5 unmissable viewpoints in Medellin
You can’t visit Medellin without exploring some of the amazing viewpoints the city has to offer! Whether you want to get in some fitness, find a cool spot to enjoy a cocktail, or take in the culture of the city, we’ve got the best options for you!
Cerro de las Tres Cruces– Not only is Tres Cruces ones of the best viewpoints of the city, there is a free outdoor calisthenics gym at the top! So you can get your pump on while soaking in some epic views! This is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Medellin so don’t forget to take your selfies from the top! It’s a really popular spot with the locals too and there is a fresh fruit juice stall if you need to top up the minerals before the hike back down.
Known locally as just Tres Cruses, there is a short but steep and fairly tiring hike up to the top (so make sure you’re wearing practical shoes!). The ground can get quite slippy if it has been raining but that all adds to the challenge 😉
You may want to go early as it can get very hot and you probably want to avoid going after dark. All in all a great way to spend the morning!
Envy Rooftop at The Charlee Hotel – This is hands down the coolest rooftop bar in Medellin. The live DJ, stylish lounge area, panoramic views over the city, unique aquarium pool, fusion cocktails and mouth watering sushi make this an unmissable spot on your trip to Medellin!
If you can, head there for brunch on the last Sunday of the month for an unforgettable experience! Make friends with the guy on the mimosa stand, load up on the spaghetti carbonara from one of the many food stations and you will not go wrong!
The Ultra Wellness Centre at The Charlee Hotel has floor to ceiling glass windows and a cute little smoothie bar. So if you’d rather a workout, head there and soak in the view over a protein shake 🙂
Mirador las Palmas– There are two Las Palmas Miradors (lookouts) and the second definitely has the best view of the city. The lookout is on the way to the city from the airport, so ask your taxi driver to stop off along the way to take in your first glimpse, an exceptional view!
Comuna 13 – A tour of Comuna 13 is an insight into the local culture of one of Medellin’s previously most dangerous neighbourhoods, an opportunity to look at some amazing street art and also one of the city’s best viewpoints, all rolled into one! We’d highly recommend a guided visit.
The social investments into this neighbourhood – such as the escalator up to the highest point of the Comuna and the commissioned street art – is a marker for how the city has progressed over the last two decades. Ride to the top of the escalator and get a sense of how steep the housing is built and the view people in this part of the city wake up to each day.
Stop off at Café Aroma de Barriofor a great coffee and browse the local artwork and clothes on sale to help contribute to the local initiatives in the neighbourhood.
Metrocable– If your focus is more about seeing the scope of the city and it’s landscape over high quality photo images, then you have to ride the city Metrocable. Taking the metrocable from San Javier to La Aurora will allow you to take in the astounding views, plusyou get a close-up view of different cityscapes and local culture.
This investment links the farthest neighbourhoods with the centre, providing more opportunity and convenience to Medellin’s poorer neighbourhoods.
Just because we can, here’s one extra:
La Catedral – Fans of Narcos will know this as the playboy mansion-come-prison that was home to Pablo Escobar in the 90s. It’s therefore an important stop off if you are planning on seeing the main footprints he has left on the city, such as his grave, the Monaco Building and the church he regularly visited.
There is little to see at the house itself as it is now an old people’s home, but there are some amazing views of the whole city in the distance. There are hikes you can do from La Catedral but we would highly recommend taking a tour guide.
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