6 Stunning Weekend Trips And Day Trips From Medellin (w/Explanations)

6 Stunning Weekend Trips And Day Trips From Medellin (w/Explanations)

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In Medellin, the majority of the travelers stay longer than anticipated. It’s a city where it feels good to live and rest before exploring another stunning place in the department of Antioquia. With its green valley and beautiful Fincas, there are many weekend and day trips from Medellin you can organize by yourself, without booking any Medellin day tour.  

So, Stop partying in Medellin and Explore the gorgeous colonial towns, enjoy unforgettable sceneries and sleep in untypical accommodations.

In this article, I tell you about:

  • The different weekend trips and day trips from Medellin
  • The best sightseeing trip near Medellin
  • The top things to do outside of Medellin
  • How to get there and for how much
  • How long you should stay

Disclaimer: I won’t be responsible if you’re stuck in Medellin for one month 🙂

1. Guatape And The Monolith El Peñol

View from el Peñon Guatape

Guatape is the most famous day trip from Medellin, and the fantastic view from El Peñol is one of the highlights in Colombia.

Artificial lakes and green hills surround the colonial town. Each house is painted with bright colors that give a happy Arlequin-sweet vibe to the streets. On the main square, local restaurants suggest the menu of the day and cold natural juices.

Downhill, visitors, enjoy water games and do a remake of “Pirates of the Caribean” with their new pedalo. But, they still have to improve their Jack Sparrow’s Charisma.  

Colorful Balconies Guatape day trips from Medellin - E - Anamaria Mejia
A colorful house in Guatape

Credit: Anamaria Mejia /Shutterstock

Scattered among the lower slopes, hostels welcome the broken backpackers while upscale hotels put out the flowers for their guests. From the terraces, the travelers have a great view of El Peñol, a colossal monolith standing alone, braving the bad weathers for thousands of years.

The Colombian government has built a long stairway (740 steps) to reach the top and enjoy the astonishing view.  

Information day trip from Medellin to Guatape and El Peñol

How to get to Guatape from Medellin (+)

  • Bus at the North Terminal (Metro Station Caribe).
  • There are two counters: 9 & 14
  • Bus Medellin to Guatape: 2 hours / 13 000 COP – 1 Way

More information about the bus Medellin Guatape

How long you should stay in Guatape (+)

It’s an easy day trip from Medellin, especially if you start early. However, It would be even more enjoyable if you decide to spend the night in Guatape. Thus, you can walk around to find secret waterfalls, visit San Rafael, San Carlos or learn a bit of Spanish at School.

There are many hostels and hotels with a great view of the lakes and El Peñol from the outside.

  • Number of days I recommend: 2 days

Where to sleep in Guatape (+)

The two accommodations are near El Peñol.  

View of the monolithe El penol day trip from Medellin
El Peñol

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2. Santa Fe De Antioquia And The Bridge Puente Del Occidente

Church Santa Fe de antioquia Day trip from Medellin
Santa Fe de Antioquia

  Santa Fe de Antioquia is another colonial town close to Medellin. There is a massive cathedral on the main square, a lovely park, and cobblestone streets.

10 min outside the city, travelers can cross the Puente del Occidente, a large suspension bridge above the Cauca river. This national monument is supported by 4 pyramidal towers that look a bit like Japanese constructions – No I’ve never been to Japan.  

Puente de Occidente

  I wouldn’t say Santa Fe de Antioquia is a day trip from Medellin you HAVE to do. However, it’s a great way to discover an authentic colonial town and breath some fresh air.    

Information day trip from Medellin to Santa Fe de Antioquia

How to get to Santa Fe de Antioquia from Medellin (+)

  • Bus at the North Terminal (Metro Station Caribe).
  • There are 3 counters: 13-19, 32 & 34
  • Bus Medellin to Santa Fe de Antioquia: 1h30 / 12 000 COP – 1 Way

How long you should stay in Santa Fe de Antioquia (+)

You should only travel to Santa Fe de Antioquia if you want to spend the night. Thus, you will be able to enjoy the freshness of the night while you pick up a restaurant before singing with locals in a karaoke bar.

