Girardota is a small pueblo in Antioquia, about an hour north of Medellin, Colombia.
Due to its close proximity to the city, Girardota is a popular weekend destination for paisas who own fincas, or simply want to rent one for a night or two to get away from the big city noise.
Situated at the foot of towering green mountains, Girardota is like Medellin but without the mass urbanization and development. Same mountain views, but you’ll feel like you’re in another world.
The pueblo features the typical main square with church, which is where outdoor events are often held.
If you visit Girardota, you’ll find small bars perfect for relaxing with a few drinks, or dancing with your partner, however don’t expect to find large discotecas as in Medellin.
I’d recommend visiting Girardota if you’re spending at least a few months in Medellin, but if your time is limited, Guatape is a more photogenic pueblo with more activities to keep you occupied (if that’s what you’re after).
How to Get There
Take the metro (1,550 pesos, or $0.85) to the northern terminus at Niquia. From there, exit to the ground level and look for the share taxis heading to Girardota. If you’ve got a few other people in the taxi, the cost is about 3,000 pesos ($1.60) per person.