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Medellin at a Glance

Medellin is a city of steep hillsides filled with houses clinging to the sides. Public gondolas help people get around town and scale great heights quickly. This charming city has a revitalized downtown pedestrian zone and has shed the violence and danger of its drug-riddled past. 

Medellin enjoys year round mild temperatures and is known as the City of Eternal Spring. Expect to see flowers everywhere as they are one of the city's biggest products along with textiles. Since mountains ring the city, the views on the periphery are awesome and you can get quite a tour just taking city trains and gondolas up and down the steep cliffs. 

For another unique experience. Head out on the town at night at the discotheque. Colombia's beautiful people dance the night away in crowded, happy clubs and you can join in with their enthusiasm. 


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High Season
December - May
Low Season
June - November
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      • Major Airport José María Córdova International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most visitors to Colombia do not need a visa for trips under three months. A valid passport from your country of origin with at least six months remaining and one page for stamping is required. Contact the Colombian Consulate to learn more about the entry requirements for your personal situation. American citizens can learn more at the  U.S State Department website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity Colombia's higher elevations can have extreme variation in temperature between day and night. Lower elevation areas are uniformly warm. Earthquakes occur in Colombia. 

      Safety Concerns The U.S State Department routinely flags Colombia with travel warnings. Check the U.S State Department's list of travel alerts and warnings  for updated information. Drug violence and kidnapping are chief concerns, especially in unsecured rural areas. Petty criminals are interested in your cash and you should be alert for pickpockets and hold-ups. Carry a decoy wad of cash and leave your valuables behind at home or in a hotel safe. 

      Health Concerns Travelers should contact their doctor at least two months before their trip to learn about required vaccinations. Do not drink the water in Colombia. It is easiest to purify or boil it to avoid getting sick.