Then you can leave early the next day.

  • Number of days I recommend: 2 days

Where to sleep in Santa Fe De Antioquia (+)

Monkey Hostel is surrounded by nature. It’s a great place to chill out near the pool, but you have to take the bus or a tuk-tuk to reach the town. It’s generally a party hostel on weekends.

Hotel Mariscal is an old colonial building hotel in the center of Santa Fe de Antioquia with a large pool and cozy rooms. Luxury hotel

Hotel Caseron del Parque is a cheaper option than Hotel Mariscal. The bedrooms are comfortable and the pool is huge. Located on the main square of Santa Fe de Antioquia.

Santa Fe de antioquia Day trips from Medellin
A Little square in Santa Fe de Antioquia

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3. Jerico, A Religious Colonial Town Lost In The Clouds

A Coffee Farm Near Jerico
A Coffee Farm Near Jerico

 Jerico is a colonial town where Sister Laura Montoya, the saint Colombia’s first was born. A cathedral, a sanctuary, and a few churches watch out the village. It’s damned good protected from Lucifer. Buses have to take a long and winding road among high green hills to drive visitors to Jerico. Travelers can enjoy the quietness of the place and the great landscapes made of coffee plantations and steep slopes.  

The colonial town of Jerico

  Above the village, after 30 min walk, Parque de Los Nubes offers astonishing viewpoints and secret spots for picnicking.  


Information weekend trip from Medellin to Jerico

How to get to Jerico from Medellin (+)

  • Bus at the South Terminal (Metro Station Poblado).
  • Counter: 18
  • Bus Medellin to Jerico: 3h / 25 000 COP – 1 Way

How long you should stay in Jerico (+)

It would be silly to come all the way down from Medellin without spending the night in Jerico. Wander among the cobblestone streets, Chill at the Parque de Los Nubes and visit the different religious sites

I recommend 2 full days.

Read more: The best highlights in Jerico

Where to sleep in Jerico (+)

Las Cometas Hostel is a cheap and lovely place near the city center. Unfortunately, the mattress are really bad.

Cabañas El Rincon Paisa is probably the best economical option in Jerico. The decoration is original and the owners are friendly and helpful.

Hotel Despertar is a luxury option with excellent value for money. Large rooms with comfortable beds and outstanding views from the jacuzzi.

A colorful street in Jerico

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4. An Adventure Weekend Trip To Casa En El Aire

Casa En El Aire - Weekend trip from Medellin
Not the worst spot to enjoy the sunset

Credit: @Oscasisu

Casa En El Aire is unique and can’t be found anywhere else in Colombia. From Abejorral, a truck picks up the explorers ready to get their shot of adrenaline. And after a short drive, they still have to hike through bushes and trees for 20 min to finally get the first glimpse of their future accommodation, 40m above the edge.

Last step, the scary wobbly metal bridge

Credit: @naotomou

Indeed, Casa en el Aire is a freakish hostel made of woods and anchored to a cliff. Beating the view is hard.

Two options for getting in: There is a long and steep rock stairway or you can use the zip line.


During your stay, the hostel offers different activities like enjoying the sunset from suspended hammocks, rappelling and short hikes (with additional cost).

Watch a video of Casa en el Aire on Youtube

Information weekend Adventure trip Medellin to Casa En El Aire

How to get to Casa En El Aire from Medellin (+)

  • Take the bus at the South Terminal (Metro Station Poblado) to Abejorral. Inform the hostel of your arrival in advance as they will send you a driver
  • Counter 23 or 9
  • Bus Medellin to Abejorral : 3 hours / Around 17 000 COP
  • + 30 min truck drive
  • +20 min hike
  • Transfer to Casa En El Aire: 10 000 COP
  • Single Bed: 76 500 COP
  • More information about Casa En El Aire

How long you should stay in Casa En El Aire (+)

1 or 2 nights (The rappelling takes 8 hours)

View from Casa En El Aire weekend trip from Medellin
Best way to start the day in Casa En El Aire

Credit: @Abejorral

5. A Romantic Weekend Trip From Medellin To Rio Claro

Mode adventure: ON

Credit: @falkenberg_photo

Rio Claro is a natural reserve of 650 hectares near the famous Hacienda Napoles (Pablo Escobar’s mansion) that flanks a crystal-clear river of the same name. In Spanish, Rio Claro means Clear River.


