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Things to do in Medellín

Things to do in  Medellín

Welcome to Medellín

Medellín’s modern infrastructure, artistic heritage, and "bandeja paisa" (platter) cuisine make it the jewel in Colombia’s urban crown. In recent years, the South American city has shed its troubled reputation under Pablo Escobar and emerged as the City of Eternal Spring, with temperate weather making it an ideal destination for outdoor activities in Antioquia. Immerse yourself in street food, markets, and public art on a sightseeing tour; or pose beside Botero’s grossly disproportionate sculptures in Plaza Botero. Medellín also serves as a launching point for day tours to Colombian coffee plantations and Andean resort town Guatapé.

Top 10 attractions in Medellín

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Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

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On the shores of the Guatapé Dam and surrounded by lush islands, the 19th-century town of Guatapé is one of Colombia’s most photographed sites. It’s not hard to see why—the town’s brightly painted buildings and serene natural setting make for some stunning shots.More
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Pueblito Paisa

Pueblito Paisa

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A short train ride from the skyscrapers and international art galleries of modern Medellín’s El Centro is Pueblito Paisa, a monument to Colombia’s colonial past. The little village (pueblito) is a re-creation featuring traditional white-washed houses, a picture-perfect central plaza, and spectacular views of Medellín’s surrounding mountains.More
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Plaza Botero

Plaza Botero

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You’ll see his art everywhere around Colombia: large women, round-faced children and wide-eyed animals. It’s the life work of Fernando Botero, the beloved Colombian artist famous in his home country and around the world.A visit to Medellin, where Botero was born, provides the chance to see these works in larger-than-life surroundings. The appropriately named Botero Plaza, opened in 2002, is an outdoor park that forms an important cultural space in the city. It’s also close to other important museums, like the Museum of Antioquia with art from all over Latin America, and the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture, where exhibitions and concerts are held.The 80,729 square feet (7,500 square meters) of Botero Plaza are home to 23 giant bronze sculptures (donated by Botero himself) within reach so that people can touch them—some people even climb on them! These sculptures, created using the lost wax method, are organized into five main types, focusing on body parts; relationships between men and women; animals; and mythic creatures like the sphinx. The sculptures tend to have short names that are direct and dynamic, like Woman with Fruit, The Hand, Man on Horseback, Maternity and Roman Soldier.The busy plaza is also a great place to try local foods, like obleas, empanadas and green mango cut in strips and served with salt and vinegar. It’s also a good place to browse for souvenirs and do some serious people-watching.More
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Metrocable

Metrocable

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Medellin’s Metrocable is far more than just a public transport system. Built to transform the war-torn city in the wake of Pablo Escobar’s reign, the urban cable car helps those living in the poorer hilltop barrios to access the city. Use Metrocable to explore formerly unreachable parts of the city.More
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Lleras Park (Parque Lleras)

Lleras Park (Parque Lleras)

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Lleras Park (Parque Lleras) forms the social center of the upscale neighborhood of El Poblado, a haven for gourmet restaurants, trendy cocktail bars, and youth hostels. The area is undoubtedly one of the safest Medellín neighborhoods to explore by night, when strings of lights illuminate the park and bars spring to life with DJs and young, fashionable Colombian crowds.More
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Antioquia Museum (Museo de Antioquia)

Antioquia Museum (Museo de Antioquia)

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Set in Plaza Botero, a square that showcases the disproportionate sculptures of Medellín-born Fernando Botero, the Antioquia Museum (Museo de Antioquia) houses a fascinating collection of classic and contemporary art. The third floor is dedicated entirely to Botero and exhibits such controversial works asThe Death of Pablo Escobar.More
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Arvi Park and Piedras Blancas Park (Parque Arvi y Parque Piedras Blancas)

Arvi Park and Piedras Blancas Park (Parque Arvi y Parque Piedras Blancas)

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An escape from the urban jungle of Medellín is only a gondola ride away. Arvi Park (Parque Arvi) and Piedras Blancas Park (Parque Piedras Blancas), neighboring parks in the mountainous countryside east of the city, are crisscrossed by hiking trails and dotted with lakes, scenic lookout points, and wildlife museums.More
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Barefoot Park (Parque Pies Descalzos)

Barefoot Park (Parque Pies Descalzos)

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Barefoot Park (Parque Pies Descalzos) is a fun, interactive space where travelers and locals can quite literally kick off their shoes and play. This sensory experience for your tootsies consists of three separate zones—Sand, Forest, and Water—each with different surfaces and textures to provide a natural foot massage.More
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Medellin Botanical Garden

Medellin Botanical Garden

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Medellín Botanical Garden represents the city’s radical recovery from war-torn terror, as well as its innovative use of space. Brimming with more than 5,000 plant species and wildlife from Latin America, the garden—which spans an impressive 40 acres (0.4 hectares)—provides a welcome break from the bustle of central Medellín.More
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Explora Park (Parque Explora)

Explora Park (Parque Explora)

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With its modernist façade, bright red roof and funky urban design, it’s clear from the outsetthatExplora Park (Parque Explora) is a museum for the modern age. Fun, interactive and engaging for all ages, this is one of Colombia’s most popular science museums, with an incredible 120,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibitions.The museum hosts over 300 interactive displays and activities, based around the themes of neuroscience, physics and communication, plus a 3D projection hall, a planetarium and animpressive display of 22 animatronic dinosaurs. Another highlight is the indoor aquarium center, the largest freshwater aquarium in Latin America, where visitors can learn more about the Amazon region, spot over 400 different species of fish and see the world's most poisonous frog.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

Recent reviews from experiences in Medellín

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Excellent!
Ksenia_B, Nov 2020
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
He showed us all the places with explanations in English and back stories.
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Wonderful day with Luis!
Denise_G, Feb 2020
Private Full Day Guatapé Tour
He picked us up promptly at our hotel, was a cautious driver and spoke English very well.
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I had a lot of fun on my Escobar tour...
Cathleen M, Nov 2017
Pablo Escobar and Comuna 13 Small-Group Half-Day Tour
But for me it was awesome to see this stuff in real life.
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Vicky S, Aug 2018
Coffee Tour In Horse Riding In Medellin
Stop searching for things to do in Medellín and book this wonderful tour.
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Alex is absolutely amazing! If you...
Shannon B, Oct 2016
Jardín Coffee Lovers Private Tour with Waterfall Option from Medellín
We explored the city of Jardín, went to a coffee farm for a tour and lunch, and then headed to an extremely excluded waterfall for a private viewing and swim!

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