Within striking distance of the city, evocative historic towns and dramatic landscapes provide a dazzling counterpoint to the Medellín’s edgy, urban dynamism. A highlight for many visitors, the colonial gem of Santa Fe de Antioquia is one of Colombia’s most beguiling and best-preserved 16th-century cities. With an enchanting lakeside setting, confectionary-colored colonial homes, and a surreal rock formation (known as “La Piedra”), it doesn’t take long for Guatapé to seize hold of your imagination. Another popular day trip, known as the Circuito del Oriente (offered by many hotels/tour companies in Medellín), comprises a jaunt through traditional Paisa villages, including Río Negro, El Retiro, and La Ceja.

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