Coffee Farm Tour

colombian coffee

Colombia’s coffee is prized across the globe and the Coffee Triangle outside Medellín is the best place in the country to see how coffee is grown and processed. This day trip takes you to one of the best coffee farms in the region. Walk through the organic coffee plantations and learn how coffee is grown, harvested, dried and ground. As well as the coffee plantation, the farm has bee hives and raises animals. Take the coffee tasting experience, before exploring a little further on a horse ride through the property. This day trip is one not to be missed!

Tulum’s Nightlife and Party Hotspots

Women dancing

Tulum isn’t just about beautiful beaches, yoga and matcha lattes. It’s also home to some of the hottest music events in the world and people travel from far and wide to enjoy Tulum’s nightlife.

Tulum is renowned worldwide for its nightlife and party scene. It’s slightly more upmarket than its neighboring towns of Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Art installations and trancey electronic beats echo the Burning Man Festival: a hipster’s dream.

As the sun sets, hips sway to the beat, chiselled jaws and toned midriffs at every glance, as the Tulumaniti come out to play. Leave your heels behind sister, grab your fedora and slide your best flats on, Tulum always delivers.

Read on to find out why Tulum’s nightlife is the place to party this year!

Who are the Tuluminati?

Tulum ati

Well, at first glance the Tuluminati seem to be an elite group of aesthetically pleasing people who come from an exclusive gene pool, almost like a private members club! They live, travel, blog and pose for Instagram. They float around barefooted, and scantily clad, riding their bicycles sipping a spirulina juice. However, you have to admire them, as they have chosen one of the most beautiful places in the world to live.

Tulum’s nightlife and party scene

The nightlife in Tulum is lively! Whether you’re on the hunt for a relaxed jungle vibe, or are looking to dance the night away, the nightlife in Tulum can take you from a laid-back bar with a mariachi band to a dance party on the beach under a full moon and shooting stars.

COVID-19: at the time of writing, precautions such as mask wearing were in place for venues and at times, closing times can vary depending on the current risk. Please contact us if you want advice on the current situation.

Chill out Bars

Begin the evening at one of these chill rooftops where you can enjoy dinner along with a drink or two (some spots have great happy hour specials). Most bars have live music or DJ sets starting from 10 pm till late.

Tulum night life party cocktail

Naná Rooftop Bar in Tulum town is a great bar to start your evening. Choose one of many mezcals from different regions of Mexico, or select a cocktail prepared with fresh juice, fruits, and herbs. The atmosphere is sophisticated, yet casual. Expect underground electronic and house music.

Batey Mojito & Guarapo Bar is located in the heart of Tulum town. Be sure to spot the converted VW beetle which is used to press sugarcane to add to mojitos. Expect unusual flavours like a dragon fruit martini or a lemon and rosemary gin.

Pasito Tun Tun. For a relaxed pace, join friends in the garden patio and listen to live bands.

Santino Bar Tulum. If you are a fan of reggae, head here and join the locals.

Boujee Bars

Tulum party boujee bar

La Zebra Hotel is located in the hotel zone on the beach. It’s a classy restaurant with a sexy mezcal bar in the back, and hosts live DJ nights with a cool, bohemian vibe. Expect bespoke cocktails and authentic cuisine. There’s live music on Friday afternoons, and salsa dancing on Sundays.

Casa Jaguar is a fashionable Caribbean restaurant with an open-air jungle setting. One of the original restaurants to hit the Tulum nightlife scene with amazing food and an even better ambience on days with live music. Their signature Thursdays are still the hot spot to be! Local and international DJs set the tone with electro and house tracks.

Gitano is the place to be on Friday nights for all-night drinking and dancing under a jungle canopy.

IT restaurant – mentioned in our Best Restaurants in Tulum, ‘IT’ is also famous for its wild parties. Taking inspiration from their sister restaurants in Ibiza and London, enjoy dinner and dancing while some of the biggest DJs in the world take to the decks.

For queue jumps, Tulum nightlife reservations and VIP tables to the latest party hot spots, Two Travel can assist you with all your party needs! Get in touch to Build your journey.

