We arrived there on a rainy night, after spending all day in a bus, we jumped out in the middle of the town, where the bus station was located, we had a glimpse of the central square as we ran looking for our room situated completely on the outskirts of the small village. After our wet installation and check in, we went back to walk the streets of Jardin. It was dark and, because of the rain, already deserted. We started to think that maybe this was just another colombian town, with no special charm, and went to have a small dinner quite disappointed. Our surprise only came until the next day…
In the morning we went to look for a place to take breakfast and to our astonishment, the main plaza was efervescent and completely alive. The cafes, bars and restaurants were overflowed with the most authentic Colombian characters, old Doñas smoking cigars and men wearing sombreros. All of them sipping tinto coffee and aguardiente. An image that we didn’t see often in Colombia, a truly preserved purity of costumes and traditions, as if the pass of time hardly changed something in the way of living.
For us this was the main attraction and charm of Jardin, a genuine amusement park for street photographers, were photos of the most colorful daily lives can be captured. If you want to experience the authentic Colombia you should definitely put this destination in your itinerary. Almost with no tourists, Jardin will be all yours to explore.
And without a doubt Jardin was our favorite pueblo in Colombia.