Top 5 Things to do in Medellin

Top 5 Things to do in Medellin

Top 5 Things to do in Medellin

Once considered as the most dangerous city, Medellin has transformed from its unfavorable reputation to become one of the best travel destinations in South America. Apart from improved public safety, investors in Medellin have invested heavily in urban development, including the first metro system in Colombia and cable cars that service poor neighborhoods situated on the high mountainsides.

Why you should visit Medellin?

Today, Medellin is one of the best tourist destinations in the world, with millions of tourists visiting and even settling after retirement. Tourists enjoy visiting Medellin every year because of its beautiful mountains, friendly locals, warm weather, and a vibrant culture among other reasons. If you’re looking for an exciting place to visit or even settle, you should highly consider Medellin. Some of the top 5 things that you can do while in Medellin include:

1.   Outdoor Adventure Activities

One of the things of the 5 things to do in Medellin depends on the warm Medellin weather will make you purr. Medellin has a wild array of adventurous activities. From paragliding to mountain climbing, here are 3 outdoor activities that you can explore beyond the city walls.

Paragliding

Very few views will make you smile more than soaring above the terracotta-colored buildings, the olive-green mountains, and giant waterfalls of Medellin. It is located just about 40 minutes from San Pedro, which is the main takeoff spot. To view these breathtaking landscapes, your pilot will take you on a 20 minutes tandem flight in a harness. If you would like to acquire your own flying license, you can choose to join the course which includes both theory and practical with an experienced instructor, and single flights that come with radio assistance.

Rafting

To go rafting in the mighty Samana River, you will take a three-hour drive that will lead you to explore the last untouched rainforest and river in Antioquia. The rainforest boasts biodiversity comparable only to that of the Amazon. However, rafting in the Samana River isn’t for the faint-hearted. Its exhilarating white-water expedition charges to the wild jungle, so you will need an experienced guide.

Rafting will also give you the opportunity to try out the fresh Colombian food prepared by the fire. You’ll shelter in hammocks and camp under the stars as you listen to the tropical rainforest. Get to learn about gold mining and traditional fishing practices from the locals who’ll welcome you with big smiles at the site of your raft in the wild country.

Climbing

One of the best climbing spots is the giant El Peñol in Guatape rock. This is an enormous granite boulder that has routes with sport climbs, which can take you to the top part of the rock. Even if you are not a seasoned climber, you can visit Guatape due to its stunning views.

2.   Cultural Tours

Also commonly referred to as the City of Eternal Springs. Medellin is a vibrant city surrounded by beautiful mountains that provides both locals and tourists alike with several cultural activities to enjoy. Some of the best cultural tours in Medellin include:

Guatape Tours

One of the popular day trips from Medellin is the excursion to Guatape. When you climb to the top part of the El Peñol rock, you’ll have a great view of the big human-made lake. You shouldn’t miss the Guatape tour due to its colorful zocalos.

Coffee Tours

You can’t visit Medellin without touring an authentic coffee farm. One of the main reasons why most people visit Medellin is because of its coffee, which is famous worldwide. However, you won’t have to travel deep into the heart of Colombia to a working coffee farm. You can find some of the best farmers growing the finest coffee in the whole of Colombia in Medellin. This will allow you to see the origin of your favorite coffee on a full day coffee tour.

Flower Tours

Are you aware that Colombia is the second world largest producer of roses and other flowers?. Just outside the Medellin city boundaries, you will find an array of farms whose key specialty is cultivating flowers. These flowers bloom into special arrangements that are referred to as Silletas which are prepared by experienced silleteros or flower arrangers and farmers. A break from your city life into nature may be just what you’re craving for. This tour is run in August.

Gastronomic Tours

Put on your favorite walking shoes and enjoy Medellin’s culinary landscape as you tour local restaurants. Visit some of the local food joints as you delight your taste buds with the yummy Colombian gastronomic specialties. Whether you want to take your breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will easily find Colombian favorites like arepa or bandeja Paisa.

Comuna 13

Your Medellin visit won’t be complete without touring Comuna 13. Colombia has had a significant transformation, and no other place embodies this attribute like Comuna 13. Therefore, when traveling to Medellin, don’t forget to include this neighborhood which has a wild past but a brighter future. Apart from learning about the rich Colombian history, you’ll also discover new ways of how art can be woven into history in a true atmosphere.

