JARDÍN, QUINDÍO, COLOMBIA
Get away from it all. Get off the tourist trail. Take yourself to a little town in the hills and relax.
Jardín is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located 3 hours from Medellín, it is an ideal weekend getaway. The town itself is beautiful, quaint and welcoming. The people are beyond friendly and incredibly sociable. This is reflected in the urban design of the town, with the main square being an epicenter of activity. Scores of colourful tables and chairs fill the centre and line the edges of the main square all of which are waited on by the staff of the adjacent bars, restaurants and cafes.
The frenzy of activity continues throughout the day and extends into the night.
The cobblestone paved roads become the stage for the local ‘Guacho’ families and their horses as they parade up and down the streets in the true Colombian style. Their horses, muscles bulging and dripping with sweat, cantor their way up and down the street, while the riders stop off at various bars and do shots of aguardiente.
WHAT TO DO IN JARDÍN
LA CUEVA DE ESPLENDOR
La Cueva De Esplendor is exactly that, a cave of splendor. A large cave with a giant hole in the ceiling where water is cascading from. There are a few ways of getting there, either horse or walk.
It is a long way from town, so it is definitely worthwhile booking a horse and a guide to take you there. The journey to La Cueva De Esplendor is beautiful in itself.
ZIPLINING, CANYONING & PARAGLIDING
Jardín has various adventure tourism activities set up such as zipling, canyoning and paragliding. So if this is your thing, then it is another reason to check out Jardín.
Being on the edge of the Zona Cafetera, Jardín boasts some great cafes and coffee. You can easily spend your time people watching from one of the many cafes lining the main square.
Jardín has beautiful colourful colonial architecture and incredibly lush green countryside. It is a great place to just walk around and admire, either through town or on the outskirts of town.
WHERE TO EAT
There are plenty of restaurants in town but our top picks are:
Delicious traditional Italian pizza and pasta.
Tasty coffee, cakes and drinks. There are two venues, both equally as good.
GETTING TO JARDÍN FROM MEDELLÍN
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.
You can take a larger bus or 'micro' (10 person van).
Cost: 18,000 COP one way.
Transporte Suroeste Antioqueño
- 6 daily buses.
- Phone +57 4 361 1998 or +57 4 232 1923
- 6 daily buses.
- Phone +57 4 444 8888.
- Online purchases also available.
You can find bus times to Jardín below:
Buses leave during the week:
- 5:15am - micro
- 6:00am - bus
- 7:10am - micro
- 9:30am - bus
- 10:00am - micro
- 12:15pm - bus
- 3:00pm - bus
- 4:15pm - micro
- 5:00pm – bus
Note: Additional bus on Sundays at 6:30pm
- 5:30am - micro
- 6:55am - bus
- 9:20am - bus
- 10:00am - bus
- 10:30am - bus
- 12:00pm - bus
- 2:00pm - bus
- 3:45pm - bus
- 5:00pm – bus
Note: Additional bus on Sundays at 6:30am