Top 7 Pueblos of Colombia (in Photos)

If you’re a regular visitor of my blog, you know that I’ve got some sort of sordid Colombian pueblo fetish.

According to my travel map, I’ve been to something like 20 pueblos in Colombia. But not all are created equal; some are awesome, some are forgettable, some are straight up ugly. These are my favorites.

Jardín, Antioquia

Jardin Antioquia Colombia

my new friend in the outskirts of Jardin with his dog

Aside from being a great town to spend time in, I also made a good friend there and had lots of mini nature adventures. Jardín has been visited by lots of travel bloggers this year, like Erin and Simon, Dave, and Jack and Jill and has received rave reviews from them all. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing Jardín in the guidebooks any day now.

Jericó, Antioquia

Jerico Antioquia Colombia

Welcome to Jerico

Jericó is another chilled-out Antioquian pueblo that has great coffee, well-dressed farmers, colorful houses, and some of the best arepas I’ve tasted.

Salento, Quindío

Valle de Cocora Salento Quindio Colombia

horses in Valle de Cocora

Salento is one of the most visited pueblos on the list, famous for the Valle de Cocora, handicrafts, and maintaining its authenticity despite the influx of tourists.

Sante Fe de Antioquia, Antioquia

Sante Fe de Antioquia Colombia

one of Santa Fe's 634 churches

Just 90 minutes from Medellin, Sante Fe makes a good stop, especially for the religiously inclined.

Villa de Leyva, Boyacá

Villa de Leyva Boyaca Colombia

one of Villa de Leyva's plazas

Another hot spot on the tourist trail, Villa de Leyva’s beauty attracts big-city Colombians looking to enjoy a slow-paced life.

Monguí, Boyacá

Mongui Boyaca Colombia

Monguí's perfectly preserved church

Monguí is like the most perfect village ever. It’s gorgeous, it’s tiny, the local farmers are a little rough around the edges but friendly, and it’s way off the beaten path.

Ráquira, Boyacá

Raquira Boyaca Colombia

the colorful streets of Ráquira

Even though I got in a little tiff with a paranoid campesina, Ráquira is still a cool place to hang out for the day.

What’s your favorite village?

  • Ed

    Guatape!

  • There’s nothing better on this planet than Colombian pueblos. I’m a huge fan of Cisneros in Antioquia. I haven’t been to many of these on your list but won’t be the case for long! Thanks for the post. 

  • Kevin Post

    Pore-Casanare, Tame-Arauca and Cisneros-Antioquia are definitely on my list.

  • I’ll have to hit up Cisneros next time I’m in Colombia, I haven’t been out there yet.

  • Cool, thanks Kevin – will have to check these out too next time I go puebleando in Colombia.

  • Ugh, so close to Medellin, and I still didn’t get out there!

  • I have to say Guatape as well – just because it’s so different. Although Jardin comes as a pretty close second. Wish we had more time going puebleando when we were in Colombia.

  • You’re right, there is something very pleasant about the Colombian pueblos (even the touristy ones). In Dec. we went on a six or seven pueblo Christmas lights tour in Boyaca that was surprisingly excellent.

    Enjoy your travels

  • Cool article Jeff. I haven’t even heard of those pueblos you visited!

  • Mompos?

  • I haven’t been yet :)

  • If I had to choose between Santa Fe De Antioquia or Villa de Leyva (don’t have time for both) which would you recommend? I’m a bit torn

  • I prefer Villa de Leyva, there’s more to do there.

  • billsweb

    Jasmin, have you been to a coffee farm yet? I just got back from Risaralda, Col. with my wife and had a blast.

  • Yes, I went to one near Manizales. Very cool.

  • Peter

    Hi Jasmine, I’m Peter (Belgian) and I have a nice Restaurant in Marinilla Antioquia, getting famous slowly but surely especially with all the expats even from Medellin … https://www.facebook.com/RestauranteLaTorre
    Whenever you are fed up with the “paisafood”, come by and you will be amazed …