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Things to do in Medellin

We have got the city in our fingertips and now at yours! There are a myriad of things to do in Medellin, Colombia. Embrace your inner travel bug with a quick map of things to do, places to visit, restaurants to eat; all this and more not far away from your luxurious cocoon at Haven Hotels.

Museum of Antioquia
Arvi Park
Explora Park
Botero Square – Medellin, Antioquia
Medellin Botanical Garden
Pueblito Paisa
Bolivar Park
Barefoot Park
El Castillo Museum
Museum of Modern Art of Medellín
Lleras Park
Cerro Nutibara Pueblito Paisa
Metropolitan Basilica Cathedral of Medellín
Berrío Park
Conservation Park
Medellin North Park
House of Memory Museum
Cerro El Volador Natural Park
EPM Water Museum
Medellin River Parks
Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture
Spain Santo Domingo Savio Library Park
Piedras Blancas Ecological Park
Medellín Planetarium Jesús Emilio Ramírez
Juan Pablo II Airport
El Salado Ecological Park
Arví Station Metro
Retail Square José María Villa
San Pedro Museum Cemetery
Envigado Main Park
Dancefree
Commune 13 tour. Graffitour
Telemedellín – Gabriel García Márquez Park Channel
San Antonio Park
Hill of the Three Crosses
Chorro de Las Campanas
Medellin Aquarium
Orquideorama Botanical Garden
La Romera Ecological Park
Otraparte House Museum
Fly Colombia City Tour
Guarne Lagoon
Cerro Verde viewpoint
BiciTour Medellin
Ethnographic Museum Madre Laura
Circunvalar Garden – Green Belt
City Museum
Museum of Geosciences Mineralogy
Monument to the Race

Take the cable car to Parque Arvi:

Set around Lake Guarne, Parque Arvi sits high in the hills on the outskirts of Medellín. As the city has grown and the metro system has expanded to serve it, the Parque has become easier and cheaper to get to. Simply take Line ‘L’ to Santo Domingo and catch the metro cable from there. The view of the city is incredible from there.
The park is an ecological reserve and is absolutely gorgeous. You can explore the park via the various trails and experience some of Colombia’s extensive and rich biodiversity. It’s known for wild flowers and butterflies, and there are around 54 miles of trails to choose from. It’s possible to stay overnight either in campsites or hotels, and there are restaurants and a bus that will transport you around the enormous nature reserve.
Parque Arvi is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of Medellín, and is very popular with locals. It feels separate and peaceful, and a couple of degrees cooler than Medellín.

Explore the graffiti-covered walls of Comuna Trece:

Comuna Trece is a poor neighborhood in Medellín that experienced tremendous violence between the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas and the Colombian government around the turn of the 21st Century. The area was one of the most dangerous places on Earth during this period. Thousands of civilians were killed during the conflict, mainly by government forces, and buried in a mass grave that can be seen from the commune.
In an attempt to overcome the trauma of this period, the Commune has used the medium of modern art, primarily graffiti, to regenerate itself. The comuna is covered in fantastically colorful graffiti that tells the story of the area and its move towards peace.
Toucan tours organize a guided tour around the comuna, with translators and guides who still live in the area. The tour offers an insight into the conditions of the comuna, as well as the graffiti’s symbolism and the history of the area. Tour prices aren’t cheap, but a percentage of the money is ploughed back into the community.

Admire the sensual art of Fernando Botero:

There is no shortage of museums in Medellín, but the best is the Museum of Antioquia. It was founded by the government of Antioquia in 1882 as a center of education and knowledge in the city. It was the first museum established in the region of Antioquia and the second in the whole of Colombia.
The museum suffered from funding and staffing shortages in the early twentieth century, which led to its closure in the 1930s. It was re-opened to house artistic exhibitions in the 1940s and 1950s, but it was not until the 1970s with the help of donations from local artist and sculptor Fernando Botero that the museum began focussing specifically on art from the region, from pre-Columbian, Colonial and Republic times right up to modern times.
Not surprisingly, the museum has a large, permanent exhibition of Botero’s paintings and sculptures. Botero has his own artistic style, titled ‘Boterismo,’ where figures are painted shorter and fatter (or more ‘voluminous’ in Botero’s terms) in order to give them more ‘sensuality’.
The museum also has an interactive center for children where they dress up and pose with Botero’s painting of his son, Pedro, on a rocking horse. There’s also a collection of Botero’s statues in the square outside the museum.

Dance Salsa the Medellin way:

Medellín is a salsa town. Every thing moves to the 3-2 beat. And while you’ll find plenty of salsa clubs on Parque Lleras, Medellín’s equivalent of a ‘strip’ in European party resorts, it’s certainly worth venturing beyond those to find a more authentic and exciting experience.
Son Havana in the center is famous for its amazing live bands and friendly locals keen to teach you how to salsa properly. Cuchitril-Club in El Poblado, the safest and richest neighborhood in Medellín, is also worth checking out.
Whichever club you choose, you’re in for a treat. In Medellín, entry fees and drinks are cheap and you’ll be surrounded by people who can dance and want to share their love for salsa with you.

Get out of town:

Medellín is the capital of Antioquia, a region in the centre of Colombia that is home to Colombia’s major coffee and chocolate plantations and some gorgeous colonial towns. It is cheap and easy to visit these areas from Medellín, especially Santa Fe de Antioquia, the old colonial capital of the region.
When you arrive in Santa Fe, you’ll feel like you have been transported back in time by 200 years. The streets are cobbled and predominantly pedestrianised, and the market sells more traditional produce than tourist knick-knacks. The real joy here is wandering the streets and soaking up the characterful architecture.
Having said that, there are other sights you should see. The Museo de Juan Corral chronicles the history of the region, with a special focus on its independence from Spain in the early 19th century. And the Puente Occidente, a suspension bridge built around the same time of the Eiffel tower in 1887, was the longest bridge of its kind in South America when it was opened.
Buses to Santa Fe run roughly every hour from Medellín’s Terminal Norte.