If you are like us, then you needed a nice break from all the amazing hikes around Medellin like Cerro Tres Cruces, Cerro El Volador, Parque Arvi, and especially Cerro Quitasol. There is no better place to relax while getting to experience something unique than Pueblito Paisa in Medellin.
Pueblito Paisa is somewhat of a tourist trap but still worth visiting. It is a replica of what old towns in Antioquia used to look like. Located on top of Cerro Nutibara (Nutibara Hill), the views alone make the trip worthwhile. Here you will find old churches, cobblestone streets, a museum, and many food options.
After reading this guide you will know how to get to Pueblito Paisa, everything that there is to do, and some amazing photos of this beautiful town in Medellin.
Where is Medellin?
Medellin is a bustling city in Colombia. This large city is located in the Northwest province of Antioquia. It is popular amongst backpackers and world travelers alike.
Below are directions to Medellin from a couple of other popular places in Colombia.
Salento to Medellin
When visiting Colombia, you will see many travelers talk about the tall palm trees in the south. This area is called Valle de Cocora (Cocora Valley) and is next to Salento.
- Head to the Terminal de Buses en Salento. This is where you can buy tickets to any location. Buses from Salento to Medellin will take one day. Prices on Redbus range around $70,000 COP.
- We decided to stop by the town of Jardin. This was a long day of 2 separate buses but La Cueva Del Esplendor Hike made it all worth it.
Cali to Medellin
I didn’t end up having time to make it down to Cali during my trip to Colombia. I’m going to make it a point of emphasis when I return.
- This trip is around 9 – 10 hours. A more popular route, so there are plenty of companies to choose from. I found a deal on Redbus for $68,000 COP for a night bus.
- Another viable option is to fly from Cali to Medellin. All flights domestic flights in Colombia are very reasonable prices. These normally range from $20 to $50 USD.
How to get to Pueblito Paisa in Medellin
If you are planning on getting on the metro, then the closest stop will be Industriales. From here it is about a 25-minute walk all the way up to the top.
We decided to take an Uber which was very cheap for us. The cost was $8,000 COP which is around $2 USD. If you take a taxi the cost will be around the same and a little bit more if you are coming from El Poblado.
The issue some might have if they take an Uber over a taxi is that Uber might not go all the way to the top. The reason for this is that there are many taxis sitting at the top of Pueblito Paisa and Uber is still technically illegal in Medellin.
This wasn’t an issue for us as we wanted to hike up the side of the mountain. It was an easy hike but be careful if you go when it has been raining. Some of the paths become very slippery.
Bellow will be the map showing the walking directions from the Industriales metro station.
My Suggested Hiking Gear
Below is a list of some of my favorite hiking/travel gear I bring everywhere. Everything below is something I currently use and never leave my house without.
- KEEN Durand II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots: I finally upgraded my hiking boots in 2022 and these are fantastic. They have top-notch ankle support and are super durable.
- Petzl Tikka Headlamp: A headlamp for hiking is a must if you’re like me and love sunrise hikes. This is a great price for a quality headlamp and also has a good red light to not disturb others in the morning.
- Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks: I originally got these as a present but I had to buy more because these are the most comfortable hiking socks I’ve ever tried on.
- Grayl GeoPress Water Filter Bottle: You will never have to rebuy plastic water bottles. This is the best water filtering device on the market. It is excellent for hikers and travelers alike.
History of Pueblito Paisa in Medellin
Pueblito Paisa first opened in 1978 and since then has had many restorations. Some of the most recent ones happening in the last couple of years.
Inside this beautiful town is architecture from the 19th and 20th-century state of Antioquia. The goal here is to showcase what it used to be like to live in one of these towns during those times.
If you are one to buy souvenirs then Pueblito Paisa is a great place to do so. Since this is a popular tourist attraction, there are multiple shops set up to buy something to bring back home.
Best of all the entrance is FREE!
Things to do While Visiting Pueblito Paisa
Coming to Cerro Nutibara to visit Pueblito Paisa is a perfect way to have a relaxing day. You don’t really have to want to do much besides sit down and talk with a friend. There are plenty of benches and areas to look out at the Medellin skyline. Since this is one of the guardian hills of Medellin, there are great views from this area.
Below I will go over some other things to do and see while visiting Pueblito Paisa in Medellin.
Walk Around Cerro Nutibara
Pueblito Paisa is located on the Nutibara Hill (Cerro Nutibara). This is a great place to get some exercise and catch some amazing views of Medellin.
There are amazing bike lanes going around the hill up to the top. If you want something faster then take the steps! Located on the Cerro Nutibara is the Parque de Toboganes which consists of some scary-looking cement slides!
Museum of the City (Museo de Ciudad)
Once inside Pueblo Paisa in Medellin, there is a museum that you are able to enter. The entrance fee to Museo de Ciudad is only $5000 COP. It’s small but has a very cool 3D map of Medellin that is interesting to look at.
Along the walls is a timeline of some of the history of the art that you saw throughout the museum. If you made it all this way then you might as well take a look inside.
After visiting this museum, make your way outside and take a photoshoot of the city, or just simply stare out in amazement.
Pueblito Paisa Church
This part of Pueblito Paisa in Medellin will be hard to miss when visiting the town. It is a tall white structure and inside is a replica of an old church during these times.
It tends to be what people go to first and for good reason. This spot is great for photos and you will see many people doing the same.
Getting Food in Pueblito Paisa
There are multiple different places to get food while visiting Pueblito Paisa. Once you arrive at the front of the town there will be some food carts with small snacks. Around the square are restaurants and places to have some dessert.
One of the most popular treats here is an ice cream sandwich that is inside a flat waffle. This looked really tasty but unfortunately, we weren’t hungry at the time.
There are also smaller restaurants behind these buildings/down the stairs past the statues of the indigenous chief, Nutibara. Most of the restaurants offer typical Colombian food such as the bandeja paisa and many others.
Other Popular Activities Around Medellin
Medellin is growing in popularity weekly. Everyone I have talked to that has been here having loved it and so far, I do as well. Some of the popular activities here include visiting Communa 13 tour. Communa 13 used to be one of the most dangerous parts of any city in the world and now it is completely redone with graffiti and art. If you are down for a little bit more of an adventure, then visiting the famous El Penol Rock in Guatape is a must when coming to Colombia.
Final Thoughts on Pueblito Paisa in Medellin
If you are looking for a relaxing day with great city views then look no further than Pueblito Paisa. This is the perfect place to bring the family and to experience what it felt like to live back in this time period. There isn’t a lot to do here but if you have 1 – 2 hours to spare then I highly recommend you make the trip up.
Thank you for reading my guide to visiting Pueblito Paisa in Medellin! I hope this guide helps you when planning your trip and figuring out everything that this amazing city has to offer.