Traveling to Medellin Colombia

Thinking of traveling to Medellin Colombia?  Don’t think twice!  Once a city where foreigners rarely dared to venture, Medellin, Colombia is now one of the most valued gems in Latin America as far as travel and culture goes.

Without getting into some of the sordid details of its past (mainly because such details are irrelevant in this humble corner of the internet) what you should know about Medellin is that it is a fast developing city in Colombia that has much to offer to the adventurer, the site-seer and even the retiree looking for warm and pleasant weather to ride out their golden years.

Medellin tourism has picked up by a huge amount in the last decade or so but why is this? Here for you know the ultimate guide to things to do in Medellin Colombia (top 7)

What to See and Do When traveling To Medellin Colombia

Immerse Yourself in the Nightlife

I’m sorry but the first thing I have to mention will speak more to a younger and young at heart crowd. I promise I will get into more family friendly and relaxing activities in the next few entries but, taking part in the vibrant and colorful nightlife of Medellin is something you would be remiss to exclude from your trip if you love a good time.

For a good party, head over to Parque Lleras where there is no shortage of bars, clubs and happening restaurants with great music and local spirits. The Medellin Flower Festival, which you can find out more about in this article, is also a popular tourist draw that has gained worldwide notoriety and is definitely worth inclusion in the itinerary.

Escobar Tours

The most fascinating aspect of the man, the myth and sometimes the monster Pablo Escobar is how polarizing the opinions are of him to the locals in Medellin. This is what makes the Pablo Escobar tours so intriguing. Take a trip through a significant period of Colombian history and decide for yourself.

Sporting Events

Who are we kidding? The only sport one needs to experience in Colombia is futbol (soccer). If you are a fan, you will be intoxicated by the zealous passion of the locals for their two home teams, Atletico Nacional and Independiente Medellin. Take in a match and get ready to lose your voice.


Alright, let’s calm things down for a bit. Want to see some beautiful countryside and possibly even scope out a spot for retirement? Take a tour of some of the nearby Pueblos around Medellin like El Penol to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Stuff Your Face

Did you really think we were going to compose a list about travelling to Medellin Colombia without talking about food? We Latinos love our food and you have to try local dishes like Ajiaco and Bandeja Paisa in order for you to even consider your pilgrimage to Medellin complete.

Take to the Skies

Many people, when thinking about South American countries like Colombia and Brazil, immediately conjure up images of people hanging from oversized kites and soaring against a beautiful skyline, and for good reason. One of the most popular things to do for visitors to Medallin is paragliding. For a handful of pesos, you can take to the skies and see the rich geography that Medellin has to offer from a bird’s eye view.

Stroll Through the Park

For those looking to take it easy, take advantage of the many parks and plazas in Medellin like the Parquet Explora, Pueblito Paisa, Parque Arvi and the Plaza Botero.

Enjoy Yourself

Travelling to Medellin Colombia will surely be one of the more enriching experiences of your life and the best thing to do while you are there is make it your own. Explore (safely), keep your mind open to new experiences and get lost in a culture that has more to offer than can fit in this humble corner of the internet.

About Brandon Gonzo

I grew up in Los Angeles, privileged by the hard work of my single Latino mother. While most of my peers were still wondering what they wanted to do, I was fortunate and foolish enough to know with certainty I wanted to write, and there was little anyone else could do or say to try and divert me.
I am as passionate about turning words into prose as I was when I was first stunned by the literary fluency of authors like Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson.


  1. Right on! You go Mijo!

    • Marcela Hede says:

      Rebeca- I have had heard that expression in such a long time! Living in the USA there are not a lot of times I have the chance to hear people telling me every so often “mijo o mija” unless I go to little Colombia Jackson Heights in Queens.

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