Medellín is a fun city with so much to do. But one of the great things about Medellín is that you don’t have to stay put. There are so many great day trips and weekend getaways just a short distance away. One of my favorite ways to getaway from Medellín is a day trip to Jardín and a nearby coffee plantation.
A trip to the colorful colonial town of Jardín and an excursion to a coffee plantation to see how coffee grows, how the beans are harvested and prepared to make coffee, and even taste fresh coffee, is a great way to spend some time outside of the city.
Coffee Plantation Visit
One of my favorite ways to getaway from Medellín is a day trip to visit Jardín and a nearby coffee plantation.
You can take the do it yourself option on this trip and take public transport to Jardín. However, we opted to arrange for a driver and guide through Black Card Service. I highly recommend them; we had a great time.
We were picked up from our accommodations and after about three and half hours making our way twisting and turning through the lush green mountain side of Colombia, we found ourselves in the Andean coffee region surrounding the colonial town of Jardín.
The coffee plantation we visited was at Vereda Morro Amarillo. To get there, you’ll have to drive up the mountain side on some extremely narrow, unpaved roads. I must admit, this was slightly nerve wracking. When we arrived around noon, we were greeted with a traditional meal from the Antioquia region of Colombia, Bandeja Paisa. This was served with fresh coffee and the most amazing views of the Andes Mountains around us.
Paisa is a term used for the people from the Antioquia region of Colombia. Bandeja Paisa is a traditional meal served in this region and it is quite the meal. In fact, it is an entire platter of food! It includes beans, rice, shredded ground beef, chicharron, chorizo, fried egg, plantain, avocado, and an arepa.
After lunch, we were given a tour of the coffee plantation. We got to see how coffee grows and what the coffee fruit or cherry looks like when it is red and ready to pick. We were then showed how the coffee bean is dried and prepared.
After visiting a coffee plantation, the next stop on our Medellín day trip is Jardín. The colonial town of Jardín is quite charming and there are a surprising number of activities you can do while here.
Basílica de la Inmaculada Concepción
The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception looks plain on the outside, but the inside doesn’t disappoint. It is definitely worth checking out.
La Garrucha Cable Car
This old cable car, which is essentially a wooden box, takes you over a ravine with the river rushing below. It is slightly terrifying, but worth it for the view of Jardín from the other side.
Café Macanas is the perfect spot to stop for a coffee. It also provides the perfect spot for a photo op with a wall of brightly colored hanging pots.
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