Parque Arví


Accessible by the fantastically scenic Metrocable Linea L from the Santo Domingo interchange (COP$4850 one way, 15 minutes), Parque Arví is a big chunk of countryside in Santa Elena, popular with city residents, particularly on weekends. Inside the boundaries of the 17.61-sq-km reserve are hiking trails running through the pine and eucalyptus forest and past lakes and lookout points, canopy lines, and a mariposario (butterfly enclosure). Attractions are spread out so it's best to arrive early.

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Nearby Medellín attractions

1. Casa Museo Pedro Nel Gómez

4.21 MILES

Located in the house where the artist lived and worked, this fine museum has an extensive collection of pieces by prolific local painter Pedro Nel Gómez …

2. Jardín Botánico


One of Medellín's nicest green spaces, the botanic gardens cover 14 hectares, showcase 600 species of trees and plants, and include a lake, a herbarium…

3. Parque Explora

4.44 MILES

Young travelers will enjoy this expansive science museum, which features a fine aquarium full of species from Colombian waterways as well as an…

4. Museo Casa de la Memoria

4.46 MILES

This harrowing museum dedicated to the urban conflict in Medellín is a must-visit for travelers wanting to fully understand the city (and Colombia). There…

5. El Cerro de Moravia

4.53 MILES

The densely populated neighborhood of Moravia was once Medellín's municipal rubbish dump with an open-air mountain of trash surrounded by a large shanty…

6. Catedral Metropolitana

4.65 MILES

Overlooking Parque de Bolívar, Medellín's neo-Romanesque cathedral was completed in 1931. Its spacious but dim interior has Spanish stained-glass windows.

7. Museo Universitario

4.75 MILES

On the campus of the Universidad de Antioquia, this museum has an interesting collection of pre-Columbian pottery, as well as galleries devoted to art and…

8. Iglesia de San José

4.92 MILES

This landmark church on Av Oriental has immense stained-glass panels that light up the facade in the evenings.