In this fantastic environment, trails lead to a series of cabañas, caves and natural beaches made of sediments. Thus, visitors can wander alone or with a guide through an eerie deep green rainforest to admire the vast biodiversity of birds, butterflies, and plants. And, the river is always within sight distance to cool off during your sweaty expeditions.

Ready for a quick dip?

Credit: @doradal_haciendanapole_rioclar

The key point is that you can live within the natural reserve for a few days. Accommodations are entirely incorporated into the environment and offer a great view of the forest and the river from the rooms. There is no noise pollution. Here, the Sandman is a lush jungle with bird whistles and river songs to help people to fall into sleep.

Information weekend trip Medellin to Rio Claro

How to get to Rio Claro from Medellin (+)

  • Bus at the North Terminal (Metro Station Caribe)
  • Counter 7
  • Bus Medellin – Rio Claro: 3 hours / 25 000 COP – 1 way
  • Accommodation in the Reserve: From 120 000 COP (3 meals included)
  • More information: Official Website

How long you should stay in Rio Claro (+)

You should stay in Rio Claro at least 2 nights

Credit: @sylvana_alexa

6. A Caffeine Weekend Trip From Medellin To Jardin

Jardin Colonial Town weekend trip from Medellin
The main square in Jardin

Credit: @paintrose2017

In the colonial town of Jardin, coffee is a religion. On the main square, in front of a large and gorgeous basilica, locals drink the brown gold beverage sit on colorful wood chairs. Cowboy hats protect their smiley eyes while life goes on around them. In case of bad weather, tables are pushed against the white walls and the customers use the roofs as shelters. The aroma of the coffee mixes with the smell of the rain while the hot cups warm the worker’s hands.

Inside the Basilica

Jardin is located in a valley surrounded by coffee plantations and waterfalls. It offers to the visitors a perfect balance between activities and moments of relaxation. Moreover, the two old fashion cable cars are a fun way to get a stunning view of the grid pattern made by the cobblestone streets.


Don’t forget to check out the Cock of the rock reserve (Weird beautiful bird with a red head) if you decide to take a weekend trip to Jardin from Medellin.

Keep Reading: The best highlights in Jardin

Information Weekend Trip Medellin to Jardin

How to get to Jardin (+)

  • Bus at the South Terminal (Metro Station Poblado).
  • Counter 34 or 2
  • Bus Medellin – Jardin: 4 hours / 26 000 COP – 1 way

How long you should stay in Jardin (+)

In Jardin, there are excursions to different waterfalls and the visit of coffee plantations. Moreover, easy trails allow travelers to hike around the colonial town and explore the area.

I recommend staying at least 3 days in Jardin

Where to sleep in Jardin (+)

Sgt Pepper’s hostel is a cozy place with a cool patio in the center of Jardin.

Plantacion is a luxury hotel, eco-friendly, with comfortable rooms and a delicious restaurant.

Lulo hostel is a perfect pick for travelers on a shoestring budget. The establishment is pretty new.

The bed & Breakfast La Boira is situated outside Jardin and the view from the rooms is astonishing. Moreover, the owner is a friendly-original-funny lady.

More information about Jardin (+)

Jardin Colonial Town weekend trip from Medellin
View above Jardin

Would you like to discover more Medellin excursions?

TheUnconventionelRoute wrote an excellent article about the best Medellin Hiking trails! Moreover, they took gorgeous pictures of their adventures 🙂

Also, if you prefer a private tour to explore Antioquia, don’t hesitate to contact Medellin Day Trips (Private transport + tours in English)


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