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You're Going to Love Medellin

Modern Medellin is a busy regional capital, a creative center, and a growing tourist destination. In just one generation, the city has made a remarkable transformation from a troubled place to one renowned for its innovative cultural sectors and green technology.

Set in a narrow valley in the Andes Mountains, Medellin is surrounded by natural beauty. The best - and probably the cheapest - way to get spectacular views and photos is from the Metrocable, a wonderful cable car service that links the lower city with the slopes.

It is a city of beautiful architecture both old and new, many green parks, and arresting public art installations and spaces like the Plaza Botero that contains the Plazoleta de las Escultura with 23 large bronze sculptures by internationally recognized local artist Fernando Botero. Ornate colonial architecture and gleaming skyscrapers merge in the city's skyline.

Along with its burgeoning creative class and status as a center for the arts and culture, Medellin is a growing magnet for chefs and foodies. A hot nightlife scene rounds out a great experience waiting for you in Medellin.

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When to Visit Medellin

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Medellin's nickname is the "City of Eternal Spring" and it speaks to the spring-like weather the city enjoys all year. The mountains moderate the temperatures, which hover around the low 80s during the daytime 12 months of the year, with the most rainfall in May and October.

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How to Get to Medellin

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Where to Stay in Medellin

You can treat yourself to modern luxury at the sleek Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel. At the mid-range, Hotel Poblado offers comfortable modern rooms at two great locations in El Poblado and Alejandria. At the Art Hotel Boutique, you can enjoy the minimalist contemporary furnishings and a stylish roof bar.

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Shopping Streets

Avenida El Poblado is where you'll find the Centro Comercial Oviedo and other upscale shopping centers and stores. When it comes to local markets, the Mi Viejo Pueblo Centro Artesanal is geared towards tourists and the souvenir trade, while cheap goods are to be found at the Mercado de San Alejo. Both are to be found near the central Parque de Bolivar.

Groceries and Other

Exito is a large Colombian supermarket chain with multiple locations in Medellin, with a good selection and reasonable prices. Carulla is a more upscale supermarket with a larger selection of imported products. A quart of milk costs about COL$2,100, and a dozen eggs will set you back around COL$4,300.

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Where to Eat in Medellin

Carmen is a fine dining restaurant with an imaginative Latin-American fusion cuisine. A 5-course tasting menu starts at COL$39,000. The minimalist white and glass decor of In Situ only highlights its surroundings in the midst of the botanical gardens. Dishes from its menu of contemporary Latin cuisine start at COL$39,000. El Taxista is where to find cheap, tasty food and rub shoulders with locals from all walks of life. Main dishes start at COL$6,500.