5 Things You Can Do in Medellin City That Will Make Your Trip Special
Medellin is a charming city in Colombia. This South American city is famous for its amazing climate that makes you want to stay outdoors and explore this wonderful city. The place, just like the people, is full of life and character that is quite endearing. Like many other Latin American cities, Medellin is steeped in history and culture. Whether you are a first time tourist or a regular visitor and looking for things to do in Medellin, here are five must-try activities
- Visit the numerous parks
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Medellin is blessed with a year-round temperate climate which earned her the nickname the “City of Eternal Spring”. Because of this, the city has numerous parks where locals and tourists alike can enjoy the outdoors. You get to enjoy good food as you engage with the warm locals. Notable parks you should visit are:
Plaza Lleras has a vibrant nightlife as young people flock to this plaza to enjoy the company of friends over a few drinks after dark. This is partly due to the park being surrounded by bars where people come to have a great time. During the day, this park is a great place to relax. The trees offer plenty of shade for you to enjoy.
Plaza Botero is named after the famous artist Fernando Botero. The plaza is home to 23 bronze sculptures made by the artist. This plaza is perfect for just wandering about while taking pictures of the art and the locals.
Jardin Botanico, on the other hand, is a nice and quiet place away from the bustling city. Here you can enjoy a nice and peaceful walk among the many flowers and bird species that call this park home. There is even a restaurant where you can enjoy a great meal as you bask in the beauty of this place.
- Explore Nature’s beauty
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City life in Medellin is truly alive and vibrant but sometimes this can get a bit too much. Luckily, there are enclaves nearby where you can step back from it all and just e with nature. If you want to get away from the lively bustle of city life, here are 3 awesome places you could go and visit:
Parque Arvi is a nature reserve located among the mountains near Medellin. This 16,000-hectare land is home to several species of wildflower and butterflies. There are also a few trails within the park that span over 54 miles. Getting there is also a treat as you get to ride the Metrocable, a cablecar system where you get a breathtaking areal view of the city.
Guatape is another popular nearby destination. This tiny village—or pueblo in Spanish—is situated near the shores of a large lake. Here people can either enjoy the clear waters through various boat tours or the very popular party boat frequented by backpackers.
Reserva Natural Cañon Del Río Claro is an experience in and of itself. This secluded camping experience is great for people who just want to disconnect from social media and technology. They have eco-friendly lodges and camping sites and offer tons of outdoor activities like rafting, ziplines, and hiking.
- Discover Medellin’s rich art and history
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If art and history is something that you enjoy, then you’re in luck as Medellin has a few museums full of priceless exhibits that will surely captivate you. History buffs and art enthusiasts alike will surely have a great time browsing through corridors filled with beautiful pieces of Colombian art and history. Here are 3 museums you should definitely check out:
Museo de Antioquia is an art museum that houses 10 permanent exhibits as well as a few temporary ones. Built in 1881, this museum has since been the silent witness of Antioquia’s heritage throughout the years. Today, it resides in the old city hall of the city.
Museo de Arte Moderno Medellín is another must-visit, especially for art geeks. This museum is dedicated to the Modern art movement. Even the building itself is a work of art. The museum was once was an industrial building that was refurbished and has since been the home of many intriguing pieces. If you are a fan of interesting and thought-provoking art, then you should definitely check this place out.
Casa de La Memoria is another noteworthy museum you should visit. Within its walls lies the grim history of Columbia and Medellin. The museum houses thousands of artifacts that tell a harrowing yet enlightening story of the Colombian people. It serves as a tribute to the many victims that their stories may serve as a reminder to never go back into those dark times.
- Spectate a football match
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Colombia has a deep fascination with soccer—or Futbol as it is known locally—and Medellin is no exception. Every match is always a spectacle as fans become ecstatic every time their favorite team scores. Medellin currently has two local teams Atletico National and Independiente Medellin. Each has a very strong fanbase which sometimes leads to very rowdy reception come match day. Whether you are a fan of the sport or not, the energy and revelry of the crowd will surely be worth your while. Be sure to book tickets ahead of time as tickets tend to get sold out rather quickly.
- Immerse yourself into Medellin culture
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Finally, no trip to Medellin is complete without walking its streets. Since the city has a temperate climate, walking tours are quite popular among visitors. It lets you experience the beauty of this wonderful city first hand. You also get to meet people as these walking tours are often done with small groups often travelers and backpackers just like you. The good news is, there are companies who offer free walking tours with knowledgable and helpful guides. This is a must when visiting especially on your first time.
Before you go
Before you pack your bags and fly off to the wonderful city of Medellin, here are a few things to remember. Having a few cash at hand makes transactions a bit easier. Some places, like the eco-lodges, in Cañon Del Río Claro accepts only cash. But within the city though, paying through cards should not be a problem.