Built between 1887 and 1895, the wooden Western Bridge, which is suspended over the Cauca River, welcomes visitors to Santa Fe de Antioquia, a Colombian Heritage Village founded on December 4, 1541 by Jorge Robledo and considered the “cradle of the paisa (Antioqueño) people.” This town of cobblestone streets and colonial architecture lies 35 miles northwest of Medellín.
What to do in Santa Fe de Antioquia
With a pleasant climate and average temperatures of 80°F, Santa Fe de Antioquia is a good destination for walking. Tourists admire the white and ochre walls, and the high-reaching doors, windows, and wooden doors of the houses, and enjoy a refreshment of tamarind juice between walks. This acidic fruit is also used to make a delicious candy.
Visitors to Santa Fe de Antioquia should not miss walking across the Western Suspension Bridge, created by José María Villa, an engineer born in Sopetrán who also participated in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. Other ideas for travelers include visiting the cathedral, resting in the main park, and navigating the Cauca River.
In Santa Fe de Antioquia, tourists can cross the Western Bridge hanging over the Cauca River, wander along cobblestone streets, and taste the popular tamarind candy.