Our Experience in Medellin

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Our Experience in Medellin

Are you thinking of paying a visit to Medellin? Maybe you are baffled by stories from friends or family, maybe something you read on the internet sparkled your curiosity, but you don’t know where to begin or where to go.

But here, we are going to be your virtual guides through the best that Medellin has to offer, from the best tourism places to the awesome food that you can find in the city, so join us in our very own visit to Medellin and how we enjoyed everything it has to offer!

Explora Park

Our journey begins here, in Parque Explora, a Museum and theme park dedicated to science and technology, a magical place that you really shouldn’t miss.

What you will see here is something that you can only enjoy once you experience it by yourself.

It is in the north of Medellín, very close to the campus of the University of Antioquia. It has the best attractions you can see, Enjoy the Exploratory,  Amaze yourself with the Planetarium, Get a sight of nature in the Vivarium and the Aquarium. If that doesn’t make you curious, you have to go to the Theater and enjoy one of the interactive plays the park offers. Of course, it doesn’t end there, as you also have the interactive rooms In Scene, Mind, Time, Music Room, and Kids Room.

The Exploratory is a workshop where you can experiment by trying out everything. You have many activities to try, visual arts, music and sound arts, biology, or even experiment with electronics and robotics, write a book or assemble an aircraft model, even make a costume, all of that with resources that everyone can use.

The planetarium in the park is excellent. You can explore the firmament and the most remote corners of the planet, combining space science with Earth science.

We learned about 400 species from the Colombian seas, rivers, and lakes in the Vivarium, a place in the park that recreates the world of reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods in a space dedicated to snakes, lizards, turtles, and more.

The “Mind, the world inside” is a room that allows for interactive immersions that test notions of reality through 55 experiences. 

Explora Park is a fantastic place, full of magic and things that will make you feel a bit more full of knowledge.

The park has received various national and international awards for its original scientific dissemination approach and the property’s architectural design.

But even if you aren’t looking for the experience, you can also enjoy the commercial part of the park, enjoy a meal in the nearby food stands, walk around the location of the park, that is also near a bike route that you can enjoy by yourself or with friends.

Bolivar Plaza

We follow our journey by going to Plaza Bolivar, a plaza located in Barrio Villanueva, in the downtown area of Medellín and named in honor of Simón Bolívar.  

This plaza is beautiful and always full of people; you can enjoy a walk or a bike ride around the park like we did, buy food, drinks, or sweets from the many vendors that work nearby, even just enjoy the place with friends or relatives. 

The Italian sculptors Giovanni Anderlini and Eugenio Maccagnani placed The Liberator’s equestrian statue in 1936. Since then, the plaza has been one of the most symbolic places of the city, and it’s not without things to do, as sometimes activities are going around the plaza if you catch them.

The plaza is south of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Medellín and near the Lido Theater, should you want to follow your visit to two of the most visited places in the city.

We were surprised to learn that the plaza is older than we thought. As Abraham García, the Governor of Antioquia, inaugurated it on October 12, 1892, the anniversary of the four-hundredth anniversary of the Discovery of America. When this happened, the Departmental Band played, beginning the Sunday retreat tradition, currently performed by the Symphonic Band of the University of Antioquia.

It has groves of native species, water fountains, sculptures, and benches. It’s one of the places where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings, as nearby is also the residential complex that once used to be the most exclusive place in the city.

A traditional and picturesque sector is the shoeshine kiosks, located parallel to Calle Caracas. 

In the park, there are busts of Fidel Cano Gutiérrez and Guillermo Cano Isaza, a journalist assassinated in 1986 by hitmen of the Medellín Cartel, which also serve as recordation of one of the grimmest moments in the history of Medellin.

Museum of Antioquia

Our next step was the Museum of Antioquia, in front of Plaza Botero, near the Parque Berrio Station in Carabobo Avenue.

The Government of Antioquia Inaugurated the Museum in 1881. And it’s clear why, as you can see, objects and historical documents that date old enough as the Independence to the Thousand Day War. A civil conflict that faced supporters of the National Party and the Liberal Party between 1899 and 1902. 

