There’s a reason why Jardin is known as Colombia’s most beautiful town. Here are 44 colourful photos of Jardin Colombia to inspire you to visit!
But there’s no where quite as colourful as Jardin.
An Andean puebla located in Colombia’s coffee region, Jardin is roughly 130km south of Medellin. It’s a vibrant town with a humble history and a great community feel. Jardin was built on the back of coffee, sugarcane and other agribusiness. Beyond the beautiful homes, fincas and Jardin’s stunning city square and cathedral is a longstanding tradition of hard graft.
We recently got a chance to explore Jardin on a guided tour with LandVenture Travel. There’s nothing quite like travelling with a local to bring a new place to life with anecdotes as colourful as the streets themselves. This collection of photos, narrated by our guide, Juan, are my favourite images of Jardin.
My favourite photos of Jardin, Colombia
Planning a trip to Colombia? Here are my favourite photos of Jardin to inspire you to visit!
One of the most important lessons we learned in Colombia’s coffee region is that people may not be rich in financial terms, but everyone is house proud. City apartments may be small, but their flower boxes, carved balconies and colourful shutters make a lasting impression. As Juan told us, people often consult their neighbours before deciding what colours to paint their facade (they’re the ones who’ll be looking at it, after all!). Fincas (farm houses) are just as colourful and inviting. I particularly like the way these homes open up on all sides, flooding the living spaces with natural light and ventilation.
It’s not just homes—local businesses also get in on the act. Two of the most beautiful buildings we visited in Jardin were the Hotel Jardin and Cafe Macanas, both just off the city square.
The main square
Life in Jardin, as in other small towns in Antioquia and across Colombia, revolves around the main square. The Spanish name Jardin means ‘garden’—thus Jardin’s square, El Libertador Park, is decorated with rose bushes, flowers and shrubs. The square itself is made from beautiful river rocks and locally quarried stone. Colourful bars and cafes line the perimeter, watering holes where locals gather to shoot the breeze. The centrepiece, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, is an impressive Neo-Gothic stone cathedral with a blue ombre interior and sparkling metal towers.
A heritage of craftsmanship
Jardin has a history of handicraft production. Colourful mola textiles made by indigenous communities, leatherwork, cane sombrero vueltiao hats and virgin wool ponchos can all be found in gift boutiques dotted around Jardin’s city centre. Jardin is also known for its milk candy, Dulces del Jardin. We visited one sweets shop where the same jam and caramel recipes have been used for generations.
Back to nature
Nestled in the Andes mountains, Jardin is incredibly green. More than 200 species of birds have been identified in the short distance from the town centre to a nearby waterfall. Driving into the hills high above Jardin reveals beautiful vistas of the town and valley.
Coffee and cane
Jardin isn’t all flower pots and painted doorways. Like most towns in this part of Colombia, Jardin was built off the back of hard work. We visited the local sugar cane mill where men were busy preparing panela—brown cakes of raw sugarcane made by melting and re-setting the sugar. It’s tough, dangerous work.
And then of course there’s the coffee. Coffee is one of the predominant crops in Jardin and most families dabble in growing and picking. One of the local farmers we met, Jamie, welcomed us into his home and treated us to a lunch and espresso.
Have you been to Jardin? What did you most enjoy about it? If not, would you be interested in visiting this Colombian town? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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Transparency: We were guests of LandVenture Travel during our tour of Jardin in November 2018. As always, all opinions and recommendations expressed here are my own.