Santa Fe de Antioquia

It was time for a day trip from Medellin – we were heading to Santa Fe de Antioquia…!

Santa Fe is the former capital of the Antioquia Department – and therefore a nice colonial town just a 2 hour bus journey from Medellin – and this makes it a popular getaway for everyone in Medellin!!! Yep, we were prepared not to be the only tourists in town!!

For us our day trip started with a ride on the metro followed by 2 hours in a minivan from Medellin…

Minivans in Colombia (and most other parts of Latin America) tend to leave when they are full – so if you’re unlucky you can be waiting quite some time to get to your destination – but – luck was on our side – we bought the last 2 seats on the minivan and no waiting was required ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, so we ended up with the worst 2 seats on the minivan, buy hey – it did mean we didn’t have to hang around in the bus terminal for an indeterminate amount of time! ๐Ÿ™‚

As we reached Santa Fe, those in the know – i.e. everyone else on the minivan – shouted ‘BAJA!’ at various intervals and got off the minivan… as we realised it was leaving the centre we too shouted ‘BAJA’… but it didn’t quite work – he carried on driving (loser!) and we had to wait until the bus terminal to get off the bus and then walk back into the centre…

Although, maybe I should thank him – as otherwise we might have missed the big plastic letters announcing where you are, and therefore another pic for our collection!?!

PB and the ‘I ‘heart’ Antioquia’ sign ๐Ÿ™‚

Once in the centre we strolled along the cobbled streets, taking in the old white-washed colonial buildings… we spent some time people watching from a shady spot in the main square, and found a cafe to try a locally grown and produced coffee ๐Ÿ™‚ It was pretty relaxing being in Santa Fe – not as busy as we had expected – and there wasn’t actually a lot to do but hang out and admire the buildings!

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in the main square of Santa Fe.
The main square.
The fountain in the main square – with the cathedral in the background.
A picturesque cobbled street in Santa Fe.
A local strides out in Santa Fe.
The church of Santa Barbara.
A street with lots of white-washed buildings.
Some cool murals on one of the many cobbled streets.
The church of Our Lady of Chiquinquirรก.
PB figures out where to head next as we explore the streets of Santa Fe…
The Postobon (the most popular brand of soft drinks in Colombia) delivery truck arrives in Santa Fe ๐Ÿ™‚

The centre was VERY pretty, but to be honest there wasn’t a whole heap to do… it was therefore time for us to take a moto-taxi to the river to check out the Puente de Occidente – otherwise known as the oldest suspension bridge in Colombia!

For me this was the highlight of our day trip! No, I’m not wierd! Bridges can be VERY cool, and even more impressive than old colonial towns – expecially when you’ve seen heaps of old colonial towns and not very many suspension bridges ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Puente de Occidente sits over the Rio Cauca, and is pretty old – it took around EIGHT years to build the bridge and when it opened in 1895 it was the THIRD largest suspension bridge in the world… okay so it doesn’t still hold this title, but it was still pretty cool ๐Ÿ™‚

The Puente de Occidente sits over the Rio Cauca.
A motorcyclist crossing the bridge – nowadays only pedestrians, motorbikes and moto-taxis are able to cross.
CC on the oldest suspension bridge in Colombia!
The River Cauca – as seen from the bridge.
Another view of the River Cauca.
Check out the pillars holding up the bridge!
Looking back to the other side.
PB under the Puente de Occidente.
Our moto-taxi driver waits patiently for us as we take LOTS of pictures of the bridge!
Driving back over the bridge (why walk both ways!?!) on our way back to the centre of Santa Fe.

Don’t get me wrong – we liked Santa Fe – BUT we really loved the suspension bridge, and to be honest it turned our day trip to Santa Fe from an okay day to a pretty good day ๐Ÿ™‚

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