Jerico

Tuza Mountain near JericoFounded in 1850, Jerico is a beautiful Antioquian town in a spectacular setting. The 3 hour journey from Medellin is one that you shouldn´t be snoozing for; winding through the twisting roads of South-East Antioquia you pass the bizzarely perfect pyramid-shaped mountain of Cerro Tusa before climbing 2000 meters to reach picturesque Jerico.

Homes here perfectly represent typical Antioquian architecture; colourfully painted doors, windowframes and balconies, and there are a number of beautiful churches, plazas and gardens to explore.  Like Jardin, Jerico is still lesser known by foreign tourists, making it a lovely place to spend a day or 2 and soak up small town life.

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Jerico Main SquareParque Reyes is the central plaza of Jerico; home to the majority of the town’s cafes, bars and restaurants, as well as the main cathedral “Cathedral de Nuestro Señora De Las Mercedes”. Below the cathedral you can find the Museo de Artes Religoso and just across the road is the tourist information office where you can pick up maps and local guides of the town.

The Botanical Gardens “Los Bolsos” is located at the base of “El Salvador” and it´s worth a visit to enjoy the peaceful nature and local fauna. Follow the pathways up and you will reach the top of El Salvador, where Jerico has its own Christ statue. This is a great spot for taking photos of the town and surrounding areas or for watching the local kite-flying enthusiasts.

Jerico, View from El SalvadorFrom the top of El Salvador there is a cable car which takes you up to Parque Natural de los Nubes, or the ´Cloud Forest´. At the time of writing the cable car was not in service; the alternative way to get to the cloud forest is to walk down Carrera 2 until you reach the stairs. Following the path up takes approximately 1 hour; here you will find not only the most spectacular views of the area, but if you´re lucky some local wildlife such as deer and parrots. Halfway up there is a lady selling fresh juices from her house if you´re in need of a rest.

Colourful Streets Jerico AntioquiaThe “Casa de La Cultura” located on Carrera 2 is a wonderful example of Antioquian architecture and is home to the centre of education, culture and tourism, as well as a public library.  If you´re looking to buy some leather goods Jerico specializes in the craft, and there are several artisan shops around town where you can buy souvenirs.

...=> Jerico Travel Guide Part 2: Accommodation, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife, Getting There

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