What to do with a single day in Medellin?, you wonder. Whether you’re on a whirlwind trip through Colombia, have a layover in Medellin, or simply trying to experience an epic 24 hours in the city, sometimes you’ve just got to make every hour count. Take things hour by hour; sip Colombia’s finest brews, experience panoramic city views, check out the works of Colombian legends, and step it all out in one of the city’s many salsa bars, all before your time is up. Whatever the circumstances, if you find yourself in the city for a short 24 hours, here’s the easiest way to experience the best things to do in Medellin.
The Pergamino Café is the spot to wake up and smell the coffee in Medellin. While Colombia is among the top coffee producers in the world, the country ranks low in overall coffee consumption. You can wander the streets for hours in search of a quality cappuccino, or instead, make a trip to Pergamino Café. Skilled baristas will be serving up carefully crafted roasts that will get you going for the day. Head to Carerra 37 8A-37 (Via Primavera) in El Poblado district.
Forget the underground — in a public transit experience unmatched, take a ride on the Metrocable that moves high above Medellin. A ride on the teleferico gives visitors and locals alike the chance to experience other neighborhoods, whether through conversation with the person next to you or the aerial views. Take the metro up to Santo Domingo for some of the best views of Medellin. Stops located throughout the city.
Make your way to Museo de Antioquia, a museum housing the works of local artists. Marvel at the playful works of Botero, from a chubby Roman soldier to romantic scenes made anew with subtle expression. Displaying a collection ranging from pre-Colombian paintings to modern sculptures, it is one of Colombia’s finest museums and definitely worth your time. Located at Calle 52 # 52-43 in La Candelaria district.
Offering free entrance, there’s no reason not to visit Jardin Botanico. Enjoy a tranquil escape from the city and an inventive lunch from In Situ. This onsite Medellin restaurant utilizes fresh plants and herbs from the gardens. Whether you’re interested in the garden’s near 40-acres of expansive green space, collection of plants, or the butterfly exhibit, it makes a nice place for a mid-day rest. Visit the gardens at Calle 73 No. 51D- 14.
Wrap up your evening with a taste of the nightlife in Medellin at El Tibiri. In an evening inspired by the salsa rhythms and a couple of shots of aguardiente, you’ll dance the night away. In spite of it’s excellent reputation as a salsa bar, it has the neighborhood feel and approachability that you’d want from a place you go to dance. Get moving at Carrera 70, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia.
By the time your day is up, you’ll inevitably want to stay. With plenty more museums, malls, and restaurants to explore, you could stay for months without experiencing it all. You’ll drift to sleep dreaming up your list for the next visit, but at least you will rest assured you experienced some of the best of Medellin.