The second-largest city in Colombia, Medellin is the capital of the Colombian department of Antioquia and is known for its fashion industry, perfect weather, and the beautiful towns that dot the outskirts of the city. It should be on every traveller’s list of places to visit during a tour in Colombia, and, today, we want to give you five reasons why!
Medellin is extremely well known in Colombia for having near perfect weather. It is the perfect balance between hot and cold and has hardly any humidity. In general, it is sunny and warm enough in the day to wear jeans or light pants with a t-shirt or light sweater, and it gets slightly cooler in the evening, sometimes warranting a light jacket if you are planning to be outdoors. It isn’t for nothing that Medellin has been deemed the “city of eternal spring” in Colombia.
Medellin is located in the Valley of Aburrá, which means that wherever you are in the city you are provided with incredible views of the emerald mountains that encircle the city. Likewise, due to the spring-like climate that pervades the city year round, you will encounter a host of magnificent flora throughout and around the city. You can get a good glimpse of the flora at the Botanical Gardens, Parque Arví, and just by walking through the city—the city is literally littered with amazing flowers, trees, and plants. You will also be sure to see gorgeous orchids, the national flower of Colombia, being sold by street vendors as well as growing naturally in certain areas around the city and in the surrounding towns.
3. Typical Food
Medellin and the surrounding area are famous for their typical foods. The most famous of these foods would be the bandeja paisa, a monster of a dish that includes: white rice, ground beef, a fried egg, blood sausage, chorizo (Colombia traditional sausage), chicharrón (fried pork rind), a slice of avocado, and a sweet plantain. You will also find traditional dishes like mazamorra (a cold soup made from corn, milk, and unrefined cane sugar) and mondongo (a soup made from tripe) in the area. And while most representative of Medellin and the surrounding areas, these dishes are iconic of Colombian cuisine in general.
While most major cities in Colombia have good public transportation systems, the metro system in Medellin makes traveling around this city easier and cheaper than traveling around many other cities in the country. The metro is easy to manage and is connected to a city-wide bus and a bus rapid transit system that make sure you can easily get to any part of the city via public transportation. You can find more information, maps, and guides in user friendly stations located throughout the city. Whatever you do, though, don’t miss the MetroCable, the last leg of the metro system that for around $1 USD takes you up over the mountains and gives you a pretty mind-blowing and unique view of the city.
5. Pueblos Close to Medellin
One more reason you should visit Medellin is the sheer variety of charming and unique towns located all around the city. From San Antonio de Pereira, where you will find some of the most unique desserts in Colombia, to Guatapé, where you can climb a giant and mysterious rock overlooking a system of intricate lakes, to Jardín, where you can relax in nature, and Santa Fe de Antioquia, where you can learn a little bit about the history of the area, the small towns around Medellin are enticing and give you one more reason why the area deserves a visit!
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The Uncover Colombia Team