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Medellín (Spanish pronunciation: [meðeˈʝin]), officially the Municipality of Medellín (Spanish: Municipio de Medellín), is the second-largest city in Colombia and the capital of the department of Antioquia. It is located in the Aburrá Valley, a central region of the Andes Mountains in South America. According to the National Administrative Department of Statistics, the city has an estimated population of 2.44 million as of 2014. With its surrounding area that includes nine other cities, the metropolitan area of Medellín is the second-largest urban agglomeration in Colombia in terms of population and economy, with more than 3.7 million people. In 1616 the Spaniard Francisco Herrera Campuzano erected a small indigenous village ("poblado") known as "Saint Lawrence of Aburrá" (San Lorenzo de Aburrá), located in the present-day El Poblado commune. On 2 November 1675, the queen consort Mariana of Austria founded the "Town of Our Lady of Candelaria of Medellín" (Villa de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de Medellín) in the Aná region, which today corresponds to the center of the city (east-central zone) and first describes the region as "Medellín". In 1826, the city was named the capital of the Department of Antioquia by the National Congress of the nascent Republic of Gran Colombia, comprised by present-day Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Panama. After Colombia won its independence from Spain, Medellín became the capital of the Federal State of Antioquia until 1888, with the proclamation of the Colombian Constitution of 1886. During the 19th century, Medellín was a dynamic commercial center, first exporting gold, then producing and exporting coffee. As home of the now defunct Medellín Cartel, the city was once known as the most violent city in the world. However, its homicide rate has decreased by 95% and extreme poverty by 66%, thanks in part to a string of innovative mayors who laid out plans to integrate the poorest and most violent hillside neighborhoods into the city center in the valley below. Medellín is now considered safer than the US cities of Baltimore, St. Louis, Detroit and New Orleans, which appear in the CCSPJP's top 50 list. At the beginning of the 21st century the city regained industrial dynamism, with the construction of the Medellín Metro commuter rail, liberalized development policies, improved security and improved education. Researchers at the Overseas Development Institute have lauded the city as a pioneer of a post-Washington consensus "local development state" model of economic development. The city is promoted internationally as a tourist destination and is considered by the GaWC as "sufficient" to be a global city. The Medellín Metropolitan Area produces 67% of the Department of Antioquia's GDP and 11% of the economy of Colombia. Medellín is important to the region for its universities, academies, commerce, industry, science, health services, flower-growing, festivals and nightlife. In February 2013, the Urban Land Institute chose Medellín as the most innovative city in the world due to its recent advances in politics, education and social development. In the same year, Medellín was announced as the preferred corporate business destination in South America, and won the Verónica Rudge Urbanism Award conferred by Harvard University to the Urban Development Enterprise, mainly due to the North-Western Integral Development Project in the city. In September 2013, the United Nations ratified Colombia's petition to host UN-Habitat's 7th World Urban Forum in Medellín, from April 5–11, 2014. The most recent survey on the global status of the Smart Cities by Indra Sistemas catalogs Medellín as one of the best cities to live in South America, sharing first place with Santiago de Chile, and alongside Barcelona and Lisbon in Europe. Medellín won the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2016. The award seeks to recognize and celebrate efforts in furthering innovation in urban solutions and sustainable urban development.


This warm abode of Medellín is a delightful place to visit in Colombia. A vacation to Medellín can typically be of 1-2 days. Immerse in the spirit of the city and you'll not miss your home.

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  • Private Half-Day Pablo Escobar Godfather Tour in Medellin
    Private Half-Day Pablo Escobar Godfather Tour in Medellin26 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    The Pablo Escobar Godfather tour is the most sought out private tour here in Medellin. This tour's highlights include his per...

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  • Full-Day Guatap (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medelln
    Full-Day Guatap (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medelln35 Reviews

    Duration: 12 Hrs

    Climb the 742 steps to the top of the Piedra del Penol and visit the historical and charming pueblo of Guatape with the oldes...

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  • Save 6% Pablo Escobar Historical Tour of Medellin
    Pablo Escobar Historical Tour of Medellin54 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Learn about the life and death of Pablo Escobar, one of Medelln's most famous figures and Colombia's most notorious drug lord...

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  • Save 6% Medelln ATV Tour
    Medelln ATV Tour5 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs

    Ride an ATV through the Colombian countryside, just 60 minutes outside downtown Medelln. Your tour takes you up into the moun...

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Facts and Stats for Medellín*

  • Pollution Statistics in Medellín

    Know the pollution level of Medellín before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 80.65 (Very High)
    • Water Pollution 38.89 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 64.29 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30.45 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 15.45 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 28.24 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 68.22 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 34.55 (Low)
  • Medellín: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Medellín for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Medellín.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.82 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 57.24 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 63.82 (High)
    • Car Stealing 42 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 33.77 (Low)
    • Drug offense 59.21 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 67.86 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 40.13 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 26.62 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 11.69 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 52.96 (Moderate)
  • Living in Medellín - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Medellín is 116.85 (High)

    • Safety Index 53.11 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 99.76 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 66.7 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 41.05 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 31.74 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 76.42 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 18.66 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 33.24 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Medellín

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Medellín

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.16 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.69 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.07 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 57.77 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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