Medellín is Colombia's second largest city, a principal manufacturing and industrial area, as well as a commercial flower growing region, particularly orchids, but for years was best known as the center of The Colombian Cartels.
With the death of Pablo Escobar, Medellín is slowly recovering, but is not yet a full-fledged tourist destination. However, there is plenty to do and see in the city itself and the scenic surroundings.
Medellín is a beautiful city, modern and yet true to its regional characteristics. It was founded in 1616 in the scenic Aburrá valley, but remained small until the coffee boom. It later became the center of a textile industry, and today is a modern, vibrant city.
Location and Practical Information:
Antioquia department in northwestern Colombia is in the mountainous region between the Cordillera Occidental and the Cordillera Central. (See the
Here, the temperate climate
gives Medellín, the capital of the
Antioquia, the names of "The Land of Eternal Spring" and "Capital of The Flowers".
Getting There and Around:
Bus service to and from major Colombian cities from the Terminal del Norte or the
Termninal del Sur.
Medellín is the first Colombian city to have a metro serving the city in both north-south
and to the west.
Cheap Flights from the UK and
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There are shuttles into the city.
When to Go:
With a climate of perpetual spring, any time of the year is a good time, but
perhaps early August, when the Fería de las Flores is scheduled, is the best time.
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Things to Do and See:
Fería de las Flores begins with a caballero a horseback parade through the city,
either alone or in groups, for almost the entire day. Music, dances and cultural events
celebrate the Antioquiana customs, but the highlight is the Desfile de Silleteros,
where campesinos come down from the mountains carrying flowers.
Basilica de la Candelaria is one of the few colonial buildings left.
The Basilica Metropolitana in the Parque de Bolivar
was completed early in the 20th century and is thought to be the largest brick church in South America.
Pueblito Paisa is a replica of a typical Antioquiana village, complete with handicraft shops.
Plaza Botero displays a number of works by Fernando Botero, the internationally known Medellín sculptor who specializes in
oversized human figures. More of his works are in the Museo de Antioquia.
Plaza de Toros la Macarena
The JardÍn Botánico JoaquÍn Antonio Uribe has an annual orchid exposition in the Orquideorama.
Festival Internacional de Poesía de Medellín is an
annual event which in 2003 will be held between June 14 - 21.