Today, Medellín is Colombia’s second largest city, as well as one of the most innovative worldwide. It is renowned for its many successful companies, as well as for its spirit of transformation and progress.
But among its bustling streets rests a token of tradition and memory. The Pueblito Paisa is every visitor’s opportunity to travel back in time.
To fully grasp why the Pueblito Paisa (small paisa town) is an essential destination when visiting Medellín, you have to know a bit about the local culture. So let’s dive in!
Medellín is the capital city of the department of Antioquia. People from all over that general region are known as paisas. The term itself comes from the word paisano – a person from your place of origin. This little detail says a lot about the culture; paisas are fiercely proud of where they come from. Moreover, they treasure their traditions of hard work and community.
Such a strong sense of identity is well-portrayed in paisa towns. Between the 18th and 20th centuries, these locations served not only as homes but as trading and congregation centers. Every town square was flanked by a church, a government office, a school, a barbershop, and a pharmacy.
The Pueblito Paisa, inaugurated in 1978, is a replica of that golden past. Fashioned as a late 19th-century small town, it was built to remind the people of Medellín of their roots. And that is what it does to this day. No matter how much larger or more modern the city grows, the Pueblito Paisa remains an example of the traditional paisa way of life.
The best way to explore it is by walking. The area has many walking paths for you to enjoy. Stroll through the town square to witness the classic Antioquia architecture of whitewashed houses with colorful windows and doors. Stop by the church, where a weekly mass is held on Sundays.
A plate of hearty paisa food is always available as well. Dive into local cuisine staples such as bandeja paisa (see picture) and cazuela de frijoles (red beans stew). You can also find typical Colombian sweets and treats on site.
Do not forget to check out the many pop-up craft stores as well. They are the ideal place to purchase small, easy-to-carry souvenirs for your loved ones back home.
The Pueblito Paisa is located on the Nutibara Hill, which rises 260 feet over southwest Medellín. The hill is named after a brave indigenous chief, famous for engaging in single combat with a Spanish conquistador to avoid further bloodshed.
It is a stronghold of nature in the middle of an urban setting. Its 81 acres are home to 61 species of wild flora, as well as many species of migrant birds.
The Nutibara area offers activities for travelers. You can enjoy great views of the city from its lookout spots. There is also a permanent exhibit of sculptures by 11 different national and international artists.
The City of Eternal Spring is one of the best places to visit in Colombia. It has it all: gastronomy, entertainment, culture, nature. You name it! If you are looking for a charming glimpse of the local culture, the Pueblito Paisa is for you.
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