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Botero Paintings

Fernando Botero has done something that few artists achieve: his works are one of a kind. We invite you to appreciate the works of the master during your stay in Medellin.

Botero 's works are close, easy to understand.

They are close, easy to understand, and without coded messages, as the artists says. He believes in direct art, the one that needs no explanation, "just like ancient art”.

During the last three decades of the 20th century, Botero painted religious figures "mainly, clergy members like bishops, cardinals, nuns, and mother superiors, who are often painted in full-length, posing placidly or in unusual situations".

Moreover, he has made it in a funny way, "with certain friendly irony, paintings subtly refer to the idleness and the contemplative lives of these people."

Bulls have been one of his great inspirations. Since the beginning of his career, in the 1940s, Botero used to draw bullfighting scenes that he would later transform into oil and watercolor paintings exhibited worldwide. He showed his first drawings of bulls and bullfighters in Rafael Perez’s store, where fans bought the tickets for the bullring; and that was when, for COP $2, his first work was sold.

Ex-voto (1970) is one of the most important works of the Museum of Antioquia. It was the first work donated by Fernando Botero to the museum in 1975, and it marked the beginning of a series of donations (paintings and sculptures) that the artist gave to the museum. With Ex-voto, Botero took part in the Second Art Biennial of Coltejer, held in Medellin in 1970. With a hint of humor, he presented himself as a winner "perhaps because —as he said— he suspected that he wouldn’t win," reads the description of the Museum of Antioquia.

In 2012, on the occasion of the celebration of his 80th birthday, Fernando Botero donated to the Museum of Antioquia the whole series Viacrucis, la pasión de Cristo. After being showed in Medellin, this work has been exhibited in other cities of Colombia, as well as in different museums in countries like Panama and Chile.

It was in the late 90s when Botero began painting a series of works about violence in Colombia. "The violence appeared in my head, so I knew that I had to paint and make a statement of the horror I felt, given the circumstances of the country," explained Botero in an interview for the Brazilian press in 2000. He also stated that his paintings have always been inspired by his relationship with Colombia.

That’s the world of Fernando Botero, the universal artist born in Medellin, the city that today houses one of the largest samples of all his creation.

Life of Botero

We invite you to look at Medellin through the unique style of the artist. The Museum of Antioquia and the Botero Plaza are must-see places in Medellin.

The legacy of the master.

Walking along the Medellin downtown and seeing Botero’s works, allows us to meet the cultural customs of the city and connect ourselves with a constant renewal that uses art and culture as vital axes for this purpose.

Ciudad Botero speaks of the permanent evolution that the city has undergone in recent years, as the artist, through his donations, has transformed the face and the history of an important sector of the city with an attitude that goes beyond the limits of art itself; aiming at the goal that Medellin can reach as society.

Since the opening of the new Museum of Antioquia in 2000, the institution safeguards the world’s largest collection of works of the artist, contains his most complete personal file named Botero Documentation Center, and exhibits 23 monumental pieces in the Sculptures Plaza.

Medellin is the city of Fernando Botero, his point of departure and return, the city where he was born and in which he lived his beginning as a young artist. The city of his memories, which he took with him when he decided to go to Europe.

The Medellin of Botero was then, and is still in his paintings, the Medellin of his childhood in the 1930s and 1940s. That city of houses with orange-tile roofs, courtyards, vegetable gardens, and generous pantries; with small colored balconies from where men and women looked out the cobbled streets and stared at the church, the center of the village life.

Botero Plaza has 23 monumental sculptures of the master. This place, besides being one of the most significant works of urban renewal in the downtown, has become an important reference point for tourists and locals.

The Museum of Antioquia is the home of Fernando Botero in Medellin. It is the place where a great part of his work is permanently housed and exhibited. The growth of the museum has been directly related to donations made by the master to the institution.

Museum of Antioquia

A city that’s proud of Botero’ artwork.

No trip to Medellin is complete without visiting the Museum of Antioquia, which houses the largest art collection in the region open to the public.

At the Museum of Antioquia 108 works of Fernando Botero are exhibited.

A museum where the creativity and talent of the Paisas are on full display.

This is the perfect place to appreciate pre-Hispanic, Republican and contemporary artwork by national and international artists.

This vibrant museum has a total of 17 permanent exhibition: Murals, Manuel Uribe Angel Room, Portraits from the nineteenth century and Pedrito´s Botero room.

Botero, symbol of paisa talent and strength.

The Museum of Antioquia.

The museum features the largest collection of public art in the region.

His creations lie in public spaces such as the Plaza Botero where visitors can take pictures with bronze sculptures made by this renowned artist.

This is a museum of open doors, you'll want to come back every time you're on a tour of the capital of Antioquia.

Address: Carrera 52 Nº 52 – 43.

Telephone: (57-4)251.36.36.

