Visit Medellin: 'City of Eternal Spring'

  • Image
    Colombia is a magical, colourful place filled with the warmest people on the planet
  • Image
    View from the top of El Penol, Guatape, Colombia | Travel Nation
  • Image
    Explore the colourful neighbourhoods of Medellin | Travel Nation

    Explore the colourful neighbourhoods of Medellin

  • Image
    Climb the 654 steps to the top of El Penol | Travel Nation

    Climb the 654 steps to the top of El Peñol

  • Image
    Explore the scenic village of Guatape | Travel Nation

    Explore the scenic village of Guatapé

  • Image
    Stroll down streets lined with rainbow-coloured houses | Travel Nation

    Stroll down streets lined with rainbow-coloured houses

  • Image
    See Medellin's skyline from the cable car | Travel Nation

    See Medellin's skyline from the cable car

  • Image
    Take striking shots of brightly painted houses in Guatape | Travel Nation

    Take striking shots of brightly painted houses

Trip ideas

Duration(in days): 4

From: Medellin

To: Medellin



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing)

Get a quote

or Call 01273 320580

See more ideas for: Colombia

    Once labelled the most dangerous city in the world, Medellin has transformed into a cosmopolitan, colourful and innovative city. Now one of the safest spots in South America, Medellin has been changing since the early 2000s and is considered a hugely inspiring place. During this trip, you’ll spend three nights in Medellin, exploring the city and visiting the nearby pueblo (village) of Guatapé, painted in all the colours of the rainbow.  

    This Colombia itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, so please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


    • Visit the famous Santo Domingo Savio neighbourhood of Medellin
    • Take a half-day tour to learn about the transformation of the city
    • Try the innovative public transport system
    • Visit the quaint, multi-coloured village of Guatapé             
    • Climb the 654 stairs to the top of El Peñol and look down over the stunning scenery


    Day 1: Arrive Medellin      

    On arrival in Medellin you will be met at the airport and taken by private transfer to your hotel.               

    Day 2: Half day ‘transformation’ tour

    After breakfast today, you will be picked up at your hotel and taken on a guided tour to learn about the social transformation that has taken place in Medellin. Your local guide will take you to the symbolic areas of the city from the 1980s, when it was one of the most dangerous places in the world, and show you the projects that fostered the city’s positive change.

    You will visit Barrio Santo Domingo Savio, once one of the most unsafe parts of Medellin, but nowadays a thriving, friendly neighbourhood. You will travel on local transport with your guide, taking the metro from one place to the next. It’s an eye-opening and inspiring excursion. After the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.         

    Day 3: Full day El Peñol and Guatapé tour

    After breakfast today, you’ll set off on a full-day tour to Guatapé, a quaint village famous for its pastel-coloured buildings and located next to a reservoir created by the Colombian government for a hydro-electric dam. In the middle of the reservoir, you’ll see the towering Peñol rock, a granite monolith that rises 200 metres above the ground. You can reach the top by climbing the 654 brick steps built in a broad fissure in the side of the rock. It’s a knee-wobbling climb, but the views from the top are a million times worth it. You’ll be served lunch at a local restaurant, and afterwards, you’ll explore the reservoir by land and by boat. Later in the afternoon, you’ll head back to Medellin and the rest of the day will be at leisure.

    Day 4: Depart Medellin

    After breakfast this morning, you will be picked up by your driver and taken to the airport for your onward flight.         


    Medellin is famous for its spring-like weather throughout the year. The days are cool and pleasant, while the nights can be quite crisp, due to the altitude and surrounding mountains.   

    We've done a similar trip...

    If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post 'Visit Colombia: it's safe, it's beautiful and here are my 6 top spots' - written by one of our consultants who has been there.

    This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you

    What's included
    • 3 nights' accommodation
    • All private transfers        
    • Half day 'transformation' tour
    • Full day Guatape tour 
    • Daily breakfast and meals as indicated in the itinerary       
    Not included
    • International flights
    • Any additional touring
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary        
    • Tips and Gratuities
    • Personal expenses          

    3 nights in 3* standard accommodation.

    Hotels in this category include:

    • Hotel Poblado Alejandria