13 Feb Step Into a World of Color in Jardín
I made plans to be adventurous that weekend. I had been in the city, Medellín for the past few days and I looked forward to explore a different pueblo during Valentine’s weekend and picked Jardin. I wanted to ride the Metro Cable to see the town from high up and maybe hike to the infamous waterfall La Cueva del Esplendor as well.
I enjoyed my hearty traditional breakfast of arepas, scrambled eggs and toast. But as I rushed to finish my café tinto to set off to town, a sense of calm washed over me, and I haven’t felt that in ages.
So I sat there in awe looking out to the garden, just watching these bright red birds playfully landing on one plant to another. I realized, there was no need to rush, no need to go anywhere else today. I was exactly where I needed to be.
Here’s how to slow down in Jardin:
Spot the different varieties of colorful birds
Hangout on a hammock all day
Watch locals have café tinto at the square
Walk around Jardin Plaza
Reward yourself with a Bandeja Paisa, just because
Photograph colorful architecture and scenery
See how locals live
Walk on the trail called Camino de la Hererra
See wild horses along the 1 kilometer trail
Where to stay:
There are a few guesthouses in the area. However, most of them are not on HostelWorld or Booking.com yet. If you are coming during high season or the weekend, best to book a room or bed at Condor de los Andes Hostal right on the main road, about 200 meters before the bus takes turns left into the town. Just tell the driver and he’ll drop you off right in front. No need to walk further or take a tuk-tuk.
Bright colors instantly cheer you up
Cozy dorm beds are CBP 25,000 per person
My Valentine, Nico the cat #netflixandchill
Watch Princess (the horse) have her daily shower
How to get here:
From Medellín, take the Metro to Poblado station.
Walk or take a taxi to Terminal Transportes Sur for CBP 5,000, just about a kilometer away.
Proceed to window #2 for your bus or collectivo ticket, each one for CBP 20,000.
Tell the bus driver to drop you off at Condor de los Andes Hostal on the main road, which is 50 meters before the bus takes a left to the main town.
How to get back to Medellin:
Walk or take a tuk-tuk for CBP 2,500 to the terminal in Calle 2
Buses and microbuses leave about 8 times a day and cost about CBP 20,000
Get dropped off at La Estrella, the first Metro station to avoid the traffic going into the city