Medellín to Cali

Medellin to Cali

Medellín is a city in Colombia, capital of the Antioquia province.  Medellín offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;

  • Botero plaza
  • Many museums including the museum of Antioquia
  • Parque explora
  • Botanical garden of Medellín
  • Cable car to Aburrá valley and Arví park
  • Pablo Escobar and the Medellín cartel
  • Beautiful women
  • Eternal spring climate
  • The best Spanish accent

Plaza Botero-MedellínPlaza Botero, Medellín

You’ll find that the best area in the city to stay is El Poblado, you’ll feel safe during the day and night here.  Also from El Poblado it is easy to get to the metro and go to other parts of the city.  There is a park called Parque Lleras and around here you’ll find lots of restaurants, bars and discos.

You can easily take the metro from El Poblado to downtown Medellín, take note that you should only visit downtown in daylight hours, it doesn’t feel too safe.  However, downtown there are many must see places such as, Parque Explora, Antioquia Musuem, Botanical Gardens and the Plaza Botero (pictured above).

A view from La Piedra Del Peñol (The Rock of Guatapé)A view from La Piedra Del Peñol (The Rock of Guatapé)

The rock of Guatapé is about a 2 hour bus ride away from Medellín.  As you can see from the above photo, it’s a worthwhile journey just for the views from the top of the rock.  From the terminal del norte bus station, take a bus to Guatapé and get off when you see the rock.

You don't have to count the steps on the The Rock of GuatapéYou don’t have to count the steps on the The Rock of Guatapé

There are 650 steps up the rock, you don’t have to count them as every 50 steps the number is written on the step.  Returning from the rock, just stand at the opposite side of the road to which you got off and flag the next bus to Medellín down.

Hacienda Napoles, ColombiaHacienda Napoles, Colombia

Hacienda Napoles is the former home of the famous drug lord Pablo Escobar.  It’s possible to visit Hacienda Napoles on a day trip from Medellín by taking a Coonorte Bus from terminal del norte to Doradal.  From the Doradal bus station you must call for a rickshaw to pick you up and take you Hacienda Napoles.  Make sure you stop at the gates to get a photo at the famous entrance (above).

Pablo Escobar's hipposPablo Escobar’s hippos

The cost of the rickshaw is around 50,000 pesos for the day.  The hacienda is huge and it can get quite hot so I strongly recommend this option.  It will also pick you up from the bus station, take you all around the park and back to the bus station in Doradal afterwards.

In the park, the rickshaw driver can take you anywhere you want, he can tell you the route, and you can plan it with him.  As he works there everyday he has a good idea of the best route to take to see everything in the time frame you have.

In the park you will find:

  • Pablo Escobar’s house
  • Pablo Escobar’s family houses
  • Pablo Escobar’s huge dinosaurs
  • Pablo Escobar’s landing strip
  • Pablo Escobar’s hippos
  • A newly made zoo
  • Water park
  • Butterfly enclosure
  • Hotels
  • Restarants
  • African musuem (In Pablo Escobar’s converted bull ring)

Hacienda Napoles is definitely worth a visit, be it on a day trip from Medellín or on an overnight stay on the way to Bogotá.

Bus from Medellín to Cali, 9 hours, 48,000 pesosBus from Medellín to Cali, 9 hours, 48,000 pesos

To get to Cali you can take a Bolivariano bus service, from terminal del sur bus station.  There are 2 bus stations in Medellín, generally buses going south leave from terminal del sur, and those going north or east leave from terminal del norte.

Cali to Bogotá

2017-04-01T11:35:52+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Colombia, South America|33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. NowThatsAHoneymoon January 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Ooooh I definitely know Medellin thanks to watching Narcos! Must be an interesting place to visit, I should put this on our travel bucket list. Will certainly check out Hacienda Napoles too!

  2. [email protected] January 16, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I’ve been go Bogotà but haven’t yet been to Medellin. I keep hearing only good things about it so I would really like to visit one day. The views from La Piedra del Penol are gorgeous – I would definitely like to climb up there!

  3. ROSHNI RAY January 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Would love to visit Colombia and different places in there. Thanks for the helpful post 🙂

  4. neha January 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    looks like Medelline has quiet some points to attract tourists. And I will love to visit here. The views are absolutely stunning.

  5. Kate @ Love From Scotland January 22, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Wow that view from La Piedra Del Peñol is stunning! I think i’d find Pablo Escobar’s house fascinating. I had no idea he had hippos!

  6. michele d January 22, 2017 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Wow those views are amazing! I would love to visit. So amazing that he had HIIPPPOS! Who would’ve thought?!

  7. Marissa_Travel Greece, Travel Europe February 7, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Looks stunning! I always wanted to go to Medellin!

  8. Stella the Travelerette March 20, 2017 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Medellin looks like an exciting place to visit. I think the countryside looks beautiful and Plaza Botera would be worthwhile since I am an art lover. I would also love to say I saw Pablo Escobar’s hippos!

