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South America » Colombia » Antioquia October 8th 2012

The Paisa City Now, the chance to visit the Paisa city of Medellin, but why Paisa? the word comes from the Spanish word paisano which means fellow countryman; and that's how they will make you feel there, as if you were one of them, something that you couldn't find in Bucaramanga, for example. As you will notice if you keep reading, Medellin is not only paisa but a worldwide city, in fact, my best friend told me that some French guys state that going to Medellin is like going to Europe as it embraces many cultures and soon, you will realize that the city is quite developed as the inhabitants have a very futurist vision. The bus ticket from Bucaramanga to Medellin costs 90,000 pesos. Medellin or Medallo, as it is popularly called, is the second ... read more
Birds of Colombia
A small tinto with lots of flowers
Splendid

South America » Colombia » Antioquia October 8th 2012

A small village to enjoy In my continued quest to visit more places in the beautiful Antioquia, I arrived in Sopetran, a locality situated in the West of the region. Located at only 59 kilometres, which is about 90 minutes from Medellin, the city is surrounded by some beautiful villages such as Olaya, San Jerónimo, and Santa Fé de Antioquia. The Church Dominating the park, the huge church appears quite inviting given its peace and quitenes. Inside, some European paintings such as la Inmaculada, Nuestra Señora del Carmen and a spectacular Corazon de Jesús embellish the roof of the temple. What´s there for us to enjoy? The tourist will enjoy the attractiveness of a small village, its nature, fruits and agricultural products. They can also stay at one of the huge haciendas and fincahoteles,... read more
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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
I loved their colourful houses

South America » Colombia » Antioquia October 7th 2012

Hey Friends, Now it is the time to show you one of the most beautiful counties in Colombia, that is Antioquia. The capital, wow, but people do not actually know all the amazing villages around Medellin, that might leave you flabbergasted. Here I start with some of the rural villages of this lovely department. Puerto Berrío makes me think of the big bridge. at only 4 hours from Bucaramanga, it was the right place to start the visits to Antioquia Why Puerto Berrío? Reading on the net, I found that the name belongs to Pedro Justo Berrío, a former governor of Antioquia (1864-1875) who actually led a rebellion against the opposing party and kept Antioquia within the Colombian Union. As it is located near the Magdalena River, the village played an important role as a port ... read more
The monumental bridge
I wanted to try
The Old Railway

South America » Colombia » Antioquia October 7th 2012

The Road of the Sun and the Fruit Sticking to my Western travel plan, I arrived in San Jerónimo, a nice agricultural village within the Antioquia´s mountains offering a lovely weather and trying to allow its houses and streets to have architectural significance. The village is part of a tourism plan called the Road of the Sun and the Fruit. The plan includes villages like San Jeronimo, Santafé de Antioquia and Sopetrán and takes tourists to some reknown highlights of these regions such as the Western Bridge, some beautiful churches and places that transport you back to the colonial past. Apparently, there are bililngual guides ready to answer all your questions on the spot. Another Antioquia's paradise With excellent roads, getting to the capital only takes one hour from San Jeronimo. The trip includes crossing the ... read more
Nice hotels
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South America » Colombia » Antioquia October 7th 2012

A Romantic Town After taking the longest South American tunnel whose crossing cost us 12,400 pesos, we were ready to enjoy the beauty of such a famous destination. For me, the quaint colonial Santa Fe is synonymous with spas and swimming pool areas; I don't know whether it was the tropical climate, the nice breeze or the lush green vegetation of the surrounding mountains, but as soon as I got there I longed for swimming and a suntan. That's right, sometimes, I wonder whether I got the Michael Jackson's change of skin color as I am far from the ''negro" they used to call me... anyways, the sun in Santafe is quite killing and to know that the city offers a large array of spas and big hotels with swimming pools to freshen up is like ... read more
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Beautiful cobblestone streets
Santafe and me, two treasures not to be missed ;)

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South America » Colombia » Antioquia July 2nd 2012

Once in Guatapé... Another beautiful destination for a breath of beautiful fresh air within the lovely Eastern Antioquia; El Peñol, in the Guatape's countryside, depicts spectacular views of serpentine alpine lakes sparkling in the bright sun; there you have it, a chance for you to explore the source of 36% of Colombia´s electricity as well as its majestic surroundings of emerald green fields. Although it is near the town, I decided to do a different entry from that of Guatapé so that you learn why El Peñol, that gigantic boulder, is the town's most-visited site. But what's the fuzz about the Peñol or the Rock? Why a national monument? It consists of a 200 meter massive high rock outcropping that towers over the surrounding area. The formation of this granitic batholith, for some reason, reminds me ... read more
How beautiful
A ten-million-ton rock called El Peñon
How relaxing is the view?

South America » Colombia » Antioquia July 1st 2012

Guatapé According to Wikipedia, the name Guatapé is a Quechua word referring to stones and water. Stones are there, a gigantic boulder in the countryside and as for water, you´ll be surrounded by one of the largest lakes in Colombia. And that´s what I have here now, a description of a place where you can kick back while exploring this enchanting destination. What a facade! Getting to Guatapé was a pleasant surprise for me as I didn't know that such a colourful lakeside town existed; si señor, imagine an amazing destination with beautiful zocalos painted, that´s right, dimensioned images of pastel-colored paintings on the lower wall tiles of people´s houses. Brilliant idea!!! Lucky us the inhabitants sculpted and painted their most common everyday activities, products sold, geographical and cultural beliefs on the lower part ... read more
amazing pastel-colored paintings
Lovely zocalos
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South America » Colombia » Antioquia July 1st 2012

Marinilla, Antioquia As I told you in a past entry, Marinilla was not a first choice from the very beginning but I am glad I finally came as I liked walking and admiring some of the houses that are very colourful. I liked eating breakfast at a nice bakery where I had the chance to sit and relax. I also liked the cold beer in the evening that we drank while we listened to some of the Paisa trovas. Some facts about the village According to what I read in Wikipedia, Marinilla played an important role in the Independence from the Spanish rule as it allowed our country to have lots of its sons to fight against the Spanish, and in this, the village set an example for other nearby villages. But apparently, they were not ... read more
There were no traffic jams that very day
A nice walks looking at beautiful facades,
Nice Colours

South America » Colombia » Antioquia July 1st 2012

Ready to eat the best deserts ever? San Antonio Another village in the East of Antioquia, San Antonio de Arma de Rionegro is synonymous with deserts, there I was like a child ready to taste those delicious deserts, but do not blame me, their breathtaking deserts made with so much patience and expertise are their best showcase Why San Antonio? It seems that a local found a silver medal from Saint Antonio and for that reason, they started building a chapel . The village is constantly visited by a great number of tourists who come here mainly to get those deserts. It was so funny seeing the large queue, everybody struggling to get a desert. Although I was not able to get a desert at the most popular place -the queue discouraged me as I am ... read more
Breathtaking deserts, a showcase for San Antonio
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South America » Colombia » Antioquia June 30th 2012

Heading to the East And following my journeys to the East of Antioquia, I then got to El Retiro, a nice destination that provided us with a short visit to the village and a lovely chocolate with arepas. The village, at only 35 kilometres from Medellin, is located near some of the towns I also visited like La Ceja and Envigado. The architecture of the town is quite Spanish, lots of colonial balconies which give the impression of a very old village, with a very long history shown by its date of foundation, back in 1791. It is expected that if you go, you can feel freedom as El Retiro is known for being La Cuna de la Libertad. Your task will be to admire those colonial streets full of lovely facades and balconies which were ... read more
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Don´t I look like the owner of the house?
Some horseriding activities are organised for you in the village




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