A long time ago, the building was the old Municipal Palace of Medellín, inaugurated in 1937 and headquarters of the Mayor’s Office and the City Council until 1988. In 1995 the property was declared a national monument, becoming a museum headquarters in 2000.

Most of what the museum offers come from private collections and artist donations. Here you can see an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, photos, pre-Columbian art, religious art, graphic art, pre-Columbian and later ceramics, furniture, and numismatics historical pieces, and a bibliographic collection.

The man behind the plaza’s name and some of the museum’s best pieces is no other than Fernando Botero. Permanently exhibited are Twenty-three monumental sculptures by himself. The exhibition includes Woman with Fruit, Woman with Mirror, Seated Woman, Rape of Europe, Man on Horseback, Roman Soldier, and Horse with Bridles.

If you want to see some of the best art that the city offers, you sure have to set your eyes on the museum.

Medellin’s Botanical Garden

Now this place was something else, you really cannot believe the things that The Botanical Garden of Medellín Joaquín Antonio Uribe can offer you, but we will try our0 best to tell you. The Botanical Garden is located on Calle 73 and receives more than two million visitors a year. It was inaugurated in 1972 and named in honor of the naturalist and educator from Antioquia, Joaquín Antonio Uribe.

The garden had its origin in the late nineteenth century when a farm called Casa de Baños El Edén, used by Antioqueños, arrived on horseback, in cars, and in carts, to take baths, admire the flora and enjoy the food prepared by the spinster sisters. Mercedes and Emilia Arango, owners of the place.

In the garden, you can enjoy a vast amount of living samples of plant species. It also has a Herbarium that preserves dry collections and the Andrés Posada Arango Library, which has documentary collections.

But not only that, but you can also enjoy from the Restaurant just in the entrance for the garden, walk around the place to enjoy the various exhibitions of flora, alongside the “attractions,” such as the Tropical Forest, the palm garden, the desert, the medicinal garden or the lagoon that hosts a wide arrange of fauna such as ducks, turtles or even iguanas.

You will most likely find the Orquideorama gardens alongside the main path, where you can find orchids, bromeliads, and ferns in a beautiful environment.

The butterfly farm is the best attraction of the park, as you can go in a dome and enjoy the sight of butterflies from up close.

Although there are other attractions, they aren’t permanent, such as the Magic Town on Christmas, or a gathering of people that sell or present products made by themselves to promote their businesses.

The In Situ Restaurant is in the Patio de las Azaleas and has its garden where they produce chives, rosemary, peppers, basil, thyme, mint, oregano, and other plants to prepare the dishes.

Rafael Uribe’s Palace of Culture

For our next destination, we visited The Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture, a majestic Colombian national monument located in Plaza Botero, at the corner of Carrera 51 (Bolívar) and Calle 52 (Calibío).

The Palace was constructed in 1920, according to a design by the Belgian architect Agustín Goovaerts. Rafael Uribe Uribe was a prominent parliamentarian and leader of the Liberal Party, assassinated in 1914 in Bogotá on the National Capitol’s outskirts.

The Palace of Culture was inaugurated unfinished in the 1930s. It is currently the headquarters of the Institute of Culture and Heritage of the departmental government and various cultural organizations.

Located in the heart of the historic center of Medellín, surrounded by emblematic buildings and tourist attractions such as the Museum of Antioquia, the Basilica of La Candelaria, the Church of Veracruz, and the Berrío Park.

On the first floor, there is a permanent exhibition on the life of Rafael Uribe Uribe and his contributions to the development of Colombia, especially in the areas of labor rights, social security, modernization of agriculture, and territorial integrity.

Inside of the palace, you can find the Historical Archive of the Department of Antioquia, the Carlos Castro Saavedra Departmental Library, the Hernán Restrepo Duque Sound Library, the Artistic Heritage Room, the Music Documentation Center, and an art gallery.

Although it is not a place for everybody, lovers of history and culture will surely love the Palace of Culture and its surroundings, which are full of life and movement as the city.

Parque de Los Deseos

Parque de Los Deseos is just the best place to visit while in the city, don’t just take my word on it, anyone that visits the park will surely agree when I say that this is the best park within the city. 