Where to eat in Mexico City

Where to eat in Mexico City

Two Travel’s 2021 Guide to Mexico City’s Street Food and Top Restaurants

Planning a getaway to Mexico City? The Distrito Federal is the capital city and cultural hub of Mexico, but it’s also one of Latin America’s top destinations for great food!

So if you’re looking for the best places to eat in Mexico City, from delicious local street food to world class cuisine, take a look at Two Travel’s curated recommendations! We’ll start with our favorite bites when eating on the street, and finish up with a tour of some of the finest dining in Mexico City.

Street Food

Mexico City is famous for its wide variety of street food, with everything from early morning to late night snacks available. It’s said that about 75% of locals eat on the street at least once a week, and why not? With tantalizing options available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, the offer is hard to resist. You can find sweet and savory dishes from food trucks, on bicycles and carts, or being served up from windows on the sides of buildings.

While no trip to Mexico City can be considered complete without at least one stop for street food, there are a few precautions you’ll want to take to make sure you have a positive experience. Because food poisoning can be a concern, we recommend that you choose vendors that look busy with locals. Sticking with a popular spot means you’ll most likely get the freshest ingredients and high quality preparation. Also, keep in mind that Mexico City street food is very spicy! When it comes to salsa, start by asking for a little, “poquito” and only add more if you’re up for it.

With that in mind, check out Two Travel’s Mexico City street food guide for ideas on what to order for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Breakfast

By far one of the most popular breakfast options in Mexico is tamales and atole. If you’re out in the morning keep an eye out for tamale vendors, usually notable for their large aluminum or steel tubs full of a wide variety of steaming tamales. Another staple at most tamale stands is atole—a hot, corn-based beverage sweetened with cinnamon, strawberry, or chocolate. Grab one of each and you can enjoy breakfast like a local! If tamales and atole are too adventurous for your breakfast, you’re sure to find coffee, pastries, and fresh fruit and juice easily accessible as some of the best street food in Mexico City.

Lunch

Tacos

Probably (and rightfully so) the most famous lunch and dinner option in Mexico City is street tacos. Check out the Tacos de Canasta at Los Especiales. This popular spot, located near the main plaza, is always teeming with tourists and locals and is a great option for a budget friendly lunch! Another favorite street taco in Mexico City is Tacos al Pastor, which are flour tortillas topped with shaved meat, finely diced pineapple, and cheese. You can’t go wrong just walking down the street and sampling a taco on every corner!

If you’d like to branch out from the standard taco plate, try tortas or tlacoyos. Similar to tacos, tortas are buns, typically bolillos or teleras, filled with almost any kind of meat from carnitas (pork) to barbacoa (slow roasted lamb). Mexico City tlacoyos are stuffed patties of blue corn masa, perfectly grilled until the outside is browned and the filling is hot. Typical fillings are requesón cheese or refried beans, and they are often topped with onions, cilantro and queso fresco.

Snacks and Desserts

Elote

Some of the best Mexico City street foods are elotes and esquites, popular with both tourists and locals. Elotes are grilled skewers of corn on the cob topped with mayonnaise, chili, and cheese. Esquites, served in cups, are corn kernels cooked in chicken broth and garnished with all the same toppings. While on some occasions you’ll be able to find this during the day, Mexico City street corn is much more popular as a late night snack.

Churros are another popular dessert, and are often served from specialized carts that offer filling flavors like dulce de leche, chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

Fine Dining Restaurants

The Mexico City street food market only makes up a portion of the amazing dining available! The capital city is also home to some of the most famous restaurants in Latin America. Check out these three of the best restaurants in Mexico City, all of which have been listed on the 50 Best Latin American Restaurants of 2020 list!

Quintonil

Quintonil is often considered the premier fine dining restaurant in Mexico City, as well as one of the best restaurants in the world. Founded by Jorge Valejo and Alejandra Flores, it has been included on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since 2015 and is currently ranked 24 worldwide and 11 on the 50 Best Latin American Restaurants list. Here you will find culinary masterpieces that present Mexican flavors with a personal touch from a diverse menu that showcases unique ingredients and superb platings.

Check out the Quintonil menu here!

