Medellín, Colombia. A city transforming from a war torn past of drugs & Pablo Escobar. Once a no go, has shaped into a hotspot for tourists & Colombians. Now with so much to choose from & so little time, what will you do? Here’s a 4 day guide to the city to maximize your time & dollars.
You have arrived and have checked into your hostel in Poblado. We will use Poblado as a reference point because:
1) Its where the majority of backpackers stay
2) Its where the highest density of hostels are located.
Start with a stop at Pergamino Cafe for some of the cities best coffee & pastries. Grab a bag to bring home with you while you’re at it, you won’t regret it.
Post Pergamino head to your meeting location for your Free City Walking Tour with Real City Tours that you booked in advance as it is an extremely popular activity. This the ideal start to your Medellin experience as you will not only hit the main spots of the city, but be informed of the history, foods & customs of everyday life in a 4 hour tour.
Post tour your hunger levels are high so it’s time for a bite. Experience a Menu Del Dia which Can be found just about anywhere in the city for about 10-12 mil pesos. Usually an offering of a soup, meat, salad, rice & beverage.
You’ve probably seen the photos of the cable cars shuttling people over the city up deep in the hills. It’s now your turn for a completely different perspective of the city. Take a trip up to Parque Arvi to see some of the Park, or just ride up & enjoy the scenery.
Hustle back to Envy rooftop and catch the sunset. You will be glad you didn’t miss this spot.
Park 37 for dinner & drinks. Post meal hang around outside and enjoy the bustling scene of Poblado before checking out a neighborhood favorite, Mad Records. Go with the flow as Poblado has much more than needed to make your night a memorable one.
Cup of coffee at the quaint Hija Mia & you’re on your way to Communa 13 tour. Communa 13 tour will give you the scoop of one of the countries most dangerous barrios & an inside look at the transformation that is currently unfolding.
Hop on the metro & take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens for an afternoon of gorgeous scenery & tranquil vibes. Next to the Botanical Gardens you can also find the very popular Parque Explora.
Friday night in Poblado. Head to Parque Lleras and embrace the chaos that will be found around every corner. Grab a bottle of the Colombians favorite, Aguardiente & have your pick at one of the many bars/discotecas around.
Today is a slower day as your poblado evening zapped the energy from you. Catch an extra hour of sleep and when ready head out to find the countries most infamous dish, Bandeja Paisa. Props to those who can finish the massive serving of eggs, chicharrón, beans, and avocado.
Post lunch it’s time to circulate the blood with an afternoon of Paragliding. A 1 hour bus ride will have you high in the mountains of GTopiks launch zone wondering if you should just take in the beauty or actually go through with this extreme sport.
Back to Poblado for dinner at the always delicious & cosy pizza joint, Café Zorba before another night out. Calle 9+1 for the electronic music lovers or a whirlwind of craziness in the ball pit at Octava.
This day can go many ways but should end with a tour. If you want to learn more than just the inaccurate portrayal of Pablo Escobar in Narcos, then take the Pablo tour. You will be shuttled around the city to a number of spots that have played a major role in the history of this infamous Colombian. Theories will be discussed, personal opinions expressed, & a plethora of information you probably have never heard of before.
Back to Poblado for your belongings & a quick bite & it’s time to get back to the airport for your evening flight. Keep in mind the airport is far so give yourself time for the trek ahead.
There are loads of other activities & things to choose from, but I have found these will give you the best taste & provide you with the best bang for your buck in this city. Have a better itinerary or an idea that can be included? Drop a line and let me know