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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.

Where to stay in Medellin

Top Hotels in Medellin

Hotel San Fernando Plaza
Hotel San Fernando Plaza
4 out of 5
Carrera 42a No. 1-15, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is $57 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in La Florida, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Strada Mall, Lleras Park, and Santafé Mall. Golden Mile and Poblado Park are also within 10 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (988 reviews)

"Amazing deal during covid. Nice room. Good breakfasts included. Price was basically cad$70 which seems like a real steal to me. Good location in El Poblado to the south of Parque Lleras and directly to the north of shopping centres. Staff was helpful to book a tour to a coffee plantation. Room service ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

Hotel San Fernando Plaza
The Click Clack Hotel Medellin
The Click Clack Hotel Medellin
Calle 10B # 37-29, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is $115 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Zona Rosa, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lokkus Contemporary Art and Lleras Park. Santafé Mall and Plaza Mayor Covention Center are also ...

4.2/5Excellent! (222 reviews)

"Awesome stay, great location, great service. The place to stay at Medellin when you visit!!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

The Click Clack Hotel Medellin
Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Carrera 43a No.7-50, Avenida El Poblado, Medellin, Antioquia
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $69 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

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! (973 reviews)

"This is a pretty nice hotel located in a very central area. Right next to 2 medical towers in case anyone needs to do any surgeries or fix their teeth. Showers are more than hot enough and the water comes from above, not side ways, taller people would understand. They have 3 restaurants in the building ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2020

Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel
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.

Vacation Rentals in Medellin

Estelar Apartamentos Medellin
Estelar Apartamentos Medellin
3.5 out of 5
Carrera 43 B Number 8 sur 10, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is $54 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in La Aguacatala, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oviedo Mall, Santafé Mall, and Lleras Park. Golden Mile and La Strada Mall are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (267 reviews)

"The property was clean and the staff was very helpful. There was very thing that was needed in the surrounding areas."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Estelar Apartamentos Medellin
Sites
Sites
3.5 out of 5
Carrera 45 No. 5 - 15, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is $64 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

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! (578 reviews)

"Great hospitality, everyone is very friendly. Clean rooms with great views."…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

Sites
Aparta Suites Torre Poblado
Aparta Suites Torre Poblado
3 out of 5
Carrera 42 No 9-28, El Poblado, Medellin, Antioquia
The price is $46 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Zona Rosa, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Poblado Park and Lleras Park. Golden Mile and Oviedo Mall are also within 1 mi (2 km). Poblado ...

4.1/5Very Good! (404 reviews)
Convenient for Nightlife

"Great location. Friendly staff.not too noisy considering the dense nightlife in the area."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Aparta Suites Torre Poblado
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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Reviews of Medellin

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5/5 - Excellent

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Apr 1, 2020

Great county great people nice friendly very good park trip in mountains very nice trip love that county and people

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 13, 2020

One of my favorite cities to travel

5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 11, 2020

always enjoy it

5/5 - Excellent

Raphael

Mar 7, 2020

I lived & loved it so much that I must return!!

4/5 - Good

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Mar 5, 2020

Not what people think but nice place to know

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 26, 2020

Would not drive here. Not necessary excellent public transportation

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