Giraldo is a colombian municipality located in the Department of Antioquia, north of Santa Fe. There is information regarding a small settlement named “Arro” in the region, which received its name from the local people belonging to the Katíos culture. Afterwards, in 1865 during the colombian expansion through Antioquia, it was erected as a municipality, and was named “Giraldo” in honor of the antioquian gobernor don Rafael María Giraldo.Giraldo is a small rural town, which still keeps its local customs. It has several attractions for ecotourism, such as natural pools, caves, natural reserves and natural viewpoints from which you can observe the beauty of Antioquia.
Travel tips for Giraldo
Due to its elevation, Giraldo has very different temperatures. We recommend you bring some sorojchi pills and adecuate clothing for your stay.Currently the bus companies Rapido Ochoa, Cootransuroccidente and Gómez Hernández offer trips to Giraldo.In Giraldo you can find chiva, bus, taxi and mototaxi service that will allow you to easily travel through the city.If you have planned to move around the regions in Colombia, you might be asked to have the yellow fever vaccine. Other vaccines that you should consider -in case you travel to rainforest areas- are the tetanus vaccine and the hepatitis A/B.The electric current kind used in Colombia is 110-volt AC (110 V), with a frequence of 60 Hz. We recommend you to have a plug adapter if you travel to places that use other voltage to avoid that the electronic devices suffer a short-circuit and don't work.
Best time to visit Giraldo
The best time to visit Giraldo is near the anniversary of the city, on December, so you'll be able to coincide with several cultural activities.
Climate in Giraldo
The territory of Giraldo has a varied climate which oscilates from really cold to hot due to its elevation, which oscilates between 1000 and 3200 m.a.s.l. However, in most of the area the annual average temperature is of 62.6°F, with an annual average precipitation of 1850 mm.
Things to do in Giraldo
Nightlife in Giraldo
We currently do not posses information regarding nightlife in Giraldo.
Where to eat in Giraldo
We currently do not posses information regarding restaurants in Giraldo.
The tourist places to see in Giraldo are
Church of St. Isidore
The most important church of Giraldo, dedicated to St. Isidore. Here you can find art pieces of cultural importance.
The things to do in Giraldo
Ecotourism in Giraldo
From Giraldo you can take part in trips to exotic places and enjoy the biodiversity of the Department of Antioquia. The best places to visit are the Lima Grande Cave, the Mount of the Dead, and the Raudal Ravine.
Typical dishes in Giraldo
It's a filling food, of unbeatable quantity and variety of flavors. The most representative you can taste in Antioquia region. The main feature is that is served in big plates, full of varied food. In a tray like that you can find beans, pork rind, chorizo, rice, fried eggs, avocado, banana and corn cakes. It's a plate as to be satisfied for a while.
Arroz con pollo
A classic among classics. It's prepared frying the garlic and onion for afterwrds add chicken pre-boiled. Then you add paprika and peas with salt and pepper and spices as you like. At the end you add the rice, and your dish is ready to your delight.
Brevas con arequipe
the breva is simillar to the fig, but not so sweet. To prepare this dish you make an incision to the brevas and boil them in water for 10 min. During the process you add sugar and lemon drops. After boiling, you cut the fig in two without separating them completely. And then you fill it with arequipe (condensed milk).
One of the most traditional dishes is made of banana, vanilla essence, sugar and milk cream. This plate is put in oven until being a sweet delight for lunch time.
It's a typical Colombian soup, but the preparation is different in each region. When you prepare this substantial soup, you boil various meats and vegetables, seasoned with spices of diverse flavors as cumin and pepper. It's a very nutritional dish with a lot of calories, just ideal if you need to reinstate energies after a long route in Medellin.
Arepa de choclo
Choclo is nothing different but corn, also called chocolo. Arepas are little omelette prepared with ground choclo and put on a banana leaf, and roasted later in a grill. Inside you put white cheese, cut in little strips or ground. Ready succulent plate to taste!
How to reach Giraldo
Giraldo by train
Currently there isn't a passenger train service that has Giraldo as a destination.
Giraldo by flight
Giraldo doesn't have an airport. The closest one is the José María Córdova International Airport, located in Rionegro, 3 hours away by bus.
Giraldo by bus
Giraldo is located near the Cañasgordas-Santa Fe Highway, which goes up to Medellín, capital of the Antioquia Department. From up there you will be able to find a connection to any other destination in Colombia. The trip from Medellín can take between 2 and 3 hours.
Accomodations in Giraldo
We currently do not posses information regarding low cost accomodations in Giraldo.
We currently do not posses information regarding budget accomodations in Giraldo.
We currently don't posses information regarding luxury accomodations on Giraldo.
Important dates in Giraldo
Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Celebration in honor of our Lady of Mount Carmel. The locals decorate the town and gather in processions and religious activities.