Colombia has more than 130,000 different plant species due to its diversity of climate and ecosystems, recognized as one of the countries with the most biodiversity in the world, with more than 4,000 species of orchids, 3,000 species of butterflies and 1,000 different species of birds. You’ll find a climate for every type of plant in Colombia!
In the quiet town of Santa Elena, on the outskirts of Medellin, you’ll find a treasure of a different kind: flower fields! Most of the flowers bought for Valentine’s Day in the United States are grown right here in Colombia.
Here we work every day to create a personalized experience for our customers and have introduced an amazing new experience called True Bloom which gives you the chance to visit a huge flower farm in Santa Elena and learn more about them. before exporting.
As you search for the prettiest flowers, you’ll also meet farm workers and learn about their lives before enjoying a fresh, local and regional lunch.
After lunch we will visit the home of a family that has been participating in the famous Medellin Flower Festival for 35 years as participants called “Ciletero”. You’ll see the family grow various flowers in their home and how they make beautiful ornate displays for the annual celebration. The family has won several awards and presented its exhibitions across the country.
What are saddles?
Silleteros are florists, farmers who transport their colorful goods from small plots of land to the majestic mountains around Medellin and to sell them in squares and markets. “Silla” means seat in Spanish, and men in this part of the world once carried wooden chairs or seats on their backs to carry loads such as children, belongings and dignitaries or nobles, even That with the passage of time, cilantro also becomes a term for someone who carries a wooden frame container on their back.
What are your favorite Colombian flowers?
Colombia has thousands of flowers, but only three of them stand out: orchids, roses and carnations. You can find 30 different colors on the same farm. Colombians ascribe different meanings to the colors of their roses; Distribute red tones to lovers, white to future brides and yellow roses on the graves of loved ones. Colombia has the largest number of native orchids in the world with over 4,000 different species and 1,543 unique to Colombia.