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Medellín, where doors are always open

On arrival in Colombia's most important city after Bogotá, visitors will be greeted by a pleasant, spring-like climate, friendly people, and many reasons to stay. The useful information given below will enable foreign visitors to enjoy the capital of Antioquia province to the full.

General Information

Population, Metropolitan Area: 3.6 million inhabitants

Name given to local people: 'medellinense', or 'paisa'

Area: 381 square kilometers

Average temperature: 24°C

Province: Antioquia

Principal economic activities: textile industry, trade and services

Mayor: Aníbal Gaviria

Where to stay

Medellín boasts a wide range of accommodation options, with prices depending on location and type. According to the Medellin.travel website, the average cost of a single room in the central zone and surrounding area is $97,300, while a double costs $112,000. Anyone looking for a more luxurious stay should head for the west-center zone (Laureles and El Estadio), where single rooms start at $120,000 and doubles at $145,000, or the southeast zone (El Poblado), where the respective prices are approximately $280,000 and $350,000.

Generally speaking, El Poblado and Laureles are the areas where foreigners who go to Medellín to live look for accommodation, and rental charges are similar in each. According to specialist home rental websites like Metrocuadrado.com, a two-bedroom, 100m2 apartment in El Poblado costs around $1,500,000 pesos per month, while the monthly rent for a similar property in the Laureles sector is $1,200,000.

What to do

The capital of Antioquia province is a business destination, but it also boasts a wide variety of culture and leisure activities, and ample opportunities to get close to nature. Various personalized, group or traditional tours of the city can also be enjoyed in the company of certified, bilingual guides.

  • Shopping trips. Visit the more than 25 malls and buy fashion goods at excellent prices.
  • Religious route. Go to churches (there are more than 350) and religious monuments.
  • Nature routes and adventure tours. Travel to towns and villages near Medellín and discover their traditions. Extreme sports and ecotourism options are also available. Nearby destinations not to be missed include Santa Fe de Antioquia, El Peñol, Rionegro, Jardín and Jericó.
  • Culture and history route. Discover art in museums and theaters; enjoy historic buildings, squares and parks in the open air.
  • Notable among the variety of places to visit are the Museum of Antioquia, the Medellín Museum of Modern Art, Explora Park, the Joaquín Antonio Uribe Botanical Gardens, Lleras Park and Cisneros Square (also called the Park of Lights).
  • Gastronomic tour. Savor delicious dishes from the menus of restaurants specializing in local cuisine (bandeja paisa and mondongo are the best-known), as well as national and international cooking. Head for the Lleras Park, Laureles, La Milla de Oro or Las Palmas areas, or visit acclaimed, traditional restaurants in the city such as Carmen, San Carbón, Mystique and El Cielo.

For more information, go to:

http://www.colombia.travel/es/turista-internacional/destino/medellin

How to get around

The so-called City of Eternal Spring has the most modern mass transportation system in Latin America, consisting of the Metro, Metrocable and Metroplús. These can be used for traveling around the city and discovering the main tourist attractions. Rental cars are available at a cost of approximately $2,000,000 per month. You can also get around by taxi, ordering your vehicle through the mobile apps. Easytaxi or Tappsi.

As you travel around, bear in mind that roads labeled as carreras run parallel to the River Medellín, which crosses the city from south to north, and their numbers rise as you go from east to west, while those named calles run from east to west and their numbering increases from south to north. Similarly, remember that distances are measured in blocks, each of which is about 90 meters.

The information in the following Table will help you get to where you are going easily.

Names

Calle or Carrera

Ayacucho

Calle 49

Avenida Nutibara

Transversal 39B

Bolívar

Carrera 51

Carabobo

Carrera 52

Avenida de Greiff

Calle 53

Avenida los Industriales

Carrera 48

Avenida El Poblado

Carrera 43

Avenida Ferrocarril

Carrera 55

Argentina

Calle 57

Pasaje Coltejer

Calle 47

Transversal Inferior

Carrera 30

Transversal Superior

Carrera 25

How to dress

Cool, cotton clothing is recommended, in view of the temperate climate. However, the temperature is lower in nearby towns like Rionegro, where José María Córdova International Airport is located, and suitable protective clothes should be worn. Before setting out on a trip to places around Medellín, check what the climate is like there, and dress accordingly.

Where to find information

A number of Tourist Information Points (referred to as PITs) have been opened in the city, in order to provide visitors with the best guidance possible. These have been specially designed to offer practical information about transportation, hotels, restaurants, cultural, sporting and leisure activities, tours, and the region's attractions. Some of the PITs you will find in Medellín are listed below.

  1. PIT José María Córdova Airport: situated in the international arrivals hall, and open 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m., Monday thru Friday, and 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Telephone: (57-4) 562 2885.
  2. PIT Olaya Herrera Airport: located in the passenger arrivals hall, adjacent to the baggage reclaim belts. Open daily from 7.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Telephone: (57-4) 285 1048.
  3. PIT Pueblito Paisa: situated at the roundabout that can be seen on reaching the top of Nutibara Hill. Open Monday thru Friday, 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. Telephone: (57-4) 265 9549.
  4. PIT Plaza Mayor: on the first floor of the Caja de Madera. Times of opening depend on each week's events. Generally open from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Telephones: (57-4) 232 1624 / (57-4) 261 7277.

Further information: Medellin.travel.

Consulates

There are more than 20 consulates in Medellín where legal matters can be dealt with or general information provided about the city. Countries like Germany, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Italy and France, among others, have consulates in the provincial capital of Antioquia for the benefit of visitors from those countries.

The best schools

According to Dinero magazine's ranking of the best schools in 2013, the five most outstanding education establishments in Medellín, based on Colombian Education Evaluation Institute (ICFES) exam results, are:

  • Colegio de la Compañía de María
  • Colegio Montessori
  • Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola
  • Instituto Musical Diego Echavarría
  • Colegio Gimnasio Los Pinares

DESTACADOS

In addition to being a business destination, the city boasts a wide range of activities. One option is to join various personalized, group or traditional tours in the company of certified, bilingual guides.

Medellin has the most modern mass transportation system in Latin America, consisting of the Metro, Metrocable and Metroplús.

In the exclusive El Poblado sector, it costs around $1,500,000 pesos per month to rent a two-bedroom, 100m2 apartment.

A recurring concern among foreigners is the question of security in the capital of Antioquia province; Medellín City Hall has a budget of $172,000 million for reinforcing security in 2014.

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