Medellin

Colombia

Pueblito Paisa featuring a church or cathedral and religious aspects

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.

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Popular things to do in Medellin

Botero Plaza
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Botero Plaza

Walk among comically obese statues made by the illustrious artist Fernando Botero in this spacious plaza full of artisans and restaurants.

Rock of Guatape
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Rock of Guatape

Marvel at one of the best views in the world, an enormous lake full of small islets, from atop this 70-million-year-old rock.

Pueblito Paisa
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Pueblito Paisa

Take a trip back in time to a replica of a typical old town from the region with a stunning view of the new city.

Top activities in Medellin

Half-Day Pablo Escobar & Comuna 13 Tour
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Half-Day Pablo Escobar & Comuna 13 Tour

SG$45

Take a look back at the history of one of Colombia's most notorious cities with a tour through the streets of Medellin. From the days of Pablo Escobar and the drug cartels that dominated local life to the city's reinvention in the early 2000s, you learn about the tumultuous past behind the sights.

Comuna 13 Recovery tour
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Comuna 13 Recovery tour

SG$113

Enjoy a memorable tour in a place that was once considered the most dangerous neighborhood of Colombia. Learn about its crude history and the road to recovery that has turned it into a lively neighborhood with beautiful street art and impressive urban innovation.

Guatape Tour
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Guatape Tour

SG$42

Leave the city of Medellin behind for a day and visit the beautiful and colorful town of Guatape. Led by professionally licensed Tour Guides, stroll along the quaint streets of Guatape and learn why it is called the city of “Zocalos.

Private Full-Day Tour to El Peñol Rock & Guatapé
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Private Full-Day Tour to El Peñol Rock & Guatapé

SG$106

Join a personal guide and discover the monolith of El Peñol on this full-day tour. Your guide takes you to the enormous boulder, stopping at the Trojan Horse to see artisan works at Nuevo Peñol along the way.

Full-Day Penol & Guatapé Tour
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Full-Day Penol & Guatapé Tour

SG$126

After pickup from your central Medellin hotel, drive along the highway to the eastern mountains and through green grassland on your way to Marinilla, a colonial town known for producing musical instruments, and visit an artisanal quarter.

Private Medellin City Tour
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Private Medellin City Tour

SG$104

Get to know Medellin, Colombia's second largest city, on this private tour of its major sights. Led by an expert guide, discover landmarks like Plaza Botero and Santo Domingo Library, and hop on the Metrocable for stunning views over the city.

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