Encircled by rolling mountains, Medellín offers the best in Colombian hospitality, nightlife and city culture.
Fast becoming one of the hottest destinations in all of Latin America, Medellín is finally gaining the positive press it deserves. This beautiful city is now highly reputed for it’s perfect climate, vibrant nightlife and endless activities that will leave you wanting to stay for weeks. Salsa classes, flower festivals, epic sporting occasions and fascinating museums mean there is something for everyone in this eclectic city.
It’s no secret that Medellín’s past is one of tragedy and violence, at one time becoming statistically the most dangerous city in the world. Twenty years on and Medellín has earned titles such as “Innovative City of the Year” and “Most Liveable City in South America”, meaning that to visit Medellín now is to experience a city transforming in front of your eyes. Witness this change from one of four Metrocables (cable cars), which provide breathtaking views across the city and a trip to the peaceful Parque Arvi.
Head out to the centre of the city where you can find the Plaza Botero and its eccentric statues, along with the fascinating Museo de Antioquia and the beautiful botanical gardens. As night descends, make your way to Poblado’s Parque Lleras or one of El Centro’s famed salsa bars such as El Eslabón, where effort, rather than technique, is all that matters! Those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the city’s past can visit the Museo Casa de la Memoria or lose yourself in the terrific graffiti tour through Comuna 13. Known as “The City of Eternal Spring” thanks to its consistently perfect climate, there’s truly no excuse for staying inside.
Stroll through the Botanical Gardens
Given the fast nature of city life, this leafy gem is the perfect place to unwind with a book or take a tasty picnic. Wander the grounds and marvel at the countless colourful bird and plant species that reflect Colombia’s status as one of the world’s most biologically diverse nations. Beware of the enormous – albeit completely harmless – iguanas that you may spot marshalling the grounds!
Cable Car to Parque Arvi
Without doubt one of Medellín’s proudest achievements, the cable car network has changed the city for locals and travellers alike. Take the metro to Acevedo before ascending all the way to Parque Arvi. Here you can enjoy some local delicacies courtesy of a typical “Paisa” food market, before meandering through the bristling pine forests, and breathing in the fresh mountain air. On the way back why not hop out at Santo Domingo for a chance to see one of Medellín’s most transformed neighbourhoods.
Explore El Centro and La Plaza Botero
Once a no-go area for tourists, El Centro is now the real heartbeat of Medellín, filled with eccentric characters and businesses galore. Admire La Plaza Botero and its 23 brilliantly humorous sculptures before entering El Museo de Antioquia to see more of Botero’s fantastic paintings. Highly recommended are the walking tours which will enrich your understanding of this beguiling city, led by knowledgeable, bi-lingual guides who will leave you fascinated by some of the local tales.