It is an urban park located on Calle 71 in Medellín and built by Public Services of Medellín and the city’s mayor’s office to relate people to various phenomena and creations of the man at different times.

It is an outdoor park that surrounds an enclosure with the main attractions inside. Inside the enclosure is the House of Music and the Planetarium, and nearby there are other attractions such as Explora Park, the Botanical Garden, and the North Park.

When we came here, we looked and enjoyed the places where you interact playfully and relax with elements that allowed us to understand astronomy concepts and their relationship in water, energy, time, and communications.

Not only that, but there are other attractions like Mundo de Los Vientos, the Heliostat, which is a set of mirrors that you can move and align to reflect the sun, the Celeste Sphere, and the replica of an observatory of the Chibcha people.

We also got to see the Solar Clock, the Voices at a distance attraction and the Eclipse, and Sunshine, which is an attraction to replicate the concept of the entering and exiting of the sun.

Parque de Los Deseos is one of the tourist places in Medellín. You can converse with locals and other visitors, who will exercise their imagination in recreational attractions and enjoy other entertainment activities, such as concerts, cinema, and storytelling, exhibitions, and workshops for people of all ages. Best of all, all of the attractions are free!

Ecotourism Arví Park

Now, you may be wondering why I said that Parque de Los Deseos was the best park within the city, that’s because, within the limits of the municipalities of Antioquia, there is the Arvi Park, A natural reserve park that covers territories of Envigado, Bello, Guarne, Copacabana, and Medellín. It is the central park in Colombia of its kind.

It is also easy to get to, as the metro cable flies over it; this is also an addition as it is an excellent viewpoint to observe the park’s virgin forests, water bodies, and other natural areas from above.

The arrival station square for the Metro Cable is the Arvi Marquet, where farmworkers, artisans, and entrepreneurs offer agricultural products, processed foods, and handicrafts.

It has trails, a Landscape Kilometer with gardens, forests, water, two Sighting Towers, an Environmental and Cultural Center, and the Comfama and Comfenalco parks.

The Landscape Kilometer has seven rooms and 25 huts, ideal for resting and having picnics. The Sighting Towers are 5 and 9 meters high and are perfect for bird watching.

The Ignacio Vélez Escobar Environmental and Cultural Center develops a program of environmental and cultural activities. It has an auditorium, food court, and shop.

The Comfama and Comfenalco parks are two spaces located within Arví. Comfenalco manages the Hotel and the Piedras Blancas Ecological Park, located around a dam and has an entomological museum, butterfly farm, zip lines, and boat rentals.

I’m telling you, this is undoubtedly the best Park in Medellin, as long as you enjoy nature in all of its faces, you can enjoy the views from the Metro Cable, the ambiance that surrounds the forest and green areas, sit by the river to admire the calm of it, or just take a walk and enjoy the place as it is.

Medellin’s Metropolitan Theater

For a change of pace, we wanted to visit a Theater, and indeed we found the Metropolitan Theater of Medellin. A trendy theater with a capacity for 1634 spectators. Antioquia inaugurated the theater in 1987 at Calle 41, N ° 57-30.

We enjoyed a play during our time there, but we were curious about what kind of performers have used the theater. We were fascinated to hear that many famous singers and musicians have performed in the theater, such as the Spanish Joan Manuel Serrat, Joaquín Sabina, José Luis Perales and Enrique Bunbury; the Mexican Julieta Venegas, the Argentines Fito Páez and Andrés Calamaro, the Cameroonian Richard Bona, the Uruguayan Jorge Drexler and the American of Puerto Rican origin Draco Rosa.

It has also hosted concerts by well-known groups, such as Monsieur Periné (Colombia), Épica (Holland), Sonata Arctica (Finland), El Cuarteto de Nos (Uruguay), and the American duo Ha * Ash. The Black Theater in Prague, the National Ballet of Cuba, and the Peking Opera have also performed.

It offers a varied musical and cultural program throughout the year, including cult and popular music. Apart from its concert hall, where great international musical luminaries have passed, it is home to the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra and the Medellín Polyphonic Study.

