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Santa Fe de Antioquia

When the city planners of Medellín came up with the idea of creating a Pueblito Paisa replica—a typical antioquian village—on the Nutibara hill, Santa Fe de Antioquia was what they had in mind. A bus journey of one-and-a-half to two hours from Medellín’s Terminal del Norte bus station takes you out of the Aburra valley and into the heartland of the region. At the station, head to either Gómez Hernández or Sotrauraba companies, which run to Santa Fe about once an hour on alternating days (van $4.50, bus $4).

Also known as “Ciudad Madre,” the town is a national monument recognized for its antiquated but well-maintained cobbled streets, whitewashed walls, historical churches and breezy plazas.

The first Spanish settlement in the area was founded in 1541 by Mariscal Jorge Robledo and was an agricultural and mining village.

Aside from wandering the streets, you can visit the Museo de Arte Religioso, Museo Juan del Corral and the Casa del Niño Tomás. Some six kilometers (3.7 mi) away there is the famous Puente de Occidente, or east bridge, measuring 291 meters (955 ft) in length, which was constructed in 1895. E-mail:, URL:


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By Richard McColl
With over five years travelling and working in Latin America, Richard feels most at home here in the big Continent. From the former Scottish...
16 Feb 2012

VIVA Colombia

Things to do in Santa Fe de Antioquia

Puente de Occidente

The bridge of the West, or Puente de Occidente, is a 291-meter-long (955-ft) bridge over the Río Cauca, linking the municipalities of Olaya and Santa Fe de Antioquia. Designed by José Maria Villa ...
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Santa Fe de Antioquia, Colombia

Museums and Churches

The Museo de Arte Religioso Francisco CristĂłbal Toro has a collection of paintings, sculptures and goldwork from the 18th century on (admission $1. Saturday-Sunday and holidays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ca. ...
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Santa Fe de Antioquia, Colombia
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