Medellín is known primarily as the hometown of Pablo Escobar and home to one of the most important drug cartels in the world. Although these matters are largely a thing of the past, and Escobar was killed during the raid, many tourists come here to see his estate open to the public.
After Escobar's death in 1993, most of his property was taken over by the state. They have been invested in the revitalization of the city. Currently, when visiting Medellín, you can find many buildings that were built or renovated using these funds. Although there are no significant monuments here, tourists come to see the Escobar's villa surrounded by gardens, as well as numerous museums and parks.
One of the main attractions of Medellín is Pueblito Paisa. It is a reconstruction of a traditional Colombian town from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. It is located on the hill Cerro Nutibara and offers a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings. In addition to this stylized settlement in Medellín, you can also visit the Explora Park with its Aquarium, the Botanical Garden with its Butterfly House, and the Rio Medellín Park with huge, colorful sculptures.
The most important monument of the city is the Metropolitan Basilica and the adjacent Cathedral Museum. There are also museums in Medellín. The most visited are the Pedro Nela Gómez Museum, the Castle Museum, the Antioquia Museum, the Memorial Museum and the Gardeliana Museum.
There are also some scenic attractions around Medellín that might be a good place for a trip. You can take one of the routes in Arvi Park, with the modern Medellín cable car, up the Cerro El Picacho hill with beautiful views of the surrounding area, or the Cerro El Volador Natural Park.