Jardín, Colombia💚: how to visit and enjoy this little paradise

Jardín, Colombia💚: how to visit and enjoy this little paradise

Why should visit Jardín in Colombia?

This destination, located in the department of Antioquia, seduces travelers in search of green hills, coffee, and a relaxed atmosphere typical of the colonial villages of Colombia.

Yet, Jardín is not the only pleasant village in the surroundings of Medellín. So, what makes it different from its little peers such as Jericó or Sante Fe de Antioquia?

We spent more than a week in Jardín visiting the best hotels and discovering experiences to add to your future itinerary.

Thanks to this travel guide, you will be able to decide how many days to spend in Jardín and easily organize your stay there.

No more mistakes. It’s time to make the right decisions.

Jardín, Colombia: summary


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Come to Jardín if you want to:

  • Visit a cute colonial village.
  • Swim in beautiful waterfalls.
  • Take a walk in the countryside of Antioquia.
  • Discover the world of coffee farmers.
  • Rest in beautiful hotels.
  • Eat in good restaurants.

There are many activities in Jardín:

  • Wander around Jardín on your own
  • Organize a trek to admire waterfalls and canyons hidden in the Andean forest.
  • Book a canyoning experience.
  • Visit a coffee farm.
  • Watch the famous Gallito de las Rocas and the Loro orejiamarillo — birds.
  • Plan a horse riding trip.

Based on the quality of their services, we have decided to partner with Jardín de Aventura. Use our online form to contact them easily and get a 5% discount on all their tours!

There are many hotels in Jardín. I have selected for you our favorite establishments:

I advise you to stay 4 days in Jardín.

To come to Jardín, you can leave from:

Travel easier between destinations: If you don’t speak Spanish and worry about taking public transportation, we have the solution.

We have a partnership with the company Colombian Buddy. They organize private transportation throughout Colombia. They speak good English and answer quickly.

Use our online form to contact them and get 5% discount on all their services.


Jardín, Colombia: T. Contents

Why coming to Jardín, Colombia

Main Square Jardin (1)
The main square in Jardín

Perhaps you are hesitating between different tourist places in Antioquia?

I’ve been in that situation. This is not an easy decision to choose between two or more destinations.

This section will allow you to decide whether or not Jardín will be your next favorite trip.

We liked Jardín because…


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Waterfalls
Hikes
Coffee
Restaurants & hotels
Birds

Jardín is a colonial town

Street in Jardin (1)

I love the atmosphere in colonial towns and Jardín is the perfect example.

The white facades of the houses are embellished with colorful balconies, windows and wooden doors. Going up these rainbow-like streets, you will arrive at the main square. This is the heart and soul of Jardín. The arrieros (muleteers), wearing their cowboy hats, come and go with their horses to sell the crops of the surrounding farms. Locals, with their butts resting on brightly colored wooden chairs, meet, discuss, and argue over a tinto—coffee. Others rest from their exhausting day, leaning under the trees, their pensive gaze directed towards the impressive Basílica de la inmaculada Concepción.

There is a serene atmosphere. No one seems unhappy.

The contrast with the major Colombian cities is striking. Here, you can move from one point to another by walking without being on your guard 24 hours a day.

In short, it is the perfect village to wander, relax and observe the daily life of the inhabitants of the rural area of Antioquia.

There are many waterfalls in Jardín, Colombia

cueva de los guacharos jardin (1)
Cueva de los guacharos

Et ce n’est pas de la petite cascade!

Coming to Jardín, you will be able to admire mighty rivers that have carved their way through the mountain over the years. These chasms and canyons are impressive.

For the more courageous, our partner Jardín de Aventura offers canyoning trips.

There are also many opportunities to swim and refresh yourself during and after your walks.

Hikes around Jardín, Colombia

Walks around Jardin (1)

Jardín is surrounded by hills, farms, mountains, and waterfalls. You are guaranteed to find hikes to suit your physical condition and budget.

Follow the path of the Lechuza and then the Camino Real to go around the village, book a tour to discover 7 beautiful waterfalls hidden in the middle of dense vegetation or trek to Támesis.

Coffee in Jardín

A man drinking a coffee in Jardin – Credit: Barna Tanko / Shutterstock

The Zona Cafetera is not the only region in Colombia where coffee is cultivated. Due to its climate and altitude, Antioquia is a department that is perfect for this type of agriculture.

If you haven’t planned to include Salento or Filandia in your itinerary to Colombia, go to Jardín. It would be a shame not to discover this aspect of Colombian culture.

