Medellín Sights

Medellín is the country's main industrial hub, but don't expect a city full of smoking chimneys: the factories are well outside of town. Deep-green mountains that rise sharply around the city provide a bold backdrop to the glass-and-concrete towers of its elegant financial district. Well-developed tourist facilities in the city proper testify to the region's relative economic strength.


El Poblado holds all the cards when it comes to dining and nightlife, it is the historic center that provides visitors with their cultural fix, most notably in the blocks between the Parque de Bolívar and the Plaza Botero. A pedestrian street, Avenida Carabobo, stretches south of the Plaza Botero for eight blocks, ending in the modern seat of the government of Antioquia.

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Museo El Castillo

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The 1930s Gothic-inspired Castle Museum, with beautiful French-style gardens of sweeping lawns and exuberant flower beds, was once the...

Museo de Antioquia and Plaza Botero

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The Antioquia Museum contains a collection of 188 paintings and sculptures by native son Fernando Botero. Known for depicting people...

Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín

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Since 2009, el MAMM has been housed in this former steel factory, with a 2015 expansion adding the distinctive stacked cuboid second...

Palacio de la Cultura

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One of Medellín's most iconic architectural works, the Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe was designed by Belgian architect Agustín...

Parque Arví

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To the east of the city, reached by the Metrocable, lie some 4,200 acres of protected forest and parklands with attractions spread throughout...

Parque Berrío

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This small concrete plaza, the city's nucleus since its construction in 1680, is overwhelmed by the city's elevated train, at this writing,...

Parque de Bolívar

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Despite its location in the middle of crowded Medellín, this shady park has a generous amount of open space. In the evening it's popular...

Parque de las Esculturas

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This small sculpture park near the peak of Cerro Nutibara is a maze of paths dotted with modern and traditional sculptures by Latin American...

Pueblito Paisa

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As you enter this reproduction of an old-time Antioquian village, you'll see a traditional town square with a small church, town hall,...

Santa Fe de Antioquia

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Eighty kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Medellín is the province's former capital, Santa Fe de Antioquia. Founded in 1541, the town...


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