The city of Medellín is rightly famous for its comfortable climate, hardworking people and for its flower industry and so, just one hour from the city is the town of Santa Elena, in the heart of the traditional flower cultivating region. Santa Elena is also famous for its “silleteros” who display the area’s floral wealth each year in the Feria de las Flores in Medellín. “Silletas” are huge decorative tableaus put together with flowers from the farmer’s own garden and then carried on their backs. When the Silleteros march in the parade it is the most important event during the Feria de las Flores and is a true indication of the importance of their tradition. 

Our tour begins early in the morning when you will travel to the eastern region of Antioquia along the Corredor de Las Palmas – the highway to the airport – and on the way, visit a traditional artesian market to view local handicrafts and maybe try some local cuisine all the while enjoying the gorgeous countryside found around Medellín in this region of the Andes.

Arrive in Santa Elena and immediately visit a family farm to receive an insight into how the silleteros live and how they value their art. One word of warning: as you are in rural Colombia, it is worth remembering that not all of the roads are paved. 

Here you will learn some of the history of the silleteros and that the silletas date back to colonial times where Spanish nobles were carried in wooden chair-like structures on the backs of slaves. This tradition no longer exists, only silletas for flowers! Transfer to Medellín. 

DURATION: Approximately 4-5 hours.