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Parque Explora Biologico

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Best of Medellin, Parque Explora | Comments Off on Parque Explora Biologico

One of the best exhibitions within Parque Explora is the Biologico Exhibit, which features rainforest creatures from throughout Colombia.

Included in the exhibit is this golden poison dart frog shown above, which is the world’ most venemous frog.

Several species of tarantulas, including truly huge ones, are living here as well.

A medium sized boa, and a huge anaconda, along with many other beautiful snakes, are among the favorites of the crowd.

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Parque Explora Dinosaurs

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Best of Medellin, Parque Explora | Comments Off on Parque Explora Dinosaurs

One of the most spectacular places in Medellin is the El Parque Explora, which consists of many exhibits centered around a courtyard full of robotic rubber dinosaurs. They are life-size dinosaurs, animated, and you can touch and play with them. A few of them have erratically swinging rubber tails that the kids love to dodge.

Most of the most popular dinosaurs are on display, including a life-size anamatronic Tyrannousaurus Rex, a Triceratops, velociraptors, brachiasaurus, and many more.

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Metro Cable Medellin

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Best of Medellin, Transportation | Comments Off on Metro Cable Medellin

Metro Cable Medellin

High above the city of Medellin is the Metro Cable, which connects to the city’s metro/subway line.

We recommend buying a ticket for the regular metro, then ride to the Metro Cable and ride it up to the top to take photos of the city, then ride it back down.

The Metro Cable isn’t just a tourist attraction… it’s an important mode of transportation for thousands of the citizens of Medellin who live high up in the hills overlooking the city. So, best to ride it before rush hour.

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Palacio de la Cultura

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The Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe Uribe, is an iconic structure known to tourists as the “Beetlejuice Building” because of its use of alternating black and white blocks, which reminds one of the design theme used in Tim Burton’s movie.

This spectacular old building is part of Botero Plaza, and can be seen from the public metro system as you pass through the city.

The Palacio is a public events space, for various concerts, workshops, art exhibits, and more.

Address: Carrera 51 No 52-03

Metro Station: Berrío

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Festival of Lights in Medellin

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Best of Medellin, Festivals | Comments Off on Festival of Lights in Medellin

Medellin is sometimes referred to as “The City of Lights” and this is never more true than during the Christmas and New Years season (usually the last three weeks of December and the first week of January).

During this time, the entire city has hundreds of spectacular light displays in public parks, which are made anew each year, and the people of Medellin, as well as tourists, are roaming around or cruising by in cars and buses to spectate.

Los Alumbrados de Medellin, as it’s known in Spanish, is one of the best times of the year to visit Medellin. The weather is near perfect every day. Never too hot, and never too cold, and very little rain.

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Medellin Aquarium (El Acuario)

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Best of Medellin, Parque Explora | Comments Off on Medellin Aquarium (El Acuario)

The amazing aquarium in Medellin is part of the Parque Explora in the center of Medellin.  It’s known to be the best aquarium in South America, and has both freshwater and saltwater sections.

Most or all of the aquatic species displayed here are from Colombia itself, which is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries because it’s an evolutionary melting pot between North America and South America. Colombia spans the continent and so it has both Caribbean and Pacific species, both of which are represented in the Medellin Aquarium.

Some of the most spectacular species shown include the spectacular lionfish, river piranhas, clownfish swimming within the tentacles of stinging anemones, rays, and a very spectacular tank with a sculpted river tree root system.

We highly recommend this as it’s also included in the price of admission of the Parque Explora, which has lifestyles animatronic dinosaurs for kids to play on, and many other spectacular exhibits.

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