Medellin is the second largest city in Colombia and the third most visited after Cartagena and Bogota. It is called the city of the Eternal Spring thanks to its excellent weather. Medellin is also a city full of nice sightseeing spots. So, if you want to spend a great day out in Medellin, Here’s a possible itinerary for you.:
Start your day with a visit to the city centre, and head to Plaza de Botero, an open space full of sculptures created by the famous Colombian sculptor, Fernando Botero (originally from Medellin). HBotero is famous for his style of painting, which makes everything look “chubby.” The sculptures in Plaza de Botero are no different. You’ll get to see chubby sculptures of animals, men, women, and children as you walk through this plaza.
At one end of the Plaza de Botero, you’ll find the Museo de Antioquia. This is a fantastic art museum that houses Colombian as well as international works of art. If you are a fan of Botero’s art, or would like to get a taste of his painted “chubby” works after seeing his sculptures in the Plaza de Botero, We’d highly recommend you a tour to the Museo de Antioquia. The museum also offers an impressive and unique collection of Colombian modern art.
Your next stop is the 80m-tall hill Cerro de Nutibara located just 2km southwest from Plaza Botero. On top of Cerro de Nutibara sits the Pueblito Paisa, a small replica of a typical Antioquia township. The Cerro Nutibara” is also the perfect place to get a great panoramic view of the city.
After the usual photos at Cerro Nutibara, you could catch the Metrocable and head to Parque Arvi. The Metrocable is an extension of the Metro system in Medellin and was designed to carry people to communities on the mountains surrounding the Valle de Aburra (Aburra Valley) where Medellin is located. As a tourist, the Metrocable can give you an incredible panoramic view of the city as you are lifted up and carried to and through mountainside neighbourhoods and communities.
Parque Arvi is divided into several sectors, each one offering a unique outdoor experience. When you exit the Metrocable station, the first thing you come across is a tarp-covered area full of vendors selling delicious traditional fruits, sweets, freshly made juices, and savoury items—be sure to come hungry to take advantage of these handmade goodies. You’ll also find vendors selling unique handmade jewellery, bags, and clothing among other handicrafts.
Behind the vendors section is the official welcome area to the park, where park employees and guides can help you decide which sector of the park you’d like to visit, depending on what you’d like to do. In Parque Arvi, you can do everything from swimming to zip lining to visiting butterfly houses, and taking nature walks.
You can finish the day by having dinner and /or a drink in Parque Lleras or Parque El Poblado where you will find various options of cafés, bars and restaurants.
A busy but rewarding day. We hope you enjoy your stay in Medellin. Please let us know what you think of our suggested one-day sightseeing trail by leaving a message below.
The Uncover Colombia Team