The city is surrounded by mountains, offering plenty of nature spots to explore, as well as housing a vibrant art scene, spectacular nightlife, and bustling parks.

While Medellin rose to fame because of its crime, it has significantly cleaned up its act and is now a hot spot for tourists from all over the world.

Best Things to Do in Medellin

Now you know a little bit about why you should visit Medellin, here are all the top attractions to add to your list!

Walk Around Botero Plaza

Medellin is home to Colombia’s most famous artist, Fernando Botero. In the city center, you can walk through Botero Plaza and get your picture taken amongst a few dozen of his large metal sculptures (23 in total).

Try Latin American Cuisine

Colombian cuisine is very hearty and filling. A popular dish is bandeja paisa, which contains sausage, pork cracklings, beans, plantains, rice, and a fried egg.

Take a Day Trip to Guatape

Guatape is a colorful pueblo a short 2.5 half-hour bus ride from Medellin. It’s situated on a lake and is just 15 minutes from El Penol, a monolith sticking out of the ground.

Check Out Jardin Botanico (Botanical Gardens)

Visiting the Jardin Botanico in Medellin, Colombia is a must-do for anyone looking to explore Latin American culture and nature.

Take a Comuna 13 Tour

The streets are lined with graffiti, and to connect Comuna 13 with other neighborhoods, the city has built a series of open-air escalators to help bridge the divide between communities.

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