Weather: Medellín is considered the city of Eternal Spring with
temperatures during the day in its 80´s* F and at night around its 60*F
Altitude: 1,495 m above sea level Rainy
Season: The rainiest month, October, has an average of 25 rainy days.
WHAT TO WEAR? Since it is considered the city of Eternal Spring then definitely don´t be shy of wearing shorts and sandals but dress in layers! At night it can get a little chilly and you definitely don´t want to catch a cold!
MUST-DO ACTIVITIES: One of the must-dos in Medellín is the Graffiti Tour. You will have the chance to meet people from Comuna 13, who will give you a through-out explanation of the importance of Art in their community and the social and cultural impact that art has brought into their lives. After visiting Comuna 13 you will have a better understanding of Medellín´s social and cultural transformation which will make it easy to fall in love with this city.
More of Medellín
The position of Medellín as the second industrial city in Colombia has been a main factor in overcoming its crisis of the 1980s and 1990s. The Medellín Metro, a massive urban transport service, became the pride of the city, and so far the only sign of the Medellín Master Plan of the 1950s. The construction of the Plaza Mayor of Medellín, an international center for congresses and expositions, was designed to showcase the globalized economy of Colombia to the world. Social exclusion has eased due to the development of a transport infrastructure; the Metro, a new system of public buses, is being planned with the so-called «Metroplus», already inaugurated, and gondolas called “MetroCable” in the poorest barrio communities. Additionally, an electric escalator 1,260 feet long was inaugurated on December 26, 2011 in Comuna 13, one of Medellín’s poorest neighborhoods, making it one of the first of its kind in the world. Today’s Medellín includes spaces for art, poetry, drama, the construction of public libraries, the foundation of new ecological parks, and the inclusion of people of
INSIDER TIPS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
The Arví Park cable car closes on Mondays and Tuesdays if Monday is a holiday. If you arrive early in the city of Medellín, on the way to the city from the airport you can visit Santa Elena which is the town of the ‘silleteros’. Soon after you can enter the city by cable car and enjoy the incredible view of Medellín. This is a great option to start your visit to this incredible versatile destination.
Medellín has spectacular coffee farms that are not very touristy, you will be able to combine a bit of nature within your itinerary and learn a little about the coffee process along the way. Fredonia, for example, is a coffee farm one hour away from Medellín and is ideal for doing this type of tour. There are really very traditional coffee farms around the city which are an added value of Medellín.
Before we forget, we cannot leave behind Moravia. This is an incredible demonstration of the city´s transformation. Moravia is an example of transformation; it was a garbage dump turned it into a garden. This tour is done with someone from the community who explains the whole process of transformation of this space.
The ‘Feria de las Flores’ (Flowers’ Festival) is one of the most emblematic popular festivals in Colombia that takes place every year in August; it represents the “arriera” culture. Its parades and cultural activities honor the time gone by during which, on the back of a mule or on the back of a “silletero” (name that is given to the farmers), the goods arrived to populated centers. The silleteros represent the work of the “campesinos” (country people), today established as a symbol of the “Antioqueño” culture. Nowadays, the parade of silleteros of Santa Elena is one of the most awaited and loved activities by those attending this event, the farmers get ready for the contests all year long and we can visit their farms and listen to their stories while visiting Medellin.
the city in its development.
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