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Introduction

Medellin

Medellin

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Medellin is Colombia's second largest city with around 2.5 million inhabitants in the city and a million or so more in the metropolitan area. It's located in the Aburra Valley at an elevation of almost 1,500 metres above sea level.

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Sights and Activities

Botero Plaza

Botero Plaza is the place that many visitors head to when visiting Medellin. It is in this square that many of Botero's famous bronze statues are placed. Across from the plaza is located the Museo de Antioquia, which houses many more statues and paintings by Botero. The museum also shows many 19th and 20th century national and international artists.

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Paragliding

Medellin is possibly the best place in South America to either try paragliding, or to get certified in it. The mountains surrounding the city are often filled with paragliders. A week-long intensive course usually costs around US$400, including all the materials. It is worth checking that your teacher speaks fluent English!

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Events and Festivals

La Feria de las Flores (Flower festival)

This is the biggest and most prized festival of the local "Paisas". Consisting of a whole week of events, concerts, parades and parties it cumulates in the beautiful parade of the "silleteros" who design inspiring flower displays which they carry on their backs from the nearby municpality of Sana Elena to the centre of Medellín to cheers of the huge crowds. Not to be missed.

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Weather

Average high and low temperatures are very constant throughout the year: 27 °C or 28 °C during the day and 16 °C or 17 °C at night. Records are only 33 °C and 10 °C respectively, giving the city an almost spring-ish climate year round. Almost, because precipitation is relatively high as well, with 1,600-1,700 mm a year. December to February is the driest and and April-June and August-November the wettest months.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max27.6 °C27.9 °C28 °C27.6 °C27.5 °C27.9 °C28.3 °C28.3 °C27.7 °C26.9 °C27 °C27.1 °C
Avg Min16.8 °C17.1 °C17.3 °C17.5 °C17.4 °C17.1 °C16.7 °C16.8 °C16.7 °C16.8 °C17 °C16.8 °C
Rainfall65 mm80 mm126 mm161 mm199 mm158 mm119 mm148 mm178 mm212 mm147 mm94 mm
Rain Days121317222319171922242115

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Getting There

By Plane

José María Córdova International Airport (MDE) is about half an hour from the city. Destinations include Bogota, Miami, New York City, Panama City, Caracas, Lima, Quito, San José, Fort Lauderdale, San Andres Island, Cali, Barranquilla, Cartagena and Santa Marta.

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Getting Around

By Car

Taxis are plentiful and cheap.

By Public Transport

A very well organised (the pride of the local "Paisas") metro system has two lines that cover the elongated city well. Travelling above ground it gives great views of this andean urbanisation. Due to the poorer communities being forced to build up into the mountains, the first and only cable car used for public transport has been built to allow better access to the city's more humble residents. The cable cars offer great views and are often frequented by tourists.
Many buses also sprawl the city but the system is somewhat disorganised and should be avoided by passers-by as to not get lost.

