Colombia's second largest city, Medellín, awaits you as a modern metropolis in the middle of the Aburrá valley. Medellín was named the world's most innovative city by Wall Street Magazine in 2012.
The city's year-round pleasant temperatures have also earned it the nickname "City of Eternal Spring". Look forward to countless historic squares and monuments that can be explored on foot. The surroundings of Medellín also invite you to go hiking and horseback riding. Less
The largest park in the region
A paradise for plant lovers
The largest park in the region invites you to walk and bike. It extends over five administrative districts and can be reached from Medellín's city centre with the help of a modern gondola lift. In addition to the many sporting activities such as hiking, climbing or biking, within the "Arvis" you can marvel at a variety of small and large natural wonders, as it is home to countless wildflowers, butterflies and bird species.
Some say that the Museo di Antioquia is where the cultural soul of Colombia is preserved. With over 5,000 exhibits, you'll find an impressive collection of Colombian art and many witnesses to the country's exciting history. Take a journey through time from the advanced civilizations of the indigenous peoples, to the European discovery of Colombia by Alonso de Ojeda and Amerigo Vespucci, to the country's independence from the Spanish crown and the government's bloody conflicts with the FARC rebels.
The quest for innovation and new knowledge that has so marked Medellín in recent decades is nowhere more intensely reflected than in the interactive science museum Parque Explora. You'll be invited to become an explorer yourself, and with over 300 experiments, you can discover all facets of science. The museum also houses the largest freshwater aquarium in South America. Observe exotic fish species from the Amazon and immerse yourself in the tropical world of the rainforest.
Medellín's botanical garden has much more to offer than just a nice walk in the greenery. More than 4,500 plant species and 139 bird species can be discovered here during your Medellín holiday. In addition, the "Orchideorama" is home to one of the largest collections of orchids in the world, which not only fascinates fans of this sensitive flower. Take a trip into nature and enjoy the tranquility in the midst of the bustling city or experience the joie de vivre of the Colombians at one of the many art and music festivals that take place in the Jardín Botánico.
To pick up a big dose of happiness right at the start of your Medellín vacation, visit Botero Plaza. Designed by the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero, the 23 statues have not only traveled on loan to the world's great museums, such as the Louvre in Paris or the Guggenheim Museum in New York, but also bring good luck to those who rub up against you. Less