Why is Medellin worth a visit?

Fernando Botero, Medellín, Park, Square, Tourism, Botero Square
Medellin establishes itself as a modern city full of touristic, cultural and commercial activity. It has 22 museums and six parks and libraries, more than 25 shopping malls, six gastronomical offer zones and more

Medellin’s touristic appeal is a reality. Hotel occupation in the city increased 2,48% since last year.

According to SITUR, the System for Touristic Indicators, thanks to different events that drew people to the city, hotel occupation reached 54,4% in 2012 compared to 51,92% of 2011.

Medellin in touristic figures

The city attracts new visitors and all the while it connects them. Up until September 2012, of the totality of tourists, 45% repeated a visit while 55% were first-time visitors.

One of the principal focuses is health tourism. In the last decade the city greeted nearly 26,000 foreign patients, according to figures from the Medical Services and Dentistry Cluster of Medellin.

In terms of touristic sights, the SITUR registered that the Nutibara Hill presented a raise in 111% in the number of visits compared to 2011, with a total of 97.186 people.

On its part, the Parque Explora tallied 44,682 visits, an increase of 50,28% compared to the past year.

The Museum of Antioquia accounted for 20,847 entries, increasing its visits in 41,65%. With a story of 119 years, the museum continues to be a reference point in the building of mechanisms for education of future generations of Antioquia and the rest of the country. Inside its facilities a donation of art by world-renowned painter Fernando Botero can be found.

In addition, right in front of the museum is the Plaza Botero, 7,500 square meters that welcome open air and 23 sculptures by the artist.

Among the most conventional visiting places are also Plaza Mayor, the biggest international conventions center in the country and the most modern in Latin America. It has 12,000 square meters of inner spaces for fairs and exhibitions with capacity for 8,000 people.

In the surroundings of the conventions center are the Palacio de Exposiciones de Medellin, the Teatro Metropolitano, the Parque de los Pies Descalzos and the Museo Interactivo EPM.

Another site that cannot be missed is the Pasaje Peatonal Carabobo, a passage with architectural sights and urbanity patrimonial interest.

Mobility conceived for tourists

To stroll around the capital of Antioquia there are infinity of easy, quick and economical options such as the Tren Metropolitano and the Metro, the only of its kind in Colombia and that has mobilized more than 2 billion people.

There is also Metrocable, a set of aerial cabins connected to a cable that overflies several neighborhoods of the Medellin northeast.

Other option is the bus system, which operates as an integrated transport system and represents 25,2% of the city’s transportation.

For its diverse cultural and leisure options, as well as the outstanding options in hotels and mobility, Medellín is a worth visit.