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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.

Top 15 attractions in Medellín

Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

Guatapé (Pueblo de Zócalos)

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
Pueblito Paisa

Pueblito Paisa

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
Plaza Botero

Plaza Botero

Plaza Botero is one of Medellín’s most important outdoor spaces, home to 23 bronze sculptures of chubby cats, voluptuous women, and fat fingers designed and donated by Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Beneath swaying palms and native ceiba trees, snack on street food and snap photos alongside the larger-than-life sculptures.More


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

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

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
Explora Park (Parque Explora)

Explora Park (Parque Explora)

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
Lleras Park (Parque Lleras)

Lleras Park (Parque Lleras)

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
Antioquia Museum (Museo de Antioquia)

Antioquia Museum (Museo de Antioquia)

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
Medellin Botanical Garden

Medellin Botanical Garden

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
Barefoot Park (Parque Pies Descalzos)

Barefoot Park (Parque Pies Descalzos)

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
El Castillo Museum (Museo El Castillo)

El Castillo Museum (Museo El Castillo)

Behind heavy, iron gates in the affluent neighborhood of Poblado, you’ll find El Castillo Museum (Museo El Castillo, a 17th-century castle built in the style of those in France’s Loire Valley. French and Spanish art lines the walls of the museum, which harbors a poignant family history.More


Located just a few hours south of Medellin, the town of Jardin is referred to as the Garden of Colombia. Colonial buildings here are surrounded by lush green landscapes that encompass mountains and plantations responsible for producing some of the country’s best coffee beans.More
Medellín Planetarium (Planetario de Medellín)

Medellín Planetarium (Planetario de Medellín)

Families won’t want to miss the Medellín Planetarium, where science and space come to life through immersive film screenings and interactive exhibits. Explore the scale of the solar system, learn about the Mayas, and much more.More
Medellín Modern Art Museum (Museo de Arte Moderno)

Medellín Modern Art Museum (Museo de Arte Moderno)

Medellin, birthplace of sculptor Fernando, Botero, loves modern art. The remodeled Medellín Modern Art Museum (MAMM) debuted in 2009 in a converted steel mill with a theater to show independent films and lots of space to show off its growing collection, including works by local painter Débora Arango.More
San Pedro Cemetery Museum (Museo Cementerio San Pedro)

San Pedro Cemetery Museum (Museo Cementerio San Pedro)

Filled with open-air sculpture exhibits, elaborate marble mausoleums, and monuments, Medellín’s San Pedro Cemetery Museum (Museo Cementerio San Pedro) is an unusual attraction you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Look out for the resting places of Colombian businesspeople, politicians, and artists, as well as art which pays homage to the dead.More

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How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

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Recent reviews from experiences in Medellín

Awesome tour
Aaron_S, Jul 2022
White water rafting near Medellin
He spoke very good English as well which was good for me since I am still learning Spanish
Fantastic Tour Guide
Julie_N, May 2022
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
A great way to see Guatape which is well worth seeing if in Medellín!
Pablo lives on!
April_L, Jul 2022
The Dark Days: Pablo Escobar and The New Medellin Tour
Being able to see Pablo’s neighborhood that he was able to build up for the people of Medellín when they had nothing.
Perfect for the discerning traveller
Andre_T, Apr 2022
Pablo Escobar Tour - Private and affordable TOUR - The New Colombia
Here are the benefits of working with him: extremely knowledgeable of the city and its history; fluent in Spanish and English; timely; well known in the city; personable; and highly trustworthy.
Guatapé tour was the best decision I made in Medellín.
Seohyeon_H, Mar 2022
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
Foreign travelers were provided with an English speaking guide, Sandy.
Love me a good dessert.
MariaAngelica_B, Oct 2021
Private Full Day El Retiro Waterfall Tour Including Food from Medellín
The guide spoke really good English.
An excellent day with an expert guide!
Daria_F, Feb 2022
Private Tour To Guatape From Medellin
He was an excellent conversationalist in both English and Spanish and knew the best places to eat along the way.
Authentic & Immersive Experience
Amer_N, Jan 2022
The Real Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour & Beer Crawl in Medellin
We heard the real story of the neighborhood that our local guide lived since her childhood, visited a home to see how people live, and stopped by several bars, art shops and food stands that our guide recommended.
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
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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!
Guatapé day trip
Steve_H, May 2021
Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín
A very nice day tour from Medellín with an English and Spanish guides.
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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All about Medellín

When to visit

There’s a reason Medellín is affectionately known as the City of Eternal Spring. Throughout the year, Colombia’s second city boasts a bright and cool climate enhanced by a breeze from the surrounding mountains. There’s the least chance of rain between December and February—this also coincides with school and university holidays, when the majority of locals leave the city on vacation, making it far less crowded on the weekends.

Getting around

The completion of the Medellín Metro in 1995 signaled the beginning of the city’s transformation and allowed residents living in marginalized parts of the city to access the center with ease. It combines two train lines and multiple bus routes with seven Metrocable lines, whose panoramic views make the journey almost as exciting as the final destination.

Traveler tips

For a true taste of local life, head to Plaza Minorista Market—Medellín’s largest farmers market. You’ll see hundreds of different types of Latin American fruit and vegetables, plus everything from furniture and clothes to coffee and chips. Make sure you grab an arepa and a cup of tinto (black coffee) from one of the stalls, too.

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