3.   Night Life

Like most of the other cities in Colombia, Medellin will offer you a great cup of coffee, tropical weather, and nice people that you will want to hang around with. However, Medellin is also famous for its nightlife. The city comes to life at night with partygoers, great music, and the best night clubs in the entire country. Some of the things that you can do at night include:

Visiting Restaurants

According to CNN Travel, Medellin is the hottest culinary scene in South America. There are a variety of new restaurants popping up every day. In fact, Medellin has been labeled as the City of Eternal Springs due to its perma-pleasant weather and its reputation as a foodie destination. You can enjoy yourself at night in one of the chef-owned and operated restaurants with innovative menus.

Local Cuisine

After paragliding and exploring the natural Medellin beauty, you can enjoy the local cuisine as you wind down at night. It is worth noting that the city is quieter during the weeknight and you can wait for the weekend to see Medellin at its best. However, the slow weekdays can allow you to get a taste of the local cuisine. Some of the Colombian food that you can try include Ajiaco, Arepas, Bandeja Paisa, Empanadas, Trucha, and Mondongo.

Nightclubs

Medellin nightlife has something for everyone, from dancing in the salsa clubs to sipping mojitos in the plazas. Although there are several nightlife areas in Medellin, the best one is Parque Lleras. Here, most of the clubs are closed during the day and come to life at night with beautiful lights. The number of people increases, especially over the weekends when locals from all corners of Medellin flock here for alcoholic drinks and to enjoy a night full of fun.

Dancing Classes

To fully understand Latin America, you have to immerse yourself fully into the dance culture, especially salsa. Colombians have an innate ability to salsa, and the only way you can fit in is by putting on your dancing shoes. Unlike most clubs in the USA, nightlife in Colombia doesn’t allow wallflowers. However, if you never had the opportunity to learn salsa back at home, you can learn the salsa basics and enjoy the Medellin nightlife while doing it.

4.   Visit Towns (Pueblos)

Located in a narrow valley, Medellin is one of the most beautiful cities in Colombia with skylines that reach for the heavens, tall office buildings, and high-rise apartments against the jagged peaks visible in all directions. What’s more, Medellin is situated near other remarkable Pueblos which add to the natural marvels, cultural experiences, and local flavor. Some of the towns that you should visit while in Medellin include:

Guatape: Your trip to Medellin wouldn’t be complete without visiting Guatapé. This town is located next to a sizeable human-made lake used for hydroelectricity. This town is also home to El Peñón de Guatapé, a gigantic rock which will offer you fantastic views.

Santa Fe de Antioquia: Also referred to as “The Mother City,” this town is reputable for its well-preserved cobbled streets and colonial architecture. The people here are friendly, and the weather is also good, and it’s the perfect place if you want to escape the big city of Medellin. Plus, a road trip to Santa Fe de Antioquia will take you through spectacular landscapes.

Barbosa: This is a small town located about 35 minutes from Medellin. Because it is hidden from the rest of the world and there is little information about it on the Internet, most tourists don’t know about this gem. Barbosa is a great getaway from Medellin. It boasts streams, natural swimming pools, and waterfalls. It is also a good place to go hiking and horseback riding.

Jardin: If you are planning to spend a longer time in Medellin and visit a destination with few backpackers, then colonial Jardin is the right ticket. Jardin has an unchanged colonial architecture which dates back 140 years ago. This is a place where locals ride down the streets on horsebacks while wearing their cowboy hats, and they congregate in the central square every Saturday night. If you want a quiet retreat away from the busy city, this is an excellent getaway.

Jericó: Often hailed as the Athens of the Southwest, Jerico, has all the ingredients of a great tourist destination. It has well-preserved colonial architecture, religious attractions, and stunning natural landscapes for hiking or paragliding. What’s more, Jericó is among the best coffee towns in the entire country. You should also include this Pueblo on your bucket-list because it overlooks the Rio Cauca canyon which is the second longest river in the country.

