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.
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 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 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
Just 90 minutes from Medellin, Sante Fe makes a good stop, especially for the religiously inclined.
Villa de Leyva, Boyacá
Another hot spot on the tourist trail, Villa de Leyva’s beauty attracts big-city Colombians looking to enjoy a slow-paced life.
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.
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?