A short train ride from the skyscrapers and international art galleries of modern Medellín’s El Centro is Pueblito Paisa, a monument to Colombia’s colonial past. The little village (pueblito) is a re-creation featuring traditional white-washed houses, a picture-perfect central plaza, and spectacular views of Medellín’s surrounding mountains.
Due to its photogenic nature, Pueblito Paisa is one of Medellín’s top attractions, making it an integral part of most full-day sightseeing tours. Travelers can combine a visit to Pueblito Paisa with contrasting stops at Comuna 13, a formerly dangerous district now famed for its public art; Parque de Arvi and Piedras Blancas nature reserve; and Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos), home to an iconic monolith. Taking a tour allows you to skip the hassle of public transport and travel between attractions in air-conditioned comfort. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Pueblito Paisa is a must-visit for history buffs and first-time visitors.
- The cobbled streets of Pueblito Paisa are difficult for wheelchairs to navigate.
- Beside the colonial gem sits Parque de las Esculturas, which displays artistic impressions of Medellín.
The easiest way to reach Pueblito Paisa is by taxi; from El Centro and Poblado, the journey takes approximately 30 minutes. You can also opt to walk uphill for an hour from Industriales metro station; however, the road can sometimes be deserted, so it’s safer to visit in a taxi or as part of a guided tour. When to Get There
The stores and restaurants of Pueblito Paisa are open daily from late morning until early evening. Head to the village as early as possible to beat the crowds, or arrive before sunset for stunning views of Medellín’s mountains. The Conception of Pueblito Paisa
The 1976 construction of El Penol, a hydroelectric power plant, meant that many traditional paisa homes were demolished. Distraught at such an integral part of colonial history being destroyed, a Colombian architect salvaged parts of the village and reconstructed it on top of Cerro Nutibara (Nutibara Hill). Although fabricated, the village gives an accurate idea of colonial life in Medellín.