5.   Investing

Visiting, setting-up your business, or living in Medellin would have been an impossible task two decades ago, but the story has changed. Medellin is a landmark for both business and travel. In fact, a recent post on the Huff Post describes Medellin, Colombia as the ultimate invest and live destination. Medellin has seven economic sectors that you can invest in, including: industries, agribusiness, chemicals, renewable energies, manufacturing, and creative business. Some of the reasons why you should invest in Medellin include:

The Infrastructure

The city has invested heavily in social urbanism and has promoted public policies that support mass transportation systems. These policies have greatly improved the quality of life of the locals. The administration system has also taken great measures to solve inequality and violence problems by also investing in underprivileged communities.

Quality of Life

Living in Medellin is much more affordable than living in Western Europe or North America. Live and Invest Overseas estimates that the monthly budget of living in Medellin is approximately $1,100 which can even be lower depending on where you decide to live. You also get to save more because of the low utility expenses. The year-round spring climate means that you won’t need to use your HVAC system. The town also has the best hospitals in the country, rare power outages, and reliable internet.

Strategic Location

Located in the heart of Colombia, Medellin is strategically located at the entry point for the Latin Market which is close to the U.S. It shares the Chicago time zone for a period of 6 months and the East Coast for the other six months. Therefore, time zones are compatible with the U.S. because they can share the same schedule with New York.

The second largest city of Colombia, Medellin, is the hottest tourist spot today. Despite its drug- and war-plagued history, this city was considered the most innovative city of the year in 2013 by Wall Street. Tourists enjoy visiting Medellin because of the friendly inhabitants, numerous outdoor adventures, cultural tours, the lively nightlife, the beautiful neighboring towns, and the several investment opportunities.

What type of plan would you like to do in Medellin? Medellin Vip can help you to organize your itinerary and everything you’ll need to have an amazing weekend.

 

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Medellin Soccer Experience

Most latin American cities are passionate about soccer (also known as futbol) and Medellin is no exception. Our main teams are Independiente Medellin and Atletico Nacional and for many of the fans, the colors red and blue or green and white represent everything. Not exactly the wisest of people but you have to live this passion to understand it.

 
Introducing the Medellin soccer tour, Medellin VIP wants every visitor to get a chance to experience the ambiance felt at the Atanasio Girardot Stadium. From the flocks of beautiful women to the variety of snacks you can find, this tour is the best way to step out of the conventional.
 
Our Medellin soccer tour is the best way to immerse yourself into something that locals hold in high regards. We love our soccer and will go to great lengths to defend the team that represents our city. Join us as we visit the Atanasio Girardot Stadium and take part in the experience that has been tradition for over half a century.  

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    • Round-trip Transportation to Stadium
    • Entrances to the Game
    • VIP Host

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Paragliding in Medellin

If you’re an adventure seeker looking for a new experience in a great city, we strongly suggest our paragliding in Medellin service. Paragliding in Medellin combines the thrill of paragliding with the views of the beautiful landscape of Medellin’s mountains.

 
The day starts off early in the morning and following a confirmation of weather conditions you’ll head up to the mountains where you will soar hundreds of feet up in the air with a licensed paragliding expert. Live an experience like no other and bring your go-pro along so you can brag about this experience back home.
 
Paragliding in Medellin with Medellin VIP is not only more fun but you can also be sure you’re working with a certified company with more than 6 years in the entertainment and hospitality industry in Medellin. Contact us, today!

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  • Private Driver (optional)
  • 15 Min Paragliding Air Time w/ Certified Instructor
  • Protection pads and helmet
  • Dress comfortably

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ATVs in Medellin

There is no better way to see the Antioquian countryside than sitting behind a raptor or grizzly. Introducing our ATV Tour in Medellin, Medellin VIP has found a way to stray from the beaten path and see the Colombia you wanted to see.

 
ATVs in Medellin is the solution to your picky friend looking to add a little adventure and danger (the good kind) to a Medellin bachelor party. With trails ranging in difficulties and different bikes to choose from, our ATV Tours in Medellin are known for being the way to become immersed in Medellin country life.
 
We start by programming the tour during the day to maximize the rest of the afternoon. We pick the group up at your hotel or vacation rental and head up to the mountains in Rionegro. After a crash-course in ATVs, we proceed in choosing the trail that’s right for you. Choose from 2,3 or 4 hours and spend your day getting dirty while taking in the views up in the mountains. Clients that select the longest trails will have the privilege of making it up to a trout farm where you get to catch your lunch. Do this while you stop at a local watering hole and have a beer with the locals. ATVs in Medellin is the best tour for groups of adventure seekers and bachelor party groups looking to get away.

