Jardin, Colombia

Jardin, pronouced hardin is just 4 hours South of Medellin. The route takes you around someone amazing mountain cliffs and dense forests- but the road is windy- so take this as a warning!

However once reached Jardin, I believe it is one of the most beautiful places in Colombia ,due to its colonial charm that hasn’t been taken over by tourism (just yet!) as well as its location in the middle of one of the most green mountain ranges I have seen! Literally taking after its name ‘garden’.

Due to its high altitude walking around Jardin is pleasant, but the best thing to do is sit in the main plaza and ‘crowd watch’ with the locals with a little tinto (A colombian version of espresso). The Plaze is surrounded by brightly coloured homes and restaurants making it a warm and charming place.

There is a cable car or some organised hikes (to cue del Esplendor) that can take you up into the mountains and see the view of the coffee and banana plants, but I choose a hostel which was just on the outskirts of the town, where I could get a pretty awesome view right from my window!

Whilst in Jardin, you must try trout for atleast one meal as it is farmed in numerous trout farms – La Trucheria-in the area (one was a 5 minute walk away from my hostel). It is butterflied and roast served with the usual rice!

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