Medellín Travel Guide

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Medellín Highlights

  • Pro
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     clean, organized, Botero art, and #1 reason - divinely beautiful women 

  • Con
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     lack of major sights, may seem to 'modern' 

  • In a nutshell
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     showcase of potential and accomplishments of Colombia 

Medellín Things to Do

  • visit nationalpark arvi

    Parque Arvi is a new ambitious project just outside of Medellin that will create one of the largest nature reserves in the region. The recent attraction is yet another boost for the city of Medellin that has recently undergone a complete transformation and is now attracting travelers and tourists from all around the globe to see the city of eternal...

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  • Metrocable to the Library

    My wife's parents have lived in Medellin for over 10 years, and we've visited numerous times (we actually got married there in a week-long destination wedding). One of my favorite (and one of the easiest) excursions I've done is take the metrocable up to the biblioteca espana, an ultramodern, giant, distinctive black library donated by the King of...

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  • Laureles

    The plane across the river from the center is where the easily likeable barrios of Laureles and San Joaquin are located. This area is not as expensive as El Poblado, but still very tranquil and safe. This is where the UPB university is located, as well as the Unicentro shopping center (not nearly as nice as El Tesoro though). There are two small...

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  • barrio El Poblado

    Southern, or Southeastern suburbs comprise the 'nicest' part of the city. It is very nicely landscaped, clean, and full of those brick hi-rise buildings that Colombians like. This is definitely an area of choice to live in, both as a resident or as a tourist.The main wealthy suburb is called El Poblado, and others around it are called El Tesoro, La...

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  • Parque de Los Deseo & Jardin Botanico

    I grouped these two together because they are next to each other, and the subway station Universidad separates them. (Incidentally, the University of Antioquia is located there as well).Parque de Los Deseo is really a concrete plaza full of people. I mean, there is a million people there, or at least it seems so. It has fountains that shoot out of...

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  • Antioquia State government (La...

    This complex houses the state government and is called La Alpujarra. It is very modern and creatively designed. It is located between the commercial center and Plaza Mayor.

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  • Commercial Center (aka El Hueco)

    The old center of the city has been taken over by bustleof street vendors and a gazillion of various shops. This area is also known as El Hueco. There are huge crowds selling and buying all kinds of stuff.

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  • Edificio Inteligente

    This building houses city government's offices (or EEPPM). It is located between the river and parque de Pies Descalzos.

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  • Teatro de Medellin

    This large modern building houses the theater. It is located next to Parque de Pies Descalzos on the river bank. Some of the typical christmas decorations that are installed along the river during the holiday season can be seen on this photo.

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  • Parque de la Luz and Library

    This is one of the many nice parks in the city. The columns are supposed to be illuminated at night. There is a modern library building located next to it. This park separates the government complex from the bustle of the commercial center of the city.

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  • Plaza Botero

    This nice plaza is where many public performances are held; it is always full of people. It located next to Museo de Antioquia.

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  • Iglesia de Candelaria

    This is a reminder of the past age of the city. Overall there are very few old buildings left from Medellin's earlier days.

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Medellín Restaurants

  • The traditional Paisa food

    The typical dish in the Medellin region (also calles the Paisa region) is calles Bandeja Paisa. It's a plate of fried eggs, beans, some meat, chiccharron (dried pork thingies) and rice. As most of these products don't really agree with me, it was not the best culinary experience for me, but you shoul at least try it. And beware - the protions are...

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  • HatoviejoLos valores y...

    HatoviejoLos valores y tradiciones de la cultura colombiana son los aspectos que caracterizan este acogedor sitio, en el que predomina una decoración sencilla, pero definida por elementos precolombinos. Son infaltables los chicharrones y patacones para picar, como también las postales con las originales chivas.Los mejores restaurantes están...

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  • More than decribe the best...

    More than decribe the best restaurat... here are some very good recepies from the country.I hope you all enjoy itTraditional dishes are based on the agricultural and dairy products of the fertile lands of the country. The most representative dish form Bogotá is the ajiaco santafereño , a thick soup prepared from chicken, different kinds of potato,...

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Medellín Nightlife

  • Nighttime clubs in Medellin

    If you do not want to have a bad night, do not go to club Blue in Medellin. Although the music is rock, this music is more what you want to listen to, not dance to. Additionally, the DJ should know better than to play 3 Killers songs in a row, followed by two kelly clarkson songs in a row. That is just lazy. The place was busy, but no one was...

