Medellin

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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.

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

Viaggio Medellín Grand Select
Viaggio Medellín Grand Select
3.5 out of 5
Carrera 43 No 14 - 81, Medellin, 50021
The price is $62 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Medellin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (696 reviews)
"Hotel is very modern, well kept and is in one of the best location in Medellin, staff is amicable, courteous and ready to serve and help on whatever you need. I highly recommend this Hotel whenever your traveling plan take you to Medellin."

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2022

Viaggio Medellín Grand Select
The Click Clack Hotel Medellin
The Click Clack Hotel Medellin
4 out of 5
Calle 10B # 37-29, Medellin, Antioquia, 50021
The price is $131 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Medellin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (520 reviews)
"Great location and helpful staff"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

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Novotel Medellín El Tesoro
Novotel Medellín El Tesoro
4 out of 5
Cra 25a # 1 a sur 45, Medellin, Antioquia, 050022
The price is $99 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Medellin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (783 reviews)
"Property is attached to a shopping mall ! So lots of shoppong and dining opportunities /options."

Reviewed on Jun 20, 2022

Novotel Medellín El Tesoro
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Travelers Rio Verde Living Suites
Travelers Rio Verde Living Suites
3.5 out of 5
Kilometro 2.2 Vereda Convencion, Rionegro, 54047
The price is $70 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 27
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Rionegro. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4/5 Very Good! (244 reviews)
"Great place to stay near the airport! Gorgeous views and room very spacious"

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

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York Luxury Suites Medellín
York Luxury Suites Medellín
4 out of 5
Carrera 43a 17sur 63, Medellin, Antioquia, 251250
The price is $135 per night from Jul 23 to Jul 24
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Medellin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Popular attractions Santafé Mall and Lleras Park are located ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (179 reviews)
"Our stay was very pleasant! Fell in love with the hotel. I will definitely be back."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

York Luxury Suites Medellín
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3.5 out of 5
Carrera 45 No. 5 - 15, Medellin, 050022
The price is $85 per night from Jun 28 to Jun 29
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Medellin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (700 reviews)
"Place is spotless clean, staff is super friendly, very close to main attractions in Medellin. Will definitely come back!"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2022

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