Discover the innovative spirit of Colombia with our optional land package to Medellín, one of the most progressive cities in the world.

As the second-largest city in Colombia, Medellín is a brilliant example of the modern development transforming cityscapes across Latin America. Once beset by crime and political corruption, Medellín now stands as a shining beacon of progress, tourism, and innovation. Cable cars span the skyline above the restaurants, museums, and libraries dotting Medellín's landscape. AmaWaterways is thrilled to offer you the opportunity to experience Colombia's most progressive city by adding our optional 3-night Medellín land package to your Magic of Colombia sailing or before your 2-night Cartagena optional land package and Wonders of Colombia itinerary! 

The Creation of an Urban Masterpiece 

The first settlement in what is now Medellín was founded in 1616, but it wasn't until the early 20th century that Medellín became a booming economic center of Colombia. Medellín's ongoing policy of social urbanism integrates and uplifts citizens with inclusive architecture, education, and social programs that have been lauded by democracies across the world. Witness firsthand how innovative infrastructure like cable cars and outdoor escalators create a sense of connection and cohesion throughout Medellín. Not to mention, they're an exhilarating way to get around the city! 

Beyond its rich civic culture, Medellín is known for seamlessly blending urbanity with nature. During your optional land journey in Medellín, you will be struck by the stunning mountainous backdrop contrasting Medellín's colorful urban landscape. Hiking trails, parks, and gardens can be found throughout the city, offering plenty of outdoor activities in Medellín's famously comfortable climate. Visitors can even spot scarlet macaws, iguanas, monkeys, and other tropical fauna at certain spots within the city.  

Colombian Coffee Culture  

Hovering around 76°F year-round, the region's temperate climate has earned Medellín the nickname, "The City of Eternal Spring." Combined with its rich soil, the area surrounding Medellín is perfect for growing the famous Colombian coffee we all know and love. Included in your Medellín land package is a guided excursion into the world of Colombia’s coffee cultivation. Stand on the soil where the first coffee seeds took root hundreds of years ago, creating the region's strong and lasting coffee culture. Taste firsthand the rich and complex flavor profiles of Medellín's coffee beans, with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and berries. This delicious coffee is certified by ethics organizations such as the Rainforest Alliance, ensuring that coffee is grown in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.  

The Cuisine of Medellín 

Although Colombia is predominantly known for its coffee, the cuisine from Medellín is just as noteworthy. Hearty dishes such as chorizo, red beans, arepa, avocado, and plantains form the foundation of Colombia’s food culture, though Medellín boasts a particularly cosmopolitan food scene. On your Medellín land journey with AmaWaterways, visit remarkable restaurants scattered throughout Medellín such as El Cielo, a fine dining restaurant by Colombian chef Juan Manuel Barrientos which replaces traditional dishes with culinary “moments.” Barrientos’s elevated, experimental dishes earned Michelin stars for El Cielo’s Washington D.C. and Miami locations.  

For something more traditional, follow in Anthony Bourdain’s footsteps and order Colombia’s national dish bandeja paisa. This mouth-watering combination of seasoned rice, pork, beans, chorizo, sunny side up eggs, and more will surely leave you feeling filled and fulfilled. No matter where you go, memories of your delicious Colombian meals will linger long after you’ve returned home.  

A Metropolitan Success Story 

There are few cities in the world that match Medellín's unprecedented pace of civic development and modernization. Nowhere is this urban metamorphosis more apparent than the vibrant neighborhood of Comuna 13. On your included cable car tour through Comuna 13, witness the neighborhood's remarkable transformation from one of the most dangerous areas in Medellín to a thriving community of art, culture, and music. Medellín has historically produced important artists such as Fernando Botero, but Comuna 13 represents new growth in Medellín's artistic scene. Comuna 13 is living proof of Medellín’s exceptional advancements in tourism, and today Medellín continually ranks highly in tourist safety and travel desirability.  

Suspended above the city streets, your cable car provides an unparalleled view of Comuna 13’s network of outdoor escalators. This infrastructural project successfully connected Comuna 13 to the rest of Medellín, spurring a cross-pollination of artistic ideas and cultural influences. This remarkable view is only possible thanks to the incredible civic achievements of Medellín, the progressive beacon of Colombia.  

What’s Included in Your Optional Land Package 

  • 3 nights in a world-class 4- or 5-star hotel 
  • Guided excursion to Medellín's coffee farms and a cable car tour of Comuna 13
  • The services of one of our wonderful Cruise Managers throughout your river cruise and land journey
  • Convenient transfers between your hotel and river cruise ship 
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel 

Contact your travel advisor to find out more about how you can add our Medellín land package to your Magic of Colombia or Wonders of Colombia itinerary, beginning in late 2024!

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