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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.

Where to stay in Medellin

El Poblado
El Castillo Museum which includes heritage architecture and a castle

El Poblado

Known for Cafes, Bars, Shopping

4.5/5(1,285 reviews)

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
Medellin

Laureles

Known for Museums, Cafes, Shopping

4.5/5(141 reviews)

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.

La Candelaria
Botero Square Sculpture Park which includes a square or plaza and outdoor art

La Candelaria

Known for Natural Parks, Monuments, Entertainment

3/5(38 reviews)

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.

Laureles - Estadio
Graffiti Tour through Comuna 13, formerly one of the most dangerous areas in Medellin. Now all painted by beautiful Graffitis and helped by some awesome guys who founded the #CasaKolacho, where the kids from the comuna learn Breakdance, Rap, Graffiti and more.
trover photo by Bajo El Mismo Sol

Laureles - Estadio

4.5/5(18 reviews)

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.

Zona Rosa
Charlee Hotel is pretty special with its rooftop pool!
trover photo by Scuba Mami

Zona Rosa

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.

Villa Nueva
El Edificio Coltejer has to be the most iconic building in Medellin, Colombia. Its design made to look like a needle to represent the Coltejer company has made it an important landmarks of Medellin. When you visit Medellin, don't ever leave without a picture of it or you where never here
#Architecture
trover photo by Danny Ospina

Villa Nueva

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.

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
$102
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

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 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (122 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Dec 3, 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
$56
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14

Located in El Poblado, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (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 Dec 5, 2019

NH Collection Medellín Royal
The Charlee Hotel
The Charlee Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Calle 9a 37 16, Medellin, Antioquia
$161
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12

Located in El Poblado, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (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! (539 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

The Charlee Hotel

Popular things to do in Medellin

Atanasio Giradot Stadium
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trover photo by Bajo El Mismo Sol

Atanasio Giradot Stadium

4.5/5(116 reviews)

Catch an event at Atanasio Giradot Stadium during your trip to Medellin. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Botero Plaza
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Botero Plaza

4.5/5(426 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(362 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.

Top activities in Medellin

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

$33

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

$56

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

$30

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

$96

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

$77

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

$24

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

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 71.06598984771574%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 24.568527918781726%
3 - Okay
30
3 - Okay 3.045685279187817%
2 - Disappointing
10
2 - Disappointing 1.015228426395939%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.30456852791878175%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 8, 2019

Lovable city ... Unique

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

Metro is great and there are lots of places to see and visit in the city. Everybody is welcoming and friendly.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 7, 2019

The tempature was amazing! The locals call Medellin eterna primavera which means eternal spring, I definitely saw why.

5/5 - Excellent

Evank

Dec 4, 2019

Highly recommend for singles and couples

5/5 - Excellent

Joe

Dec 3, 2019

Lovely, friendly people. Communa 13 tour was excellent.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Be careful of the weather. November is rainy season and it rained 7 out of 10 days. But not all day.

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