The Estudio Polifónico de Medellín, based in the theater, is a choral group of 60 voices, founded in 1967. It has a repertoire of classical pieces that include Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, Donizetti, and Rossini.

While in Medellín, check the Metropolitan Theater program, and you will not be disappointed.

Juan Pablo II Aeropark

The Juan Pablo II Aeropark is a good experience and enjoyable time for the whole family; nothing screams “Vacations!” as much as the Aeropark. Pope John Paul II was the man for which the park got its name. 

Pope John Paul II visited Medellín in 1986. He held massive meetings at the Olaya Herrera Airport and the Atanasio Girardot Stadium.

Right next to the Olaya Herrera Airport is the Juan Pablo II Airport, a 17-hectare recreational center that houses an aquatic area with several swimming pools, a jogging track, a bicycle path, different sports fields, gardens, and green spaces. It is the largest water park and one of the best places for fun in Medellín.

It has a wave pool, slides, pulleys, a semi Olympic pool, and a children’s pool 60 cm deep at its deepest point.

The wave pool has a maximum depth of 2 meters (without waves) and 2.8 meters (with locks). There is also a didactic pool whose depth varies between 1 and 1.35 meters, used to teach children to swim and perform aerobics in the water.

The aquatic area opens from Tuesday to Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m., and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays the hours get extended until 5 p.m. It is open on Monday holidays, in which case it closes the next day.

The airport has an Events Square with a capacity of 10,000 people, used for concerts and other massive events. It is easily accessible from the Belén Rosales Metroplus station or boarding the Integrated Belén bus on route C3-002.

We enjoyed many of the aquatic rides from the park and ended our stay with a big dance event at the airport, but we do tell you that this is an experience that you have to see by yourself and enjoy it.

Basilica our Lady of Candelaria

Another place to visit during our stay was the Lady of Candelaria Basilica, a gorgeous piece of architecture that is undoubtedly to make your eyes stick to its design and appearance. 

We asked for some history about the building and how much it has changed, and what it had to make it memorable, and Felipe told us this.

The Basilica was constructed in 1776 in a neoclassical colonial style and was the diocesan seat of Medellín between 1868 and 1931. In this very same year, Our Metropolitan Cathedral was consecrated. In 1997 we restored the Cathedral with the technique and materials used in the original 18th-century building.

The two towers were finished in 1888, replacing two simple cattails, and the three bells cast in the United States (in the musical tones “do, mi, sol”) rang for the first time in 1890.

Among its artistic jewels are the organ and the tabernacle and exhibitor. The 7-ton organ arrived in Medellín in 1850 from Germany and consisted of two manual keyboards and one pedalboard. The tabernacle and the exhibitor, brought from France in 1865, form a single sterling silver body.

But now, what do we think about the basilica?

The basilica’s main altar is majestic, built as a two-level portico supported on both sides by pairs of columns, with the image of the Virgin in the background. 

In our eyes, this church is beautiful, and it deserves to be visited by many people. Still, it is up to every person to look at the basilica personally and experience it.

The Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria can be found in Parque Berrío, where the namesake Metro Station is found. The park from 1646 is an urban icon of Medellín and the prominent historic meeting place for Medellín. The park is named in honor of the 19th century Antioquia politician Pedro Justo Berrío.

Santa Fe Zoo

I’m an animal lover, and when we heard that Medellin did have a Zoo open to the public, I couldn’t lose the chance to visit it at least once in our travels.

Colombia is the most biodiverse nation in the world after Brazil. Apart from being an Amazon country, it has snow-capped peaks, mountains, deserts, lakes, rivers, and other ecosystems home to countless flora and fauna species.

Once there, we learned that the Medellín Zoo is a Colombian microcosm since apart from the collection of 1,300 animals, the zoo is surrounded by a forest with more than 500 shrubs and trees of different species.

The Zoo was founded in 1960 at Hacienda Santa Fe, a beautiful estate crossed by the La Guayabala stream and a wide variety of fruit trees, which belonged to Mrs. Mercedes Sierra de Pérez. In 1951, the Antioquia matron donated the farm to the city, with the condition that a museum had to be opened in the main house and a park on the property.

