The Nature Experience in Jardin

Even though Jardin and Jericó look close on a map, it actually took 3 transfers and 4 hours to travel between the two. On the second and third legs of my journey, I was accompanied by an old man who was traveling to be with his sick daughter. Midway through, we were old friends, and he told me about the horrible diarrhea he was having that day and showed me the baby toothbrush he kept stored in his fanny pack for his travel companion, a chihuahua.

Jardin Antioquia Colombia central park

central park

I arrived at a hospedaje called El Muelle, which is run by Luis (note Feb 2011: no longer in existence). On my first night here, he taught me a few basics on two types of drums and how to dance to vallenato. He is an awesome host and I highly recommend a stay here. He had some friends and family visiting from Medellín, so we all went out to a local club whose attendees looked to be somewhere between 12 and 15 years old.

rio en Jardin river in Jardin Colombia

river in Jardin

Jardin, like many pueblos in Colombia, is set in the midst of the mountains. There are a few amazing natural sights to see around here. One is a river whose name escapes me at the moment, located a short tuk-tuk ride or a longer walk away from the town center.

horseback riding in Jardin Colombia

me and Monster

Yesterday, Luis and I went to La Cueva del Esplendor, which is this awesome cave in which pours a massive waterfall. It is a long, arduous journey around the mountains and through the mud. We rented a horse called Monster who helped us along the way. After about 4 hours, we arrived to a finca that sits close to the waterfall, put in an order for our lunch, and tied up the horse. The trek to the actual waterfall was another half an hour or so, climbing down difficult, slippery paths through jungle-ish territory. It was probably the coolest natural phenomenon I’ve seen since New Zealand (which is saying a lot).

La Cueva del Esplendor Jardin Colombia

La Cueva del Esplendor

La Cueva del Esplendor Jardin Colombia

shot from outside the cave of La Cueva del Esplendor

When we returned to the finca and ate lunch, the lady told us she couldn’t charge us because we brought her a phone charger from the town, and since we did her a favor, she would do us a favor. Whaaat? After a bit of tooth pulling, I finally got her to take 5,000 pesos – about $2.50.

boy on farm in Jardin Colombia

This is Juan Pablo. He lives on a farm on the way to La Cueva.

piglets on farm in Jardin Colombia

piglets on a farm outside of Jardin

The pueblo itself looks like a bigger version of Jericó with the same color schemes. My favorite part of the pueblo? The excellent café mochas made in the café located next to a bank off the central park. At $1 each, I think I average about sixteen a day.

Next stop: Manizales to renew my visa and start my tour of the Zona Cafetera

  • ok, I am having fun reading all your articles on here! I went to this same waterfall and this Jardin. I did it as a photography gig for a tour company here [this is the site as they do tours from Medellin to there: http://landventuretravel.webs.com/%5D so was able to get it for free. Love when i can travel on someone else’s dime!

    There is a famous candy shop in that town, did you go there? I have photos of it from that link i sent you to my Facebook page. If not, you got to make a return trip. All the choc candies are made with coffee… so if our coffee addict then it will be a dream. The lady won some huge award for her candy shop as well. Think i bought like 3 jars of jam and 4 packages of choc when i went! jajaja Oh, plus the bonuses is she will let you sample everything in her shop for free!!

    Also, at the main plaza there is a bar (oddly enough located right of the church and is connected to it). Anyways, inside of that bar is a wall with photos of all the drunks of the town. All i can say is you got to check it out and look for the midget! If you don’t piss yourself laughing… I’ll buy you a beer! :)

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