Pujol

Another of the acclaimed best fine dining in Mexico City, Pujol restaurant features the prestigious culinary creations of chef Enrique Olvera. The menu incorporates timeless techniques and classic Mexican ingredients into a modern and refined assortment of dishes with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Of particular note is Enrique Olvera’s famous mole. Served alone on a plate with an elegant side of tortillas, this mole makes a signature geometrical aesthetic— a large brown circle with a smaller orange circle at its center. Unlike conventional mole, this mole features a “mole madre”, a small portion of which is incorporated into each fresh batch. Similar to a mother dough in the bakery world, the “mole madre” becomes both more subtle and more complex with passing time and has recently turned 1,000 days old!

Check out the pujol menu here!

Sud 777

Sud 777, located in the heart of Pedregal, features the gastronomical creations of chef Edgar Núñez. With its diverse menu of local vegetables, seafood, and meats, this restaurant has been listed on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list since 2016 and is considered one of the best restaurants in Mexico City.

Check out the Sud 777 menu here!

If you want more great food suggestions or want Two Travel to help plan your trip to Mexico, get in touch with us!

The Best Restaurants in Tulum

The Best Restaurants in Tulum

Tulum is a small town in the Yucatan peninsula, surrounded by the jungle, nestled into the Caribbean coastline of Mexico. Famous for its idyllic white sandy beaches lapped by warm turquoise Caribbean waters, and its bohemian chic style.

Tulum is also a foodie’s paradise and is crammed full of restaurants offering flavors from all over the world. From budget to fine dining and everything in between, whatever you’re craving, Tulum has it all!

Tulum’s restaurants are split across 3 areas – downtown Tulum, the beach road and the hotel road. Expect to pay $1-$2 for street food in downtown Tulum, $6-$8 for a classic cocktail, and for dinner in the luxury area of the hotel zone, expect to pay around $100 per person.

And don’t forget to tip – it is part of the custom in Tulum, and 10% – 15% is the standard rate. Tipping is accepted in pesos or dollars.

As part of your Concierge Service with Two Travel, we can help you choose the best restaurants in Tulum, whatever the occasion. And you can count on us to get you the best table in the house and make any special arrangements you need.

Here are just three of Two Travel’s recommendations for fantastic eateries to get you started on your culinary journey in Tulum.

Must eat tacos – Taqueria Honorio

Street food tacos – eat like a local!

Tulum offers many international flavours, but the taste of real Mexico can still be found, and Mexican traditions are still very much alive in the backstreets of Tulum.

Taqueria Honorio

For a no-frills street food with dine-in option, be sure to try the bustling Taqueria Honorio, the oldest street vendor in Tulum with to-die-for tacos. The preparation that goes into cooking the meat is quite amazing.

The conchinita pil pil and lechon honduros which translates as suckling pig is marinated in oranges and spices which are buried in a fire pit underground and slowly cooked for 12 hours. Each morning at 5am they collect the meat from the ground ready to serve to hungry locals and tourists alike.

The menu is packed full of authentic delights – fresh homemade tortillas filled with stewed meats, chopped red onion and cilantro, and if you’re brave enough, add lashings of super-hot habanero chilli sauce and a squeeze of lime. Pair it with a Mexican ice-cold coke and you’re good to go!

For $1 -$2 there really is no excuse not to rub shoulders with the locals and try the real culinary delights of Mexico. Taqueria Honorio can be found on Avenida Satelite Sur on the north side of the street between Calle Andromeda and Calle Sol.

Good Burger, Tulum

More than just a burger bar.

Bonkers about burgers? Well, this is the meat feast you should not miss! Aesthetically pleasing to the eye, this restaurant is all concrete polished floors, hand woven wooden décor, moon crescent shaped booths and lush green plants.

Menu

Good Burger, Tulum

A classic juicy steak burger, oozing with cheddar cheese, crunchy lettuce, tomato and a few sliced pickles is always our first choice. However, this place, of course, offers all the fillings, including maple flavoured bacon, Oaxaca guacamole and German sauerkraut topped burgers, in homemade brioche buns. Be sure to choose a side of crunchy well-seasoned fries which do not disappoint, accompanied with an array of dunkable dips, such as, siracha lemon mayo, chipotle aioli, chilli jam and truffle mayo. Wash it all down with a punchy pineapple margarita or an ice-cold beer with a wedge of lime. Simply delicious!