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    • Round-trip Transportation
    • 2,3 or 4 Hour ATV Tour

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Pablo Escobar Tour in Medellin

We’ve all heard the stories, the legend and are all familiar with the culture behind legendary drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar but do we know the truth? The Pablo Escobar Tour is an educational, informational and fun 3 hour tour that takes you to the town where he grew up, you’ll visit his properties, see the house where he was gunned down by the Colombian government (with the help of the CIA) and visit his grave.

 
All of this with the help of a local guide who lived during the dark times and knows a thing or two about the Escobar days. This spectacular tour will show you that there is more than meets the eye and that Narcos isn’t a good source to get all of your information. Get the best of both worlds with our Pablo Escobar Tour.

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    • Apartment/hotel pickup and drop off
    • Bilingual Tour Guide
    • Dress depending on weather conditions

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Guatape Tour

Visiting Medellin and not taking the day trip out to the quaint town of Guatape is like not even having visited Medellin at all. This beautiful small town has been on the bucket list of many travelers and it would be a crime not to visit if you’re down here.

 
Most towns in Colombia are very similar. Spanish architecture, a church in the middle of a square, town drunks, city hall and a bank. Guatape is the only town in Colombia that has had the misfortune of having its citizens permanently relocated. That’s right, in 1978, the town of Guatape was flooded in order to have a hydroelectric dam built. Its citizens were all moved and the remains of the old town are underwater. That’s not all, there is a 7,000 foot monolith that sits in Guatape territory. The rock itself has been there for millions of years and today, there are 742 stairs you can climb in order to reach the summit. These stairs although arduous for those suffering from the effects of a hangover, are worth the adventure as the view from the top is something out of this world. Sold yet?
 
Our Guatape tour provides you not only with the transportation to and from but also a tour of the quaint town, entrances to the rock, a boat tour of the lake and a surprise visit to a villa built by he-who-must-not-be-named. Upgrade to our Medellin VIP Signature Boat Party and this Guatape Tour can be informative, exciting and epic!

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    • Round-trip Transportation
    • Rock Entrances
    • Tour of Guatape

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Exotic Fruit Tour In Medellin

Colombia is one of only 17 megadiverse countries in the world. A type of country that harbors the majority of the world’s species of everything and we’re lucky enough to live right dab in the middle. Medellin’s perfect year round springtime weather allows visitors to get everything at any time of the year. Fruits and vegetables unheard of in North America and Europe are the reason why many tourists can’t get enough of our local markets.

 
Introducing the exotic fruit tour in Medellin, Medellin VIP gives you the opportunity of going on a guided exotic fruit tour! That’s right, the more you eat the more you learn and we encourage you to dig in, get dirty and sink your teeth into everything. There are 22 fruits in Colombia that aren’t found in over 90% of countries in the world and they can all be found at one of our local food markets. Not just that but there is also a cornucopia of small local eateries nestled in this market. Hidden gems that have been there for years that very few people know about and that we’re prepared to reveal.
 
Come enjoy our exotic fruit tour in Medellin and see why our clients can’t get enough of eating fruits in paradise!

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    • Round-trip Transportation
    • Tour of the Market
    • Fruits and Snacks

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Flyboarding in Medellin

The newest, most exciting aquatic activity has finally reached Guatape and needless to say, it’s awesome. Flyboarding is an innovative, one-of-a-kind aquatic sport which allows its participants to do the otherwise impossible, fly over water. Perform awesome stunts and impress your friends with this incredible daytime activity in Guatape. A flyboard is an aquatic jet-pack which provides propulsion that drives a board-like object through water. Invented and patented in 2012 by a French water-craft carrier, flyboarding has been in Guatape for the past 2 years and there is no better place to perform the sport than in this spectacular lake. Take our crash-course in flyboarding and use the equipment long enough to perform your first stunt. Adventure seekers and aquatic activity lovers will really enjoy Flyboarding in Guatape.

