TLDR? The source of the Medellin River is near Caldas, and you can go hiking there!
After exploring Medellin for a couple of weeks, you may be looking to go to the municipalities north or south of the city to get to know the entire Aburrá Valley and leave without missing a single corner.
If you’re thinking about spending a day in Caldas, you need to know a couple of things before your visit.
Stay here and read nine tips for anyone who wants to go to Caldas and enjoy a traditional and natural Antioquian day in this town!
1. How to Get to Caldas
The municipality of Caldas is after Itagūí, Sabaneta, and La Estrella, 13 miles (22 km) from Parque del Poblado, approximately 45 minutes by car.
To get there faster and safely, you can take the Metro to the Estrella Station, the last one to the south of Line A. Then, you can take a bus from the integrated system, or if you prefer, a taxi or an app car.
This journey takes approximately 30 minutes from the Poblado station. With this means of transport, you also avoid regular traffic jams!
If you prefer to use your rented car because you want to manage your time or make stops in other municipalities, just take the route straight to the south. It’s advisable to avoid peak hours to speed up the journey.
2. Take a Coffee Tour
Caldas is in a coffee zone of Antioquia that takes advantage of its fertile lands and surrounding nature to sow this grain.
It’s an educational tour that tries to explain and teach each step from cultivation to the cup of coffee consumed. It lasts approximately three hours in the morning before enjoying an Antioquian lunch.
3. La Gruta
La Gruta is a monument built in 1942 to which many parishioners go to pay petitions. It’s a religious practice that takes place during Holy Week and has a lot of cultural value for the people of this town and Antioquia in general.
If you’re religious and interested in these Catholic monuments around the world, it’s something you could visit.
4. Traditional Local Food
Caldas is a relatively new town, but its deeply rooted Antioquian culture shows through its architecture, practices, and food.
One of the best plans to do in Caldas is to enjoy its traditional food. Visit one of these restaurants highlighted as the best, and delight yourself with Paisa cuisine!