Jardín Botánico is Medellín’s botanical gardens. Located adjacent Universidad metro station, the gardens frequently host festivals and special events.
Ryan’s picks for the top five parks in Medellin, including Parque El Salado in Envigado, Parque Arvi and Parque de los Descalzos.
Parque El Salado is an ecotourism park in the mountains above Envigado. You can go for a hike, ziplining, or simply relax by the running stream.
Hacienda Napoles, located 4 hours east of Medellin, is the former home of Pablo Escobar. In recent years, it has been turned into a theme park.
Parque de las Luces was unveiled in 2005 to clean up the Plaza de Cisneros, a landmark space in the southwest area of downtown Medellin.
Parque de Los Pies Descalzos was built by EPM 14 years ago. It translates to “Barefoot Park” because there are several places to kick off your shoes.
Parque Bolívar is one of Medellin’s oldest parks, and pays tribute to Colombia’s liberator from Spain, Simon Bolivar.
Pueblito Paisa is a mock Antioquian village situated atop Cerro Nutibara, a hill occupying a central location in the Medellin valley.
Parque Lineal Ciudad del Rio is a swath of public green space that runs behind the buildings of the Ciudad del Rio apartment complex.
Parque Arví is an eco-reserve located in Santa Elena. It’s easily accessible from Medellin via the metro and metrocable system.