The zoo has a collection of Colombian and foreign species of invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Among the animal you can find in the zoo are lions, tigers, eagles, spectacled bears, zebras, and hippos.

The fauna lives in habitats developed among the groves of Samanes, Ceibas, Bucares, Acacias, Guayacanes, Palm trees, and fruit trees.

The museum house is of republican style architecture and has spacious rooms, wide corridors, and an interior patio with a fountain. The exhibition includes paintings, religious images, Egyptian and Persian furniture from the end of the 19th century, and an old confectionery.

We had an enjoyable time observing the animals and admiring just how gorgeous the habitats were. I recommend everyone take a look at the zoo and enjoy the place and experience in the flesh.

El Tesoro Commercial Park

Although El Tesoro isn’t a tourist location by itself, the fact that it is one of the most beautiful shopping centers in Medellín and a place for shopping and recreational activities makes it a trendy place to visit during your stay in Medellin.

By registering purchase invoices in the shopping center app or at the information booths, customers participate in raffles, so you are invited to shop and spend to have a chance to gain prizes.

To go to El Tesoro, we used exclusive routes for clients. Near the Turibus stop in the El Poblado commune, there are buses with a capacity for 14 people that leave every 45 minutes, and to return, you only have to present a purchase invoice.

The Mall has more than 250 stores and electronics, clothing, footwear, and accessories stores. You can also get furniture and decoration, cosmetics, haute couture, sports, pets, photography, pharmacy, food, dentistry and dental aesthetics, pastries, printing and copying, cinema, motoring, and other specialties, as well as banks, bars, restaurants, and offices of Airlines.

Major brands include Samsung, Adidas, American Eagle, Calvin Klein, Cat, Converse, Diesel, Burger King, and Dunkin Donuts. It also has a hospital (Torre Médica El Tesoro) and a hotel managed by the Chilean chain Atton.

The shopping center also has the El Tesoro Events Center, architecturally designed and technologically equipped as a versatile space for various activities.

The mall is designed to be a lovely place, not just to shop, but to admire, travel around and just have a pleasant time with family or friends.

It is, undoubtedly, in my opinion, a hidden jewel among the touristic sites in Medellin.

Pueblito Paisa

 Getting around is undoubtedly hard work because of its location, but it was all worth it when we finally got to visit Pueblito Paisa, and I can say that it is perhaps the best site to visit in Medellín. 

Located in Cerro Nutibara, Pueblito Paisa is a replica of one of the traditional Antioqueño towns from the past, and it does feel like a good one.

The outline of its small square gets adorned with the traditional constructions of any Antioquia town. Like real balconies that offer a privileged view of the city by day or by night, the typical food restaurants that give the most traditional touch to the stay in the place, along with the handicraft shops.

It has modernist and abstract sculptures. Among them are the sculpture of Cacique Nutibara and his companion Cacica Nutabe and a puma under his foot, as a symbol of power.

With possibly the best view of the city, I can say that Pueblito Paisa is the place that I recommend the most about the city.

Lleras Town

Toning down the views and good looks for a more familiar place, we went to El Poblado and off to Lleras Town Park.

 The park is More than a space with green areas; in Parque Lleras, one of the attractions of Medellín, we found many shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and discos. This area of the El Poblado neighborhood, better known as Lleras Town, offers tourists a wide range of restaurants where you can taste everything from typical Antioquia gastronomy to international food.

Getting to Parque Lleras is easy enough; after getting off at the Poblado metro station, you have the option of taking a bus from Route 132i every 20 minutes; or walking for about 15 minutes to the park.

If you walk around the area during the day, there are many places to have breakfast in Medellín, places with Wi-Fi. The neighborhood is safe and has hotels and hostels to stay, so if you are looking for places to visit in Medellín at night, this is a great option.

Botero Square

One of the most famous sites in Medellin, we just couldn’t leave it out of our to-do list, and it has a lot of reasons to be in your sights as well.

