Medellin 5-day itinerary guide

5 Days in Medellin: A Comprehensive Guide for an Unforgettable Colombian Adventure

Medellin 5-day itinerary guide: A Comprehensive Guide for an Unforgettable Colombian Adventure

Are you planning to spend 5 days in Medellin and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, because this Medellin 5-day itinerary guide will help you make the most of your time here!

A couple of months ago we decided to visit this vibrant city in Colombia, and we got all the details to share with you.

Welcome to Medellin, the City of Eternal Spring! This once no-go city has transformed into a thriving metropolis, attracting travelers worldwide. In this guide, we’ll take you through a memorable 5-day itinerary, highlighting the best activities, food, and accommodation options across Poblado and more, based on our recent trip to this exciting city.


Medellin Overview:

Medellin’s tourism boom is fueled by its excellent weather, remarkable transformation, and welcoming atmosphere. The City of Eternal Spring boasts a multifaceted hub of Paisa culture, offering bustling markets, colorful neighborhoods, green spaces, and a vibrant nightlife.

Best Time to Visit Medellin:

Plan your visit to Colombia and discover Medellin’s unique charm. Whether you’re into history, food, or adventure, Medellin has something for everyone. The best time to visit is during the dry season from December to March.

Medellin 5-day itinerary guide



Medellin 5-day itinerary guide

Day 1: Arrival and Parque Lleras Exploration

Upon arriving in Medellín in the late afternoon, settle into your chosen hotel and then head to Poblado if you want to take in the city’s nightlife.  Poblado neighborhood, while touristy, offers a vibrant atmosphere with numerous bars and restaurants. Parque Lleras, at the heart of Poblado, is known for its lively ambiance, making it a perfect spot for an evening stroll. In the afternoon or night, this is the place to immerse yourself in the local scene, sampling Colombian cuisine and enjoying the diverse nightlife. Whether you’re looking for a cozy café or a trendy bar, Parque Lleras has something for everyone.

Medellin 5-day itinerary guide


If on the other hand, you want to enjoy a quieter meal while taking in a breathtaking view over the city, you can visit El Tesoro Mall in the afternoon.


Day 2: Guatape Full-Day Tour

For day two, we suggest you embark on this full-day adventure to Guatape, renowned for its stunning views and vibrant streets. You can enjoy this guided tour that begins with a morning pickup from your hotel or accommodation option in Medellín. Explore the colorful streets of Guatape, adorned with artistic tiled facades and rich history. Board a sightseeing cruise on the reservoir to witness landmarks, incredible views, and the ruins of Pablo Escobar’s vacation home. Later, climb the imposing Piedra del Peñol for panoramic views. We enjoyed having a full day filled with activities and at the end tasting of the local culinary delights.

Medellin 5-day itinerary guide A (4)

Medellin 5-day itinerary guide A (4)

Medellin 5-day itinerary guide A (4)

Medellin 5-day itinerary guide A (4)

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Discover the city of Guatapé on a guided tour from Medellín, with this tour that we took and enjoyed a lot.


Day 3: Pueblito Paisa and Plaza Botero Delights

Embark on a cultural exploration in Medellín. Begin your day at Pueblito Paisa, a charming replica of a traditional Colombian town. Wind through vibrant streets, visit the quaint church and absorb panoramic city views. Immerse yourself in an authentic ambiance, capturing Colombia’s rich heritage and while you are there, make sure to taste a delicious cholado that is refreshing in those sunny warm days in Medellin. We loved it.

Medellin 5-day itinerary guide

Medellin 5-day itinerary guide

In the afternoon, head to Plaza Botero, a haven for art enthusiasts. Marvel at Fernando Botero’s iconic sculptures, each displaying the artist’s unique style and humor. Appreciate the artistic richness in the square, where every sculpture tells a story. Plaza Botero offers a unique blend of contemporary art against Medellín’s urban backdrop.

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Day 4: Comuna 13 History & Graffiti Tour

Embark on a transformative journey exploring Comuna 13 with a local guide as we did. This was once a dangerous community, and it now symbolizes Medellín’s resilience. Start with a subway ride, the new Metro is really efficient, and you will be gaining insights into the neighborhood’s transformation with a local guide which made the experience much more enjoyable. After that you will ascend through the cableway for breathtaking landscapes and delve into Comuna 13’s extraordinary history.

Next, you take a bus to the graffiti neighborhood for a walking tour filled with captivating art, music, and local vibrancy. Your guide, deeply connected to the area, unravels stories behind murals. Climbing open-air escalators, enjoy a visual feast. You will also experience a traditional appetizer, and end at a bar with a privileged view, savoring a refreshing drink while connecting with locals.

