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Medellin
Travel Guide

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Discover art, innovation and natural beauty in the City of the Eternal Spring, a hidden marvel in the valleys of the Andes.

Medellín, nestled in a valley of the Andes, is known as the “City of the Eternal Spring” due to its pleasant climate. Colombia’s infamous civil wars are consigned to history; Medellín is now a safe hub of innovation. After the city’s inception in the 17th century, its remote distance from other areas of Colombia has allowed it to develop its own particular style.

One of Medellín’s most impressive features is the Metrocable gondola system. Climb aboard in the city’s east and travel over mountains past the Parque Biblioteca España (Spain Library Park) with buildings resembling giant rocks built on the hills. Continue south to Parque Arví nature reserve. Explore some of its 2,000 acres (800 hectares) of paths, farms and an archeological site.

Returning to the city’s center, browse 400 shops in the Palacio Nacional (National Palace) mall. A few blocks away, find the Museo de Antioquia (Antioquia Museum), a collection of works by Medellín natives, Fernando Botero and Pedro Nel Gómez. Elsewhere in the city look for graffiti and street art created during the annual Street Skills activities each November.

Explore the Jardin Botánico (Botanical Gardens) in the north. Capture photos of ducks in the lake, surrounded by stunning floral displays. Next door is the Parque Explora (Explore Park), a natural sciences center with 300 interactive activities and a large aquarium.

When on a break from sightseeing, enjoy some of Medellín’s traditional foods: mondongo (tripe and cassava soup), sancocho (chicken and plantain soup) and bandeja paisa (bean, beef, egg and rice).

In southern Medellín’s affluent Poblado area, find El Castillo Museo y Jardines (Castle Museum and Gardens). Learn about the Colombian philanthropist who lived there and see heirlooms from various European cultures. Enjoy a picnic in the charming gardens with a panoramic view of the entire city.

Most international visitors arriving by air will fly into José María Córdova international airport, which is 45 minutes east of Medellín. If you get to the city by bus from other Columbian cities, expect a journey through spectacular scenery.

Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Carrera 43a No.7-50, Avenida El Poblado, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is SG$80 per night from 30 Apr to 1 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in La Florida, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Poblado Park and Lleras Park. Santafé Mall and Plaza Mayor Covention Center are also within ...
4.2/5Excellent! (965 reviews)
"So good!!"

Reviewed on 13 Apr,2021

Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
The Charlee Hotel
The Charlee Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Calle 9a 37 16, Medellin
The price is SG$164 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Zona Rosa, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lokkus Contemporary Art, Lleras Park and Santafé Mall. Plaza Mayor Covention Center is 2.9 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (635 reviews)
"Everything in this hotel is awesome especially the customer service."

Reviewed on 18 Apr,2021

The Charlee Hotel
Movich Hotel Las Lomas
Movich Hotel Las Lomas
4 out of 5
Glorieta Aeropuerto Internacional, Jose Maria Cordova, Rionegro, Antioquia
The price is SG$89 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Llanogrande Mall Shopping Center, San Nicolas Mall and Recreational Park Comfama ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (697 reviews)
"Beautiful property."

Reviewed on 18 Apr,2021

Movich Hotel Las Lomas
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York Luxury Suites Medellín
York Luxury Suites Medellín
4 out of 5
Carrera 43a 17sur 63, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is SG$74 per night from 27 Apr to 28 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Medellin, this spa aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of EAFIT University and Santafé Mall. Lleras Park is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away. Aguacatala ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)
"The hotel staff was very friendly and accommodating. The rooms with full kitchen was very helpful and grocery store is within walking distance. Definitely will stay on my next visit"

Reviewed on 23 Feb,2021

York Luxury Suites Medellín
Sites
Sites
3.5 out of 5
Carrera 45 No. 5 - 15, Medellin
The price is SG$95 per night from 4 May to 5 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Patio Bonito, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Poblado Park and Lleras Park. Santafé Mall and Plaza Mayor Covention Center are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (601 reviews)
"I really love this place especially the staff, the restaurant is delicious and the staff is amazing, the attention everything, I can't wait to go back"

Reviewed on 16 Apr,2021

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Estelar Apartamentos Medellin
Estelar Apartamentos Medellin
3.5 out of 5
Carrera 43 B Number 8 sur 10, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is SG$60 per night from 7 May to 8 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in La Aguacatala, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Oviedo Shopping Center, Santafé Mall and Lleras Park. Golden Mile and La Strada Mall are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (284 reviews)
"I enjoyed my stay at Estelar Apartamentos Medellin. The rooms are comfortable and I greatly appreciated the late check out during my previous stay."

Reviewed on 8 Apr,2021

Estelar Apartamentos Medellin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5/5 - Excellent

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27 Jan 2020

Very pretty city if not many attractions to there. Great friendly people and nightlife.

5/5 - Excellent

PeterC

1 Oct 2019

For a first time visitor it's probably useful to be with someone local. It's also important to have at least some knowledge of Spanish. The shopping malls are impressive with excellent food courts.

4/5 - Good

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15 Aug 2019

Felt safer than I imagined

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Jun 2019

We loved Medellín-it was definitely worth the trip. El Poblado is a great area to stay in-it’s very lively and can be noisy at night but The Charlee hotel has great sound proofing. The city is safe for tourists and the locals are very welcoming.

5/5 - Excellent

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7 May 2019

Great city with interesting history.

5/5 - Excellent

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6 Apr 2019

I love it here in Medellin this is my second visit the city is vibrant safe and very clean. Transport here is second to none. Plenty of things to do here and places to visit if you are travelling to Colombia then Medellin is a must.