Medellin, Colombia Tourist Attractions
* Medellin tourist attractions listed below.
Medellin truly is a city to experience with all your senses as there are many reasons that make it a premier tourist destination in South America. Known as the City of Eternal Spring, the city enjoys year-round spring-like weather and temperatures in addition to being a warm and rich cultural center. The city is also hometown to many world renowned artists, painters and sculptures including Fernando Botero, whose works grace many parks and plazas around the city. Located in the beautiful Aburra Valley, the city is truly a gem to behold that is cradled on all sides by lush green, tropical mountains in a setting that can only be described as paradise. But, it is probably the local people that live in Medellin (paisas) that truly make the city spectacular! Renowned for their warm, courteous and friendly attitudes, paisas really know how to make visitors & travelers alike feel right at home when visiting Medellin!
Medellin stands out as an important hub for business, fashion and international trade as well as a center for permanent symposiums and diplomatic meetings. Well know textile fairs such as Colombiamoda & Colombiatex, cultural events such as the International Poetry Festival, the International Jazz Festival and the Book Festival have their annual public events here in Medellin, Colombia. The city has also seen an uptick recently in medical tourism as patients come from around the globe to access premium medical practitioners and superb care facilities for their elected procedures. Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are in high demand here and Medellin rates as one of the top cities in the world for this type of commerce. Medellin has some of the finest doctors in the world and is fast gaining a reputation in the “medical tourism” arena. The city is also gaining more attention as a site of international sporting events as it hosts the upcoming 2010 South American Games.
Year after year, the city dons its festive mood for the Flower Fair and Silleteros Parade that occurs every year in August. People from all over the globe ascend on Medellin to witness the week long series of events that define the commercial strength of the city as well as its rich cultural heritage surrounding the flower trade. Christmas is also a big event in Medellin as things officially kick off on December 7th to mark the month long holiday festivities including a Christmas light display worthy of nobility. The city boasts a modern public transportation system with it’s Metro and feeder line Metro Plus buses, newly refurbished thorough ways, two bus terminals, two airports including an international terminal located in Rio Negro just outside the city. Today’s Medellin is also full of parks, libraries and large, open public spaces that have become symbols of a new and transformed city full of creative leisure activities, knowledge and fun!
Your senses are transformed as you walk through the city of Medellin. Sights, sounds, smells come at you from all directions as you weave your way through the bustling city streets, sidewalks and Metro. A cocktail for the human senses, the Medellin culture and appeal are in full force as you discover various parts of the city, each containing its well guarded cultural, historic and social treasures!
The company Seditrans operates Medellin Turibus, a daily bus tour of Medellin. The service has multiple pickup locations around the city including Poblado Park (Parque Poblado). Inaugurated in July of 2004, this service was established to promote the social, cultural and touristic features of the city and was inspired by other such operations existing in other international tourism destinations such as Barcelona, Mexico City & Orlando. The Medellin Turibus company deploys a small fleet of blue, red and yellow colored buses that are painted to resemble the Colombian flag. The company is ISO 9001 certified and offers bilingual tour guide service in both French and English.
The Medellin Turibus city tour takes you on a city wide loop to some of the main attractions and is a great way for Medellin first timers to get a good look at the city for a very affordable price. Visitors will learn about many facets of the city while on the tour including historical facts, architectural highlights and cultural aspects of the area and its people. The Medellin Turibus company also offers special programs that will take you outside of the city into the surrounding countryside including destinations such as El Penol, Santa Fe de Antioquia and Jardin to name a few. Check the company’s website for more information regarding these excursions.
Medellin Turibus Route
Starting at the Parque Poblado pick-up site, the Medellin Turibus circuit heads downtown through the San Diego commercial district to Plaza Botero. Here tourists will get an opportunity to view larger than life bronze statues created by local artist and sculpter Fernando Botero. The plaza contains 23 actual scuptures that surround the Uribe Palace of Culture and sits adjacent to the Museum of Antioquia. Other interesting sites include Plaza Bolivar, La Alpujarra Administrative Center, Park of Wishes, Estadio Atanasio Girardot (Soccer Stadium) and Cerro Nutibara to name a few. In fact, theMedellin Turibus service introduces you to more than twenty of the city’s main attractions during the three hour ride.
MORNING TOUR (9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.)
EVENING TOUR (1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.)
Adults – $17,000 pesos
Children (12 or under) – $10,000 pesos
Seniors (60+) – $10,000
* These rates change from time to time, so check with the company website for up to date information regarding current prices.
Medellin‘s transformation is clearly visible on this major thoroughfare that runs north and south in the downtown area. The median between the north and south lanes has been turned into a mini, decorator tile laden mountain range that catches the eye of everybody in the area. Travelers and visitors alike to this historic area will be able to appreciate the beauty of this man made …