Jardin is a 3.5-4.5 hour drive from Medellin that may make some tourists think it’s too far away. In reality, the trip is only 82 miles, but the windy roads make the drive a lot longer.
However, the drive is beautiful and definitely worth it once you reach your destination. Since it’s a farther drive than Guatape, I recommend staying in Jardin for at least three nights.
This will give you enough to relax, indulge in the town’s colonial architecture, and explore the natural beauty that surrounds it.
The Best Time to Visit Jardin
The best time to visit Jardin is during the dry season, which is from December to March. This is also the busiest time in town, so be sure to book your accommodation in advance!
If you are unable to travel during the dry season, don’t worry. The weather is still pleasant during the wet season (April-November), and you’ll be able to find discounts on accommodation and activities.
Since Jardin is 5,817 feet above sea level, the temperature is cool, similar to Medellin. But for some reason, during the rainy season, it seems to get more rainfall throughout the day.
In Medellin, it seems like most mornings are sunny, followed by a thunderstorm in the late afternoon. On the other hand, Jardin can have rain on and off throughout the day.
One thing the big city of Medellin and Jardin have in common is that the rainy season has low tourist numbers. This is due to the increased chance of rain each day. Therefore, many people want to travel when they are guaranteed sunny skies.
So, if you don’t mind a little rainfall, then visiting during the wet season can save you some money! Just be sure to pack your raincoat and umbrella.
How to Spend Your Time in Jardin
Once you arrive in Jardin, you’ll need to strategize how you want to spend your time. This quaint little town is full of activities for tourists!
After Arriving in Jardin
Since it’s a longer commute to Jardin, you’ll probably arrive in the early or late afternoon. I recommend checking into your accommodation and finding somewhere to grab dinner.
You’ll find that Jardin is big into breakfast and dinner. Most cafes will have breakfast in the morning and then only serve drinks until they close in the afternoon.
Then, a lot of the established restaurants will not open until 5 or 6 pm for dinner. You’ll find lunch spots, but they’re more limited.
So, you may need to wait until 5 pm before you have a big meal. You can find pizza, typical Colombian food, and pasta in Jardin.
After you fill your stomach, I recommend going to the Parque Principal (main square) to relax, people watch, and check out the colonial architecture.
This is a great place to start your trip because you get a feel for the town while also getting acclimated to the high altitude.
Spend Your First Full Day in Jardin Exploring the Town
On your first full day in Jardin, we recommend taking it easy and exploring the town. Colonial towns are fun because you get to indulge in the culture and history.
You won’t find the nightclubs or big malls that you find in Medellin. Instead, you will find charming cafes, colorful buildings, and a slower pace of life.
One thing we love about Jardin is that it’s small enough to walk everywhere! You won’t need to take any taxis or buses to get around town.
However, you can hop on a moto-taxi if you need a quick ride. These are motorbikes with a seat in the back for passengers.
Grab Breakfast and Coffee at Parque Principal
You could do this every day, but we recommend starting at the Parque Principal for breakfast and coffee for the first day.
Some cafes will have breakfast while some only serve coffee. So, you may need to walk around a bit to find the perfect spot.
To help you out, I recommend getting breakfast either at De Los Andes Cafe or Cafe Macanas. Both serve breakfast and have unique atmospheres.
De Los Andes Cafe
De Los Andes Cafe has one of the best views of Parque Principal. You can sit on the second-floor balcony and enjoy the fresh mountain air.
The breakfast options, like eggs, toast, and coffee, are pretty typical. But they also have some sandwich options if you want lunch.
From the balcony, you can stare at the imposing cathedral and listen to the birds chirping. It’s the perfect way to start your day!