Known as the “Atenas del Suroeste”, “El reino del Carriel”, “La mesa de Dios” and “Tierra de Santos”, Jericó represents the traditionalism of Colombian coffee and is one of the most historical towns in the department of Antioquia.
Located about 104 km from Medellín, with a mild climate, about 19 degrees at about 2000 meters above sea level and with a population of about 14,000 inhabitants, makes the perfect combination for tourism and ecotourism.
Few municipalities contain so many different reasons to be visited. It has many religious attractions such as St. Laura’s House, the Religious Art museum and its 16 chapels, some considered true historical jewels.
The town’s economy is based on livestock, leather, but mainly agriculture. The main crops grown are: cardamom, banana, coffee, tomato and avocado, and as new additions to this list in recent years: The greenhouse crops, mainly Gulupa and tomato, that has been gaining strength mostly for international sales.
The leather industry has become to be known as the Cradle of “carriel”, Traditional handmade accessory to have your documents and personal items used by peasants, that has become a cultural regional icon over the years and has gain some recognition as a fashion piece for men and women.
Currently, Jerico is visited by thousands of tourists a month to give tribute to the only Saint in Colombia, St. Laura. This tourism has grown in great proportions over the last 6 months, but its not a constraint for the great potential of the municipality in eco and vacational tourism.
Nature has been generous to Jerico and the Southwest on Antioquia, its guardian hills are coveted destination for walkers and lovers of ecology. But the mountains are not the only breathtaking features. The architecture is one of the biggest differentiator in this town, its main Park, is one of the prettiest of Antioquia and retains an architecture that evokes the best years of the coffee culture.
The heritage significance of the town of Jerico lies in the homogeneity of its urban and architectural setting, characterized by elements such as colonial balconies, strong colors, big windows and great use of wood mixed with warm and great cultural values of its population.
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