Medellin located in a narrow valley, the skyline of the city, reaches for the heavens, placing office buildings and high-rise apartment against the backdrop of jagged summits in every way. Explore the unforgettable natural beauty in private tour of Medellin.
The excellent climate provides the city with the nickname ‘ the City of Eternal Spring’. The temperatures throughout the year mean there is no wrong time of the year for going on Medellin private sightseeing tours or adventures.
It is a bustling city of trade and industry which includes the export, mainly, of textile and cut flowers, with Orchids the top variety, to neighbouring countries. On the weekends Medellin lets its hair down, and you will find the locals hanging out at the city's many nightclubs.
A lively culture, warm weather, friendly locals, and stunning mountains are only a couple of reasons why a guided tour here is a must! Read More...
A Trekking Tour of Medellin Up Through the Lush Jungle to Piedra De Penol!
Each corner of Medellin offers style and a unique design, with every one of them being excellent spots to catch a seat watching the locals go about their daily life.
It is now a lively place to go for travellers seeking a culturally abundant holiday.
Medellin rises proudly from the abdomen of the Valley acutely, and its pure beauty makes an ideal setting for hiking and horse riding on your private tour of Medellin.
To go to the top of the mountain, then take a trekking tour up the 740 steps through the lush jungle to Piedra de Penol, a tour within Medellin that rewards you with views that are unforgettable.
Top Things to Do in Medellin
The Medellin metro cable car takes you up and over areas that would otherwise not be seen or easily reached. The cable cars are comfortable, modern, clean and safe. It's a trip worthwhile if you want to get a feel of the entire city. This cable car is an example of how much Medellin has transformed. Connecting area's that were once unreachable and where the people had a hard time finding jobs because work was too far away.
If you are a science lover, you should visit Parque Explora, an interactive science museum with an amazing freshwater aquarium full of exotic fish and other reptiles. See the live tanks from the Amazon river or the interactive physics and brain demonstrations which are brilliant. It is a fabulous day tour for all the family! The staff are extremely helpful and friendly and do their best to explain how everything works.
Metro de Medellin
The Metro de Medellin is a clean, safe and most stops have attractions of interest surrounding them. The purpose of this metro system was to allow villagers from outside of the town to have an efficient and affordable way to commute into the city to earn a living. The rides to the mountain tops are amazing too. Round trips are less than a dollar !! Excellent way to get about and take in the views and enjoy the city.
Laguna de Guatape
Laguna de Guatape is a beautiful lake with many activities and boat tours which can be availed of. It takes around 1.5-hours from Medellin but so very worth it, there are 725 stairs that you will need to climb to reach the peak of The Rock (Piedra del Penol) where you get to see the amazing views of the Laguna de Guatape below. There are also many small cafes and restaurants found here where you can relax and enjoy the views.
50 shades of green! At around 17000 hectares, this park is perfect for hiking, exploring, and buying stuff from the artisans there. Parque Arvi is a lovely nature preserve perched above Medellin and quickly accessed via the Metrocable. It's a fun-filled adventure for nature lovers and families. An excellent way to relax from the bustling city for a day. Tons of hiking trails and vendors selling their fresh food or crafts.
Plaza Botero is aptly named with the twenty-three amazing sculptures by Fernando Botero decorating the grounds. These sculptures are special and they can somehow express the spirit of Medellin. Enjoy the local vendors selling their wares or visit the beautiful old church and museums that surround the plaza with guided tours mainly starting and ending in this square. It is a busy area with something for everyone.
Go back in time and experience some authentic Paisa culture including architecture, clothing, arts & crafts and food. As a bonus, you also get some of the best views of Medellin. Pueblito Paisa a fabulous that gives you a full 360-degree view of Medellin. We found it to be a relaxing place to spend 60-90 minutes. There are a large number of snack and souvenirs vendors to choose from, and the prices are reasonable.
Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica
The church is modern and beautiful. The church only opens for mass which is usually at 6 pm every evening. Medellin Metropolitan Cathedral is situated in a very lovely location with easy access to nice cafes and restaurants. This is a beautiful and clean cathedral from the outside near a nice tree filled the park if you want to relax. There is a statue of Simon Bolivar outside the church.
Drug dealers formerly ran this part of the town. However, they shut all that down and put up these lights to symbolise hope and prosperity for the future of the city. They decided to regenerate the area to make it more attractive, the plaza was then renovated to include the 300 poles, all manmade with concrete and metal. Every evening the poles are illuminated with seven reflectors in each pole, Looks amazing at night.
Museo del Agua EPM
Museo del Agua EPM is an interactive and educating museum all about water and showing how vital H20 is in our lives for sustaining us, the planet's ecosystem. A highlight of any guided tour to this museum is the interactive Dinosaur room. Through interactive displays, you can find out how the bombardment of enormous ice fields caused the extinction of the Dinosaurs and many other species. A fantastic place for all the family!
Travel Tips for Medellin
Best Time To Visit
One thing to always consider when visiting Medellin, is that there is always something exciting happening, so plan ahead to see what type of festivals and street parties there are going on and you can be sure whenever you decide to go you will have a fabulous time as the weather is like spring throughout the whole year. It is advisable to pre-book any guided or private tours as you will save yourself a lot of money.
Costs vary depending on where you go, just be aware of the menu prices before you sit down, some places you can dine like a king for a few dollars and other places you would need to be a king to afford to dine! The same goes for alcohol prices, they can be as cheap at 1US$ for a beer in one place and in another 7US$ for the same beer. The tour guides are very helpful and friendly and you can haggle for a good price.
Know Before Visiting
The currency in Colombia is the Colombian Peso; you can take it out at the various ATMs dotted around. Just take enough cash out daily that you will require. Haggling is ok to a certain extent but does not go below 15% as its deemed rude. Private tours are best-booked way in advance, and you will save money. Always check out prices in restaurants before going in as some are very cheap and some are extortionate!
Medellin has a tropical monsoon climate and a springlike feel throughout the year. The driest months of the year are from December to February. The rainy season is from March to November with October generally the wettest. Temperatures in Medellin are similar throughout the year averaging 27 degrees Celsius at its highest and 15 degrees Celsius at its lowest. The warmest month is July and the coldest is May.