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This Andean Natural Region location boasts a population of about 2,000,000 people.
It is located roughly 150 miles northwest of Bogota, the national capital. It's also approximately 11 miles west of Guarne.
Take your partner and kids out to enjoy an afternoon of quality time at Juan Pablo II Airpark and Parque Rionegro. The Mariposario Selva Viva and North Park are also well worth checking out if the little ones still have energy to burn.
If you're intrigued by native and exotic animals, put the Santa Fe Zoological Park on your list of places to visit. Be sure to ask at the entrance about feeding times and where to find the zoo's rarer specimens.
From beautiful plants to meandering garden paths, the treasures of the Medellin Botanical Garden are just waiting to be discovered. The Joaquin Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden and the Jardín Botánico are also worth a look.
When the sun is shining, pack a picnic and head out to one of the leafy urban parks, such as Park of Lights or Botero Square Sculpture Park. Pies Descalzos Park and Poblado Park are two more pleasant spots to while away a lazy afternoon over a good book.
Lock your phone in the car and have a rest from the modern world at Rock of Guatape and El Volador Hill. Nature-loving visitors will also have a wonderful time at Arvi Park and La Piedra Del Penol.
The Medellini Interactive Museum is a popular place where inquisitive people can go to learn and be challenged. Meander through the halls, see the highlights and be sure to ask someone about any special events or happenings.
Admire the eclectic range of artifacts, models and displays at Planetarium of Medellin or the Explora Park, a fun day out for nerds and novices alike.
The displays of speciments at the Miguel Angel Builes Ethnographic Museum give an amazing glimpse into unknown worlds.
Medellin is a hub of artistic energy, with galleries everywhere you look. Pay a visit to the Antioquia Museum and the Medellin's Museum of Modern Art for the best of what this creative hotspot has to offer. If you have time afterwards, the El Castillo Museum and the Pedro Nel Gomez Museum and House are also well worth a look.
Lose yourself among the illuminating artifacts of the Museo El Castillo or examine the exhibits at the Museo Juan del Corral. Both are great if you're interested in history.
The Palacio de la Cultura and the University of Antioquia are certainly worth looking into, even if history isn't your forte. When it comes to bygone times, there's always more to discover. Pueblito Paisa and the La Gorda Sculpture are two more great places to stop by.
There's a notable history stored within the walls of the area's castles and forts. You don't have to be a knight in shining armor to be impressed with Castle's Museum.
The spiritual side of the region is on display at La Candelaria Church and Medellin Cathedral. If you'd like to explore more religious sites, have a walk about Cathedral of Santa Fe de Antioquia and Church of Our Lady of Chinquinquira.
Before you pack up your suitcase and head back home, be sure to check out a few of the area's lesser-known attractions. The Parque Biblioteca Belen and the Leon de Grieff Library are two possible options. If you can squeeze it in, also visit Cisneros Park and Cisneros Square.
Accommodation in Medellin
If you are not sure yet where to stay in Medellin, browse Expedia's Medellin hotel options. There are no less than 143 places to choose from.
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 hotel is within a 10-minute walk of La Strada Mall and Oviedo Mall. Santa Fe Mall and Poblado Park are also within 15 minutes.
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.
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.
This family-friendly Medellin hotel is located in a regional park, within a 5-minute walk of Lleras Park and Lokkus Contemporary Art. Park of Lights is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
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).
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.
Situated in Guatape, this hostal is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from La Piedra Del Penol and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Rock of Guatape. Valerio Antonio Jimenez Cultural Center is 19.6 mi (31.5 km) away.
Located in El Poblado, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lokkus Contemporary Art and Lleras Park. Poblado Park and El Tesoro Shopping Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).