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Santa Fe de Antioquia

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Santa Fe de Antioquia

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Santa Fe de Antioquia is a town in Antioquia. Located near the Cauca river about 50 miles northwest of Medellín. Its weather is hot year round, perfect for holidays or day trips. Santa Fe de Antioquia was founded in 1541 and many houses and churches are over 250 years old, making it the most well preserved colonial town in this part of the country. It was the capital of the Antioquia Department from 1813 until 1826, when Medellín was chosen as the new departmental seat.

Its name is commonly shortened to Antioquia by people from the region, it makes for a big confusion since it is the same name of the department (Think New York city and New York state).

Get in

By Bus

From Medellín North Bus Terminal [1] take a bus for an almost 2-hour ride. Carriers:

  • COOTRANSUROCCIDENTE Ticket booth 34, phone +574 2309033.
  • SOTRAURABÁ Ticket booth 19 and 25. Phone +574 2309296.
  • TRANSPORTES GÓMEZ HERNÁNDEZ Ticket booth 26 +574 2309551.

By Car

The opening in 2006 of the Túnel de Occidente (Tunnel of the West, with almost 5 km is the largest for cars in South America), reduced the time and distance between the locality and Medellín. It shortened by 40 minutes the trip and new visitors arrive each weekend to explore and experience what was like to live life in Colonial town.

There is no airport in town. It is no possible to arrive into Santa Fe by boat.

Get around


  • Puente de Occidente or Bridge of the West over the Cauca river (a National Monument). Located 20 min away by car.
  • Cathedral: main plaza.
  • Palacio Arzobispal.
  • Plaza Mayor Juan de Corral .
  • La Casa de las 2 Palmas The House of the Two Palms.
  • Museum of Religious Art.


  • Cinema: There are two annual moving image festivals in town: The Festival de Cine Colombiano during July/August and the Festival de Cine y Video each December.[2]






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