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233km (145 miles) NW of Bogotá; 473km (294 miles) SE of Cartagena
Fifteen years ago, few foreigners would have considered visiting Medellín. Once the most dangerous city in the world with a murder rate of 435 per 100,000 residents, all-too-frequent bombings, and deadly gang wars, Medellín was known as the murder capital of the world. But thanks to improvements in infrastructure and community planning, a new emphasis on education, and an increased police presence (not to mention the death of drug lord Pablo Escobar), Medellín is now considered a relatively safe large city with a homicide rate less than that of both Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. Medellín is now one of Colombia's wealthiest cities, and a model of excellent urban planning. However, travelers should note that the crime rate, particularly the murder rate, has spiked in the last year due mostly to gang activity in the comunas. However, because it's unlikely that foreigners will be spending much time in the comunas, normal city safety precautions should do.
A pleasant city with springlike weather year-round (daytime highs of 75°F-85°F/24°C-29°C) and a decent number of tourist and cultural sites, Medellín also makes a great base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and El Eje Cafetero.
Browse American Airlines flights to Medellin, Colombia, and plan a trip to the capital of Antioquia. You'll find there are many interesting things to do in Medellin, from relaxing in one of the city's many pretty parks to exploring museums and admiring architecture, not to mention stopping to smell the orchids.
Start off your trip with learning about Colombia's history and heritage through visiting one of the city's museums, of which there are more than a dozen. Museum hopping is one of our favorite activities in Medellin, and the Museo de Antioquia is one of the most popular. The plaza that sits directly in front of the museum features bronze sculptures by acclaimed Colombian artist Fernando Botero, and many of his works are also inside the museum. The museum houses over a dozen exhibition halls, containing an impressive collection that spans periods from pre-Colombian to contemporary. At The Medellin Museum of Modern Art, you'll be able to see paintings, sculptures and photographs, among other mediums, by Colombian and international modern artists. In addition to its permanent collection, it often hosts fascinating temporary exhibits.
After spending time indoors appreciating art, head outside to one of the city's many parks, one of the most enjoyable things to do in Medellin. A great place to soak up the city's flora and temperate climate is at the Botanical Garden, located near the University of Antioquia and Planetarium. In addition to housing a stunning array of plants, trees and flowers, the garden is also a wildlife refuge. Don't miss the orchid garden, where the seemingly delicate flowers thrive in their native environs.
Since you're so close, stop by the Planetarium, another one of our top activities in Medellin. There are telescopes, of course, along with a spacious projection room, permanent exhibitions and a library.
To discover the many interesting sides of this Colombian metropolis, fly to Medellin with American Airlines. We've made it easy to visit, and you can plan your trip with just a few clicks!
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