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  • Parque Lleras

    The Parque Lleras is packed to gills on weekends with locals who come here to numerous bars and discos. And even during the week the restaurants are full and the place is buzzing with activity. The most popular discos here are Blue and Folia, but if you visit one and feel like changing atmosphere, another club is literally half a block away. You...

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  • Mangos

    Every resident of the city will tell you that this is the most upscale club in their city, and it certainly will not disappoint. The music is a mix from hip-hop to salsa, waitstaff is dressed in cowboy attire, entry is $15,000 pesos. The place is more like a large bar, as there is no dance floor per se, and everyone is dancing between the tables....

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Medellín Transportation

  • taxis

    Taxis here are plentiful and cheap. Seriously, you can't imagine what 'lots of taxis' looks like until you come to Colombia! Mexico City or New York City barely have any in comparison.My tip is to pick a Hyundai Atos taxi, if any are available. They look ugly and funny, but they ride really really comfortably.

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  • airport

    The international airport is located well above the city, and the road there is long and windy. You will be actually driving through the clouds on your way to or from the city. Budget at least an hour for the trip!

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  • subway

    Subway runs above ground actually - mostly along the river, and in the center on viaducts, so this is more of a light rail system.Trains are very clean, smooth and nice. Stations are very well guarded. The ride is cheap - only a few hundred pesos.

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Medellín Shopping

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    by el_ruso Written Jan 26, 2006

    The most upscale shopping center is El Tesoro which is located in El Poblado barrio. It comes with upscale stores, palm tree garden, waterfalls, even a miniature railroad. If you are lucky, you will witness a tango peformance. If you have the money and have an urge to buy clothes in Medellin, this is the place to go.

    Other major shopping centers are San Diego nearby (which is quite a bit lower scale) and Unicentro in Laureles (which is also a lot more humble).

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Medellín Warnings and Dangers

  • by Truth_Teller Updated Nov 15, 2006

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    There were nearly 9,000 homicides in the greater Medellin area in 1991. This went down to just over 5,000 in the mid 90's and low 4,000's towards the end of the decade. It started creeping up again in the early 00's, reaching 4,697 murders in 2002. This has plummetted from 2003 onwards to 1,161 last year. This is still more than the city of Los Angeles at it's peak in the early 90's, so whether that's actually 'safe' or not is another matter. Like most cities though, if you stick to the right areas and central parts of the city, you'll be fine.

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Medellín Tourist Traps

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    by Lodestar Updated Feb 24, 2003

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    Since most of the taxies in Medellin have meters (unlike the ones in the Caribbean region) most people don't consider asking for the estimated price before, which (in my case at least) may result in the driver driving around for hours, pretending not to find the place you want to go or just taking a huge detour... That happens in case you look and sound like a foreginer of course, and if you are not sure where exactly you are going.

    Unique Suggestions: So it's advisable to ask for an estimate before stepping into a cab, cause later the unfair price is too difficult to argue about.

    Fun Alternatives: You can always take a bus, especially if you are alone or there are just two of you, so it will be definately less expensive.

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Medellín Off The Beaten Path

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    by cochinjew Written Aug 25, 2002

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    If you know someone, go with them to the country side and visit villages very seldom visited by tourists. One such is Fredonia.

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Medellín Favorites

  • Perfect climate, modern, nice

    Very impressed about the city. On the first evening couldn't get rid of feeling that this is Barcelona. Residential areas were very safe and clean. In my opinion, most residents in Medellin enjoy very good quality of life. Good food. On negative side, air polution on major streets made walking less fun and there are not too many tourist...

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  • Parks, parks and more parks

    Just sit down in one of the many street cafes or on one of the many park benches and look at people go by. The atmosphare there is really great - sort of cultural, which cannot be said about most of the other Colombian cities. And definately take a lokk at the Botero sculptures in the centro. sitting on a balcony with a friend, talking about life,...

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  • Como todos los años, Medellín...

    Como todos los años, Medellín bota la casa por la ventana con sus descomunales alumbrados navideños. En esta ocasión, cuando las Empresas Públicas de Medellín cumplen 33 años de estar iluminando sus navidades, la gran fiesta se hace con doscientos mil bombillos de 25 vatios, veintisiete mil metros de manguera luminosa, ocho mil metros cuadrados de...

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