Expect to pay $15-$20 for a burger with a side and around $5 for a beer and $8 for a cocktail.

Day to Night

More than just a restaurant, Good Burger has three floors to explore. On the second floor, you’ll find the lounge bar. Enjoy a fragrant mint shisha with friends or boogie to a selection of funky beats and experience some cocktail wizardry.

With live music until 1am on Fridays, don’t forget to reserve a private air balloon shaped booth on the rooftop to take in the night time views and sounds of downtown Tulum below, as you get tipsy on tequila.

The Good Burger can be found on the main road in Tulum near the corner of Avenida Satelite. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Reservations are recommended for the rooftop as the booths tend to fill up quickly around sunset.

More than just a restaurant, Good Burger has three floors to explore. On the second floor, you’ll find the lounge bar. Enjoy a fragrant mint shisha with friends or boogie to a selection of funky beats and experience some cocktail wizardry.

With live music until 1am on Fridays, don’t forget to reserve a private air balloon shaped booth on the rooftop to take in the night time views and sounds of downtown Tulum below, as you get tipsy on tequila.

The Good Burger can be found on the main road in Tulum near the corner of Avenida Satelite. Hours are 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily. Reservations are recommended for the rooftop as the booths tend to fill up quickly around sunset.

IT Tulum

Michelin Star Mediterranean menu for that special occasion.

For fine dining in Tulum, the choice is endless, but we highly recommend IT Tulum for a super special night out. Head to the famous Hotel road, where you’ll be dazzled by candle lights, and the sweet smell of copal incense – Tulum’s signature scent.

IT Tulum

IT Tulum is an Italian inspired restaurant, whose fine dining concept began on the Mediterranean shores of the Balearic island, Ibiza. Tucked away in the jungle, this enchanting restaurant can now be found in Tulum – perfect for a special occasion!

Featuring a creative Mediterranean menu, designed by the two MICHELIN-Starred chef, Nino Di Costanzo, discover incredible Italian classics combined with a Mexican twist – cured meats, mozzarella and pesto tacos, Spaghetti ai pomodori, lamb chops with eggplant and olives or Risotto alla carbonara.

IT Tulum is open from 7pm – 1am and as with all restaurants on the hotel road, it is advisable to always book a table in advance. Two Travel can help you get the best table for your special night or event.

For more recommendations or to build a full itinerary for your Tulum trip or vacation,
get in touch with Two Travel today.

Five Ways to Spend Christmas in Colombia

Christmas lights in Colombia

Few countries celebrate the Christmas season with as much enthusiasm as they do in Colombia. For the entire month of December, the entire country is alive with vibrant celebrations that include festivals, dancing, family get-togethers, and of course, lots of eating and drinking.

So, if you’re planning a visit to South America or just looking for some alternate ideas for your holiday celebrations, why not consider spending your Christmas in Colombia?

Here’s everything you need to know about traveling to Colombia in December, including weather conditions, travel tips, and some local traditions you won’t want to miss out on!

Weather in December

Weather-wise, December is an incredible time to take a trip to Colombia. As this country is located near the equator, temperatures in the region tend to be fairly even year-round. However, visiting Colombia in December means the notoriously rainy skies will start clearing up and you’ll be able to enjoy mildly warmer temperatures and typically dry weather.

Travel Tips

Considering the holiday season and Colombia’s more travel-conducive weather during December, it’s no surprise that travel costs do rise during this time. Be prepared for higher prices for your flights and accommodations, as well as a minimum stay of 3-4 nights imposed by most hotels. There are many fun things to do in Colombia in winter, but you may have to pay a little more for some of the top attractions as well.

Colombian Christmas Traditions

Tradition has always been an important aspect of Colombian culture, and this is particularly emphasized around the Christmas season.

As Catholicism is still the main religion in Colombia, many of the traditional values expressed over the holiday season carry a strongly religious tone. You’ll find festivals in honor of the Virgin Mary, midnight masses, and nativity scenes displayed throughout the country. But while Christmas is a time of expressing religious values for Colombians, it’s also a very important time for connecting with family and friends.

Colombia has some amazing traditions that help them make the most of the convivial holiday spirit! Let’s take a look at three of the most beloved Colombian Christmas traditions: food, decorations, and celebrations.