Botero Square is the main attraction of the Pink City, another name for Medellin, where you can enjoy the most extensive collection of Fernando Botero works. Here 23 pieces are arranged, including ‘The Hand,’ ‘Man and Horse,’ ‘Eva,’ ‘Seated Woman,’ ‘Maternity,’ ‘Walking Man,’ ‘Roman Soldier,’ ‘Horse,’ ‘Dog,’ ‘Cat’ and ‘Sphinx.’

It is one of the most important cultural sites in Medellín where we were able to enjoy the landscape with two water fountains, one of them in memory of the cacique Nutibara, the Pedro Nel Gómez master’s work. And best of all, It is just beside the Museum of Antioquia.

Plaza Botero is found in the central area of Medellín, on Calle 52. Nearby you will see restaurants that offer the best of local cuisine, as well as a wide variety of hotels to stay.

If you can say something that is just really good about the plaza, it’s never empty. You will find locals, nationals, and foreigners mixing in an open place used as a meeting point. You can find the Museum of Antioquia in front of the Plaza de Botero and one of the Medellín Metro stations that will make it easier for you to travel to other places. 

Guatapé and Piedra del Peñol

Getting near our travel, and we were looking for a place to have an excellent alone time as a couple, we looked around for a bit, and eventually, we learned about Guatapè, a town just far off the city, to get to it, we had to book a stay at a hotel. After looking for one, we decided on the Bosko Hotel, an excellent Glamping site where we heard many good things.

 During our stay, we heard that Guatape, known as “Pueblo de Los Zocalos,” was flooded in the 70s to produce 30% of the country’s electricity.  And by taking a good look from our shroom in Bosko, we can indeed say that it is one of the most beautiful artificial lakes where you can practice various water sports. It is considered one of the most beautiful towns in the region. You can get to it by bus from Medellin, taking about one and a half hours to get to the destination.

Bathed by a dam, a glimpse of beautiful landscapes, the townspeople’s quality, even the architecture of the buildings that are so unique to Guatape, all of this combined make Guatape a preferred tourism choice for both Paisas and Foreigners.

“La piedra del Peñol” is a 220-meter high monolith located in Guatapé. Until now, the stone continues to belong to the Villegas family. Currently, you can access its summit by climbing about 702 steps built on the monolith. The cost of entry to the stone is approximately $ 20,000.

From the top of El Peñol, you can make a perfect look at the lake and just realize how beautiful the surroundings are an unforgettable experience.

Bosko Hotel

But the town of Guatape isn’t the only beauty we found, as our accommodations in the Bosko Hotel were almost as, if not more beautiful, as the town itself.

Located in Guatapé, Bosko hotel offers 5-star accommodation with a private balcony. Also, this 5-star hotel has a garden and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a private bathroom.

The hotel is fantastic, and the amount of things you can do is shocking, but for a good reason. We will try to tell a few of our thoughts about the place, but we urge people to visit the hotel and experience all of its greatness by yourself.

As the staff told us, the hotel rooms, or Shrooms, have a seating area, a desk, and a kettle.

The Shroom terrace allowed us to have a great look at the lake, and the nature surrounding the area makes it a very relaxed place, a perfect match for a romantic evening with your special other.

The Bathroom is entirely outdoor and made of wood, with cold and hot water and a nice shower that completes its atmosphere.

Hotel Bosko serves a continental breakfast.

It has a terrace. And during our stay at the hotel, we could practice various activities in and around Guatapé, including hiking and fishing.

The Hotel also offers a spa service, and if you want to try out new stuff, they offer a Helicopter ride at the top of Piedra del Peñol, and you can rent a Jetski session on the lake.

El Castillo

Back in the city for the end of our journey, the last step in our travel was the El Castillo Museum.

A sanctuary for art and culture, and a rigorous place in its rules to conserve the excellent ambiance of the castle.

El Castillo Museum is the legacy of Diego Echavarría Misas and his wife Benedikta Zur Nieden to Medellín.

Today El Castillo is a private non-profit Foundation turned into a museum dedicated to the promotion of art and culture. It preserves collections of works by Colombian masters, European artists, and decorative arts exhibitions: furniture from the beginning of the last century, Baccarat glassware, tableware, and porcelain from European manufacturers.

