With the May 2013 canonization of Mother Laura Montoya Upegui, who was born in Jericó in 1874, the name of this town in southwestern Antioquia has been heard all around Colombia. The publicity given to this Colombian Heritage Village is also justified by its mountains and many traditions, such as the manufacturing of the Antioquia carriel, a leather handbag emblematic of the region.
What to do in Jericó
In Jericó you can learn about the legacy of Saint Laura Montoya Upegui and visit her birthplace. This town, founded on September 28, 1850, lies between mountains where bananas, coffee beans, and avocados are grown. Visitors can also ride the cable car and explore the churches of Jericó.
Holy mother Laura Montoya Upegui, born in Jericó, and the typical antioqueño carriel, a leather bag, are symbols that identify this town in the Department of Antioquia.
On the itinerary in Jericó: visiting the house where Saint Laura Montoya Upegui was born and learning how traditional Antioquia carrieles are made.