Christmas Food in Colombia

Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without traditional culinary specialties. And, as in most cultures, cuisine definitely plays an important role in Colombian Christmas celebrations!

There are a variety of delicious Colombian Christmas foods that are specifically prepared over this time of year. While there are a number of tantalizing savory plates that are typically served, desserts are the most looked-forward to dishes in most families.

Christmas Food in Colombia

The local favorite is natilla, a sugary cinnamon and coconut custard that is usually paired with buñuelos, fried cheeseballs. If natilla isn’t on the menu, arroz con leche, a rice pudding topped with raisins and cinnamon, or hojuelas, hot fried pastries sprinkled with powdered sugar, usually are.

During the primary Christmas celebrations on December 24, Colombians often serve lechona, pork stuffed with peas and rice, for the main meal. Some common alternatives to this dish are ham, turkey, or other year-round favorites like Tamales or Ajiaco.

Colombians host dinners and parties with family and friends throughout most of December, especially in the nine days leading up to Christmas. So, if you’re traveling through the region over the holiday season you’ll be almost certain to try one or more of these sweet and savory dishes!

Decorations

If you’ve been to Colombia in December, you’ll know one thing for certain: Colombians love Christmas decorations! Throughout the cities and in almost every home, you’ll find decorated Christmas trees, exquisite holiday lights, figures of Santa Claus or snowmen, and plenty of decorative candles.

Decorations

One of the most central Christmas decorations in Colombia is known as El Pesbre, or the nativity scene. Hotels, apartment complexes, and restaurants go to great lengths to design impressive scenes that sometimes include water features and planted flowers. El Pesbre also plays an important role in Colombian home decorations.

In early December, most children will write letters to niño díos (baby Jesus) asking for specific gifts. They place these letters in the nativity scene and hope that baby Jesus, not Santa, will bring them gifts on Christmas Eve.

Colombia Christmas Celebrations

Leading up to the final Christmas celebration and gift exchange, it’s common for friends and family to play aguinaldos. These are silly games or challenges that must be completed in order to “win” gifts. Some examples are “three feet,” where you have to keep your opponent from placing their foot between yours, and “straw in the mouth,” which involves keeping a straw in your mouth all day. These games provide a lot of laughs and, of course, you usually “win” your gift even if you lose the game.

The most important celebration of the holiday season takes place on Christmas Eve in Colombia. On this day, the entire family gets together for a meal, games, and a gift exchange. After all the festivities of the day, families usually go to a midnight mass and some people will stay up all night continuing their celebrations. After an entire day and night of celebrating on the 24th, Christmas Day in Colombia usually finds people relaxing, eating delicious leftovers, and spending time with the family.

If you’re planning to stay for New Year, don’t miss our New Year’s Eve post about what is one of the best nights of the year in Cartagena. And of course, get in touch with us if you’re looking for the best prices on villas and yachts, because the holiday season can get expensive without local contacts.

Your Need-to-Know Guide
to Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena Cityscape - historical centre and Bocagrande

Cartagena is one of Colombia’s most thriving cities. Founded in 1553 as a portal of trade between Spain and the American colonies, this beautiful historic city boasts impressive colonial architecture, a rich history, a vibrant culture, and a beautiful landscape. Today, Cartagena is considered the safest metropolis in Colombia and one of the best spots for tourism in South America!

Located in the northwest area of Colombia, this city sprawls between the inland hills of the department of Bolívar and the white sand coastline of the Caribbean. There’s plenty to see and do in Cartagena—soak up the sun on the beaches, take in the spectacular views of the tropical scenery, or wander through winding cobbled streets in charming neighborhoods. Just a short boat ride away, you’ll find the Rosario Islands – a protected reserve or picture perfect islands and coral reefs.

Two places you absolutely won’t want to miss within Cartgena, are the Walled City of Old Cartagena and the neighborhood of Getsemani. Between these two districts, you can get a thorough taste of the culture and people of Cartagena while experiencing some of the city’s most noteworthy sights, tastes, and sounds!

The Walled City of Old Cartagena

Castillo San Felipe in Cartagena

One of the most memorable neighborhoods in all of Colombia, the Walled City of Old Cartagena is famous for its rich history and magnificent architecture. This district is so important to Colombian culture that it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site In 1984!

