Known as “The City of Eternal Spring”, Medellin boasts idyllic weather and proud citizens eager to share its magnificence with the world. Modern and colonial architecture sit side by side, connected by the magically advanced cable-car transportation system. These are just some of the reasons why this famously friendly metropolis was voted the world´s most innovative city.
The nearest airport, the Jose Maria Cordova international airport, is some 28km from the city, with a taxi ride to the centre coming in at roughly US$30. A bus to the centre will cost around US$4. Long distance buses also run to Medellin, dropping you at Terminal del Norte or Terminal del Sur, where you can grab a bus to the centre for about US$3.
What to do in Medellín
A good starting point for a visit to the city is the Plaza de las Esculturas, where you’ll find 23 sculptures donated by contemporary Colombian artist Frenando Botero. This plaza is also home to the remarkable El Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe and the Museo de Antioquia. Nearby, Catedral Metropolitano – one of the largest sun-dried brick structures in the world – overlooks Parque de Bolivar. Outside of the centre, the Rio Claro Valley is a must-see for nature lovers, and for anyone looking for some tranquillity outside of the bustling city.
Medellin is predominantly mild and plesant, with temperatures middling around 22°C.