Destination guide: Medellin, Colombia

Medellin is among the largest cities in Colombia. It is also known for being one of the most hospitable and inviting cities in all of Colombia. Medellin is a city of excitement and festivals, events that engage everyone regardless of nationality.

Medellin hosts festivals celebrating dance, music, flowers, poetry, laughter, myths, and more. Tourists visit Medellin to experience the museums, which include the world famous Museum of Antioquia alongside modern art museums and many others.

  • Medellin - Things to do

    Sights

    Casa Gardeliana

    Located in Barrio Manrique, the Casa Gardeliana was the main tango venue for years, hosting tango bands and dance shows. It still has them from time to time, though now it’s basically a small tango museum, featuring memorabilia related to tango and Carlos Gardel.

    Latitude: 6.2697410867555 / Longitude: -75.5546522140503
    Sub-Type:
    Dance
    Telephone Number: +57 4 212 0968
    Email: casagardelianamedellin@hotmail.com
    Opening Hours: 9am-5pm Pricing: admission free
    Address: Carrera 45 / Extras: No 76-50

    La Gorda

    Thanks to a local law that requires major new buildings to include public art, central Medellin can seem like a vast, outdoor art gallery. Besides the Plazoleta de las Escultras, you can see Botero's massive bronze woman's torso known as La Gorda, in front of the Banco de la República in Parque Berrío. There are also three more Botero sculptures in the Parque San Antonio.

    Latitude: 6.2495204914362 / Longitude: -75.5686855316162
    Sub-Type
    : Monument
    Address: Parque Berrío, La Candelaria

    Río Claro Valley

    Thanks to Colombia's improving security situation, it is once again safe to visit the Río Claro Valley in eastern Antioquia, where a crystal-clear river has carved stunning shapes into its marble bed. It's also a favorite spot for bird-watchers, who come to see everything from hummingbirds to herons to vultures. You can stay in the lodge known as El Refugio, which is about 1km from the river and near the town of Puerto Triunfo. Río Claro is located just off the main road that connects Bogotá and Medellín. Most buses that connect the two cities will drop you off in Puerto Triunfo. Note that nighttime travel in this area remains risky; check current conditions.

    Sub-Type: Canyon
    Pricing: bus US$10
    Address: Eatern Antioquia

    Events Overview

    • Feria Taurina de La Macarena (Jan & Feb; cnr Autopista Sur & Calle 44) The bullfighting season takes place at the Plaza de Toros La Macarena, the 11,000-seat, Moorish-style bullring built between 1927 and 1944.
    • Feria Nacional de Artesanías (late Jul or early Aug) A huge craft fair held at the sports complex Estadio Atanasio Girardot. It attracts artisans from around the country and is a good opportunity to buy crafts at bargain prices.
    • Feria de las Flores (early Aug) Medellín's most spectacular event is this weeklong feria. The highlight is the Desfile de Silleteros, when up to 400 campesinos (peasants) come down from the mountains and parade along the streets carrying flowers on their backs.
    • Alumbrado Navideño (Dec & Jan) A colorful Christmas illumination of the city, with thousands of lights strung across the streets and parks. The lights stay on from December 7 to January 7.
    • Festival de Poesía de Medellín (July; www.festivaldepoesiademedellin.org) This international festival attracts poets from five continents.
    • Festival Internacional de Jazz (Sep; www.medejazz.com) Many North American bands come for this festival. There are usually a couple of free concerts.