34 Best Things to Do in Medellin, Colombia Story

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Introduction

34 Best Things to Do in Medellin, Colombia Story

The best things to do in Medellin, Colombia, include visiting notable museums, walking around quaint...

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Medellin, Colombia, Things to Do

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Learn new things at Parque Explora

Parque Explora is a fun attraction for all ages. This interactive science museum has exhibits...

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Eat your way around Medellin on a food tour

Medellin has many amazing eateries to check out. With so many options, it can be...

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Bike around downtown

A great way to explore bustling downtown is by biking around on a Medellin sightseeing...

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Go on a half-day coffee tour in Sabaneta

Colombia is known for its incredible coffee, and one of the fun things to do...

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Take a free walking tour around El Centro

With so many places to see in Medellin, Colombia, deciding where to go can be...

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Visit the Museo Casa de la Memoria

Another interesting museum to visit is Museo Casa de la Memoria, or Memory House Museum...

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Experience a Comuna 13 graffiti and street food tour

Comuna 13 is a neighbourhood in Medellin with a rich history. Exploring this area on...

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Snap photos of the statues at Plaza Botero

Plaza Botero is a famous square in Medellin that features the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace...

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Admire artworks at Museo de Antioquia

If you're an art enthusiast, make sure to plan a trip to the Museum of...

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Unwind with a spa treatment

One of the best Medellin activities for those looking to relax after a busy day...

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Look around Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe

Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe, or the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture...

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Ride ATVs through the mountains

Adventure activity enthusiasts will definitely want to book an ATV tour through the mountains around...

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Stroll around Jardín Botánico de Medellín

The Botanical Garden of Medellin, also known as the Joaquin Antonio Uribe Botanical Garden of...

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Take in the views from the Medellín Metrocable

Interestingly, Medellin is one of the only cities in the world to use cable cars...

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Shop at Plaza Minorista Market

Plaza Minorista Market, also known as Plaza Minorista José María Villa, is one of the...

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Spend some time at Pueblito Paisa

Pueblito Paisa is a replica of a traditional Colombian town with shops and restaurants and...

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Wander through Parques del Río Medellín

Parques del Río Medellín is a pretty park to walk or bike through. There are...

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Explore Parque Arví

Parque Arví is a beautiful ecological nature preserve that also features an ancient archeological site...

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Learn to salsa dance

If you're interested in Salsa dancing while in Medellin, going to Dancefree is a great...

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Best Restaurants in Medellin

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Have breakfast at Crepes & Waffles Laureles

If you're looking for a breakfast spot, Crepes & Waffles Laureles is recommended. As the...

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Grab breakfast at Café Revolución

Another excellent place for breakfast in Medellin is Café Revolución. The cafe opens at 7.30...

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Have brunch at Hija Mía Coffee

Hija Mía Coffee is a friendly cafe that's a must-visit to get some coffee or...

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Get coffee at Urbania Café

Another great coffee shop to visit in Medellin is Urbania Café. You can find multiple...

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Have dinner at Taco Veg

Taco Veg is a must-visit spot if you're looking for a plant-based eatery! The restaurant...

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Eat at SMASH Avocaderia Laureles

Another of the best places to visit in Medellin, Colombia, for a meal is SMASH...

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Have lunch or dinner at Full Arabe

Full Arabe serves Lebanese cuisine and is open for lunch and dinner. You can choose...

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Try Vietnamese food at District 1

District 1 is another excellent restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese food. Dishes on the menu include...

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Try bandeja paisa at Restaurante Mondongo's

Mondongo's Restaurant is a local eatery serving traditional Colombian dishes. Bandeja paisa is one of...

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Things to Do Near Medellin, Colombia

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Do a day trip to Guatapé

Guatapé is another Colombian town that's well worth visiting! It is located around two hours...

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See Guatapé and tour a coffee farm in one day

If you want to learn more about coffee production in Colombia and tour Guatapé all...

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Go white water rafting

Another of the fun things to do just outside of Medellin is going white water...

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Take a helicopter tour over Guatapé

Taking a helicopter ride over Guatapé allows you to see the city from a different...

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Paraglide over waterfalls

Adventure activity enthusiasts will definitely want to book a paragliding tour over stunning waterfalls. During...

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Indulge on a chocolate tour

While Colombia is well-known for its coffee, the country is also a producer of cocoa...

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Medellin Travel Tips

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What is the easiest way to get around Medellin?

Take Ubers between attractions, as they're generally safer than taxis. Even though Ubers are technically...

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Is the public transport safe in Medellin?

The metro lines are safe to use during busy hours, and each station is usually...

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Do I need to know Spanish when visiting Medellin?

A little Spanish will take you a long way here, so learn the basics...

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Are locals friendly in Medellin?

Absolutely! The Paisas (locals) are lovely and friendly. Get to know one or many of...

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Is it safe to walk around Medellin by myself?

In most tourist areas, such as the busy areas of Poblado and Laureles, it is...

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Is it offensive to ask locals about Pablo Escobar?

Typically, yes, it is. There is more to Colombia and Medellin than Pablo Escobar. Medellin...

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Conclusion

In Conclusion

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