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Orchideorama at the Botanical Gardens

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Best of Medellin, Famous Buildings, Jardin Botanico | Comments Off on Orchideorama at the Botanical Gardens

Orchideorama at the Jardin Botanico

 Perhaps the most beautiful modern structure in all of Medellin, the Orchideorama events center in the Jardin Botanico is made of a series of huge roof structures, and underneath events such as weddings, large parties, shows etc are held.

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Albert Einstein Exhibition

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Exhibitions, Parque Explora | Comments Off on Albert Einstein Exhibition

Albert Einstein Exhibit in Medellin Colombia

In Medellin’s Parque Explora is an amazing exhibition and tribute to the life and work of Nobel-prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein, who was the discoverer of relativity theory and many more important fundamental ideas in modern physics.

Einstein Exhibition Medellin Website

The Einstein Exhibit contains his life story, including the incredible influence that Einstein has had on world culture. His iconic image is used continuously in various media, his facial features are imitated in order to create a look of intelligence and wisdom (such as Yoda from Star Wars), and the museum has a fascinating video collage of commercials from many countries that use his likeness to hawk very commercial products.

In addition, many of Einstein’s letters to various interesting people have been duplicated and put on display.

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Parque Explora Biologico

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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

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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

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in Best of Medellin, Famous Buildings | Comments Off on Palacio de la Cultura

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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