How to Spend 1 Day in Medellin
Modern Medellin, the capital of Antioquia and home of the late Pablo Escobar, sits in a verdant valley surrounded by jagged peaks, with springlike weather throughout the year. This modern metropolis packs plenty of cultural appeal as well. Here’s how to make the most of your 24 hours in the City of Eternal Spring.
Morning: City Sightseeing
There’s a ton to see and do in Medellin, so get your bearings with a sightseeing tour around town. Options are plentiful; opt for a general tour on foot, by metro, and via aerial cable car to see the city’s colonial churches, plazas, and public art, or choose a tour that caters to your particular interests—anything from street art to the sculptures of Fernando Botero. To get a sense for just how naturally beautiful Medellin really is, treat yourself to a morning helicopter flight high above the city.
Afternoon: Pablo Escobar
This afternoon, walk in the footsteps of Medellin’s most infamous son, Pablo Escobar, with a guided excursion to some of the drug lord’s most notorious haunts. See the soccer field Escobar built for the local community, the Monaco Building where a rival cartel tried to assassinate his family, the family home where he was killed on the roof, and his unassuming gravesite in a local cemetery. Hear stories of the cartel kingpin while learning more about how his legacy has impacted modern Medellin.
Night: Salsa Dancing
After your busy day of sightseeing, let loose with a favorite Colombian pastime, salsa dancing. Join a local for an evening of drinking and dancing at salsa clubs where paisas (Medellin locals) go for a night out on the town. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more low-key, opt for a food tour of a local neighborhood (Sabaneta or Envigado) to sample specialties such as buñuelos (cheese balls), chicharrón (pork belly), and locally made sausage.