The towns of Ciudad Bolívar and Hispania are about 30 minutes apart and about 3 hours from Medellín. They both have nice plazas that are worth checking out if you have extra time and are driving through the area. They aren’t worth going out of your way for unless you’re really interested in seeing authentic Antioquian villages.
Ciudad Bolívar is the bigger of the two and more touristy. It has a large plaza shaded by tall trees. Under the trees are several tables filled with people drinking coffee and beer. Vendors sell fruits, juices, and other treats. It’s a nice atmosphere.
The focal point of the plaza is the large church with a statue of Simón Bolívar in front of it.
A large statue of Christ on a hill overlooking the town will provide great views of Ciudad Bolívar and the countryside.
Hispania is located on the road to Jardín. It’s a sleepy town with one of the most beautiful plazas I’ve seen. Each section of the plaza is adorned with countless plants and flowers that are wonderfully maintained.
In the center is a kiosk selling coffee and drinks. Surrounding the plaza are a few bars and shops but nothing of real interest except for the church.
Both Ciudad Bolívar and Hispania can be reached by bus from Medellín’s Terminal del Sur. Rápido Ochoa can get you to both. There are also a few daily buses between Ciudad Bolívar and Jardín. If coming from the south via La Pintada, take any bus to Bolombolo and get off at the crossroads at Peñalisa. From there, you can grab a passing bus to Ciudad Bolívar or Hispania.