Medellin – once known for its tumultuous past, now appreciated for its dramatic transformation and welcoming environment! Also known as the “City of Eternal Spring”, Medellin is blessed with fantastic weather. To enjoy its warm sunshine and hang out with your friends, you will find plenty of parks and plazas there. Get freshly squeezed juice from a street food vendor and devour on a bunch of empanadas and you will soon learn to admire this city as you embark on your tourist journey.
The best thing is that you don’t have to wander aimlessly as you can easily get a local tour guide by hiring affordable city tour services. They will help you explore this city with the utmost freedom and also tell you about the stories that link the places to their historic past.
While you will feel never out of options in terms of restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs, the following places are the ones that you must visit during your Medellin guided tour.
- The Botanical Gardens
Medellin’s botanical gardens are widely known natural oasis of more than 1,000 species of wildlife and 4,500 species of beautiful floral. You will get to explore a wonderful butterfly garden, an amazing cactus garden, and a huge collection of orchids there. You will also encounter a 65-feet high wooden mesh structure called Orquideorama to harvest rainwater. If you visit this place during the Festival of the Flowers, you will be amazed by its spell-bound beauty.
- Parque Explora
A renowned interactive science museum, Parque Explora is loved by people of all ages. It also features the South America’s largest freshwater aquarium. You will enjoy over 300 interactive exhibits in the building’s four red cubes along with a planetarium, 3D auditorium, and a television studio. Situated in Zona Norte in the proximity of the botanical gardens and shopping malls, you will not even realize how quickly an entire day goes while playing and learning about science and technology there.
- Casa de la Memoria
Another museum but with an entirely different theme! Casa de la Memoria is enlightening and informative for everyone and aims to support the victims of drug cartels, gangs, and terrible civil war. It preserves the history for current and future generations so that people can learn more about it from the exhibits, emotional photography, and artwork and avoid the pitfalls in the future. The best part is that there are no entry charges and the whole place is well-designed.
- Plaza Botero
A perfect place for people who cherish art! If you are one of them, check out the vibrant Plaza Botero where you will get to see some of the larger than life scriptures by the square’s namesake – Fernando Botero. Around 23 stunning bronze statues, donated by the artist himself, are scattered in the plaza. You can meander around or sit and enjoy fresh juice with empanada there and you will even find street performers, trinket salesmen, and food stalls.
- El Castillo Museo y Jardines
You might be surprised to hear but, indeed, Medellin city is also home to a popular castle. For a small entry fee, you can check out the twentieth-century castle with French outlook and beautiful gardens, fountains, and pathways. Built in 1931 and opened in 1971 as a museum, it served as a luxury home between that duration and seen as an entertaining place for visitors from Europe.
There is a lot to do, visit, see, and eat in Medellin. A self-guided tour might not be sufficient to fully explore and learn about the potential and wonders of this city. So, hire city tour services and experience what this city has to offer.0