5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerDec 8, 2019
Lovable city ... Unique
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.
El Poblado is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Lleras Park and Santa Fe Mall. See more of Medellin by jumping on the metro at Aguacatala Station or Poblado Station.
Laureles is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Unicentro Shopping Center, a top place to visit in the area.
You might enjoy the shopping while in La Candelaria. Botero Plaza is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Parque Berrio Station or San Antonio Station to see more of the city.
If you're spending time in Laureles - Estadio, check out sights like Atanasio Giradot Stadium or Plaza de Toros La Macarena and hop on the metro to see more the city at Estadio Station or Suramericana Station.
While Zona Rosa might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Lleras Park and Santa Fe Mall.
While you're in Villa Nueva, take in top sights like Medellin Cathedral and jump on the metro at Prado Station to see more of the city.
Reviewed on Dec 3, 2019
Reviewed on Dec 5, 2019
Catch an event at Atanasio Giradot Stadium during your trip to Medellin. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.
Walk among comically obese statues made by the illustrious artist Fernando Botero in this spacious plaza full of artisans and restaurants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verified travelerDec 3, 2019
Be careful of the weather. November is rainy season and it rained 7 out of 10 days. But not all day.