Medellín Travel Guide

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Medellín Things to Do

  • Pueblito Paisa

    This is the fake reproduction os a small village of this region. It is up to a hill in the center of the city and here you can find lots of vendors selling local articrafts. It is something you can miss but I enjoyed spending there a hour in a sunday afternoon.

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  • Parque Lleras

    This park is in the middle of Poblado area, which is the most touristic part of the city, full of hotels and restaurants. All around the park infact there are small walking streets full of restaurants of any kind. Anyway If I ever went back, I would still stay in la 70 area, it seems more casual and sure cheaper than Poblado.

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  • Parque Bolivar

    This square was inaugurated in 1892. The name was chosen thinking to Simon Bolivar, honoured with a statue in the middle of the square.At the end of the square, infront of the fountain there is the Catedral Metropolitana that is said to be the biggest church of the world built by bricks.

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  • Parque Botero-plaza de las esculturas

    Just next to Parque Berrio in front of the museum of Antioquia there is a small square full of sculptures made by the local artist Botero, the square infact is also known as Plaza Botero. Here there are 23 sculptures of the Colombian artist.

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  • Parque Berrio

    The history of Medellin started to be written in this square, which is the main square of the city and since the 1870 is the main meeting point for both locals and visitors.In the centre of the park it's easy to see the statue of Pedro Justo Berrio one of the most important politician of this region.Other attraction of the park is the church La...

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  • Botanical garden

    Botanical garden in Medellin is practically a green oasi in the middle of the city. The entrance is free and inside you can enjoy a butterfly farm, orchids' exposition (not that impressive to be honest) and above all a wide space of green where to walk, rest, practice yoga, sleep, eat, or listen to the history of the various plants. I mentioned...

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  • Museo de Antioqia

    I Intented to visit this museum ofourse as it is one of the main attractions of the city, though the visit became even more important for the fact that I could not visit the fondacion Botero in Bogota as it was closed for the elections day. On the ground floor there are shops and some Colombian religious articrafts and paintings of heroes of...

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  • Plaza Botero

    The artist Fernando Botero is from Medellin and he donated these works to the city. It is in Central Medellin and admission is free. There are several museums close by.

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  • Medellin Botanical Garden

    Gorgeous and large botanical gardens in the city. I enjoyed the orchids and the bamboo forest, among others. I grabbed a good lunch at a trailer there but there are also a couple of restaurants.

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Medellín Restaurants

  • Fake italian

    I wanted to eat some vegetables so I chosed this italian restaurant. Vegetables I got were not fresh but still better than nothing. The pasta with ham was something ridicolous, some penne with parmesan and slices of ham above, I guess it has just the name italian. At least it was not expensive, even if in parque LLeras I paid 13€ drinking water.

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  • Fast & tasty

    First night in Medellin going around carrera 70 saw a lot of bars, discos, fast food but, apparently no restaurant. I decided to go back to my hotel to ask for info and just in the corner a few steps from the hotel door, I foubd this alex carne de res. I decided to stop and was not disappointed with 10€ I ate a huge steak, fried potatos and one...

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  • Have a little vino and chill!

    Reasonably priced, good food in a relaxing atmosphere. I was craving wine at this point in my trip and was able to get it here. The tables on the sidewalk are a great place to watch the city. I enjoyed the jazz music that they played there as well.

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  • Quick Lunch

    This was my first time in fast food restaurant. Believe me, I would never go if it weren't for the certain circumstances. I had about half an hour to spent with Eduardo's nephew so I thought Sandwich Qbano would be a cool place for the 8-year-old. Well, I can't complain about the restaurant itself. It was located by the lively Parque Bolívar and...

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  • Most Delicious Arepas de Choclo con...

    Arepas are delicious flat breads made of corn which are popular in several countries of northern South America. They can either be filled like a sandwich or just eaten hot with butter. In Colombia arepa has deep roots in colonial farms and the cuisine of the indigenous people. They are usually eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Arepas...

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  • Stylish Panadería in El Poblado

    Bon Marché was founded in 1979 in the city of Pereira. It started as a small bakery and confectionary in the centre of the city. As the production began to expand they started with opening of the new shops in other areas of the city and later also in Armenia and Medellín. Bon Marché specializes in products made with cheese, such as pandebono, pan...

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Medellín Nightlife

  • Drinks with friends

    In my never ending search for the perfect apple martini, I've been hitting a couple of bars around lleras and so far these two have definitely caught my eye. First we have Liverpool british bar. Just about two blocks away from Parque Lleras, the fairly new location for this great somewhat veteran bar, is adorned with all kinds of rock memorabilia....

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  • Some of Medellín's Best Nightlife

    El Poblado neighbourhood is one you'll most probably want to visit at night. The centre of the action is around Parque Lleras, an area that is also known as the Zona Rosa. Surrounded by enchanting sidewalk cafés, open-air restaurants, bars, clubs and discos, it is a nice place to walk around and people watch. Restaurants in Parque Lleras offer a...

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  • Las Palmas or Parque Lleras

    The two big centers of nightlife in Medellin are Las Palmas and Parque Lleras. The big difference as I see it is mobility. All the bars on Las Palmas are spread out along a steep hill so you are kind of stuck at one place if you are without transportation. But then again, who cares if it's a good place.The other option is Parque Lleras where all...

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Medellín Transportation

  • From Medellín to Santa Fe de Antioquia...

    Medellín has two bus terminals, Terminal de Norte and Termnal de Sur. Terminal de Norte is located 3 km north of the city centre, and it serves the north coast and surrounding towns, including Santa Fe de Antioquia. I only made a day trip so I left the hostel early in the morning. I walked to Poblado metro station and took a metro to Caribe station...