Jardín de Aventura offers tours to visit a coffee plantation and spend time with a family of campesinos (farmers).

Then, if you want to enjoy this delicious drink of complex aroma in different ways, there are several excellent cafés in Jardín. I’ll tell you more later.

Good restaurants and hotels

Plantacion Hotel Jardin
Plantacion Hotel Jardin

For a successful experience in Colombia, I always advise travelers to slow down the pace to soak up each place’s atmosphere.

Taking your time means enjoying without stressing. It means discovering the good restaurants in the area and recharging your batteries in cute boutique hotels or B&Bs.

Jardín is perfect for this.

I give you my favorite hotels:

What about restaurants?

I’ll tell you more about it later.

The famous Gallito de las Rocas

Andean Cock of the rock Jardin (1)
or Andean Cock-of-the-rock

This strange looking bird fascinates birders. Usually, it is very difficult to observe.

This is not the case in Jardín.

There is a special place where they come every morning and evening.


How to get to Jardín, Colombia

Chiva jerico
The famous chiva!

It’s decided, you want to come to Jardín.

The new question is how to do it?

You will have to take a bus, a chiva (local bus) or a private transport.

Transportation schedules change regularly in Colombia. Check with the bus terminal or your hotel to make sure you don’t miss it.

To reach Jardín, you can leave from …


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Pereira
Salento

Travelling from Medellín to Jardín

This is the easiest way to get to Jardín.

Take a direct bus from the South Terminal. The company Rapido Ochoa is faster, but there are fewer departures. Schedule | Rapido Ochoa & Transportes Suroeste | 4 hours

Medellin travel guide

Free online guide on Medellin to access, in a few clicks, all the practical information to visit this exciting Colombian city.

Travelling from Jericó to Jardín

This is a journey that I often recommend because it allows you to take the famous Chiva! It is a wide colorful bus that goes through small roads to connect the villages of Antioquia. The landscapes are beautiful, and the experience is 100% authentic. On the other hand, the trip will be a bit bumpy, and there will be a lot of dust due to the dirt roads.

  1. There is a Chiva (bus) leaving twice a day to Andes. The departures are from the office Transportes Jerico (nearby the main square). Departure times are 7 am and 1 pm; double-check with your hotel. | 2h30
  2. Many depart from the Andes terminal to Jardin. Taxis or buses | 30 min

Jericó travel guide

Free online guide on Jericó to access, in a few clicks, all the practical information to visit this lovely colonial town.

Travelling from Pereira to Jardín

If you want to visit the Zona Cafetera and then head to Medellín without taking a plane, then a stop in Jardín might be a good idea!

  1. Take a bus from the main terminal to Riosucio. Best to leave before 8 pm. Schedule. | Flota Occidental | 3-4h
  2. Take a Chiva (bus) to Jardin. The bus trip is fun and atypical, but it’ll be uncomfortable. 2 departures per day: 6 am & 2 pm | 3-4 hours

Pereira travel guide

Free online guide on Pereira to access, in a few clicks, all the practical information to visit this city located in the coffee region.

Travelling from Salento to Jardín

It’s a little more complicated because there are few departures. But, it is still doable!

  1. There is one direct bus from Salento to Riosucio, leaving at 7h50 am. Double-check with your hotel. | Flota Occidental | 3-4 hours
  2. Take a Chiva (bus) to Jardin. The bus trip is fun and atypical, but it’ll be uncomfortable. 2 departures per day: 6 am & 2 pm | 3-4 hours
  3. If you miss the bus from Salento to Riosucio, you can get a bus to Pereira then head to Jardin (above section).

Salento travel guide

Free online guide on Salento to access, in a few clicks, all the practical information to visit this town located next to Valle del Cocora.


Travel easier between destinations: If you don’t speak Spanish and worry about taking public transportation, we have the solution.

We have a partnership with the company Colombian Buddy. They organize private transportation throughout Colombia. They speak good English and answer quickly.

Use our online form to contact them and get 5% discount on all their services.

Things to do in Jardín, Colombia: The best activities

How to spend your days in Jardín? Where are the secret little spots?

We’ll tell you all about it in this section.

1# Enjoy the atmosphere of Jardín

The main square

A colonial village is like having a coffee in the sun on a terrace. It is to be savored.

Stroll through the colorful streets, then take a break, order a juice or a coffee and observe the daily life of the people of Jardín. Then, do it again. It’s especially nice in the early morning or at the end of the day.

