This is the Medellín official Guide by Víztaz and the Medellín Mayor's Office

Silleta Culture


The essence of the Antioqueñocampesino or peasant is represented by those, who in times past, after forging their way through the mountains carrying a wooden Silleta laden with merchandise or the occasional passenger, arrived in the city with their cargo full of tradition and the fruits of their land: flowers; those that have now become the pride of a people.

The campesino in his hat, poncho, carriel, and alpargatas arriving in Medellín with a firm gait is still representative of the Silleta culture. Men and women treasure and pass this ancient legacy on, while their gardens come a-live with carnations, roses, daisies, and heliconias, as they make ready to welcome the daily influx of visitors to their parcels with a smile.

The spirit and imagination to recreate key moments and specific scenes with flowers has become a local, national, and interna-tional key figure. The campesino’s humble manners, however, drives him to freely share the secrets of his past with anyone interested. Touring Santa Elena, birthplace of the Silletero, is full of flowers, Silletas, and hospitality. Here, the second Saturday of every month, Silleteros from the various hamlets gather around the town’s main square to express and safeguard the Silletero heritage, in a show of flowers, music, dance, and handicrafts.