Service Hours: Monday - Saturday : 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday and holidays: 10:00 a.m. a 4:30 p.m.

Tickets: COP $10.000.

Botero Sculptures Plaza

The cultural and artistic legacy donated by Antioquian artist Fernando Botero can be seen by all visitors to Medellín.

El Parque de las Esculturas (The Park of Sculptures) in Medellín, the only open-air museum in the city, is located in the heart of the city center.

The Park of Sculptures has enough room throughout its 7,500 square meters to provide entertainment for locals and visitors alike.

The Parque de las Esculturas, or Botero Plaza, as it is also known, is located in one of the most characteristic and traditional areas of the city and sits next to the

Berrío Park, the Antioquia Museum, the Palace of Culture, and the Nutibara Hotel. This privileged location not only turns it into an art and cultural epicenter, but also makes it a must-see spot for all tourists and visitors to the city.

The Park has become a symbol and example of social transformation in the city, as the area where it is located was previously extremely underdeveloped and neglected. Nowadays, the park has turned this area into a place for fun and wholesome entertainment, which reflects the idiosyncrasies of the locals from Medellín.

Botero Sculptures Plaza

The Park of Sculptures includes 23 works of art from the renowned artist Fernando Botero.

Although the plaza, which is located in front of the Museum of Antioquia, was built in 1999, it wasn’t until 2002 that the sculptures generously donated by the artist Fernando Botero were placed in the open air plaza. Many of these magnificent sculptures have been showcased around the world in places like Paris, New York, and Madrid to name a few.

Visitors can pose next to these giant bronze sculptures and feel the charm of Antioquian art.

This locale has found its place in the hearts of so many. In turn, they treasure it as a one-of-a-kind place to experience art in Medellín.

The Museum of Antioquia is committed to providing cultural and artistic spaces in the city so that citizens and visitors alike can enjoy them. This is why, with the Botero Plaza, the museum undertakes conservation processes every six months on all the sculptures located there—following strict indications by the artist himself—so that this great plaza can last throughout the years.


Nature and Biodiversity

Arvi Park

Experience an encounter with nature near the city of Medellín.

Breathe in pure fresh air, marvel at the grandiose forests filled with immense trees, stroll alongside crystal clear creeks, and camp on sprawling green areas.

This nature park, filled with perfect sightseeing spots, is an ideal place from where visitors can contemplate the majestic scenery of the city. Its surroundings, which are teeming with local flora and fauna, are sought-after places for avid bird and butterfly watchers.

So that you can begin this ecological adventure, take the Metrocable K Line, which is a public cable-car system that connects to the Metro at different stations.
Once you’re inside the park, you will find ecological paths that will guide you through its natural landscapes.

A daytrip at the Arvi Park.
The Metrocable, as it ascends into the mountains surrounding Medellín, gives you a birds-eye view of this breathtaking cloud forest. As you start to descend from the highest point of the cable-car system and get closer to the park, you’ll be welcomed by a cool breeze that carries in it the sweet scent of flowers.

The Arví Park is a natural haven in the city, declared a National Forest Reserve in 1970.

Natural wonder.

The Arvi Park: paradise located just 20 minutes away from Medellín.

Getting to know the park on horseback or by bicycle is an ideal plan for visitors. These trails take you to the camping sites where you can set up a picnic with your family or friends and enjoy the calming surroundings.

As well as having a place to enjoy nature, the Arví Park also offers its visitors a chance to find out more about local culture, traditions and gastronomy of Eastern Antioquia.

The Arvi Park is a must-see place for those ecologically friendly tourists when visiting the small town of Piedras Blancas.


Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden of Medellín 'Joaquín Antonio Uribe'.

An Ecological Experience in the City.

A family outing wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this breathtaking place which has been declared Cultural Patrimony of Medellín and is a member of the International Network of Conservation Gardens.

Discover the charm that this ecological “Green Lung” has to offer in the City of Eternal Spring.

Nature and life.

Discover the marvels that this living museum showcases as you walk around its grounds and take in the scientific knowledge it has to offer, as well as enjoy its natural surroundings.

The 'Botanical Gardens’ 14 acres, which are all covered with trees, make up a 'green lung' of fresh air in the city center. Pair this inner city forest with a lake, a tropical jungle, a palm tree garden, and a desert garden and you will have a space that will make you not want to leave.

It’s a natural oasis located in a bustling city center.

The amazing possibilities for enjoyment and relaxation at the Botanical Gardens start at the “Azalea Patio” where these gorgeous flowering shrubs—indigenous from Asia—decorate the landscape whilst providing visitors with a space where they can eat or quench their thirst.

The “Scientific Building” houses the Gardens’ academic and botanical activity, while the “Open-Air Theater” provides actors with a stage surrounded by nature and national flora.

The Botanical Gardens is an ideal space for knowledge and relaxation.

The orchid exhibit is second to none.

The Orchid Exhibit has been considered the transforming axis of the Botanical Gardens.

