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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.
Accommodation in Medellin
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Why not begin the search for your ultimate Medellin base by investigating the amenities and rates of the high-ranking The Charlee Hotel, located at Calle 9a 37 16, and the Movich Hotel Las Lomas, at Glorieta Aeropuerto Internacional. The InterContinental Medellin and the Hotel San Fernando Plaza are worthy of your consideration also.
Located in El Poblado, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Poblado Park and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Park of Lights. La Strada Mall and Lleras Park are also within 10 minutes.
Located in El Poblado, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Fe Mall, Oviedo Mall, and La Strada Mall. Poblado Park and Lleras Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This family-friendly Medellin hotel is located in a regional park, within a 10-minute walk of Lleras Park and Poblado Park. Park of Lights is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
Located in El Poblado, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of La Strada Mall, Oviedo Mall, and Poblado Park. Santa Fe Mall and Lleras Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in El Poblado, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from La Strada Mall and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Park of Lights. Poblado Park and Oviedo Mall are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Rionegro hotel is located near the airport, 12 mi (19.4 km) from La Ceja Central Park, and within 20 mi (32 km) of El Tesoro Shopping Park and Santa Fe Mall. La Strada Mall and Oviedo Mall are also within 20 mi (32 km).
Situated in Guatape, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rock of Guatape and La Piedra Del Penol. Valerio Antonio Jimenez Cultural Center is 17.2 mi (27.7 km) away.
This family-friendly Medellin hotel is located in El Poblado, within 3 mi (5 km) of Medellin General Hospital and Park of Lights. San Antonio Park and Plaza Mayor Covention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).