At the Colombian department of Antioquia we find the municipality of Urrao, which in the past was occupied by catios indigenous who confronted ferociously the Spanish who wanted to conquer their land. At the end of the 18th century there was a town founded on the territory, which became an obligatory route for travellers from Antioquit to Choco, fact that allowed its development. The advantageous location of Urrao makes possible the various thermal floors the city has, reason why there is a great flora and fauna diversity. At the proximity of the municipality you can visit the Parque Nacional Natural Las Orquideas with more than 300 orchid species and several animal species to admire, and besides that the Paramo del Sol, placed also there, offers interesting landscape routes; you can also visit there the El Espinal and Sandima properties, that show how people lived on the colonial period. Urrao is recognized for the quality and the preparation of its particular sweet cheese and also put at your disposition dishes as the frijoles antioqueños, served with chicharron, banana or avocado; the bandeja paisa, with beans, eggs and varied types of meat and if you prefer it, delicious grilled meats. Feel part of Urrao celebrating the Fiestas del Cacique Tone, where the streets are decorated with lots of colours, the balconies full of flowers, passion flower bouquets and placards to celebrate the freedom and rebellion of the iconic cacique personality, which include a reign of beauty, cavalcades and other activities; the Desfile de Antorchas in March, the saint patron festival of San Jose, also in March and the Festival Municipal de Teatro-Carrozas, where there are typical regional dances, constumes music groups, cavalcades, theatre, floats and many other events. The municipality of Urrao is a quite traditional place surrounded by the natural beauty of Colombia.
Travel tips for Urrao
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 the jungle- 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.