Welcome to Medellin! The city where most people immediately think of Pablo Escobar. In the past it was not safe to travel to Medellin Colombia. This is a long time ago and it is now completely safe to travel. Medellín has undergone a transformation and is becoming increasingly popular, as more and more people want to discover the city that was once regarded as the most dangerous city in the world. Of course there are neighborhoods where you shouldn’t go but we tell you where you can go without any problem. There is a lot to see in Medellín, in this article you read the best things to do in Medellin Colombia and why you need to stay in the neighborhood Medellin El Poblado.
Tip: if you want to travel large distances in the city, it is recommended to use the metro, which is easy, cheap and fast.
What are the best things to do in Medellin Colombia?
Medellin is a large city where you can do a lot. To explore the city and to do the best things in Medellin you need 3 full days. In this article you read the 6 best things to do in Medellin Colombia.
#1 Discover Medellin with a free city tour
One of the best things to do in Medellin Colombia is to take a free city tour. Medellin is a city where a lot has happened and can be seen. By using a free city tour you walk with a local who tells you the history. Together you will explore the historic districts in a 3.5-hour, because of the stories you get a better understanding of the city and Colombia in general. During the tour you will pass a number of important parks, streets and squares, where you see art works of Fernando Botero. The stories behind the artworks are really special and will surprise you. We are very enthusiastic about this tour and therefore recommend it. After all, this tour will help you better understand how Medellin and Colombia have created a certain stamp in the world and what they are doing about it to change it. You can register via the real city tours page.
Tip: if you like free tours you can also do other tours with real city tours.
#2 Go paragliding and experience the view above Medellin
Do you want to challenge yourself? Do you like adrenaline? Then paragliding is something for you, it is one of the other best things to do in Medellin Colombia! Colombia is one of the cheapest places in the world to do it. Medellin and San Gil are the best places. We did it with Zona de Vuelo and recommend it. This flying school has 17 years of experience and arranges everything perfectly. Everything is well explained in advance in English or Spanish. During the flight you can communicate with your partner via the walkie-talkie, which is great if you are both in the air at the same time. Finally, you can use the pick-up service. Price starts from €30 per person.
#3 Discover the colorful village: Guatapé
Guatapé is worth a visit! It is for sure one of the things to do in Medellin that you don’t want to miss. It is a picturesque place popular for its colorful houses. It is an ideal day trip, as it is only 2 hours away from Medellin Colombia. Guatapé is especially nice to walk around and enjoy the Colombian relaxed atmosphere. Before you arrive in Guatapé you pass the rock El Peñol, you can climb this rock from where you have a fantastic view over the lakes and green area.
Tip: if you want to visit Guatapé with a tour, we recommend to book with this link. We always recommend Viator because their service and quality is very good.
How do you get from Medellin to Guatapé?
Don’t use a tour but do this independently, this will preserve your freedom and it is cheaper. Take the metro to Caribe, get off there and walk to the bus station called Terminal de Transporte Norte. There you take the bus to Guatapé or the Pierda. We advise you to buy a ticket for Pierda, because it is better to first climb the rock on arrival and after this activity you can rest in the village at a restaurant.
Tip: upon arrival in Guatapé or Pierda, it recommended to buy your bus ticket immediately for the return journey, as this saves a lot of waiting time. If you forget this and you buy your ticket on departure in the evening, you may have to wait 1.5 to 2 hours before boarding the bus.
#4 Discover street art from Comun 13
The most beautiful graffiti works can be found in today’s tourist district Comun 13. It is one of the most special things to do in Medellin Colombia. Until 2010, this district was considered the most dangerous neighborhood in Colombia. It is transformed to a district that is safe and beautiful to watch. Today it is easy to visit Comun 13. You have to take the metro from San Antonio to San Javier, once you get off you walk to the left and you arrive in Comun 13. Nowadays you can visit Comun 13 yourself, but you can also do a tour with a local guide. Zippy Tour is an organization where the guides all grew up in the district and can tell you everything.
#5 Ride the cable car
If you visit Comun 13, the ride in the cable car from San Javier to La Aurora cannot be missed. The view is very nice and you have a good view of the sloping neighborhoods that you pass. Once you arrive in La Aurora you can get off and climb the stairs opposite the station. Beautiful graffiti artworks can be seen on these stairs. Another ride is from Acevedo to Arvi, this is also fun to do, because here you get a nice view of the city. At the station Arvi is a national park where you can take a nice walk. If you like viewpoint this is one of the things to do in Medllin that you don’t want to miss.
Tip: do not get off at the intermediate stations at the cable car, because this is not safe. This is only possible at Santo Domingo. In addition, the metro ticket is also valid for the cable car as long as you stay at the station.
#6 Discover the nightlife in Parque lleras
There’s nothing like a night out in Medellin, a good location to do this is in Parque lleras. In our opinoin one of the best things to do in Medellin Colombia. Around this small square are restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. It is located in the district of el Poblado, the most safe area for tourists. The best eatery in Medellín we found the Korean restaurant “Eden Bistro” which is only 3 minutes walk from Parque lleras. You cross main street calle 10 and walk into carrera 37, then you will see the Eden Bistro on your right.
Where to stay? Stay in Medellin El Poblado
The best neighborhood to stay in Medellin is El Poblado. This is the safest district. In El Poblado are many restaurants and bars that you can visit without any problem. In El Poblado are many accommodations. We have selected our two favorite accommodations based on price / quality ratio. Both accommodations have an average price per night is average compared to the rest of Medellin Colombia. If you now book through Booking via our link, you can change your reservation two days in advance, which is nice to maintain flexibility. Finally, both accommodations are very popular, so it is strongly recommended to book in time.
Rango Hostel Boutique
Rango Hostel Boutique is located in the middle of the El Poblado district, the best area to stay as a tourist. It is a nice hostel to meet easily other people. With a 9.4, this hostel is rated excellent. In the hostel you can play table tennis, swim and have a drink at the bar. Both the dorms and the double rooms are comfortable.
Price per night from:
€ 12 dorm | € 55 double room
Epic Boutique Hotel
If you really want to relax in a busy city, Epic Boutique Hotel is for you. The building looks great from the outside, but from the inside it is even more beautiful. The interior of the rooms is great. You can book a room yourself with private hot tub. This hotel has everything to make your stay unique!
Price per night from:
€ 56 double room