Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city, is gaining attention for its rapidly evolving food scene. Traditional Paisa cuisine, named after the Paisa region in which Medellin is located, can be found alongside innovative fusion and international cuisines.

Start your gastronomic journey with Bandeja Paisa, a hearty platter with beans, rice, ground beef, chorizo, fried egg, plantain, avocado, and arepa. This dish is symbolic of the local cuisine's flavor and abundance.

Street food is also a must-try. Look out for 
Empanadas, stuffed pastries that are either baked or fried, and Mazorca Desgranada, a flavorful combination of corn, cheese, and various toppings.


Medellin, often dubbed the "City of Eternal Spring," is a hub of cultural activities known for its warmth and welcoming Paisa culture. The city's complicated past and resilient comeback have shaped a community deeply proud of its progress and heritage.

The annual Feria de las Flores (Flower Festival) is a significant cultural event featuring parades, concerts, and an extravagant flower display. Music also plays a pivotal role in Medellin's culture, with Salsa being particularly popular.

Travel Tips

  1. Public Transport: Medellin boasts an excellent Metro system, including cable cars offering stunning city views. Taxis are also plentiful and relatively inexpensive.
  2. Language: Spanish is the primary language, and while English is spoken in tourist areas, a few Spanish phrases will be helpful.
  3. Safety: Medellin has dramatically improved in terms of safety, but it is still advisable to avoid certain areas at night and always be aware of your belongings.
  4. Best Time to Visit: The city's pleasant climate means it can be visited any time, but the dry season (December to March) is generally more comfortable for sightseeing.
  5. Tipping: While not compulsory, a tip of around 10% is appreciated in restaurants.

Interesting Facts

  1. Once bearing the notorious title of the world's most dangerous city, Medellin has dramatically transformed and is now recognized as one of the most innovative cities in South America.
  2. Medellin is the only city in Colombia with a metro system.
  3. The city's cable car system was initially built to help residents in poorer hillside neighborhoods commute to the city center. Now, it's also a popular tourist attraction.

Top Places

Medellin offers a variety of experiences for its visitors:

  1. Comuna 13: Previously known as the city's most challenging district, Comuna 13 has transformed into a vibrant area famous for its street art and outdoor escalators.
  2. Pueblito Paisa: An imitation of a classic Colombian village that provides outstanding views of the city and a peek into the nation's history.
  3. Botanical Garden: A peaceful haven in the city, home to over 4,500 flowers and the famous "Orquideorama" structure.

  1. El Castillo Museum: A gothic-style castle housing an impressive collection of art and antiques.
  2. Parque Explora: A science museum featuring South America's largest freshwater aquarium, a planetarium, and interactive exhibits.

Medellin's unique blend of traditional culture, modern innovation, and breathtaking sceneries make it an unmissable spot in Colombia. Its rich history and the resilience of its people add to the city's undeniable charm.