Medellin: Vacations and travel info
Medellin, the capital city of Antioquia in northeastern Colombia, is nestled in the Valley of Aburra in the central part of the Andes Mountain Range. Because of its mountainous location, Medellin has mild winds and an average temperature ranging from 64 to 82 F degrees. It offers a moderate climate most of the year with a bit of rainfall some months, which is why it has earned the nickname "The City of Everlasting Spring". Medellin is the second most important city in Colombia, and it is considered the heart of Colombia's economic, commercial, industrial and technological activity. In addition, its cultural importance and clement weather attract all types of tourism, including leisure, business, commercial, medical, education, sports and cultural tourism.
Within greater Medellin, you can visit Mount Nutibara and Mount Volador, two beautiful park areas set in the middle of the city. Behind the skyline, you'll see the high plateaus and mountains surrounding the valley, reaching heights of more than 8,200 ft. above sea level. Rio Medellin flows through the city and is the heart of the city's growth and progress, with numerous bridges and causeways joining Medellin East and West.
Medellin and other neighboring cities share the largest national park in Colombia, Park Arvi (49,400 acres). Medellin currently has one of the lowest crime rates in Colombia and is filled with culture, historic landmarks, recreational activities, and business facilities for meetings and conventions, as well as beautiful surroundings, an excellent tourism infrastructure and exceptional public transportation.
Most of Colombia's industry was established in Medellin from the beginning to the middle of the 20th century. Nowadays, Medellin is not only the quintessential industrial city, but it is also the country's hub for international business, trade, the service sector, culture, education, and health. Together with all its scenic surroundings, Medellin is a great destination for recreation, ecotourism, rest and relaxation, as well as entertainment.
The city features the most important textile industry in all of Latin America, and it has traditionally been a major manufacturer of threads, yarns, knits, and garments. Medellin offers a vanguard fashion industry and has hosted several important international events, such as Colombiamoda y Colombiatex, which draw in influential designers, textile manufacturers, businessmen, and potential buyers.
Because several national and international corporations are headquartered in Medellin, it has become a great business destination and a center for cultural exchange. The city has an excellent tourism infrastructure with emphasis on the business and conventions sector. At the Plaza Mayor International Convention Center, the most modern and productive convention center in the country, countless events are held throughout the year.
Medellin is also nicknamed the "Health Capital of Colombia" for being the undisputed leader and provider of specialized health services. The city features highly qualified professionals along with a variety of state of the art clinics and hospitals, which offer cutting edge diagnoses and medical treatments.
This city has a strong identity with a variety of customs and traditions that are deeply rooted in art and folklore. Medellin features a full calendar of cultural events and activities throughout the entire year, such as the Bullfighting Fair of La Macarena, the Antioquia Fair, the Mulada, the International Tango Fair, the National Arts and Crafts Fair, the International Festival of Poetry, the Flower Fair, the Dance Parade, Legends and Myths, Colombia Health, and the Christmas City Decorations, among many other events.
As if all this weren't enough, Medellin has countless parks, museums, excellent cuisine, and beautiful surroundings that offer visitors breathtaking mountain sceneries, valleys, and splendid plateaus, providing the perfect setting for experiencing adventure sports and ecotourism.
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