Top 5 Places to Visit in Medellín

Teri West, Communications

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This event is a convening opportunity for the Partners Network - volunteers, board, staff, and program participants – to gather from across the Americas to share best practices and ideas for greater impact in our local communities.

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Are you ready to visit Medellín? Here are our top 5 must-see sights in the city!

1. Views from Parque Arvi

Medellín lies in a valley, and is gorgeous from the hills above. The forested Parque Arvi offers both great views of the city and 54 miles of trails to explore. Learn about the park’s biodiversity on a guided walking tour. Feeling adventurous? Zipline through the trees. Parque Arvi is easily accessible by cable car, and the journey up from the city is often a highlight of the visit. 

2. Art at MAMM

The Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín hosts stunning contemporary Latin American art in both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Its permanent collection includes works by many respected artists including Beatriz González, Bernardo Salcedo and Edgar Negret. The setup in a 1930s steel mill was recently expanded into an additional neighboring facility, and also hosts spaces for film and theater showcases. The museum neighbors a park with great food truck options for a relaxing lunch. 

3. Relaxing Botanical Gardens

Discover a beautiful natural haven - and lots of iguanas - at the Jardín Botánico Medellín. Entrance is free, and the nearly 40-acre space hosts hundreds of plant species. Different sections offer a range of climates including a desert section, lake, and temporal butterfly exhibit. The site also blends nature with architecture and is home to an Orchideorama, a tall structure of interlocking wooden hexagons that looks like a canopy of orchids. 

4.Nightlife at Parque Lleras

Streets bursting with restaurants, clubs and bars fill the Parque Lleras neighborhood with everything you need for an exciting night out. The area is alive with partygoers on weekend nights, and the activity is based around the small urban park itself. The neighborhoods’ restaurants include all types of food, from Mexican to Italian to Vietnamese, just as the clubs play music ranging from reggaeton to rock.

5.Sculptures in the Plaza

No stay in Medellín is complete without visiting Plaza Botero, home to 23 sculptures by internationally acclaimed Colombian artist Fernando Botero. Conforming to his signature style, the bronze pieces scattered throughout the plaza portray large, exaggerated figures. Plaza Botero borders the Museum of Antioquia, which has free exhibitions of Latin American artwork including Botero paintings. It also neighbors Hotel Nutibara, Medellín’s oldest hotel. The plaza is located in Medellín’s scenic Old Quarter.

Photo Credit: Bureau Medellín