great view of the valley and close to the trout ponds. Phone +574 845 5181
- Finca la Esmera Phone +574 845 5546
- Finca Kantarrana Phone +574 845 5184. Contact in Medellín Phone +574 238 5484
- There are a couple of internet cafés in town.
- You can buy cell phone 'minutes' to wholesalers in the main plaza.
Chivas are a traditional and fun form of Colombian transport
- The busy market town of Andes is 40 minutes from Jardin via bus or van. An hour from Andes via chiva (several a day), is Ciudad Bolívar (Colombia), another beautiful Andean town surrounded by mountains and coffee fincas. From Ciudad Bolívar (Colombia) it is a short 30 minute Jeep ride to the peace and tranquility of Farallones.
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