Information of Interest
As you feel more and more comfortable with modern Medellín, you will start finding new ways to experience it. The city’s myriad attractions sat-isfy the most demanding of tastes, but if you allow yourself to succumb to exploring out-of-the-way and authentic locales you will find that Medellín holds a pleasant surprise: a tour of the rural areas that surround the metropolis including the annexed villages of San Sebastián de Palmitas, Altavista, Santa Elena, San Antonio de Prado, and San Cristóbal.
Their inhabitants, by nature warm and friendly people typical to each region, have the firm resolve to take maximum advantage of their district’s characteristics and resources to create pleasant and innovative spaces for the tourist. The varied occupations locals dedicate their lives to, the forests, the nature trails, the fish farms, the sports fishing, and opportunities for extreme sports are all reasons for you to fully enjoy your visit to any of these locales.
These tourist destinations, all safe and very close to Medellín, offer you one more alternative when scheduling your visit.
» Santa Elena
Santa Elena, birthplace of the Silletero; here you fulfill your appointment with flowers, nature, and above all, with a people’s history that is kept as living traditions and heritage.
The area and its residents boast their Antioqueño roots which they present to the visitor embodied in their open-door farms, the flower farmer, and the ready story-tellers eager to share their tales full of Silleta culture and lore. Santa Elena residents are the personification of ancient campesinos who gladly and freely share with the visitor the Silleta-making process and their customs.
The natural environment found in the area includes other spaces of importance, including forests, nature trails, lookouts, historic routes, Arví Park, hotels and typical roadway inns. Without a doubt, Santa Elena is one of Medellín’s most emblematic rural areas.
Carretera Santa Elena vía aeropuerto, kilómetro 15 más 700 metros / 57(4) 385 69 84
» San Sebastián de Palmitas
Horse trails that for centuries connected local territories and are still used by visitors today, represent traces of Arriero tradition and an alternative to access farmlands and natural byways indigenous to the area.
However, a cable car that serves three of the town’s hamlets is another effective means of getting places and amusement.
Calle 20 No. 35-114 / 57 (4) 385 68 32
» San Cristóbal
This rural icon of Medellín combines natural and architectural spaces that make it a corner of the city where traditions are safeguarded.
Flowr plantations, ancient trails, stone Vallados, trout farms, and native vegetation are but some of the elements this area offers among its most important attractions.
Carrera 131 No. 60-59 / 57(4) 385 67 79
» San Antonio de Prado
Its geographic features, product of slopes and abrupt formations, have molded special contours. One such feature, the Alto de Manzanillo or Manzanillo Hill, along with other hillside areas, holds its own as expedition terminus.
The area’s natural call to farming is evidenced in activities that include agriculture and fish-farms.
Carrera 79 No. 41 Sur 36 / 57(4) 385 68 23
Looking to the southwest of Medellín we observe a group of mountains that start at 5250 feet and reach slightly over 9800 feet above sea level displaying stunning geographical conditions that captivate lovers of lofty heights and untamed landscapes.
Their location on the Central Mountain Range has made them suitable to host different climatic zones. Touring the area offers the vis-itor the opportunity to discover and admire horse trails, Vallados or low stone fences, and brick factories.
Calle 18 No. 105-69 / 57(4) 385 74 40