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Medellin is today one of the safest cities of Colombia and Latin America, thanks to its educational, cultural, social and urban transformation. It's a city of progress and opportunities that invests in its people and firmly believes in coexistence and reconciliation as the starting point of any transformation project.

It's the capital of the department of Antioquia and it's considered to be the commercial, industrial and technology development epic center of the country. Medellin is a leader in the sectors of finance, banking, services, politics, art, culture, communications, fashion and entertainment.

Medellin is an ideal destination for the warmth of its people; its spring like weather and its beautiful scenery fill with flowers and mountains. It also offers a gastronomical, commercial and touristic experience while also offering opportunities for fun, business and the delights of a new city.

Medellin possesses an unrepeatable metropolis contrast -- vibrant nature, beautiful weather that serves as a great touristic platform for activities such as congresses, conventions and other events.


Between tradition and transformation Medellin has become in the center for big businesses with the reputation of innovation and entrepreneurship. It offers competitive prices, comfort to its visitors and the best academic, professional, commercial, cultural, artistic and social interactions.

General Information

  • Department: Antioquia
  • Coverage: 382 km2.
  • Population: 3,750,000 habitants in the metropolitan area of the Valley of Aburra that includes 9 cities.
  • Altitude: 1,474 meters above sea level.
  • Recommended attire: Light clothing, light jacket and an umbrella. Nights can be cool and wet.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Colombian Peso
  • Calling prefix: +4
  • Energy: 110 volts and 60HZ

The main economical activities in the city: Textile, energy, construction, health, commerce and services.

BUSINESS

Medellin allows for the most efficient operation of production activities and represents over 8% of the Colombian GDP. It’s the epicenter of management talent and is recognized for its entrepreneurial vision. The GEA Group (GEA) was established in Medellin and it’s one of the most important business groups in Colombia, which also operates one of the strongest financial institutions in the country named Bancolombia.

Tourism

Medellin is logistics center for excellence. The  Latin American capital with the best public service infrastructure, technology and smart grid for water, energy, sewer, gas, telephone and internet. It has a wide network of hospitals, clinics and comprehensive dental services, equipment and diagnostic aids.

It has the adequate infrastructure, experience and "know-how" of professional service providers for holding events of national and international stature.

AIRPORTS

José Maria Cordova: international airport, 40 kilometers and 40 minutes from the Medellin. Its proximity to the city it’s because it is connected by a freeway with slow traffic which allows you to admire the green mountains of the region of Antioquia.

Olaya Herrera Airport: located within the city and it’s used domestic and regional flights. Medellin is well connected with direct international routes. North America: Miami, New York and Fort Lauderdale. Europe: Madrid. Central America and the Caribbean: Panama City, Panama, Curacao and San José de Costa Rica. South America: Lima, Quito and Caracas. There are also connections with Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and the rest of Central America. It has 33 direct flights daily to and from Bogota, capital of Colombia (35 min. Flight).

Airlines operating in Medellin: American Airlines, Copa Airlines - Copa Airlines Colombia, Avianca-Taca, Lan Chile, Air, ADA, Satena, Spirit Airlines, and Insel Air.

TRANSPORTATION

It’s midsize city with efficient mobility and transportation. Trips are short and are on average about 15 to 20 minutes from and to any place.

Medellin has an integrated and massive transport system: Metro, Metro cables, Metro plus, Buses and Taxis.

There are also two land transportation terminals (South and North) that connect the Sub regions of Medellin, Antioquia Department and the rest of the country.

PEOPLE

The people of Medellin are friendly, entrepreneurial, intelligent, capable, dynamic, hospitable, caring, cheerful, enthusiastic, committed and competitive.

TIPS

Office hours: Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Banks and corporations: Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 11:30 am and from 2:00 pm to 4:30 or 5:00 pm depending on the institution. There are branches in malls or chain stores that offer extended hours.

Commercial establishments: Monday to Saturday between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm. Shopping malls are opened until 9:00 pm. Sunday's commercial activities run until 7:00 p.m.

Restaurants, bars and nightclubs: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m., some of the clubs in the city have AAA rating.

HEALTH SERVICES:

It is important for travelers to have health insurance from their home country. The city of Medellin has specialists and many hospitals considered to be of the highest quality in Latin America. Many pharmacies offer 24 hour service around the city.

Police and Security: the traveler is advised not to carry the original identification documents. Use the safes of the hotels to store personal items, documents, jewelry and cash. Transit through secure sites and that are only recommended by trusted guides. The hotline for emergencies is 123.

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