Colombia’s second city is somewhat short of a miracle. The visionary social policies of its mayor has transformed this once drug-ridden city into a model metropolis. Medellin is qualified by many as an innovative business, tourism and cultural hub, and recognized by National Geographic as one of the top 21 mus-see places of 2015. Many art-filled public parks lie at the heart of the city’s holistic makeover. Voluptuous sculptures by Medellín native Fernando Botero are featured on Plaza Botero, and close by is the Museo de Antioquia which displays paintings by Botero and Picasso. Nearby, families flock to the Museo de Arte Moderno and the Parque Explora, with its interactive science exhibits and world-class aquarium, while self-assured young people in designer jeans swell Parque Lleras, the city’s epicenter for chic nightlife.

Medellin is situated 1,500m above sea level. It boasts a very mild all year round, with minimum temperatures of 15˚C/58˚F, and maximum of 27˚C/82˚F. The rainy season is usually April-May and October-November, where you can expect dry mornings and rainy afternoons. Green and sunny, Medellin is also called the City of Eternal Spring.