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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.

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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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
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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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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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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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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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Jardín

Jardín

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Jardín, a town in the mountains just four hours to the south of Medellin, preserves a colonial appearance that seems unchanged by the modern advances of this century.The town’s name is no mystery—its beautiful garden-like atmosphere and lush green landscapes enchant visitors. Enjoy the peace and calm in this laid-back town that is not on the typical tourist trail. The beautiful tree-lined plaza is perfect to relax and observe daily life. The main square is lined with cafes and restaurants with colorful tables and chairs, and the striking neo-Gothic Basilica Menor de la Inmaculada Conception is close by. Whitewashed colonial houses in town have brightly painted doors, balconies and hanging baskets.There’s also plenty of scenery to take in. There are trout farms for fishing and an old-fashioned cable car above the river that extends across the valley and up into the mountains. At the lookout point there are views of the town and a café to have something to eat. Visitors also have the opportunity to walk around the farms.The Cave of Splendor (La Cueva del Esplendor), a waterfall within a cave, is a six-hour roundtrip trek along narrow, steep, mountain paths. Along the way, admire the mountains with their banana and coffee plantations. It’s recommended to go with a guide who knows the terrain.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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How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

How to Spend 3 Days in Medellín

Recent reviews from experiences in Medellín

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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.
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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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