Welcome to Santa Fe de Antioquia

This sleepy colonial town is the region's oldest settlement and was once the capital of Antioquia. Founded in 1541 by Jorge Robledo, the clock stands still at 1826, the year the government moved to Medellín. Because it was eclipsed for so long by its neighbor 80km southeast, its colonial center never fell to the wrecking ball and today it looks very much like it did in the 19th century. The narrow streets are lined... Read More

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$235 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia from Medellín

Spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of Medellín on a relaxing day trip to the historical city Santa Fe de Antioquia. After pickup from your Medellín hotel, enjoy a scenic drive to Santa Fe de Antioquia and marvel at the stunning natural landscapes. Drive through 50 miles (80 km) of unspoiled terrain, through mountains and valleys and over rivers. You'll also pass through the Tunnel of the West, Colombia's longest tunnel at 2.6 miles (4.2 km). The beautiful drive allows for great photo opportunities of pristine Colombian nature. Upon arrival in Santa Fe de Antioquia, you'll be amazed at the unique ambiance and colonial appearance of this historical city. Feel as if you’re walking alongside Spanish royalty as you stroll through the cobbled streets displaying beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. With your guide, visit three of Santa Fe de Antioquia's main attractions: the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Archiepiscopal Palace and Plaza Mayor Juan de Corral. Afterwards, walk across the famous Puente de Occidente, a suspension bridge over the Cauca River, before relaxing on the drive back to your Medellín hotel.

$500 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Tour from Medellin: Santa Fe de Antioquia and Jardín

This overnight trip takes you to two of Antioquia’s oldest and most picturesque towns, both with traditional whitewashed and painted houses but different in their appearance and atmosphere.Santa Fe de Antioquia is the region’s oldest settlement founded in 1541, and known as one of the towns that formed Colombia’s towns as we know them today.The village Jardín is out second town, which was officially founded about 300 years later and it's different in its structure, colours and climate.After more or less two hour ride by car, our first stop will be at the Puente de Occidente, or Bridge of the West, as it is situated in the west of Antioquia. Finished in 1895 after 108 years of construction, it was considered the seventh largest suspension bridge worldwide and was declared a National Monument of Colombia later in 1978.First we’ll admire it from the distance, then we’ll walk over the bridge. Looking at the Cauca River, we'll see a magnificent panorama of the surrounding scenery before we continue our tour to Santa Fe de Antioquia.We’ll arrive at the main square where we’ll get a first impression of Antioquia’s former capital. Walking past the fountain and street vendors selling their goods, we make our way through traditional cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed houses to a local restaurant to have a delicious traditional lunch.The next morning we’ll start the day with a typical Colombian breakfast before we’ll get the chance to see more of Jardín and its surroundings.We’ll stroll down the streets to have a closer look at beautifully painted houses as well as chairs that are pieces of art with hand-painted pictures of the area on them. Then we’ll enjoy a fabulous view over Jardín where we take a gondola to the top of the mountain before we’ll visit a trout farm and a large park near Jardín.Afterwards we’ll be on our way to get the real experience of visiting a traditional coffee farm and hear about how Colombia’s finest coffee makes its way from a bean to a cup. We’ll learn everything from growing the beans to harvesting and processing them until they can be roasted and are ready to be used for a delicious cup of coffee. We’ll watch as the coffee farmer, or cafetero, prepares the liquid gold and explains different methods of brewing coffee. Then we finally get to taste the delicious result.Before we are back on the car to return to Medellín, we’ll try another traditional lunch on the coffee farm with the region’s best ingredients.

$59 Day Trips & Excursions

Santa Fe de Antioquia - Hidden Colonial Treasure

Santa Fe de Antioquia is located at only a two-hour ride through scenic mountain landscapes of the Western Andean highlands from Medellin. The town was founded in 1541 on the Western bank of the Cauca River and became the first capital of Antioquia in 1584. It is declared a national monument thanks to its colonial architecture with many historic churches, plazas and palaces. Furthermore you visit the famous Puente del Occidente across the Cauca River, which is one of the longest and oldest suspension bridges in Latin America.We invite you to explore the cultural treasures of Santa Fe de Antioquia, take a ride through Latin America's longest tunnel and visit the well-known bridge Puente del Occidente. Look forward to experiencing stunning landscapes, typical Colombian food and a relaxing day on the countryside. Enjoy a scenic ride through gorgeous landscapes of Antioquia's West Visit one of the oldest colonial cities in Latin America Learn about the colonial past of Antioquia and Colombia Ride through the longest tunnel in Latin America (Tunel del Occidente) See the oldest suspension bridge in Colombia (Puente del Occidente) Try the exotic tropical fruits at the market in Santa Fe de Antioquia