Tiger Paw Hostel
Car 36 No. 10-49, Medellin, Colombia
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Calle 10, El Poblado
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Daytrip to Santa Fe de Antioquia
My first intension was to stay one night in Santa Fe de Antioquia, but as I heard most people visited the town on a daytrip from Medellín I thought I would do the same. Since the tunnel between Medellín and Santa Fe de Antioquia was completed in 2006 it only takes a little bit more than 1 hour between the two cities. And as I already had visited several small Colombian towns with colonial architecture I felt a daytrip would be enough for me.
Santa Fe de Antioquia was the first colonial settlement in the area and it was founded by Jorge Robledo in 1541. Santa Fe de Antioquia was the capital during Antioquia’s few years of independence, 1813 - 1826, but after that the capital moved to Medellín. Because of this, and as Santa Fe de Antioquia has not been along a main road and also because the town was declared a National Monument in 1960 the colonial architecture in the centre has been well preserved.
The town is lovely with its coloured one story colonial houses, cobbled streets and small plazas. There are at least four old churches and a couple of museums. The atmosphere is relaxed and there is not much traffic around the historical centre. The population in the town is about 12 500 inhabitants. As Santa Fe de Antioquia is only situated at an elevation of 550 metres the average temperature is 27 degrees C. That’s warmer than Medellín.
Museo de Antioquia
The Museum of Antioquia is situated in a large building by Plazoleta de las Esculturas. Here there are collections of pre-Colombian, colonial, independence and modern art. There are also temporary exhibitions. When I visited there were one with cloths designed by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada. The highlight is the donation made by the artist Fernando Botero (who comes from Medellín). He has donated some of his best paintings and sculptures to the museum as well as paintings made by other artist like Picasso and Jeff Koontz.
The museum is open between 9.30 - 17.00 on Mondays to Saturdays and between 10.00 - 16.00 on Sundays.
Admission was 8000 pesos (July 2008).
There are two museum shops, one in the front and one behind (maybe the one behind is not officially a museum shop). And there is a café, Café Sophia, which looked closed when I visited and restaurant Botero with a terrace overlooking Plazoleta de las Esculturas..
Another artist Pedro Nel Gomez has a series of murals near Parque Berrio at Carrera 51 and Calle 51.
His works seem reminiscent of (at least slightly) Mexican murals. Those of Diego Rivera's come to mind.
He created 2,200 square meters of murals in public buildings, at the Museo de Antioquia and at banks.
Medellin Accomodations Suprisingly Modern
"A Comfortable vacation in Medellin - apartments"
Man what a surprise this trip when i went down with the kids. My friend turned me on to some cool villages or pueblos outside of medellin, so the kids ran wild. we were ecstatic to be out of the hotels. they just seem to get in alot of trouble in hotels running up and down the halls, etc.
The big surprises this trip was the great deals we found by not staying in hotels. When we were in Medellin we stayed in furnished apartments. To my surprise they were enterprisingly modern. LET ME TELL YOU I have stayed in some places with electric wires running into the shower heads of the showers! ohhhhhhhhh man in the embassy they call these things WIDOW MAKRES. This year we lucked out, we got apartments with modern water heaters, new kitchens, and i guess thats because of the recent boom in contruction. Also different this trip was different than a couple years ago because the websites are getting better and the pictures and number of apartments between various Realtors really gives out a good selection.
A good travel tip is to search the words apartamentos amoblados (which means furnished apartments in Colombia). We found 1 place that had decent prices and a bilingual staff. They can be found at apartamentos amoblados but you can search apartamentos en medellin (which means apartments in medellin) and you will see several companies come up in the search engines.
The trick to find a good place to stay out side the cities is to seach the words medellin fincas, and that brings up various pages.
The villages in and around medellin that are popular are Guatape (in the photo below), el penol, el retiro, and rio negro. These sites have cooler mountain air, below 70 degrees in the day, sometimes warmer. The other villages in warmer air are sante fe de antioquia and san jeronimo, with very tropical air.
FIncas are farm / country houses, usually with a pool, not necessarily with animals. This is a favorite past time for all colombianos to do on the weekends. everyone loves to leave the city for the weekend!
The roads are quite safe these days, and the people are very friendly.
Popular Hotels in Medellín
La Casa Medellin
Cra. 36 No 9 Sur 74, Loma de los Balsos en Poblado, Medellin, Colombia