Fly To Medellin, Colombia
The second biggest of Colombia’s cities, Medellin is located in the northernmost part of the Andes Mountains, nestling in the Aburra Valley. Because of its superb year-round weather, Medellin is called the City of Eternal Spring. And with its picturesque setting, surrounded by lush mountains in every direction, it really is a magnificent place to visit. Medellin is also a major cultural centre, home to some world-famous artists, sculptors and painters including Fernando Botero, whose sculptures are seen all over the city.
Medellin is also famous for its welcoming atmosphere and friendly residents, and visitors will find lots to see and do, from cultural activities that include an annual International Jazz Festival, Book Festival and International Poetry Festival to excellent shopping, especially for fashion. It’s also popular for sporting events, and its annual Flower Fair and Silleteros Parade in August draws people from all over the world.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Medellin for recreational purposes do not need a Visa for Colombia, for up to 90 days. Business travellers, however, will need a Visa, and will need to plan ahead in light of processing times. Either way, you’ll need to make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Bogota, Colombia contactable by phone. Phone: + 57 1 214 0397.
See and do
While you’re in Medellin, make sure to visit the city’s beautiful Botanical Gardens, as well as Botero Plaza, where some of resident artist Fernando Botero’s exquisite metal sculptures are. The Museo de Antiquia is also located here; it boasts displays of Botero’s paintings as well as work by other Latin artists.
For spectacular views of the city, climb to the top of Cerro Nutibara, which offers a restaurant, shops, and a miniature replica of a traditional Paisa village. And if you’re feeling energetic, you can take a walk along the Carabobo Pedestrian Corridor, which spans around 30 city blocks and includes a number of important historic buildings as well as picturesque landscapes.
Medellin is the only city in the world that contains two cablecar systems linked to their underground Metro. It’s great fun to explore using these transport systems. On your travels you can enjoy some excellent shopping in some of the city’s shopping malls, including El Tesero, Oviedo and San Diego.
José María Córdova International Airport – MDE
This airport serves Medellin and the sprawling surrounding metropolitan area. It’s the second largest airport in Colombia and the most important one in the western part of the country. Flights from several international destinations use this airport; one of the most popular routes is from Miami, Florida in the US. There are also regular domestic flights to and from major Colombian cities.
Lost Luggage: Lost luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Medellin Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There are no hotels at the airport. Nearby: Hotel Estelar Blue, Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro, Hotel Park, InterContinental Medellin, Medellin Royal Hotel, Movich Hotel Las Lomas.
Car Hire: Hertz, Avis as well as some local car rental companies.
Airport Hub: Jose Maria Cordova International Airport (code MDE) is a hub for Tampa Cargo and Viva Colombia.