Castillo San Felipe outside the historical centre, and the fortifications that surround and protect the city were built by Spanish colonists to protect from pirates, most notably Sir Francis Drake, during the 16th century. The entire neighborhood is surrounded by a massive stone wall and can only be entered through one of many arched gateways.

Despite the constant flow of tourists and the passage of three centuries, this enchanting fortified city has managed to preserve much of its authentic architecture and colonial charm. Visitors today find a winding network of cobbled streets, colonial churches, ancient mansions, and rows of brightly painted cottages protected behind the castle-like walls.

Today, Old Cartagena hosts a thriving tourist community. Many of the antique family mansions have been transformed into luxury hotels that still maintain some of the original construction and showcase authentic colonial decor. There are hundreds of world-class restaurants here, and it is expected that the Walled City will soon overtake Bogota as the culinary capital of Colombia!

You can expect to pay a little more for your accommodation, dining, and adventures within the walls, but it will be well worth it to experience this enchanting old-world city.

Things to Do in the Walled City

Cartagena historical street

During the day, wander through the Old City’s streets, lined with brightly painted houses and seemingly perfectly preserved colonial architecture. Travelers will find tropical blooms draping from colorful balconies, enchanting stone archways, and a tantalizing selection of local street food.

If fine-dining is what you’ve come for, be sure to try La Cevicheria for exquisitely prepared Colombian seafood, Montmartre for classic French cuisine, or Alma for contemporary classics in a romantic setting.

The Walled City is an amazing place to watch the sunset over the Caribbean! Just before dark, head to the Cafe del Mar to enjoy cocktails and fine dining with the view, or purchase drinks and a fruit cup from one of the street vendors and join the locals on the western wall. Either way, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the sun setting over the vibrant Caribbean waters!

Getsemaní – Cartagena’s Williamsburg

Once considered Cartagena’s shadiest neighborhood, today, Getsemaní has evolved into a modern and trendy corner that draws tourists with its vibrancy and artistic expression. Located just outside of the Walled City, no trip to Cartagena is complete without a tour of this neighborhood.

Taking photos in Plaza Trinidad, Getsemani, Cartagena

Like the Walled City, Getsemaní features colonial architecture, winding streets, and bright colors. Mingled in with this classic aesthetic is an astonishing array of talented street art. Painted on buildings, walls, and sidewalks, the colorful local artwork has become an identifying characteristic of this trendy neighborhood.

Getsemani revolves around Plaza Trinidad, a large open square bustling with food vendors, cafes, and musicians. Every night, the plaza comes alive with a mix of tourists and locals coming together to enjoy good music, food, dancing, and company. While it’s still a bit rough around the edges, the local vibe, amazing street art, and authentic feel of Getsemani make it well worth the visit!

Things to do in Getsemaní

Getsemani seems to have been designed for wandering. The first thing you should do here is just that: walk! Amble up and down the narrow streets to enjoy the fantastic artwork, brightly colored homes, and prolific tropical plants that line almost every road.

For food, head to the Plaza Trinidad. The main square of the city has a wide selection of vendors to choose from, all of it well-priced and delicious. For a more formal setting, try out Di Silvio Trattoria for pizza and Italian food, or, go to Cafe del Mural for some of the best coffee in Cartagena!

Whatever you decide to do in the city of Cartagena, get in touch if you would like help with nightlife and restaurant reservations, tours, boat hire, day trips of the best villas in the city.

Top 10 Things to Do in Medellin

With its spectacular mountain views, diverse culture, traditional cuisine, and sightseeing attractions, Medellin is one of South America’s most popular travel destinations! Located in the Colombian department of Antioquia, this region is one of the top suppliers of Colombian coffee beans, home of some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders such as Parque Arvi and El Peñón de Guatapé, and a well-known shopping and dining destination.

Check out this comprehensive guide to find out what to do in Medellin!

Explore Downtown Medellín

One of the best ways to experience the culture of Medellin is by exploring the downtown district, El Centro. Whether you take a guided walking tour or stroll through the streets with your travelling companion, El Centro is the ideal place to learn about Medellin’s history, culture, and architecture. Downtown is bustling and active, and by day this district is very safe. However, it’s important to travel in pairs or with a group and stay off the streets at night. We recommend making a point of touring El Centro on your first full day in Medellin, as it will help you get your bearings and make the most of the rest of your trip!