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Eat

The Bandeja Paisa, is the local dish that is famous throughout the whole country.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Lleras Park HostalCarrera 39 #8-72, El Poblado Zona RosaHostel85
Casa Kiwi Hostel MedellinCarrera 36 # 7 - 10Hostel81
Global Hostal ColombiaCarrera 35 #7-58 Zona RosaGuesthouse-
Hostal TamarindoCalle 7 #35-36 El PobladoHostel82
Hotel ConquistadoresCra 54 # 49-31 MedellinHotel79
Samán HostelCl 10 N° 36-24Hostel91
Sunshine Hostel MedellinCalle 9 43c - 36Hostel80
The Pit Stop HostelCra 43e, No 5 -110, Patio Bonito PobladoHostel71
Tiger Paw HostelCar. 36 No. 10-49Hostel80
Yellow HouseHostelCarrera 81a 47a - 48 La FlorestaHostel88
Black Sheep Hostel MedellinTransversal 5A #45-133 Patio BonitoHostel88
Sophia's HouseCalle 37 D #82A-27 LaurelesHostel85
Palm Tree Hostel MedellinCarrera 67 N° 48 D-63, Barrio SuramericanaHostel85
El Arupo Hostel-MedellinCarrera 33N7-135 Barrio El PobladoGuesthouse-
Ram HostalCalle 11A 42 05Guesthouse-
Casa BlancaTransversal 5A No 45-256Hostel80
61Prado GuesthouseCalle 61 #50a-60Guesthouse78
Club Vip MedellinCarrera 41, Sur 21 161Hotel-
Waypoint HostelCarrera 48 B # 10 Sur - 08Hostel-
ChillhouseTransversal 34 Sur #31E59Guesthouse-
Geo HostelCarrera 35 No 8A-58Hostel88
La Campana Hotel BoutiqueCalle 11A # 31A - 70Hotel-
Casa MaydeCalle 10 37-39Guesthouse-
Hotel Florida MedellinCarrera 70 No44B - 38HOTEL-
Secret Buddha HostelCalle 94B Sur No 51-121, Inmaculada 2, La EstrellaHostel87
Lake View HostelGuatape, AntioquiaGUESTHOUSE78
The Wandering Paisa Backpackers HostelCalle 44 A No. 68 A 76 Laureles.Hostel85
Arcadia HostelCalle 11A, No. 31A-188 Las Lomas 1, PobladoHostel83
La Casa Colombianavia el arenal, San Rafael de Antioquia. 30 minutes from GuatapeHOSTEL-
Hostel LucanaTransv 39B 70 91 Avenida NutibaraHostel-
Hotel Porton MedellinCarerra 43 A # 9 sur 51. Avenida el Poblado.Hotel-
Hotel Cyan SuitesCarrera 29C #10c - 100HOTEL-
Art HotelCarrera 41 # 9 -31Hotel-
Paraworld Adventure Hostelcalle 8 #43A 89HOSTEL-
Calle 10 HostelCalle 10 43D-D5 El PopladoHOSTEL79
Urban Buddha HostelCircular 73 A 38-55 LaurelesHostel87
Hostal AntiguoCL 52 A CR 55 45Hostel84
Studio Apartment PobladoAvenida El Poblado, Apt. 210APARTMENT-
Hostel Poblado ParkCalle 8, 43A-89HOSTEL82
La Casa ColombianaMedellin Santa Elena, Vereda el PlanGuesthouse-
Tamarindo InnCarrera 43A # 7D-58 Ave. El PobladoGuesthouse-
Casa RAMCalle 11 A Number 42 -05, El PobladoHOSTEL81
Gran Casa de LaurelesCircular 73b 77-35 Laurels, MedellinGUESTHOUSE-
Pixelhouse ResidenciasCarrera 48B # 10 Sur 89GUESTHOUSE-
Upcycle HostelCalle 25 Sur 45-12HOSTEL-
Laureles GuesthouseDiagonal 75C 32E - 19GUESTHOUSE-
Casa BachueCra 82a 28-52GUESTHOUSE-
Happy Buddha Boutique HostalCarrera 35 7 - 108 Parque Lleras, El PobladoHOSTEL87
The Coffee House HostelCalle 34 # 66A -93HOSTEL-
Hostal La Finca Culturas UnidasVereda Los Cedros, San JerónimoHOSTEL-
Grand Hostel MedellinTransversal 6 #4570 Patio Bonito PobladoHOSTEL-
Eco Hostel Medellin PermacultureVereda La Guali AmagaHOSTEL-
Lemon HostelCalle 32F Numero 74B -92HOSTEL-
International House and Hostel MedellinCalle 32B No. 66C-06 Belen MalibuHOSTEL-
Casa de CampoSanta ElenaGUESTHOUSE-
Moral SpringCarrera 67 A, Number 48 D- 86HOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are easy to find in any city or town. Expect rates to run about $1,250-2,500 (around $US 0.50-1.00) per hour, depending on how much competition there is (i.e., cheap in Bogotá, expensive in the middle of nowhere). Quality of connections varies enormous and tends to better in populated places and tourist areas. Wifi is getting more and more popular in some hotels, restaurants and bars, but don't count on it and be careful regarding your privacy.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Colombia is: 57. To make an international call from Colombia, the code is: 005.

Using your own phone and SIM card is expensive so if you are planning to do quite a few calls, buy a phone or just a SIM card. It's simple enough to get a SIM card and even an unlocked phone at the international airport in Bogotá, although there is, of course, a price hike. They're not hard to find in any city either, just ask your hotel or hostel staff where to go. Topping up is also easy, and can be done pretty much on any street corner. The carriers you'll most likely see are Claro, Tigo, and Movistar. Claro is the most expensive (by a little bit), but has the widest coverage in the country, if you expect to get off the beaten path.

Post

4-72 is the unusual name of Colombia's postal service. They have post offices throughout the country, which are open usually from 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday and sometimes on Saturday mornings as well. That doesn't apply to all offices though, only the larger ones in the big cities. But for example along the Caribbean coast, offices tend to close between noon and 2:00pm. But even at the ones that are officially open all day long, it might be difficult to get anything done during those hours. For domestic services, sending letters and postcards is mostly reliable but takes days, for international services don't hold your breath. Eventually, a postcard or letter might arrive in the country of destination but it's almost not worth it. For parcels, you are better off using companies like FedEx, TNT, DHL or UPS.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 6.25129
  • Longitude: -75.575974

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