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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.

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