Medellin is the second largest city in Colombia, and the capital of the department of Antioquia. Known as the “City of Eternal Spring,” the city is found in the Aburra Valley, a central region of the Andes Mountains in South America. Originally, it was founded in 1616 by the Spaniard Francisco Herrera Campuzano as “Saint Lawrence Town” or Poblado de San Lorenzo in the present-day El Poblado commune. It was further changed to Villa de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria de Medellin, until it was named the country's capital in 1826 to what we call today as Medellin. The city is an important region for the country's universities, academies, commerce, industry, science, health services, flower plantation, festivals, and nightlife.
What to see & do
One thing to marvel upon this city (aside from the beautiful people) is its beautiful climate. Almost all year round, the city experiences moderate temperatures, taking its nickname the “City of Eternal Spring” to the next level. Due to this gift, the city attracts many a tourist to its open arms, while the revenue from tourism boosts the production of its main export products: textile and cut flowers. More so, Medellin takes pride on its colorful culture; its people having an affair with modernity while still rooted on its past. Get to know Medellin on the ground level and experience what it’s like to be in this Colombian city.
Rio Claro Valley – found in Eastern Antioquia, the Rio Claro Valley presents a rather literal translation of a sight: a clear river path carved through a marble bed. Aside from the fresh sight, bird watchers frequent the riverbanks to see every species that tends to rest on the oasis, from hummingbirds, to herons, to vultures.
Botanical Garden of Medellin – this botanical garden is in part visited due to the beautiful selections of tropical fauna from the region, but a few pieces of architecture are worth the time and the visit as well. Note the woven canopy shaped like a beehive at the heart of the garden, supported by pillars of gray stands which function as both a shade and a centerpiece. The beautiful flowers that dot the canopy's pillars are equally beautiful, so from looking up and marveling on the Botanical garden's beehive, look down and enjoy the smudges of pink, red, yellow, blue, and others.
Metrocable in Medellin – go on a journey and see the city from a vantage point by riding the cable car up above. What is more is that the cable car is connected to the metro system down below so after enjoying the sights up above, travelers can go directly to the next destination, or just hop on the rail and go to a quiet restaurant serving great food.
Rafting in Medellin – up for some adrenaline-pumping experience? Go and visit the Rio Cauca and experience rafting at its finest! Travelers who are game may travel to Hotel Pipinta who hosts the activity there after travel to the Rio Cauca to go rafting with friends.
How to get around Medellin
The city is gifted with a wonderful metro and bus system which take travelers and locals to their destinations quickly and efficiently. The Metrocable, or the cable cars, can also serve as transport mode, especially when going from the top of the valleys to downtown. Albeit its slow pace, the Metrocable is connected to the metro station so travelers can ultimately hop in and travel to the next destination. Moreover, taxis are also present in the city. Plenty of cabs line the streets and are basically cheap, so travelers will have no problem flagging one down. Bikes and cars can also be rented from the city center, if you’re not comfortable with public transport.
How to get there
The Jose Maria Cordova International Airport in Medellin is the second largest airport in Colombia after the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota. The airport serves the Medellin Metropolitan Area, and is the main international gateway to the city. Airlines serving the destination include Air Panama, American Airlines, Avianca, Copa, LAN Colombia, Spirit Airlines, and Viva Columbia. For cheap flights, visit Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines worldwide.
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