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  • TURIBUS Medellin

    MedellinTURIBUS MEDELLIN: Calle 9c Sur No.50ff-97Medellinhttp://www.seditrans.com/index.php?id=7&Itemid=7It is an option of entertainment, the easiest way to get around Medellin City.Currently TURIBUS schedule from 9:00am and 1:00pm to 5:00pm.Not sure I'd do this if I had the time to explore on my own but if you just have a few days in Medellin it...

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  • Airports

    Medellin has 2 airports, the large, main airport in Rionegro and the smaller, regional airport of Olaya Herrera within the city limits. From Rionegro, taxis (well organised and safe) take you to the city for a fixed price of 20 Euros and takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour. Another option is the mini-bus service which leaves from the airport to the...

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Medellín Shopping

  • Heavenly Delights

    I came across Agua Bendita one night while I was walking around El Poblado with Natalie. I immediately fell in love with this shop and just loved every single piece. As I already intended to by a new swimsuit from the beginning of my trip I knew I was going to return the next day. Fortunately, the shop was just two blocks from Hostal Tamarindo...

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  • Find the treasure

    El Tesoro, a real temptation for the ladies and a nightmare for your wallet Here ...... ALL Again: ALL

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  • Empty your pockets

    Great, funny, colorfull, drinks, clothes, handycrafts, supermarket, toys, jewlery, etc All in one amazing place. Designer clothes All

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Medellín Local Customs

  • Paisa

    People living in Medellin and more in general in the Antioqia region, call themselves paisa. They are very proud of their origin and talk about themselves as if they lived in an almost independent region of Colombia. I stayed not long enough to catch any difference betwen Bogota and Medellin citizens, but I could see how the second ones are proud...

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  • Los Alumbrados - Christmas Lighting

    Los Alumbrados, Christmas Lighting, has been a tradition for the city for more than 50 years, lasting from beginning December to mid January. Medellín is renowned for hosting the biggest, brightest and most beautiful Alumbrados in Colombia. This traditional lighting display is the fantastic work of designers, architects, technicians and many...

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  • Food

    A typical breakfast in Medellín consists of baked corn arepas which is a flat unsweetened corn pancake topped with butter and fresh white cheese, coffee or hot chocolate. This is also typical in Bogota. Another favourite of mine is Refajo which is a mix of beer and a soft drink called Colombiana. It's very refreshing especially after a day's sight...

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Medellín Warnings and Dangers

  • ALWAYS CARRY PLENTY OF FRESH BOTTLED...

    MEDELLIN When travelling through these regions of South America carry and drink plenty of fresh bottled drinking water...Especially if you go to altitude ..this is most important.... Dehydration in summer months can become a problem so make sure that you drink lots of water. BEWARE when purchasing your bottled water!! ...make sure that the "seal"...

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  • Pick Pockets

    This being my first time to Medellin, l felt very safe. Although the girls l stayed with did tell me to be careful when talking photographs, like most cities all over the world you must be be aware of your surroundings and keep your personal belongings in a safe place. Nothing bad happened to me but l did feel in some places a little insecure...

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Medellín Off The Beaten Path

  • El Peñon de Guatapé

    El Peñon de Guatapé (The Guatapé Rock) is a 200m high granite monolithic formation rising from the banks of a man-made lake. Declared a national monument in the 1940s, this giant rock is well worth a visit. Buses from Medellín run frequently taking about two hours. Ask the driver to drop you off at a gas station. Then you have to walk up the hill...

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  • Paragliding

    I wanted to go paragliding for a long time. Medellín is an excellent place due to beautiful green landscape and prevailing northerly winds so I decided to do my first tandem flight here. I booked it in hostal Tamarindo and Natalie explained me how to get there. In the morning I took the metro to Caribe station and walked over to Terminal Norte....

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  • Guatapé

    Guatapé is a pretty lakeside town with brightly coloured colonial houses and a pleasant plaza with a white and red parish church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen. A quiet town during the week, Guatapé receives more visitors at weekend when it is sometimes packed with Colombian tourists, especially from Medellín. A pleasant promenade along the...

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Medellín Favorites

  • Orientation in Medellín

    I had a scan of LP’s map in here and I didn’t want me or VT run into trouble with the masters, so now an image of (allowed) GE.Río Medellín divides the city in two parts, the town centre is located east, airport southwest. And Pueblito Paisa is located a bit north of the airport. Haha, while writing this, I realise that I must advise you to listen...

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  • Coltejer building

    The funcky looking building that dominates the skyline is the Coltejer building, the headquarters for the Colombian textile industry. The building was designed to look like a neadle.

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Top 10 Holiday Lights Displays: Medellin

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While many focus on the Christmas markets and decorations in Europe, multiple members mentioned the light displays in South America as being among the best they've seen. Medellín, Colombia is famous for los alumbrados (the luminaries) that it erects in early December. The lights are everywhere throughout the city, even decorative design on each streetlight, but there are two recommended spots to take in the spectacle. Many of the larger displays are positioned along the Rio Medellin, which is easily accessible to anyone visiting the city. One VirtualTourist member suggested visiting the Pueblito Paisa, a miniature replica of a traditional Antioquian town, which is situated atop Cerro Nutibara. In addition to seeing the colonial-style architecture illuminated, the pueblito has an adjacent platform which provides fantastic panoramic views of the city and alumbrados below. This year, los alumbrados will be running from December 3- January 8.

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