This aerial view shows the annexed village of El Placer in the Santa Elena District. Located on a high mountain plateau, the village displays its exuberant vegetation with the backdrop of the Medellín Valley in the far distance.
By the roadside, Luis Eduardo displays and sells flowers, medicinal herbs and plants. Fragrances in the area captivate visitors.
One can live well in Santa Elena, in a traditional or in a modern way, on a seasonal or a permanent basis, thanks to its mild weather and to the fact that time goes by peacefully and smoothly, without noise or haste, in an environment full of fresh air and confidence.
In Santa Elena, properly equipped educational institutions make the learning experience more enjoyable for local children.
Santa Elena’s flower growers apply different methods to cultivate flowers. Jaime, a local silletero is pictured here in his greenhouse.
Santa Elena and its environs are excellent for growing vegetables, flowers, and fruit, offering folk diverse sources of income, as with this strawberry grower and dealer.
To Cecilia, commendations, medals and prizes deserve a place of honor: it is nothing else but her family’s “silletero accomplishments.”
Carmen, an orchid grower, has been awarded a number of commendations and prizes in the most important flower shows in Medellín.
Many city people have found in the district of Santa Elena an ideal place to live.
Yarumos (Cecropia telealba), siete cueros (Tibouchina mutabilis), marra bollos (Meraiania nobilis), pine, and eucalyptus trees, constitute the predominant plant life on this side of the mountain, and the perfect backdrop for dwellings with original architectural styles.
Edgar Bolívar Rojas