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TLDR? Medellín and its surroundings are home to different species of trees, giving the area a rich ecology.
Due to its geographical position, Colombia’s one of the countries with the greatest variety of fauna and flora in the world.
Even in the middle of Medellín, you can find different native trees.
In this guide, I’ll tell you more about the trees in this city!
Medellin’s part of what’s called the Valle de Aburrá.
The Valle de Aburrá is a subregion of metropolitan areas made up of several Antioquian municipalities. Among them are Envigado, Sabaneta, Itagüí, Barbosa, Girardota, Bello, Caldas, Copacabana, La Estrella and of course Medellín.
They’re a group of municipalities that, in addition to sharing different political and economic problems, also share all the wealth of fauna and flora in that region.
In Colombia, no matter where you go, you can always see trees and green areas wherever you look.
This country’s home to more than 40,000 species of plants, making it one of the world’s lungs.
Colombia generally has a tropical climate, but you’ll find more than one biome in the country.
Among the best-known tree species are:
Perhaps you’ve traveled all of Medellín without realizing you’ve met more than 800 species of trees throughout the city. Medellín has native plants such as Zamia, preserved for thousands of years despite climate changes.
A place where you can find these plants and learn about ecology and botany is the Botanical Garden, a beautiful place in the city dedicated to taking care of the environment and sharing knowledge and information.
Another place where you can take a tour in the middle of the forest is Parque Arví, a reserve where you’ll find different types of plants, flowers, and trees.
With the help of these places, Medellín usually dedicates itself to planting and replacing trees that already represent a risk to the community.
The most common trees you can find in Medellin are:
You can find these and many more in parks, the middle of the city, the hills, and its corregimientos, or simply giving shade to a building.
The Valle de Aburrá also has its native species between the urban and the rural. These trees not only add beauty to streets and green areas but are often home to many species of animals.
The most common found in the Valle are:
Now you have one more excuse to continue visiting Medellín and its surroundings!
The ecology in Colombia and Antioquia is one of the things that you should admire the most. It’ll always be a pleasure to see the city full of nature, and to visit forests so close to the buildings without traveling very far.
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