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Top Things to do in Medellin, Colombia

Wondering what to do in Medellín, Colombia? El Poblado's cafe culture and nightlife will perfectly blend a day together, while a trip to Guatape will leave you breathless. Check out these other suggestions for fun things to do in Medellín.

These are the top 5 things to do in Medellín:

  1. El Poblado
  2. Paragliding
  3. Guatape
  4. Plaza Botero
  5. Cable Car

Medellín is known as “La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera” (the city of eternal spring) with daily highs hovering around 80 degrees every month of the year.

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1. El Poblado/Parque Lleras

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El Poblado is the spot in Medellín for a daytime soundtrack of coffee-grinding in trendy cafes. In the evening, late-nights of dinner and dancing will cater to everyone, whether you want typical Colombian food followed by a techno party or a gourmet burger with a salsa lesson on the side.

Don’t Miss: Envy Rooftop Bar atop the 5-star Charlee hotel near Parque Lleras is a great place to see the city of Medellín lit up at night. Lounge-style seating surrounds an aquarium-style pool and live DJ nights happen often.

2. Paragliding

Medellín’s surrounding mountains are a popular jumpoff for paragliding. Many companies offer tandem flights above the lush green Andes.

Run off the grassy ledge of a mountain and feel the thrilling tranquility of a 360° tour of Medellín and its sprawling neighboring towns from high, _high_ above. Mountainside waterfalls span the distance between you and the rolling coffee plantations below.

3. Guatape and “The Rock”

Two hours by car from Medellín is the small, but hugely colorful town of Guatape.

Each building is painted in a different color, originally done to match the flowers displayed happily from every window. Cartoon-like designs of people, animals, and geometric shapes adorn every rainbow wall around the city.

The Rock of Guatape or “El Peñol” is a **huge** rock jutting abruptly from the flat, lake-strewn landscape around. Climbing 700 steps to the peak of El Peñol is the most popular attraction near Guatape and the views from the top are the reason why.

4. Plaza Botero

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Fernando Botero, a Medellín native, is one of Colombia’s most famous artists. His namesake plaza in the heart of oldtown Medellín is a massive public space, featuring 23 of Botero’s unique, voluptuous bronze sculptures.

You can find more of Botero’s work at the nearby Museum of Antioquia. Also close by is the crazy-cheap, downtown market El Hueco, where you can wander down a long strip of stalls and shops.

5. Cable Car/Parque Arvi

Have you noticed how much of Medellín’s appeal lies in its spectacular views from above? If paragliding isn’t for you, the cable car is a must-do alternative.

Medellín’s cable car to Parque Arvi will take you over the scenery of Medellín, eventually dropping you in the calming nature of Parque Arvi. The cable car is worth the journey by itself, but the park is a lovely place to spend a sunny afternoon. Nearby Santa Elena is also worth a visit if time allows.

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What are your favorite things to do in Medellin?