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This post contains a detailed trip itinerary for a stay in Medellín during Christmas for 3 days and 2 nights. It will share with you where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in Medellín during this holiday time. For more on visiting Colombia, click here to read about all the things you should know before traveling to Colombia.
What is the weather in Medellín during the Christmas season?:
The climate in Medellín around christmas time is pleasant with moderate temperatures around ~60-80 degrees F
What is the terrain in Medellín like?:
Medellín is a metropolis situated in a massive valley–the Valle de Aburrá, as its known in local Spanish. Expect windy roads and lots of hillsides.
The Itinerary – 3 days, 3 nights: Medellín, Colombia
Day 1: Bogota → Medellín
9:03am – 10:02am: Flight to Medellín from Bogota
10:30am – 11:30am: Arrive in Medellín. Uber to Airbnb in El Poblado
The distance from the Medellín Airport to El Poblado is about ~40minutes
Uber fare estimate: 53.546-64.079 pesos, ~ $25
Neighborhoods you want to stay in Medellín as a foreigner, for the most part:
1:00pm – 4:00pm: Lunch at 37 Park Bistro in El Poblado
Beautiful restaurant with outdoor and patio seating
Located in El Poblado near several shops, restaurants, and bars to walk to
4:00pm – 7:00pm: You can choose from the following three activities
1. Visit El Publito Paisa
This hill offers terrific, near-360-degree views of the city.
There is a small village on top of this hill
Main attraction are the views of Medellín’s, quaint restaurants and local food and shopping
We ended up doing this during the evening but I think it would make for a better experience to visit during the day as the sunsets
2. Stop Along the Metro Cable
Take the Metro Cable up the hills of Medellín. See the rooftop graphiti and stop on the streets along the way
We took line K – find more information here
3. “Hike” Cerro Volador
In quotes because it’s more of a walk than a hike
Takes about 40 minutes round trip depending on where you get dropped off. Views from this hillside are great!
10:00pm: Envy Rooftop Bar
Calle 9A #37-16 (The Charlee Hotel), 17th floor; 5444 4968;
Open Wednesday – Friday 5 pm – 2 am, Saturdays noon – 2 am, Sundays noon – 8 pm
Noted as one of the top two best rooftop bars in Medellín
Views are breathtaking and the indoor swimming pool is nice swanky touch
You can order food as well as cocktails at this bar
How should you dress at Envy Rooftop? Sexy
Day 2: Day Trip to Guatapé
Today we will be spending time exploring Guatapé. Guatapé is roughly two hours from Medellín and a day trip you don’t want to miss out on. You will need to hire a driver. Do not rent and drive on your own unless you are experienced with driving in Colombia.
One great way to find a driver is by communicating with Uber drivers if they’d be willing to drive for the day. Find the driver, settle on a rate and BLAM! Trip is in motion. This approach proved to be helpful in Bogota as well.
You can also ask assistance at check-in at your hotel. We were able to hire a great driver for 350,000 COP ~$120 USD for the day.
9:00am – 11:30am: Head out on your drive to Guatapé.
11:30am – 1pm: Hike Piedra de Peñol
This is the rock of Guatapé. The “hike” consists of a staircase leading to breathtaking views
The walk up the stairs takes about 30 minutes and you’ll find beers with mangos waiting for you at the top.
1:30pm – 4:30pm: Enjoy the colorful abyss of Guatapé and lunch
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Ferry ride to watch the sunset
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Enjoy the rest of the evening as you please before heading back.
Try an arepa from a local street vendor. This is a popular Colombian cheesy dish
Day 3: Medellín
9:00am – 12:00pm: Free Walking Tour of Downtown Medellín
Reservations for this tour must be made two days in advance.*
This walking tour is one of the best ways to understand and get a feel of the city of Medellín. The tour guides are highly educated on the history and politics of the city and you will witness their passion in their profession. You’ll find this tour to be informative and REAL.
Colombian’s don’t like to talk about the tragedies from the late 80’s/early 90’s. This tour will bring light to some of these more sensitive topics. Keep in mind that the tour guides are volunteers and many make a living off your tips. I encourage generosity when it comes to tipping if you find this worthwhile.
Other tour highlights:
Botero is one of Colombia’s most renowned artists. He is known for his signature style known as “Boterismo”
If you’re interested in coping fake Adidas/Nike products, you’ll find an abundance of such contraband being sold by street vendors in downtown
12:30pm – 2:30pm: Lunch and shopping downtown
We popped into a mall downtown where the tour ended to have a traditional Colombian lunch
This photo here below shows a Bandeja Paisa – popular with the locals – recommend trying it!
The mall and the food court isn’t anything glamorous, but if you’re looking for a new pair of sneaks for the low low, this is your spot
8:00pm: Dinner and bed to catch an early AM flight to Cali for Feria de Cali!
Other recommendations for Medellín –
Laurales Dining Recommendation: Delirio Exquisito Restaurante
El Poblando Dining Recommendation: Regodeo
Here are some day time excursions:
Pablo Escobar tour – be weary though, locals don’t like to encourage this
Please leave any comments, tips, suggestions in the comments below. Cheers to a memorable trip!
Planning a trip to cities in Colombia? Make sure to read ‘Things to Note Before Visiting Colombia.’ before diving into your planning.