Please note that these Reviews were written in 2012 and 2013 unless otherwise stated, whilst we were waiting for my house in Spain to sell, there will have been changes in the intervening time, both neglect and improvements depending on the area.
|La Iglesía /Church Ebejico|
55km north west of Medellin is the town, and municipality of Ebejico, at 1125m above sea level, and set in a valley, the main access being from the Medellin to Santa Fé de Antioquia road, you turn left just after the Tunnel, and by the time to arrive, you wished that maybe you hadn't! Once you turn off onto the Ebejico road you then have about 20km to go, about five of that is so bad, it is now officially classed as track.
|It was a bit warm!|
Having had our refreshment, and noticing that even 'Bob' did not seem that impressed with the access to the town,
From Ebejico we headed home, stopping off at a roadside Restaurant for a late but delicious lunch, where Pépe could lie under the table!
|La Iglesia / The Church|
Caldas was a surprising town, it is a lot bigger than I expected, and surprisingly well kept, I think the town also has a lot of revenue from businesses owned by outsiders, and national chains are represented in may quarters. If you happen to be a shoe fetishist, then this is definitely the place for you, I thought I was going to have to leave Marcela behind!
The Town Square, is thoughtfully designed, and very attractive, it would have been better in the sun, but beggars can’t be choosers!
|El Parque / Town Square|
|La Iglesía / The Church|
Iglesía de Guatapé (Church)
Guarne is a town that lies about 25km east of Medellin at an altitude of approx 2150m, and straddles the autopista between Medellin and Bogota, it is also known as the Gateway from the East (Puerta de Oriente).
(Puerta de Oriente)
Guarne, can never be described as a pretty town, but it is functional, if a bit 'disorganised', because the town centre, is not in the centre, it is in the old original part, and they have built on in bits, as the town has expanded, and it shows!
(La Iglesía )
The town road need maintaining, and soon. However there is every type of shop you could want, especially living in the countryside, the number of Ferreterias (Iron Mongers) were staggering, I would be in my element. Unfortunately there were also many clothes and shoe shops, to keep the Boss happy! We hit town in the middle of a Fiesta, so it was a bit of a scrum, but we will call again.
Guarne really comes into its own, when you venture out of the town itself and visit the outlying villages or Veredas of which there are 34 attached to Guarne, some little more than hamlets, nestled in the hills around the town.
The area is as hot as anywhere nearby during the day, but cools off towards evening, which has it's attractions, the area is a rich green, from the combination of the sun during the day, and rain during the night. There are Fincas (smallholdings) all over the place, different sizes, states of repair, and corresponding prices.
One of the benefits of being in Guarne, is that you are only 35 minutes from Medellin, and 15 minutes from the International Airport, and during our time in Guarne, I was not aware of one plane above, so I think it is off the flightpath.
This is definitely a place we will consider when we are ready to buy, but we have decided that we need to visit again in the wet season, which should start next month!
If you are interested, here is a YouTube video of Guarne As previously, the commentary is in Spanish.