The main square is the best place to watch your live episode of Jardín-Télé Novela. There are benches, flowers, trees, cowboys, a fountain, and an impressive basilica.

Our favorite places to have a good coffee:

  • Café Jardín serves delicious coffees and you have a wonderful view of Jardín.
  • Macanas Jardín is located next to the basilica. There is a beautiful patio with colorful chairs and flower pots hanging on the walls.
  • De Los Andes Café is ideal to observe the square from their terrace.

Also, I have not forgotten my promise.

These are my favorite restaurants:

  • Bella Italia is a delicious Italian restaurant to eat homemade pasta and pizzas.
  • Oleo Bistró is a fantastic semi-gastro restaurant using Colombian recipes. Affordable prices.
  • Gloria to eat a massive menu of the day. Very economical.
  • Bon Appetit will be a perfect choice if you want to eat Asian food.

Find over 500 restaurants and bars by downloading the MAPSTR app and searching for our “Colombia Insider” map. It’s free!

2# Walking around without the help of an agency

One of the advantages of coming to Jardín is that there are several walks that you can easily do on your own, starting from the town. Ask your hotel for explanations and go on an adventure using Google Map.

You will find on the way waterfalls and rivers to make a quick dip. Don’t forget your bathing suit ;).

Here are the small walks to do:

  • The SOUTH tour of Jardín. The purpose is to go through the following points: Cascada del Amor, Charco Corazón, Cascada Escondida (not free), La Garrucha. Easy walk. 2 hours. La Garrucha is an old cable car that works perfectly (approx. 4,500 COP). 9:30am – 12:30pm; 1:30pm-6:00pm. It takes you back to Jardín.
  • Walk to the Cristo Rey. From this mirador, you will have a breathtaking view of Jardín. The path is rather inclined. 1-hour walk. Once at the top, continue for a few minutes to get to Café Jardín. They serve delicious coffee and pastries. You can also come by tuk-tuk.
  • Walk to the Escalera waterfall. La Escalera is composed of 18 waterfalls! Unfortunately, you won’t be able to admire it in its totality. However, you can explore some sections through a canyoning tour – I’ll tell you more about it later. It’s an easy dirt road to follow for a lovely stroll in the countryside. 1-hour walk (one way). Plan to make a stop at la Argelia for lunch. Trout is their specialty.

If you prefer to use a local agency’s services, we have tested the tours of Jardín de Aventura. They are the best 🙂 Go with a local guide to discover the surroundings. On foot or horseback! It is possible to have a bilingual English guide (+70 000 COP).

Based on the quality of their services, we have decided to partner with Jardín de Aventura. Use our online form to contact them easily and get a 5% discount on all their tours!

3#The treks and waterfalls in Jardín, Colombia

This is, for me, the strongest point of Jardín. There are some very nice hikes to do in the surroundings, through dense and flowery vegetation, to reach impressive waterfalls.

Some travelers try to go there without a guide, using Maps.me. In general, I don’t recommend it.

  • These trails do not start from the village of Jardín.
  • There are no signs.
  • The agencies’ prices are very reasonable, and you will help the local economy of Jardín.

We tested the services of Jardín de Aventura. They employ competent local guides and are very well organized. It is possible to have a bilingual English guide (+40 000 COP).

  • The route of the 7 waterfalls: It’s a 7-hour hike that allows you to appreciate the rich biodiversity that surrounds Jardín. After 25 minutes by jeep, follow small paths in the Andean forest to discover beautiful canyons and waterfalls little known by the general public. There are steep and slippery sections. Difficulty: Medium +. From 110 000 COP. Brochure 1. Brochure 2.
  • Chorro Blanco: Beautiful 7-hour excursion that combines walking (40 min), horseback riding (3h), and waterfall. From 120 000 COP. Brochure 1. Brochure 2.
  • 2-day trek to Támesis: This is a great option if you want to plan a trip full of adventure. Follow a path that dates back to colonization, cross a natural reserve, refresh yourself in the streams, explore caves, and admire the landscape from numerous viewpoints. This experience is only for the braves. On the first day alone, you will have to get up at 4:30 am and walk 21km. From 240,000 COP. Brochure 1. Brochure 2. Brochure 3 (ang).
  • Cueva del Esplandor: Because of erosion, a powerful waterfall passes through a rocky ceiling. The spectacle is magnificent, especially when illuminated by the sun’s rays. Tours leave daily around 9 am with this agency. 40 min Jeep + 40 min walk (one way). From 55,000 COP.

