Santa Fe de Antioquía, known originally only as Antioquia, was founded the 7th of December in 1541, although it had to be relocated due to constant raids by natives. For a very long time Santa Fe was capital of the Antioquía Department, and became an important city for the region, with an economy built around the exploitation of local mines and natural resources, and the production of exotic fruits such as custard apple, tamarind and pistachioSanta Fe has an impressive cultural heritage, with colonial architecture in a perfect state of conservation, which led to the city being declared a National Monument of Colombia in 1960, and is now a sought after destination by national and international tourists.
Travel tips for Santa Fe de Antioquia
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.Mototaxis are a common mean of transportation in the city, and you can use them as a ride while you appreciate the beautiful colonial streets of the city.
Santa Fe de Antioquia weather
Best time to visit Santa Fe de Antioquia
Santa Fe de Antioquia is an interesting destination all year long, although we recommend you visit the city during the last days of December, to participate in the Día de los Diablitos Feast.
Climate in Santa Fe de Antioquia
The climate in Santa Fe is warm, with an anual average of 82?, with peaks of even 91? and a minimun of 73?. It doesn't rain often in the city.
Things to do in Santa Fe de Antioquia
Nightlife in Santa Fe de Antioquia
Shot de las 10
Location: Crossing of Calle 10 with Carrera 13 Hours: Starting at 10:00 p.m. Price: Unknown Bar rated as one of the best in the city. Offers rock and reggae, along with an excellent service and varied cocktails to choose from.
Where to eat in Santa Fe de Antioquia
Location: Cra. 8 #10103 Hours: 12:00 - 20:00 p.m. Price: Unknown Restaurant which specializes in local food. It is a great place which sometimes offers live music shows.
Restaurante Portón del Parque
Location: Cl. 10 #11-3 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Excellent restaurant with a plenty of dishes to choose from and a great service.
The tourist places to see in Santa Fe de Antioquia are
Puente de Occidente
Location: Santa Fe - Liborina Highway Hours: All day long Price: Free Suspension bridge of 291 meters in lenght. It took eight years to be built by engineer José María Villa. It is now regarded as one of the main touristic attractions of the city.
Location: Downtown Hours: All day long Price: Free entrance Known as the Plaza Juan del Corral, it is the main square of the city. It has a stone floor and is decorated by sculptures and water fountains, and is surrounded by touristic attractions such as the Cathedral.
Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Location: Plaza Mayor Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Neoclassical Cathedral built between 1797 and 1837. It is known internationally for its decoration, its art gallery and by its 47 meter tower. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
Location: Parque Chiquinquirá, crossing of Calle 9a con Carrera 12 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Building which served to house the city’s bishops. It now operates as a museum.
The things to do in Santa Fe de Antioquia
Museo de Arte Religioso Francisco Cristóbal Toro
Location: Crossing of Calle 11 with Carrera 8 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Hosts a valuable collection of colonial and republican art from the Colombian art schools. It has an area dedicated to Saint Laura Montoya, who was born in Jericó.
Museo Juan de Corral
Location: Crossing of Carrera 11 with Calle 11 Hours: Unknown Price: Unknown Museum with several pieces of Colombian history. It is located in the colonial house where Juan del Corral signed the Independence of Antioquia in 1813.
Typical dishes in Santa Fe de Antioquia
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 Santa Fe de Antioquia
Santa Fe de Antioquia by train
There currently isn't a passenger train service that has Santa Fe as a destination.
Santa Fe de Antioquia by flight
Santa Fe doesn't have an airport. The closes one is located in Medellín, 1 hour and 15 minutes away.
Santa Fe de Antioquia by bus
Having been the Departments capital for a very long time, Santa Fe is well connected to the rest of the department and other major colombian cities. The trip to Medellín takes abou 1:15 hours by bus, and from there you will be able to find connections to any other destination in Colombia.
Accomodations in Santa Fe de Antioquia
Green Nomads Hostel
Location: calle 9 # 7 -63, 057050 Price: Starting at 45 000 Comfortable hotel with a pool and a bar. Rents bikes, has rooms with private bathroom and TV, Wi-Fi and has a gift-shop.
Casa Morales Santa Fe
Location: Carrera 6 # 10-61, 057050 Precio: Starting at 80 000 Casa Morales has a bar and offers rooms with air conditioning, private bathroom and TV, and some even have a view to the pool. Reception is open 24 hours a day.
Finca Hotel Morichal Santa Fe
Location: Recta El Paso, 057057 Precio: Starting at 209 000 The Finca Hotel is a luxury accomodation, which as an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, private parking, and rooms with bathroom, TV and a view of the pool.
Important dates in Santa Fe de Antioquia
(22nd to the 31st of December)
The oldest celebration of the region, which is named after the masks the performers use, which resemble a red devil. The feast has been celebrated since 1653, and was born out of the dances the african slaves performed in their homeland, such as the candanga, the chirimía and the bunde, which converged and created this feast.