  9. Siddhartha Joshi April 26, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Medellín is such a beautiful place…thanks for introducing it to me! Your pictures are lovely too. I absolutely love the view from La Piedra Del Peñol…

  10. Cynthia @Journal of Nomads April 26, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Great summary of Medellin! It looks like a very interesting place to visit, especially for fans of the TV show Narcos 🙂 Who would have thought Escobar had hippos!! Good that you also let people know where it is safe to go!

  11. Nico April 26, 2017 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Great piece, the La Piedra Del Peñol looks fantastic! Colombia seems to be the best of South American countries as I have been told by friends that took a recent trip there because of its authenticity.

  12. Judy April 27, 2017 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Ah, that which Narcos made famous! And you’ve visited! It looks super interesting and I’d love to see that stash of million dollars Escobar had framed up though I doubt that’s in his house anymore. Good to know his hippos are still there!

  13. Jennifer April 27, 2017 at 12:48 am - Reply

    Such beautiful scenery! La Piedra Del Peñol is absolutely stunning. I had no idea Pablo Escobar had hippos:)

  14. Melissa April 27, 2017 at 1:59 am - Reply

    Colombia is so beautiful! I would love to visit Medellin and see Pablo Escobar’s home. I love history, even bad history and drug lord history. It would be an interesting place to see.

  15. Nicole Anderson April 27, 2017 at 2:46 am - Reply

    It’s great that Colombia is becoming more welcoming and safe for tourists these days. I have heard that many expats from the US have retired to Medellin so I was a little surprised to hear that you did not feel it would be safe at night. I would love to visit though as it seems like there is a lot to experience and enjoy.

  16. Ha April 27, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I would love to visit Colombia. The view from La Piedra Del Peñol is so beautiful and stunning! It’s useful that you included the price of the bus as well.

  17. Tina April 27, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness so beautiful! The rock of Guatapé looks amazing! Columbia is definitely on the bucket list now! Such a great post!

  18. Stevie on the Move April 27, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    Colombia is definitely on my list of places to go. But I’ve never heard about Medellin. The view from La Piedra del Penol looks amazing. I wonder what makes downtown Medellin feel unsafe.

  19. Deni April 27, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    I’ve seen so many people visit Medellin in the past year, that I’ve definitely added it to my bucket list trip! I definitely want to see the view from La Piedra Del Peñol- it’s spectacular! How do you find getting around in Medellin? Is it easy to communicate with locals if you don’t know much Spanish?

  20. Raissa April 27, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    The place is marvelous so as the first pic in the post. I find it funny 🙂

  21. Iza c/o Fill My Passport April 28, 2017 at 2:42 am - Reply

    It is interesting to know that the Hacienda Napoles used to be a home of a drug lord. I would be very curious to see how massive is the ‘hacienda’. He even has hippos. It would be nice to visit this place someday. It looks kinda laid-back

  22. Tony (tonyandkimoutdooradventures) April 28, 2017 at 8:17 am - Reply

    An interesting place to visit. Thanks for the share. Wouldn’t be a fan of the 650 stairs, but the view would be worth it. I found it funny that you can tour an ex drug lord estate.

  23. Bel April 28, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

    The La Piedra view is a sight to behold. IT’s so beautiful. In my head, you can hop from one little island/rock to another. This place is just such a beauty

  24. Diana - MVMT Blog April 28, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Wow, the view from La Piedra Del Peñol is incredible! Sounds like it is a slight work out to get up there but the view is totally worth it. I would love to visit Pablo Escobar’s park too. Great tips here!

  25. Ronak April 28, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Hi, great post. You inspire me to travel as well.

  26. eazynazy April 28, 2017 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Your pictures look very beautiful, i wish i could visit this place once in my life

  27. Nati April 28, 2017 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I don’t doubt of the interest and beauty of this city, but personally I wouldn’t risk visiting it. One of my best friends here in Switzerland is Colombian, (now expat like me) and she keeps telling me terrible stories and discouraging me. What was your general impression? Are tourists more at risk than locals or safer? What impression did to you to travel by land from Medellín to Cali? Did it seem safe?

  28. Jennifer L April 29, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Worn so many incredible sites to see in medellin! The view of the rock of Guatapé is stunning.

  29. Yeu Doi April 29, 2017 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Great photos and adventures! Colombia is on my bucket list now!

  30. Katriza April 30, 2017 at 1:24 am - Reply

    Wow this looks like such a beautiful place to visit! I would love to try to go here ! Need to add this to my bucket list!

  31. Julianna April 30, 2017 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Wow this looks incredible. I wish I’d seen as much when I was in Medillin a few years ago. 650 steps… looks like it was definitely worth the climb though!

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  33. cours de theatre July 19, 2017 at 7:45 pm - Reply

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