Based on the quality of their services, we have decided to partner with Jardín de Aventura. Use our online form to contact them easily and get a 5% discount on all their tours!

4# Visit a coffee farm

Finca de Cafe Jardin (1)
Coffee plantation near Jardín | Credit: Jardin de Aventura

Colombia is known worldwide for the quality of the coffee it exports every year.

This is due to several factors:

  • The beans are harvested by hand and then sorted to remove impurities.
  • They cultivate Arabica coffee (tastier than Robusta).
  • Its geographical position offers optimal climatic conditions.

You can’t plan a trip to Colombia without including a visit to a coffee plantation. It’s forbidden! 😀

If you want to organize it yourself, I suggest you contact Finca Los Angeles. The owners are very nice and you will participate with them in the different stages of the coffee harvest. Possibility to eat on the spot.

Alternatively, you can also trust our partner Jardín de Aventura. They organize two excellent tours to discover the world of coffee farmers.

Based on the quality of their services, we have decided to partner with Jardín de Aventura. Use our online form to contact them easily and get a 5% discount on all their tours!

5# Horseback riding in the surroundings of Jardín

Horseriding Jardin (1)
On the way to a coffee finca | Credit: Jardin de Aventura

For some activities, Jardín de Aventura offers travelers the opportunity to go on horseback. This is a great way to enjoy the landscapes of Jardín without getting too tired. It will be even more fun if it’s your first time!

Remember to take pants (to avoid friction) and a cap.

The tours you can do on horseback are

Based on the quality of their services, we have decided to partner with Jardín de Aventura. Use our online form to contact them easily and get a 5% discount on all their tours!

6# Canyoning at La Escalera waterfall

Canyoning Jardin (1)
Canyoning in La Escalera | Credit: Jardin de Aventura

Do you remember La Escalera? You know, it’s that big waterfall divided into 18 smaller waterfalls.

Well, it is possible to rappel down part of it!

Canyoning is one of the most fun experiences you can have while traveling. It allows you to go to inaccessible places and to experience the thrill of canyoning in complete safety.

We have done it all over Colombia, and the canyoning of La Escalera is ideal to discover this activity.

Jardín de Aventura has all the necessary equipment, and the guides are excellent teachers. You will receive good instruction before the beginning of your canyoning (in English or Spanish).

  • Canyoning 2 waterfalls: 3h30. From 100 000 COP.
  • Canyoning 5 waterfalls: 5h. From 150 000 COP. Brochure 1. Brochure 2.

Based on the quality of their services, we have decided to partner with Jardín de Aventura. Use our online form to contact them easily and get a 5% discount on all their tours!

7# Bird watching in Jardín

Cock of the rock Bird Jardin
Gallito de las Rocas

This strange bird, better known as Rupícola Peruvian, has a rather unusual physique. I leave it to you to judge it by yourself.

This bird is not easy to observe in its natural habitat. Except for Jardín in Colombia.

At the end of each day, you can come and observe these birds at the Parque Natural Jardín de Las Rocas. There is an entrance fee (approx. 10,000 COP).

If you like birds, Jardín de Aventura offers a tour that should interest you. Accompanied by a guide, visit 2 fabulous sites to observe different hummingbird species and the Loro Orejiamarillo when they go to sleep in the palm trees at the end of the day. It is a species in danger of extinction. It is also possible to sleep on site.

Based on the quality of their services, we have decided to partner with Jardín de Aventura. Use our online form to contact them easily and get a 5% discount on all their tours!

8# More activities in Jardín, Colombia

La basilique de Jardín
Basilica of Jardín

I’m not done yet.

I still have some cool activities to show you:

  • Get a massage at the Plantación Hotel: The perfect option after a long day of hiking. The prices are very affordable. From 100,000 COP for 1 hour.
  • Jeep tour of Jardín: Ideal if you have difficulties moving around. Choose your route and discover the surroundings of Jardín. 3 or 6 hours. From 70,000 COP. Brochure 1. Brochure 2.
  • Paragliding: Flyover San Juan from Andes. 10-20 min of flight. 150 000 COP. The only problem is that you still have to pay for the transportation (20 000 COP) if the agency cancels due to bad weather. Brochure 1. Brochure 2.
  • Jardín’s honey: Visit a farm that produces honey! This family, passionate about flowers and bees, will show you their beehives and their beautiful flower garden. 3 hours. From 90,000 COP. Brochure 1. Brochure 2.