Botero in Medellin

Plaza Botero & Museo de Antioquia

Be sure to enjoy some of Fernando Botero’s internationally acclaimed sculptures and paintings during your stay in Medellin! A native to Medellin, Botero patronized his home town with an impressive collection of stunning artwork.

Visit the Plaza Botero to admire his colossal human statues, or wander around the Museo de Antioquia to see some of his most famous paintings. Located side by side in the city center, these two Medellin attractions have free admission!

Jardin Botanico

Located north of the city center in Zona Norte, the botanical gardens of Medellin are worth taking a bit of time to see. Among an impressive array of native plants and animals, these gardens feature a butterfly house and an orchid exhibit. Throughout the gardens, you’ll find many places to sit down and admire the exotic flora and fauna. Completely free to enter, the Jardin Botanico is a fantastic place to take a break from sightseeing and relax for a few hours!

Parque Arvi

Brimming with hiking trails, fresh water streams, and picnic areas, Parque Arvi is sure to be one of the most memorable destinations on your journey. As one of the region’s largest nature reserves, this park is the perfect spot to enjoy the tranquility of nature and observe wildlife. The easiest way to access Parque Arvi is by taking the Medellin metro cable, but you can also hike up to it if you’re feeling adventurous!

Metro Cable

The Metro Cable connects the valley-based hub of the city to some of the surrounding mountain communities. The city’s innovative metro system offers more than just easy accessibility around Medellin, though. Whether you take the metro cable all the way up to Parque Arvi or just to a hillside town, you’ll enjoy unparalleled sights of Medellin and the surrounding countryside!

Pueblito Paisa

Constructed to resemble a traditional small pueblo, or village, Pueblito Paisa is located right in the center of Medellin on Cerro Nutibara. From this elevated hill, you can enjoy incredible views of the city and surrounding countryside. Pueblito Paisa is worth visiting for more than just the vantage point though! Home to a variety of quaint shops, this village is an excellent place to pick up a souvenir of your travels.

Parque Explora

An interactive science museum located just next to the botanical gardens in Zona Norte, Parque Explora is a fun and educational choice for a free afternoon! Visitors can partake in interactive science programs or gaze at the exotic animals hosted in the large indoor aquarium. Full of activities for the entire family, this museum is a must-see for anyone traveling with kids!

Guatapé

El Peñón de Guatapé

For anyone staying in Medellin over an extended visit, the small pueblo of Guatapé is a must-see. Just two hours away by bus, the main attraction in this beautiful lake town is El Peñón de Guatapé, a granite monolith.

For a small fee, you can climb the 740 steps carved into the rock and experience the stunning views of the nearby lake, islands, and mountains. After the climb, be sure to pick up some delicious and affordable Colombian street food from local vendors in Guatapé!

Local Cuisine

There are some amazing fine dining opportunities in Medellin! For contemporary cuisine and local ingredients, reserve seating at Carmen Restaurant in El Poblado. While the prices are fairly high at this fine dining restaurant, you’ll enjoy an exquisite meal experience! For slightly more moderate prices and a family friendly atmosphere, try out Mondongos, where you’ll find a variety of delicious local favorites. If you’re looking for a diverse selection of ethnic cuisines, visit the gastronomic market of Mercado del Rio. With more than fifty food vendors located in one building, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your taste!

Medellin Coffee Shops

Colombia is one of the world’s largest coffee producers, and many of the beans come from the region of Antioquia surrounding Medellin. The best place to go for freshly harvested, roasted, and brewed Colombian coffee is the trendy neighborhood of El Poblado. Pergamino coffee shop has a large selection of hot and cold beverages, made almost entirely from beans grown on the owner’s family farm. We’d also recommend sampling craft coffee brews at Café Velvet, and Urbania Café, also in El Poblado. Each of these coffee shops offers bags of regional beans at unbeatable prices, so you can even take home an aromatic blend as a souvenir of your journey!

If you’re planning a trip to Medellín and the coffee region, get in touch. We’ll design an itinerary tailored to your time and interests, so you can enjoy this very special region to the max!