It is common to hear of various types of tourism depending on the different interests of travelers and the offer of destinations, their plans, and tourist sites. In Medellín for example, cultural tourism, business tourism, or community tourism are quite common.
Creative tourism has recently gained attention, especially among those who seek to have unique and immersive experiences while on a trip and in which sustainability, creativity, and the identity of the place they visit are key. According to the Creative Tourism Network, Medellin is already part of this type of tourism.
Join us on this tour to discover why Medellín is a destination that attracts, among other things; for the creativity of their tourist sites and plans.
What are the sites and plans that make Medellin a creative tourist destination?
If creative tourism is one that promotes participation in interactive activities through art. It seeks to discover and learn about the destination that is visited. It is easy to deduce why Medellin is considered a creative tourist destination because, in many of its tourist sites and plans, the imagination and the connection with the roots and the environment are opening a universe of truly genuine experiences.
Exotic fruits tour
One of the attractions that travelers who come to our country enjoy the most is the diversity of colors, sensations, and flavors that can be found here in the tropics and that can be enjoyed, for example, through an exotic fruit tour in a local market.
Or, visit the Mercados Campesinos de Medellín, which are located every weekend in 21 parks of the city. There, its visitors are offered fruits, vegetables, typical foods and handicrafts that are cultivated or transformed by the peasants of the townships of Medellín.
Visit the Silleteras farms of Santa Elena
The Silleteras Farms are a living representation of one of the most important celebrations in our region: the Silleteros Parade of the Flower Fair. There, peasants from the village of Santa Elena hang a type of wooden chairs behind them with handles with different types of flowers, mostly grown on their own farms.
In addition, in a visit to the Silleteras Farms, you can learn not only to build your own saddle but also to enjoy colorful gardens full of flowers and medicinal plants, folkloric samples of the region, and delicious mountain cuisine.
Nature tourism in Arvi Park
Arvi Park is an ecotourism park in the Santa Elena district that is surrounded by 16,000 hectares of natural forest. They offer generous space to discover the magic of its cultural wealth, its archaeological heritage, and the entrepreneurship of the people who inhabit this territory.
Through the different tourist plans in Arvi Park, you can live various experiences. They range from night tours through the forest, to a kokedama workshop to activate creativity in one of the green lungs of the city.
Handicraft workshop in the Moravia neighborhood
The Moravia neighborhood, the old dump of the city, today has been converted into an immense 30,000 m2 garden. This is the setting for the Handicraft Workshop, a creative experience through which a unique object can be created in the company of artisans from the community.
The workshop can be complemented with a visit to the Moravian Greenhouse, a productive project led by women from the community. In this place, flowers and ornamental plants are planted and marketed.
Graffitour of Commune 13
The one-and-a-half-hour tour of the Graffitour of Commune 13 is a visual experience through the murals of mostly local artists, who have portrayed their testimony of resilience through art, but also dance, taekwondo, and hip hop.
Commune 13 of Medellín also has the first public escalators in the country, which lead to a viewpoint with a fascinating view from where the contrasts of the city can be appreciated; with its mountains, buildings and colors.
If one of the most important characteristics of creativity is the ability to solve problems, in Medellín’s DNA lives the resilience of a city that has managed to overcome adversity and feel proud of the transformation witnessed by its walls full of graffiti, its silleteras farms that are the memory of a tradition with more than 60 years, or its gardens that have grown in the middle of a garbage dump.