Santa Fe de Antioquia

A traditional Colombian town about two hours outside of Medellin.

Santa Fe is best known for the grand bridge that crosses the Río Cauca nearby. Built in 1895 by a Colombian engineer who had spent time in New York and studied the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, it was one of the earliest suspension bridges in Latin America.

It takes about five minutes to get there by moto-taxi from the town centre, and the views as you cross the bridge are really beautiful.

The town itself has retained much colonial charm, and the leafy square is surrounded by pretty streets with traditional Colombian houses and courtyards. It’s worth visiting the Museo Juan del Corral, just off the main square, for some interesting colonial artefacts in a beautifully traditional building.