TLDR? There are tons of reasons why Medellin should be at the top of your travel bucket list!
For people who have never been to Medellin, Colombia, there’s an image of the city that is often portrayed in the media. However, what people don’t often realize is that this image is not entirely accurate.
Yes, big cities in Colombia do have a higher crime rate than smaller cities and towns. But, what people forget is that big cities in their own country have a higher crime rate as well.
Instead of asking yourself why you shouldn’t go to Medellin, you should be asking why you should. That’s why in this article, we are going to give you compelling reasons as to why Medellin should be your next travel destination.
Why You Should Add Medellin to Your Bucket List
There are several Latin American countries that have become well-known travel destinations in recent years. Mexico, Brazil, and Costa Rica are just a few of them.
But, there’s one country that often gets forgotten about, and that’s Colombia. Colombia has been through a lot in the past few decades but what is overlooked is its potential as a travel destination.
One of the best things about Colombia is that it offers a wide variety of experiences in one country. You can find anything from beautiful beaches to snow-capped mountains to gorgeous colonial towns.
But one of the best places to visit in Colombia is Medellin. Medellin has so much to offer that it could take months to explore everything. If you’re traveling through Colombia, make sure to add Medellin to your itinerary. Here are a few reasons why.
1. Best Departure Point
First off, if you come to Colombia you’ll want to see more than just one city. And, Medellin is the perfect base for exploring everything that the country has to offer.
From Medellin, you can easily visit other parts of the country such as Bogota, Cartagena, and even the Amazon rainforest. Flights to these neighboring cities are inexpensive and quick direct flights are available from Medellin’s airport.
Plus, flights from major cities in other countries such as Miami, Panama City, and Lima are also direct to Medellin. So, if you’re looking for a centrally located city to start your Colombia trip, Medellin is the best option.
2. Welcoming Locals
One of the best things about Medellin is the locals. The people here are some of the most friendly and welcoming people you will ever meet.
They will go out of their way to help you with anything you need and they are always happy to share their culture with visitors.
You will quickly feel at home in Medellin thanks to the locals. If you don’t speak the best Spanish, don’t worry. Many people here speak English and are happy to help you practice your language skills.
I do recommend downloading Google Translate before your trip, just in case you need it.
3. Ideal Climate
One of the best things about Medellin is its climate. The city has what is known as eternal spring which means that the weather is perfect all year round. Plus, the scenery of the city is absolutely beautiful.
The average temperature in Medellin ranges from 62-78 degrees Fahrenheit (17-26 degrees Celsius). And even though it is located in the tropics, the city is situated at a high altitude which makes it much cooler than other cities in Colombia.
This is one of the reasons why Medellin is such a popular destination for both locals and foreigners alike. No matter what time of year you come, you’re guaranteed to have great weather.
Even if you come during the rainy season of April and May, you’ll be greeted with sunny days and cool evenings. This is the ideal weather for exploring the city and its many outdoor attractions.
If you’re used to traveling in developing countries, you will be pleasantly surprised by the infrastructure in Medellin. The city has an excellent public transportation system, a modern airport, and plenty of hotels and restaurants to choose from.
The metro and cablecar are both efficient ways to get around the city. And if you want to explore further, there are plenty of buses that go to neighboring towns and cities.
In addition, the roads are in good condition and there are plenty of taxis and Uber drivers available. So getting around is very easy whether you are using public transportation or not.
Medellin also has an excellent healthcare system. In fact, it is one of the only cities in the world where you can find hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission International.
So, if you are looking for a city with world-class infrastructure, Medellin is a perfect choice.
5. Shoppers Paradise
Medellin has so many malls that it is difficult to keep count. But, no matter what you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find it in one of the city’s many malls.
From high-end designer stores to affordable chain stores, Medellin has it all. There are also plenty of markets where you can find locally made goods such as coffee, chocolate, and jewelry.
Plus, you can catch a movie in English at the Cine Colombia in the Laureles neighborhood. So, if you’re a shopper, you will definitely be in heaven in Medellin.
From rooftop bars, live music, and dance clubs, there is something for everyone in Medellin. And if you are looking for a more low-key evening, there are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from.
So, if you are looking for a city with vibrant nightlife, Medellin is the perfect place for you. If you can’t find something to do at nighttime in Medellin then you haven’t left your apartment.
7. Delicious Food
I don’t know about you but I travel for food. And, Medellin definitely did not disappoint. From street food to fine dining, the city has it all.
If you’re looking for something quick and affordable, there are plenty of arepas, empanadas, and buñuelo carts. For something a bit more filling, you can find plenty of restaurants that serve bandeja paisa, a dish that includes rice, beans, meat, avocado, and plantains.
And if you are looking for fine dining, then you will definitely find plenty of options in Medellin. There are plenty of restaurants that serve international cuisine as well as Colombian specialties.
So, if you are looking for a city with delicious food, Medellin is the place for you. I highly recommend taking a street food tour or a cooking class so you can learn how to make some of the city’s specialties.
8. Beautiful Parks and Green Spaces
The great weather in Medellin comes with plenty of parks and green spaces to enjoy.
From Botero Plaza to Parque Lleras, there are plenty of places to relax and take in the beauty of the city. Medellin also has a large network of bike paths that wind through the city.
So, if you’re looking for a city with beautiful parks and green spaces, Medellin is an excellent choice.
9. Endless Tours and Activities
From museums to coffee farms, there are plenty of tours to take in Medellin. And if you’re looking for something a bit more extreme, you can go whitewater rafting or zip-lining.
There are also plenty of walking tours that will show you the different neighborhoods and help you understand the city’s history. Also, catch a football game at Atanasio Girardot Stadium. It is a truly unique experience.
Last but not least, Medellin is a very safe and affordable city. I felt safe walking around the city during the day and at night. However, it is always good to use common sense and be aware of your surroundings.
As for affordability, Medellin is very reasonably priced. You can find plenty of affordable hotels, restaurants, and activities.
So, if you are looking for a safe and affordable city to travel to, Medellin is a perfect choice.
Add Medellin As Your Next Travel Destination
I hope this post has convinced you to add Medellin to your travel list. It’s truly a wonderful city with so much to offer.
From its vibrant nightlife to its delicious food, there’s something for everyone in Medellin. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Medellin today!
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