Santa Fe de Antioquia, was the first capital of Antioquia, Colombia. Santa Fe is known for its colonial buildings and cobbled lanes. It is located an hours drive from Medellin, perfect for a day trip.
You can either take a tour or just head to the North Terminal in Medellin (Terminal del Norte) to take a public bus. The ticket cost 18,000 COP round trip. We passed through the Occidente Tunnel, the longest tunnel in South America, which connects Medellin and Santa Fe.
Santa Fe de Antioquia Travel Map
Exploring the city of Santa Fe de Antioquia
We recommend to take a taxi moto tour and then walk around the historic city city. The tour cost 50,000 COP and it includes the ride to the Occidental Bridge.
If you want a good photo of the main Plaza with the Metropolitan Cathedral, we recommend to go to the municipality building where they will let you go to the second floor to take photos from the balconies like the photo above.
The inside of the municipality is a beautiful building where you can prime examples of the historic architecture of the area.
The driver explained us the whole history behind each building and helped us take some photos when we needed. You should definitely stop by the handcrafting market for some souvenirs.
The church of Santa Bárbara dates from the eighteenth century and has a baroque antioqueño style, with a beautiful facade. Inside there are various altars and images of saints.
Then visit the Iglesia (church) de Jesús Nazareno, which is located in the square with the same name. It was built in the first half of the nineteenth century, with a neoclassic and baroque style.
Puente de Occidente
The tour took us also to the Puente de Occidente bridge with plenty of time to take photos and explore. The bridge was built in 1887, at the time it was the longest suspension bridge in the continent.
To get the best photograph, go upstairs the house in front of the bridge on the side further from town. On the other side, you can climb some stairs to a monument of the Virgin Mary and a pedestrian walkway parallel to the Cauca River overlooking the bridge.
Taxi Contact Info:
Jorge Alcazar:+57 312 840 0283
It is the only moto taxi in town with a replica of The Occidental Bridge on top, as the driver also makes them!