After admiring the art for a while, we went out and had a picnic in the gardens, and it felt like a charming and peaceful place, and the best thing is that it is within the city; the good thing is that you can order your picnic and have the place decorated for a special occasion or you can take your items and assemble it yourself in the gardens.

The Museum has a collection of objects from the wealthy families of Medellín from the 50s to the 70s, which shows another side of our history. However, the sad thing is they do not allow taking photos inside the castle, only outside, but there are beautiful photos.

They also tell the story of the Echavarría Family that inhabited this place and who did not have a pleased ending, but they still show us another facet of our history that we need to know.

It was an exceptional place to visit and an even better way to end our travel, but it really shouldn’t be your last stop.

Medellin has a lot of different places to visit, and our tour isn’t the only one. Everyone should get a chance to see the city and experience all of its glory in person, there are many different parks and locations, and every one of them is just unique and different from the rest.

A tour for your taste

We had to make a section for the city’s food for a different vision of our travel, and we do have a lot to talk about.

If you want to find the best food in Medellin, you can always ask locals for their recommendations; you can also drive around and try anything you like.

But most of the time, there are some foods that you will almost always see, food that just screams “Medellin,” food that you can look, taste, and smell, and keep a piece of Medellin in your memory.

Bandeja Paisa

The “Bandeja Paisa” is the dish that best represents the city of Medellín. The origin of this recipe seems to be relatively recent since there are no references before 1950.

A dish that shines for its abundance of ingredients, its presentation aims to fill, that’s the reason for its name because it can only be served on a tray.

Among its ingredients, you can detail: Rice, beans, grounded beef meat, chorizo antioqueño, avocado, egg, arepa, patacon, and that’s just a small part, as the dish can have up to 15 different ingredients.

Mondongo

This soup seems to have a Spanish origin. It’s believed that we prepared it with some ingredients brought to Colombia by the Spanish colonizers. There are some dishes in Spain that are very similar to the one served in Medellín.

An essential ingredient in this recipe is the tripe or mondongo itself, the tripe of different animals.

It also has pork and chicken meat, hogao, chorizo, and vegetables such as potatoes or yucca. In some places, they accompany it with a ripe banana.

Arepa Paisa

The gastronomy of Medellín has not only been influenced by the Spanish. It also preserves some dishes that come from the indigenous people who formerly inhabited the area.

Among these recipes is that of arepas, a meal based on cornflour. Nowadays, arepas are very commonly consumed at breakfast time.

Arepas are also taken as an accompaniment to many meals. In Medellín, those that are stuffed with cheese stand out.

They have a very light flavor, making them perfect for mixing with foods like barbecue, hogao, meat, or cheese.

“Mazamorra Antioqueña”

It is a clear soup, which has become a trendy dish throughout Antioquia. To make it, you only need peeled corn, known as peto. You have to cook it very well, dedicating several hours to it.

To add more flavor to the mazamorra is usually completed with some other ingredient, such as panela and sugar. In Medellín, it is widespread to add milk to the mix.

Parva

In simple words, bread and pastry, bread coming in variant sizes, flavors, forms. Bread or sweet pies, from little cakes to bread wheels filled with cheese.

Parva is usually served alongside coffee, and to name a few, you can find Yucca Bread, Cheese Bread, Pandebono, Pastries, or Pandero.

Calentado

Calentados usually get prepared with leftover food from yesterday. It’s usually composed of scrambled or fried eggs, beans, rice, ripe banana, or arepas.

It is regularly eaten as breakfast due to all its nutrients, making it a powerful food to begin a workday.

And more.

This is just scratching the surface of the delicious food you can find in Medellin.

Sancocho, a soup cooked in a big pot, usually with many ingredients, meat, vegetables, and more, and eaten with your friends, neighbors, or even just people to have a nice dinner with.

Picada, a grilled dish that mixes Chorizo, Pork, Beef, Chicken, Butifarras, and maybe even salad or other sausages like Morcilla.

And who can forget the Empanadas, also known as Empanadas de Iglesia, because you can find them every Sunday after a church’s mass, and are filled with potato, rice, or other ingredients like beans, beef, or chicken.

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