Affordable Medellin Travel: 4 Day Backpackers Guide

Colombia is one of the top destinations for locals and tourists in recent years. Are you currently looking to explore Colombia and want to make the most of a Medellin travel experience? Perfect! Read along for a 4 day guide to one of my favorite cities in the world.

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Medellín, Colombia. A city transforming from a war torn past of drugs & Pablo Escobar. The “City of Eternal Spring” is a magnet for local and foreign travelers. Fine dining, endless nightlife, and an ideal climate that rivals any other city globally. Pair those with a favorable cost of living and you can understand why people are flocking here.

Medellin Travel 4 Day Overview

  • Welcome to Medellin – Coffee, Free City Walking Tour,
  • Day 2 – Coffee, Communa 13 Tour
  • Day 3 – More Coffee, Bandeja Paisa, Paragliding
  • Final Day – Coffee, Pablo Escobar Tour, Other

For this travel guide, Poblado is where everything originates from. Poblado is where the majority of expats and tourists live and work.

  • It’s where the majority of backpackers stay
  • & It’s where the highest density of hostels are located.

Medellin Travel Day 1

Welcome to Colombia. Home to some of the most delicious Coffee in the world. Start the day to one of the most recognized cafes in Medellin, Pergamino Cafe, for some of the cities best coffee & pastries. Hang out for a bit in the expansive space and don’t rush your welcoming coffee experience.

Post Pergamino, take a 15 minute walk to the Poblado Metro station and ride the Metro to your designated meeting station for your Free City Walking Tour with Real City Tours. (Make sure to book this a day or 2 in advance). You can also take an Uber if you want to make the process easier.

The Free City Walking Tour is the ideal start to your Medellin experience as this 4 hour tour acquaints you with Medellin, the history of Colombia and allows you to gather any and all the resources that will be relevant for the duration of your stay. Also, this is one of the best ways to meet other travelers, especially if you are travelling solo.

Post Free City Walking Tour: It’s time to eat, Colombia Style. Menu Del Dia or Bandeja Paisa. Menu Del Dia’s can be had all over the city for about 10,000 COP ($3). The Menu del Dia usually consists of: Meat, Rice, Fruit, Salad, Soup, and Juice. They will vary from place to place but something along these lines. Learn to love them as they are filling and will keep your wallet filled.

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Cable Cars. You’ve probably seen photos of  the Medellin cable cars shuttling people over the city deep into 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.


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Looking to catch a sunset? Envy Rooftop is one of the best places to catch a sunset in Medellin. This is a popular rooftop bar in Medellin amongst tourists and locals.

Park 37 is a great spot for dinner or roam around and find what looks tasty.

Enjoy the Poblado Nightlife as there is tons to choose from in the area. One place that you should definitely check out is Mad Records

Medellin Travel Ideas: Day 2

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Coffee to Start your day. Head over to the quaint and Aussie owned, Hija Mia for another taste of some of Medellin’s best coffee. Post coffee catch the metro to meet your group for your Communa 13 tour

This tour will give you the scoop of one of the countries most dangerous barrios & an inside look at the transformation of Medellin through music, art, dance, and education.

Medellin Travel Tours

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. I didn’t have the chance to go but countless people I met enjoyed their time there.

Friday night in Poblado. Head to Parque Lleras, Poblado’s main nightlife center, and embrace the chaos that will be found around every corner. Grab a bottle of Colombia’s favorite, Aguardiente & have your pick at one of the many bars/discotecas at your disposal.

Medellin Day 3

Bandeja Paisa

Depending on your evening out, you might be moving a little bit slower or at the same clip. Find Medellin’s most infamous dish, Bandeja Paisa. Props to those who can finish the massive serving of Eggs, Chicharrón, beans, rice & Avocado.

Paragliding. Post lunch it’s time to circulate the blood with an afternoon in the sky. A 1 hour bus ride will have you high in the mountains to para-glide just outside the city. 

GTopik was our outfitter and we can’t recommend them enough for the positive experience we experienced. Nothing but good things. These guys price match so you’re sure to have the most economical price for your time in the air.

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Paraglide in Medellin Guide - 2020

Cafe Zorba for Dinner. Head 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 (Instagram Hot Spot).

Medellin Day 4

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This day can go many ways but should end with a tour as Medellin is a city full of them. 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 had no idea was true.

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. The bus takes about one and half hours from city center to the airport.

More than just Medellin Travel

Medellin has loads of other activities & things to choose from, but I have found these are some of the best tours & experiences while on a tight schedule. If you can, I would go to GUATAPE for at least one day

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Have other ideas that should be included when in the city of eternal spring? Drop a comment below and it might just make the list!

Sticking around longer than 4 days in Medellin? Here are some other things that you definitely need to check out:

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If you still need help, send me a message or comment below and I will do my best to get you where you need to be. Medellin Guru can also help you if I didn’t dive deep enough. You can also share this with anyone who you think might find it useful! Thanks for reading and hope to connect with you.

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