Comuna 13 Medellin (2)

Comuna 13 Medellin (2)

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Immerse yourself in local culture and learn about it with a guided tour (highly recommended for your enjoyment and safety)

Day 5: Colombian Coffee Adventure

If you want to fully absorve Colombia and you have the time, make sure to embark on a coffee journey just 45 minutes from Medellín in San Sebastián de Palmitas. After hotel pick-up, delve into Colombian coffee’s history.  You will visit a coffee plantation, engaging in the harvest process. Enjoy a moment of relaxation with musilago and tea crafted from coffee pulp, along with a regional dish. Your guide shares coffee preparation techniques conducts a tasting session, and presents a typical paisa muleteer dish. Put your skills to the test preparing your coffee.

Conclude with a thoughtful coffee pack gift and an option for a 45-minute horseback ride, complete with stunning viewpoints. Instructions ensure an enjoyable experience for inexperienced riders.

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Get to know the coffee culture of Colombia on a day-trip from Medellín with this guided tour.

Food to Try:

This  Medellin 5-day itinerary guide includes some suggestion when it comes to which traditional Colombian dishes to savor, such as the tasty ajiaco, soft almojabanas, de quintessential bandeja paisa, and don’t forget to sample Colombian street food like empanadas and tropical fruits.


Where to Stay:

These hotels in Poblado, Envigado, and Laureles provide a diverse range of options for a delightful stay in Medellín, catering to different preferences and ensuring a memorable experience. Click on the provided links to secure your reservation.

  1. Charlee Hotel
    • Description: Situated in the heart of Poblado, Charlee Hotel is a stylish urban retreat known for its modern design, rooftop pool, and panoramic city views. With chic rooms and proximity to Parque Lleras, it offers a luxurious stay in one of Medellín’s trendiest neighborhoods.
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  2. Diez Hotel Categoria Colombia
    • Description: Diez Hotel combines elegance with contemporary comfort in the heart of Poblado. Boasting spacious rooms, a rooftop terrace, and an on-site restaurant, it provides a sophisticated oasis near Medellín’s vibrant dining and nightlife scene.
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  3. Sites Hotel
    • Description: Nestled in the upscale neighborhood of Poblado, Sites Hotel offers modern accommodations with a touch of Colombian flair. Featuring stylish decor, a rooftop pool, and personalized service, it’s an ideal choice for travelers seeking a refined experience.
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Top 3 Hotels in Envigado, Medellín:

  1. Hotel Asturias Medellín
    • Description: Located in the tranquil Envigado district, Hotel Asturias Medellín is a cozy retreat with comfortable rooms and a charming courtyard. With a focus on personalized service, it provides a peaceful escape from the bustling city.
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  2. Hotel Boutique Casa Primavera
    • Description: Set in a colonial-style building, Hotel Boutique Casa Primavera offers a boutique experience in Envigado. Its intimate atmosphere, stylish decor, and attentive staff make it a delightful choice for a relaxing stay.
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Top 3 Hotels in Laureles, Medellín:

  1. Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro
    • Description: Situated in Laureles, Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro offers upscale accommodation with elegant rooms, a rooftop pool, and a fitness center. Its central location provides easy access to Medellín’s attractions and entertainment.
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  2. Hotel Dix
    • Description: Hotel Dix in Laureles is a boutique hotel known for its modern decor and personalized service. With comfortable rooms and a cozy atmosphere, it’s a charming choice for travelers seeking a more intimate stay.
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  3. Hotel Egina Medellín
    • Description: Nestled in the heart of Laureles, Hotel Egina Medellín offers contemporary accommodation with stylish design and modern amenities. Its convenient location, along with comfortable rooms, makes it an excellent choice for a pleasant stay.
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In the span of five days, Medellín unfolds as a city of captivating contrasts and cultural treasures. From the lively streets of Pueblito Paisa to the contemporary art haven of Plaza Botero, each day reveals a vibrant chapter in Colombia’s rich tapestry. The journey transcends urban landscapes with a dive into the enchanting world of Colombian coffee at San Sebastián de Palmitas. As the days unfold, Medellín’s spirit comes alive, narrating stories of resilience, art, and the rich tapestry of Colombian heritage. In Medellín, the convergence of history, art, and natural beauty creates an unforgettable tapestry, leaving an indelible imprint on those fortunate enough to have experienced its unique charm

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Packing list for your Medellin 5-day itinerary guide

To fully enjoy your stay, here are some items to have for most places you visit in the itinerary.

  • Sunglasses, sunblock, and a hat; remember that the sun is intense since you will be outdoors for long periods.
  • Warm or wool clothes, because it can get cold, especially at night if it is rainy season. Dress in layers, the day may be sunny and then turn a bit chilly later in the afternoon.
  • Bringing a reusable water bottle can help nature and the environment while you stay hydrated.

Dress in layers as you will quickly get warm during the walks and when the sun is out, and remember that the weather can be pretty unpredictable. The temperature drops somewhat when the clouds block the sun.


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5 Days in Medellin: A Comprehensive Guide for an Unforgettable Colombian Adventure

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