What is Pueblito Paisa?
If you’re unfamiliar with the region the term Pueblito Paisa may be confusing. A pueblito is simply a small town. Paisa is a term used to describe the people of this particular region in Colombia. It’s very similar to our use of “Yanks” to describe northerners, only they actually take pride in their regional affiliation. I know some Yanks actually take pride in the term, but most get all but-hurt and whiney.
So Pueblito Paisa is simply a small local town. This one happens to be a mock town with that particular name.
Mixed Opinions on Pueblito Paisa
I really have mixed opinions on this mock village. While it is a beautiful spot for touring Medellin, the truth is that there are living pueblos and pueblitos just outside of town. It’s rather discouraging to think of the things being missed out on if a tourist in Medellin just went to this mock village instead of a real one. There’s so much more to see by getting out of the city and seeing a living, breathing pueblito paisa like Jardin and Guatape, and the chance to meet some of the friendliest people in the world.
On the other hand, this is a nice get away in the center of the city. Pueblito Paisa sits on the top of a small hill in the middle of the city with some really beautiful views. If you decide to walk instead of taking a car, there are some really nice walking trails that lead up the hill. There are some small shops and restaurants on Pueblo Paisa that would make for a nice lunch-time getaway, but I don’t personally recommend Pueblito Paisa for anyone whose got more than a few days in Colombia. If you have the opportunity to see the real thing, Pueblito Paisa is not nearly as interesting.
Many locals go to the area not to see Pueblito Paisa, but rather to take the walk up the hill and to spend some time picnicking and flying kites. Hopefully I’ve given you enough information here to make up your own mind about wether this trip is worth your time or not based on your own circumstances when visiting Medellin Colombia.
What do you think? Would you put this on the top of your Medellin tourist list?
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