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    • Flyboarding Crash-Course and Equipment
    • Transportation to Guatape (optional)

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Medellin City Tour

City tours tend to involve lots of walking and large crowds. Our Medellin City Tour steps out of the conventional. We provide you with a full on ‘day in the life’ of a paisa where you visit the most frequented places while learning about the history of Medellin. From walking around Botero Square to using our impeccably clean Metro Transportation system, our Medellin city tour is the ultimate Medellin crash course.

 
Thanks to the city’s rapid growth and incredible change, the spotlight is now on The City of Eternal Spring. See when the city was founded, where locals frequent, major industries and growth opportunities. In this 4 hour Medellin City Tour, we take you from rich to poor in a matter of minutes and learn how no matter where you go, everyone always has a smile on their face.
 
“It’s ludicrous this place exists and everybody doesn’t want to live here”
-Anthony Bourdain

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    • Transportation to and from your Hotel
    • Local Bilingual Guide
    • Metro Tickets

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Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour

Medellin, a city formerly avoided by travelers is now a city of hope and change. For many of it’s citizens, Medellin is considered as the best city in the world and they’ll all gladly open their doors to show you why. Introducing our Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour, Medellin VIP takes you to a part of town where hip hop, street art and dance is how the neighborhood’s youth escape from their problems and showcase their talents.

 
The Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour takes you up to Comuna 13, an area that for many years was afflicted by guerrilla members that ran the area until military intervention in 2002. Comuna 13 is high up in the mountains and home to electric staircases that help its residents commute to avoid the hundreds of stairs they used to have to climb. The neighborhood has been under scrutiny from other countries and used as an example that change and innovation is possible in even the most impoverished places.
 
Our Comuna 13 Graffiti tour  showcases the major works of art done by local artists. Their work depicts, suffering, hope, change and their overall appreciation for their neighborhood. The Comuna 13 Graffiti tour starts with pick-up at your hotel or apartment followed by a 20 minute drive to Comuna 13 where you will be given the general tour by a local artist. Recommended for those that wish to avoid the conventional city tour.

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    • Transportation to and from your Hotel
    • Local Bilingual Guide

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Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour

Medellin is a progressive city that has seen an exponential drop in crime in the past 5 years and the city formerly avoided by travelers is now a city of hope and change. For many of it’s citizens, Medellin is considered as the best city in the world and they’ll all gladly open their doors to show you why this is. Introducing our Graffiti Tour, Medellin VIP takes you to a part of town where hip hop, street art and dance is how the neighborhood’s youth escape from their problems and showcase their talents.

 
This tour takes you up to Comuna 13, an area that for many years was afflicted by guerrilla members that ran the area until a few years ago that the government intervened. Comuna 13 is high up in the mountains and home to electric staircases that help its residents commute to avoid the hundreds of stairs they knew as their only method to get from one place to the other. The neighborhood, has been under scrutiny from other countries and used as an example that change and innovation is possible in even the most impoverished places.
 
Our graffiti tour  showcases the major works of art done by local artists. Their work depicts, suffering, hope, change and their overall appreciation for their neighborhood. The grafitti tour starts with pick-up at your hotel or apartment followed by a 20 minute drive to Comuna 13 where you will be given the general tour by a local artist. Recommended for those that wish to avoid the conventional city tour.

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    • Transportation to and from your Hotel
    • Local Bilingual Guide

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Helicopter Tours in Medellin

Helicopters are the very definition of VIP. From their use in the executive world to transport rich businessmen, to cutting travel times down to a fraction, there’s no denying the awesomeness of helicopters. So, what if I told you that you can see the city of Medellin while getting a bird’s eye view of north to south? In under 20 minutes!

 
Introducing, Helicopter Tours in Medellin, Medellin VIP wants all visitors to get unreal views of the Aburra Valley while getting a VIP Tour not available everywhere. A Helicopter Tour of Medellin is the most stylish way to enjoy the city of eternal spring. Choose from multiple types of tours, from North-South to Pablo’s Hacienda Napoles Helicopter Tours and even Guatape Helicopter Tours, your trip to Medellin will be an unforgettable experience.
 
Upgrade your excitement level while getting spectacular photographic material. Impress your friends or significant other with our helicopter tours in Medellin.

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    • Transportation to and from your Hotel
    • 12-20 Minute Flight

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