Aerial view of the northern sector of Medellín, Colombia.
Medellín, a city tucked between mountains, is home to major businesses mostly from the textile, apparel, telecommunications and automotive industries. It has been nicknamed 'city of eternal spring' for its temperate climate throughout the year.
Medellín is a city of contrasts. It is a rapidly developing metropolis immersed in nature that foments social transformation while safeguarding its traditions. Witnessing the signs of progress, social transformation, development, and innovation, the city has established itself as a modern capital. Medellín is the perfect place for academic, commercial, cultural, and social activities as well as for hosting events. Its competitive infrastructure and integrated transportation system, endless leisure possibilities and thriving nightlife and, last but not least, the always friendly and cheerful people make Medellín an unforgettable place.
For more information you can visit Medellín’s official online tourist guide to find what the city can offer: restaurants, shopping malls, theatres, tourist attractions, fairs, celebration and events. For tourism information, you can also visit Medellín.travel.
Tips and other useful information
What to Wear in Medellín
The city has tropical weather almost all year round (between 18°C and 28°C / 64°F and 82°F). We recommend carrying cotton clothing and a light sweater for when the weather is cooler. It’s also wise to keep an umbrella handy in case of brief rain showers.
Banks and corporations: Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 11:30 and from 14:00 to 16:30 or 17:00. Most banks inside shopping malls have longer opening times.
Restaurants, bars and cafes: Monday to Saturday from 13:00 to 01:00.
Offices: Monday to Friday 07:30 to 12:00, and from 14:00 to 18:00.
Health services (emergency rooms and hospitals): 24 hours every day of the week
Security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years. People from all over the world safely visit Colombia each year for tourism, business, university studies, and volunteer work. However, violence continues to affect some rural and urban areas. The following recommendations are provided to increase your safety:
It is recommended not to carry original documents of identification; instead, you should carry photocopies.
Keep a spare copy of your important documents. Either scan them and email them to yourself, or make two photocopies, leaving one copy with someone at home and keeping the other with you, separate from the originals. This includes passport, travel insurance policy, itinerary and tickets, visas, driver's licence or international driving permit, travellers cheques, and credit card numbers.
Organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy. Accidents can happen to anyone, including on short trips to familiar locations. Thus, it is wise to get a travel insurance that covers medical expenses for injury or illness, as well as theft of valuables, damage to baggage and cancellations or interruptions to flight plans.
In Case of Emergency
Emergency Line: 123 (it can be dialled from any landline or mobile)
Metropolitan Police: 112