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
The Click Clack Hotel Medellin
The Click Clack Hotel Medellin
Calle 10B # 37-29, Medellin, Antioquia
SG$123
per night
21 Dec-22 Dec

Located in El Poblado, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lokkus Contemporary Art and Lleras Park. Park of Lights and Santa Fe Mall are also within 3 miles ...

4.2/5Excellent! (121 reviews)

"Great hotel, everything is just in one place: the click clack hotel."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec,2019

The Click Clack Hotel Medellin
NH Collection Medellín Royal
NH Collection Medellín Royal
5 out of 5
Carrera 42 No 5 Sur 130, El Poblado, Medellin, Antioquia
SG$74
per night
7 Dec-8 Dec

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! (692 reviews)

"This hotel is walking distance to Santa Fe Mall, Oviedo Mall, restaurants and is easy to grab a taxi and discover Medellin. The employees are very friendly. I recommend HM Collection Medellin Royal for your next trip to Medellin."…"

Reviewed on 5 Dec,2019

NH Collection Medellín Royal
The Charlee Hotel
The Charlee Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Calle 9a 37 16, Medellin, Antioquia
SG$216
per night
8 Dec-9 Dec

Located in El Poblado, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lokkus Contemporary Art, Lleras Park and Santa Fe Mall. Park of Lights is 3 mi (4.9 km) away. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (538 reviews)

"Spacious rooms, amazing location, great guys. Great rooftop bar/pool. Amazing"…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec,2019

The Charlee Hotel

Popular things to do in Medellin

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.

Rock of Guatape
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Rock of Guatape

5/5(9 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.

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$111

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.

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.

Medellin Grand City Tour
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Medellin Grand City Tour

SG$144

Enjoy a day with the most interesting and gorgeous places on the Medellín Grand City Tour and let a knowledgeable guide tell you more about Colombian culture and history. You will be taken to important historical sites as well as places with breathtaking views of Medellín and its diverse scene.

city tour medellin
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city tour medellin

SG$29

Enjoy a 6-hour tour to discover what makes Medellín so innovative and why it was award the most innovative city of the year in 2013. Start the tour with the Visit to Pueblito Paisa wich is located on top of Cerro Nutibara it is a replica of the traditional towns of Antioquia where you can enjoy an incredible view of the city.

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