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Medellin

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Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Rionegro Check Flights

"Phoenix in the flesh"

Medellin Tourism

MedellÍn is the second largest city in Colombia and capital of Antioquia department. An important economic centre, MedellÍn is a bustling urban hub known for its textile industry. Located in the Aburra valley in foothills of majestic Andes mountains on either side, MedellÍn is known for its alluring scenic beauty and pleasant climate.

Medellên is dynamic, Medellên is exuberant and Medellên will make you fall in love with its distinctiveness. Rewind 30 years back in the past and you are in the world's most dangerous city, head to the present and you are in one of the safest cities in South America. The way in which in this city has transformed from the clutches of narco-trafficking to receiving accolades for being the most innovative city in the world is awe-inspiring. Medellên is called the City of the Eternal Spring because of its pleasant weather throughout the year. Combine the scenic beauty of Andes with a lovely weather, a vibrant lifestyle, courteous and hospitable locals and tons of art and culture, you will wish to extend your stay as many others who have been captivated by the charm of this city. Medellên is Colombia's second largest industrial centre and is inhabited by more than 3 million people. The modern style architecture all over the city reflects that Medellên is predominantly a modern city. There are several urban development projects going on for its transformation. The city is famous for its Botero museum and an active nightlife. Medellên offers a complete package for anyone and everyone from museum and theatres to public parks and high-end shopping malls.

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Nightlife in Medellên

The city is known for its active and lively lifestyle. Parque Llera is city's number one nightlife district with open restaurants, bars and clubs like El Blue MedellÍn and Babylon Disco. Latin music and Salsa are key elements of this city's nightlife. Dormant at the start of a week, nightlife scenes change dramatically over the weekend. However, on Tuesday head to Eslabon Prendido which has live Salsa music playing all night. Parque Llera is all about glamour and expensive cocktails, if you wish to get the local experience, go to bars in Calle 33. Some of the city's famous nightclubs such as Attic and Kukaramakura are located in La Strada.

Shopping in Medellên

MedellÍn is considered to be Colombia's fashion capital and known for its textile industry which is reflected in city's umpteen malls and shopping centres. The best malls for upscale shopping include El Tesoro, Santa Fe and Centro Comercial Oviedo. If souvenirs are what you are looking for, then go to side street shops in an area called Juinn next to Parque Bolivar or to the handicraft market of Centro Artesanal Mi Viejo Pueblo.

Currency in Medellên

Only Colombian Pesos are accepted in MedellÍn, places like hotels and big restaurants accept card payments as well. It is advised to carry currency in small dominations due to two main reasons- one, locals refrain from breaking big bills and secondly, counterfeit bills are a problem in Colombia and tourists are easy targets

Exchanging Money in Medellên

Best method for exchange is using ATMs which are easily available and charge a fee depending on world exchange rates and bank. Money can all also be exchanged in hotels but they charge a lot. There are official cambios at the airport and several others in Poblado area offering exchange upto maximum limit of USD 2000 per day. Do not exchange money on the streets as counterfeited bill pose a major risk in Colombia.

Daily Budget for Medellên

Average daily expenses on a low cost budget would be COP 18,000 which includes entertainment and local drinks, public transport and decent food. A mid range budget is typically around COP 45,000 and high end budget can be as high as COP 110,000.

Religion of Medellên

Christianity is the major religion in MedellÍn like the rest of Colombia with Roman Catholics comprising ninety percent of the population.

Medellên Customs

Colombians are courteous people, men shake hands whereas women grasp forearms while greeting. People of MedellÍn, called Paisas are know for their warm hospitality. Usually, people use Spanish greetings for the time of the day such as "Buenos dias" for good day or "Buenos nochas" for good evening/night. There are no specific dress codes to be followed as such, dress in comfortable clothing which suit you and avoid fancy jewellery. The tipping practice is not that strict as compared to other American countries. People generally tip around 1000 - 2000 pesos in small restaurants, some of the restaurants have tip included as service charge upto 15 percent of the total order value. Most people generally tip for room service.

Language of Medellên

Spanish is Colombia's official language, and knowing a few Spanish words will definitely make your trip more interesting. Greet people with Bueno dias for Good Morning or Bueno noches for Good Evening. Thank people using "Gracias" and use "Por Favor" when requesting.

History of Medellên

MedellÍn's history dates back to mid 16th century when a Spanish explorer by the name of Jeronimo Luis Tejelo discovered Aburra valley. The city was founded in 1616 by Spaniard Francisco de Herrera Campuzano and named it Poblado de San Lorenzo. Early settlement began at a place now known as El Poblado. The population in the valley began to grow in 17th century and in 1675 the city was renamed as Villa de Nuestra Se_ora de la Candelaria de MedellÍn and henceforth the name MedellÍn stuck. The early settlers were hardworking and self reliant farmers and one can still observe these traits among inhabitants of this city. The city became the capital of Antioquia in 1826, but its growth started in the beginning of 20th century. The advent of railroads and booming coffee production marked the industrial revolution phase of the city and the city rose to its prominence. The period from 1980s to mid 90s was a dark chapter in MedellÍn's history because of the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar and the infamous MedellÍn Cartel made it one of the most dangerous places on the planet. The city has rebounded and recovered even since the death of Escobar and made a phenomenal transformation to one of the safest destinations in Latin America today.

Restaurants and Local Food in Medellin

Inspired by Europe and blended with local ingredients, Colombian cuisine is regional and diverse. MedellÍn has emerged as a new foodie destination in Latin America. Start your day with baked Arepas, which are corn pancakes and a typical breakfast in MedellÍn. Treat yourself with some of the best dishes such Sanocho de Gallina, Badeja Paisa and Empandas at Hatoviejo and Ocio. Carmen located in Poblado is renowned for its fish dishes served in a brilliant setting of an open kitchen dining room. Most of the restaurants are concentrated in Poblado around Zona Rosa and have a wide variety of food to choose from for everyone.
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How To Reach Medellin

MedellÍn is served by an international and a domestic airport, two bus terminals and is well connected to neighbouring cities via highways.

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