Wow your senses at the permanent Orchid Exhibit that houses a collection of tropical flora including orchids, anthuriums, bromeliads, and ferns.

This innovative place has been internationally recognized on several occasions for its design and layout, including the “Lapiz de Acero Award 2007” for outstanding artistic construction.

The idea for the Orchid Exhibit was based on the organic shapes of flowers and the natural design of what is called the ‘tree flower.

This is an oasis that is waiting to be discovered by all those visitors that come to the northern quarter of the City of Eternal Spring, Medellín.

Address: Calle 73 No. 51D – 14.

Fee: Free entrance.

Phone number: (57-4) 444.55.00.


Santa Fe Zoological Park

Learn and enjoy in the company of animals!

Come and find out how zoo animals are cared for and the conservation of mammals, birds, reptiles and other species.

Spend a glorious day among the animals.
Come admire the 220 mammals, 473 birds and 229 reptiles—a total of 922 animals—and 238 Central- and South American species.

This is a tourist attraction that will wow your children when they see the monkeys, hear the majestic roar of a Bengal tiger, the gallop of a zebra and the growl of a bear.

In this magnificent place, you will be enchanted by the bird calls, the brilliantly painted butterflies and the gorgeous display of the peacocks.

On the guided tour, you will not only visit the butterfly refuge, but will also go on a tour of the Santa Fe Museum House where you will get a glimpse of artistic and historic objects from the beginning of the 20th century.

There are many ways to get there. You can take the Metro to the Industriales Station and walk a mere two blocks, or take a city bus to la Avenida Guayabal.

Address: Carrera 52 No. 20-63

Telephone: (57-4) 444.77.87 Option 2.

Service Hours: Monday to sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entrance Tickets: Kids entrance: $6.000 COP- Adults entrance: $11.000 COP.

Parking: or vehicles has a cost of $ 2,000 COP an hour and $ 8,000 COP the day. For motorcycles has a cost of $ 1,100 COP an hour and $ 6,000 COP per day.

Nutibara and El Volador Hills

The Nutibara Hill owes its name to the cacique Nutibara, an indigenous monarch and warrior of the Katios kingdom, who was in the company of his brother Quinunchu, warlord. They protected their lands bravely from the Spanish conquest invasion and lived in what we know nowadays as La Loma del Indio, which is part of El Poblado, western sector of Medellin.

The beautiful panoramic views of the city are a paisa pride.
Until a few years ago, caverns still existed at the Nutibara Hill, built by the brave tribes that inhabited the Valle de Aburrá.

The Pueblito Paisa was built here in 1978 to replicate the ancient church, square, school, grocery store, mayor’s office, flowering balconies and barber shop.

The colossal flags of Antioquia and Medellin wave next to sculptures like La Madremonte. The hill is a must-see place to watch much of the Valle de Aburrá from a privileged lookout in the middle of a hill full of trees and hundreds of birds that contribute to the harmony of the landscape with their trills.

The El Volador Hill is part of the area named Metropolitan Natural Park, a place for the enjoyment of citizens and visitors. There you can find a new urban symbol with native species, where these city’s green lungs have been preserved for over 40 years.

The massive planting of trees was made by students from local schools, committed since their childhood to preserving the environment.
Every day many people use the paved trails for walking, jogging, and exercising outdoors. These trails also offer tourists and visitors wonderful postcards from the west of Medellin. The hill is located relatively close to the North Park, the "Joaquín Antonio Uribe" Botanical Garden, the Deseos Park, the Explora Park, and the San Pedro Cemetery Museum. Moreover the hill offers a view of much of the Medellin Metro route.

Peripheral Garden

This project is part of five attributes seeking to meet the needs of the territory and limit urban sprawl to the hillsides.

Surprise yourself with this exemplary transformation to the world.
The Metropolitan Green Belt is a long-term planning and integral intervention strategy to consolidate an organized, balanced and equitable territory in the area where urban and rural spaces and their area of influence converge, through the implementation of programs and projects of the municipality of Medellin and the other municipalities of the Valle de Aburrá.

How to get there?

The Peripherial Garden pilot project is located in the district 8, Villa Hermosa, where 3 out of 14 master plans built for the entire city’s border are being carried out.

To get there, we recommend using the bus route 106, Cootransmallat, the public transport system covering the area. This bus route may be taken at Niquitao (between Maturín and Niquitao) or at the Minorista Plaza, in front of the main entrance, below the pedestrian bridge, on the right side, northward. To make sure, ask the bus driver to take you until El Plan, where the entrance to Path of Life and the area converging rural and urban spaces transformed by the project is located.

Las Tinajas and 13 de Noviembre ecoparks, and Path of Life are projects that transform the rural-urban border and are part of our new Medellin. These are territories being transformed by the Urban Development Company (Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano –EDU) for the municipality of Medellin.