Medellin

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Visit Medellin

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.

Top hotels in Medellin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Carrera 43a No.7-50, Avenida El Poblado, Medellin, Antioquia
SG$104
per night
Feb 14 - Feb 15

Located in El Poblado, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Poblado Park and Lleras Park. Santa Fe Mall is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) away. Poblado Station is ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,411 reviews)

"Have stayed multiple times here and I always receive great service and the staff is always very friendly. Great location as well for getting around the city."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jan,2020

Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
NH Collection Medellín Royal
NH Collection Medellín Royal
5 out of 5
Carrera 42 No 5 Sur 130, El Poblado, Medellin, Antioquia
SG$82
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9

Located in El Poblado, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Golden Mile, Santa Fe Mall and Lleras Park. Oviedo Mall and La Strada Mall are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (729 reviews)

"Very clean, good size room. Good service. Very good, excellent location."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan,2020

NH Collection Medellín Royal
Binn Hotel
Binn Hotel
4 out of 5
Carrera 25 No. 10-51, Poblado, Medellin, Antioquia
SG$83
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

Located in El Poblado, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Tesoro Shopping Park and Lleras Park. Santa Fe Mall and Botero Plaza are also within 6 mi (10 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (546 reviews)

"Excellent property, good staff and location........"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan,2020

Binn Hotel

Popular things to do in Medellin

Rock of Guatape
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Rock of Guatape

4.5/5(10 reviews)

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

3.5/5(2 reviews)

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.

Botero Plaza
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Botero Plaza

4.5/5(9 reviews)

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

Top activities in Medellin

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

SG$44

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$76

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$41

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.

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

SG$130

Meeting in the lobby of the hotel to enjoy the artisan route of the region, in which we will visit towns that exhibit in their workshops handicrafts made of wood and ceramics. We continue our tour to the town of La Ceja to appreciate a beautiful natural waterfall and take some beautiful photographs of this landscape.

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

SG$104

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.

santa fe de antioquia tour
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santa fe de antioquia tour

SG$32

One of the best communities with the most touristic attraction of the department. Its colonial architecture is a stage for famous movies and soup operas, an unforgettable place with the perfect weather for exotic fruits that light up this region full of history.

Reviews of Medellin

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

PeterC

Oct 1, 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

Verified traveler

Aug 15, 2019

Felt safer than I imagined

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 19, 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

Verified traveler

May 7, 2019

Great city with interesting history.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 6, 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.

5/5 - Excellent

Nav

Mar 10, 2019

Amazing city; I would definitely visit again. The people make the place- so warm and welcoming!

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