Based on the quality of their services, we have decided to partner with Jardín de Aventura. Use our online form to contact them easily and get a 5% discount on all their tours!

How to book your tours with Jardín de Aventura

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Jardín de Aventura is a well-organized and responsive local company. We had a great time meeting their staff and getting to know the area around Jardín on their tours.

Use our online form to get:

  • 5% discount on all their tours.
  • A privileged contact with Jardín de Aventura. Receive an answer in less than 24 hours.

1# Easy steps to book a tour in Jardín

  1. Click on the “Start” button on our form (this is point 2# 🔽).
  2. Answer the few questions (name, surname, dates, phone, etc.)
  3. You will receive an email from us to confirm that your request has been processed.
  4. Wait for Jardín de Aventura to contact you within 24 hours.
  5. If you want to book more than 4 days in advance, you will have to pay a 50% deposit by bank transfer to secure your place.
  6. The balance must be paid in cash or credit card (+4%) the day before the tour.

2# Our online reservation form

3# Cancellation conditions

  • You must cancel at least 24 hours in advance to get 100% of your deposit back.
  • If Jardin de Aventura has to cancel a tour due to bad weather conditions, it will refund 100% of the deposit.
  • If you don’t show up on the day of the tour, you will still have to pay the full amount of the tour.
  • If you arrive late on the day of the tour, without notifying Jardín de Aventura, you will have to pay the totality of the tour, even if it has already started or has been canceled.

The best hostels and hotels in Jardín

Yes, you can stay several days in Jardín without getting bored for a second.

It is therefore important to find a place where you feel comfortable and that fits your budget and your desires.

We found several very cute and affordable hotels in Jardín.

1# Hostel Sgt. Pepper’s – An economical option in the city center

Sgt. Pepper’s

The best hostel in Jardín

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Located a 5-minute walk from the main square, Sgt. Pepper’s hostel is the perfect place for travelers on a budget. Choose from upstairs dorms (6 max) or small private rooms on the first floor.

2# Le B&B La Boira – Just like home

La Boira

The best B&B in Jardín

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La Boira is a small Bed & Breakfast located on the outskirts of Jardín, a 15-minute walk from the main square. Soley is a lovely lady who opens her house to travelers. The few rooms available are very comfortable and offer a beautiful view of the village and the mountains.

3# Plantación – an ecological and upscale hotel

Plantación

The best hotel in Jardín

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Hotel Plantación is the perfect choice if you are looking for a comfortable place to rest between activities. Book a massage in their sauna and then order a good meal in their vegetarian restaurant. In addition, the hotel pays attention to the smallest details to reduce its environmental impact on the planet.

4# Filo de Oro – the best option to come with friends

Filo de Oro

Rent a house with friends

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Filo de Oro offers independent houses at 10 minutes walking distance from Jardín. This is the right place to rent a house at a very affordable price (if you come with several people). There is a small kitchen available in most of them.

5# Manantial del Turpial – The romantic cottage

Manantial del Turpial

The best house in Jardín

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Located 5 minutes from Jardín, Manantial del Turpial is the perfect house if you want to spend a romantic moment with your loved one. This wooden and bamboo cottage is surrounded by a 6000m2 nature reserve. There is even a small private path that leads to the river below. Nothing better to start your day.

How many days to stay in Jardín, Colombia

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The surroundings of Jardín

I will never tire of repeating this. To enjoy Colombia, you have to travel slowly.

Cela allows you to:

  • Spend less time on transportation.
  • Do activities that are not well known and that are unusual.
  • Spend your money wisely in the local economy.
  • Create lasting memories.
  • Recharge your batteries.

So, if you want my opinion, I advise you to stay at least 4 days in Jardín.

Plan short walks, a long hike, a cultural activity and an adrenaline activity. You won’t see the time pass 😉

How to include Jardín in your itinerary

Place principale de Jardin (1)
The main square

Travelers who wish to visit Jardín are often in one of two situations:

Do you want to make a trip to Antioquia that is out of the ordinary?

I have two cool options for you.

  • Include Jericó in your trip and plan the loop: Medellín – Jericó – Jardín – Medellín
  • Book the Jardín – Támesis trek with Jardín de Aventura (use our online form). The agency can send the rest of your belongings to Medellín or Támesis if you are too loaded. This will allow you to make the Medellín – Jardín – Támesis – Medellín loop. You can even include Jericó if you wish!

Based on the quality of their services, we have decided to partner with Jardín de Aventura. Use our online form to contact them easily and get a 5% discount on all their tours!

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