Declared the 2013 Innovative City of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, Medellin is the industrial heart of Colombia. Situated in a narrow valley with a backdrop of lush Andean peaks, the “Beautiful Village” has a cosmopolitan flair and vibrant nightlife. Medellin’s Indigenous, Roman and Spanish culture are celebrated in galleries and institutions like the Museum of Antioquia Museum and the San Pedro Cemetery Museum. Experience Pueblito Paisa, a reconstructed Antioquia village, the Arvi Park mountain wilderness reserve and the mid-18th century neoclassical Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria. The city parks host open-air markets and public artworks, such as La Gorda de Botero, the unofficial meeting place for locals. Street performers entertain visitors along La Playa.
Flights to Medellin arrive at Jose Maria Cordova International (MDE). The elevated trains, long articulated buses and innovative sky train, or cable car, of the Metro systems as well as traditional taxis make it easy to explore attractions in and around Medellin.
Founded in 1616, Medellin is known as the City of Eternal Spring for its marvelous year-round climate. The pleasant weather is ideal for enjoying the Festival of the Flowers and the award-winning International Poetry Festival as well as exploring the nearby El Eje Cafetero, or Coffee Triangle, symbolized by the iconic fictional character Juan Valdez.