It is urgent to disconnect! After months of preventive isolation due to the coronavirus, “the new normality” invites us, while taking all preventive measures, to return to inhabit the city, its recreational spaces and the natural tourist sites full of biodiversity that we enjoy in Medellin.
The offer of natural attractions in Medellin is not small and it is evident the need for a breath of fresh air from time to time to enjoy these natural spaces, tour the city and sightseeing in the place we live or visit.
Medellín Botanical Garden
Located in the heart of the city, the Botanical Garden of Medellin is a place of healthy recreation that extends along its 13 hectares, in which you can count more than 2,000 trees and a biodiversity unsurpassed in the urban area of the city.
Through countless environments such as the Tropical Forest, the Palm Garden, and the Butterfly House, which make this place ideal for passive recreation, the Botanical Garden reminds us of the importance of preserving the green lungs of the city.
The impressive architecture of the Orquideorama is ideally combined with the nature of the garden to create an atmosphere of tranquility and well-being in an undoubtedly impressive place.
Located in the Santa Elena district, Arví Park is one of the largest ecotourism parks in the country and represents one of the main ecosystems of the city due to its immense wealth of flora and fauna.
Visiting the Arví Park, which can be reached by metrocable through more than 17,000 hectares of natural forest, is a truly unforgettable experience. There you can listen to the sounds of nature or take a walk or bike ride through the forest while enjoying the fresh air of the trees.
Touring it is a quite atypical experience that gives a respite from the pace of the city. For those of us who live in or visit Medellin, having such a vast green space just 20 minutes away from the Santo Domingo station of the Medellin Metro is a pleasure that few destinations in the world have.
Alto de San Miguel
Located in the municipality of Caldas metropolitan area, 30 kilometers from Medellin, this ecological reserve is known for being the birthplace of the Aburrá River and for giving life to the mountainous system that separates the basins of the Aburrá River from the Cauca River and for housing in more than 800 hectares approximately 15% of the biodiversity in Colombia.
It is also considered a true water pantry and is home to more than 250 species of plants and hundreds of animal species such as the mountain cusumbo and the anteater. It is also home to 49 species of mammals, 130 species of butterflies and more than 620 species of plants such as ferns, mosses and orchids.
It also has 240 species of birds, which is equivalent to 12% of all those known in the country.
Corregimientos of Medellín
The Corregimientos of Medellín are a jewel to be explored and each of the five is as special as the other, through them the urban and the rural merge quickly due to the proximity of some with the city.
In its highlands, hills and viewpoints it is possible to go hiking, bird watching, camping and other outdoor activities in the midst of large forest plantations and a diversity of flora and fauna.
In addition, on a tour through the Corregimientos of Medellín, you will inevitably come across crops of flowers, coffee, cider, banana, orange, chontaduro, guava, avocado, lemon, citron, sugar cane, among others; feeling the essence of the countryside just minutes from the city.
Medellín’s tutelary hills
The seven tutelary hills of Medellín are considered the best viewpoints of the city and ideal places for outdoor sports, in addition to having an immense wealth of heritage. See them all here.