Medellin and the region of Antioquia have a lot to offer to travelers, and you will quickly consider it as one of your favorite regions in Colombia. Rent a car or use the many buses to discover a hilly region surrounded by colonial towns, fincas and coffee plantations. The weather and the inhabitants are fantastic, and its geographic location gives you many options for your next destination: Pacific coast, Zona Cafetera, Caribbean coast, Bogota, and the South of Colombia.
Stay a few days in Medellin to appreciate the kindness of the Paisas and their passion for Football. Digital nomads love to settle there for a few months, to enjoy the cool vibes of the city and the trendy cafes in El Poblado. Don’t hesitate to plan some day-trips to explore the hidden gems around like Horizontes, the Paramo del Sol and Cerro Tusa.
Then travel to Guatape to admire the incredible views from El Peñol and stop in San Carlos, San Rafael or Tamesis to organize some entertaining water activities like tubing and canyoning.
Antioquia teems with lovely colonial towns that deserve your attention. Take a bus to Jerico, a little town nestled on the top of a green hill, then ride a Chiva to reach Jardin.
Many travelers fall in love with Medellin. The place, nicknamed the city of the eternal spring, has changed a lot since its dark time. Visit the graffiti in Communa 13, admire the view from a cable car, feel the vibe at the stadium during a football game, take some fresh air by exploring the surroundings and enjoy the great nightlife in Poblado and Laureles.
Guatape is a picturesque town, 2 hours away from Medellin. Wander among lakes, and green hills, then climb to the top of El Peñol, a giant monolith, to get an unforgettable view of the surrounding. The town is lovely, and the colorful alleys offer some excellent photo opportunities. Rent a Kayak or a pedalo to explore the various hidden coves.
Jerico is a well-known religious town surrounded by clouds and green hills, 3 hours away from Medellin. Admire the different views around the village and appreciate the quietness of the place. Also, don't hesitate to linger and enjoy your cup of coffee between two activities. I fell in love with the viewpoints on the Canyon of the river Cauca.
Jardin is a quiet and lovely town surrounded by waterfalls and coffee plantations. The village is a typical village in Antioquia. Colombians with Cowboy’s hat drinking coffees all day long on the main square. Jardin deserves more than a couple of nights! Direct buses from Medellin.4 hours. Stop in Rio Sucio if you're coming from the South.
Tamesis is an excellent town for travelers who want to organize lots of outdoor activities. There are direct buses from Medellin (4h) or a Chiva from Jerico (1h). Get there to do come canyoning, rappelling, or observe old petroglyphs. Moreover, Tamesis offers a breathtaking view of the Cauca River's Canyon.
San Rafael is a little town situated at 45 min bus drive from Guatape. It's an excellent option if you want to visit the western side of Antioquia without the crowd. Cristal-clear rivers and waterfalls are the main highlights in San Rafael. Walk to the different natural pools and book a water activity like canyoning and tubing.
Like San Rafael, San Carlos a little town surrounded by crystal-clear rivers and majestuous waterfalls. Moreover, there are some easy trails you can organize with your family. I especially recommend San Carlos if you want to add some adrenaline to your Colombia itinerary with some tubing or canyoning activities.
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Top Things To Do In Medellin & Around
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Climb at the top of El Peñol
Visit the colonial towns of Guatape and Santa Fe de Antioquia
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