Travelling to Medellín, Colombia with Children (what to expect)
When resorts are no longer fun and end up being unattractive in their banality, families often search for cool new places that are safe, fun and original.
Cities like Rome, Athens and Prague might be touristy but still deliver that added historical allure that parents want to introduce their children to.
But what if you’ve done the conventional places and want to visit an up and coming city? We recommend you give Medellín a second glance.
Medellín in Recent Years
Adventure seeking families often look for new places to visit that will not only be fun for parents but places that have activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Medellín has all but forgotten about it’s dark past in the last 5 years and has made impressive strives to become a force to be reckoned with in South America. With “World’s most Innovative City” and “Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize” accolades under its belt, Medellín is South America’s new “must-see city”.
Where to Stay in Medellín
Once you land in the valley, the first thing you’ll notice is how big the city really is. It’s population is just under 3 million and the part of town your family is going to want to stay in is El Poblado.
Poblado is a large neighborhood home to the city’s best restaurants (more on this later), nightlife and where the best hotels are located.
How to plan a Trip to Medellín
First start out by making sure you’re well situated in a trendy hotel in El Poblado:
- The Charlee Hotel
- Hotel Diez
- Hotel Park 10
- Hotel Estelar Milla de Oro
Then, find yourself a reputable entertainment company that caters to vacation trips to The City of Eternal Spring.
- Medellín VIP
- Medellín VIP
- Medellín VIP
Give us a call and see how one of our knowledgeable staff members informs you of our daytime, adventure tours and out-of-town excursions:
- Graffiti Tour
- City Tour
- Trips to the Guatape Lake
- Horseback Riding
Activities for Children in Medellín
Travelling with children outside of resorts already implies a certain level of research that ensures the trip is fun for the entire family and Medellín is no stranger to daytime activities and adventure tours. Any one of the activities above is both safe and parent approved which means you can be certain that a Medellín trip with children is the best decision if you wish to go somewhere unconventional.
Best Restaurants in Medellín
Another important aspect of travelling with children is, how safe is the location when it comes to eating out? If you’ve been anywhere in Latin America you’ll realize that the food is all really very similar. Rice and beans are prevalent and pork is an important part of our diet here in Colombia but what are the options?
Whether you’re looking for Italian, Thai, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Indian and even Taiwanese, Medellín has the right restaurant to provide you and your family with a great meal at a surprisingly affordable price. Most of the city’s best restaurants are located in El Poblado so don’t worry about commuting. Here are our favorite restaurants:
- Carmen (Contemporary)
- Ocio (Contemporary)
- El Cielo (molecular cuisine and Colombian Influences)
- Hatoviejo (Traditional Colombian)
- Naan (Indian)
- Ill Castello (Italian)
- Lucia (Italian)
If you wish to partake in street food, there are plenty of places you may do so but we suggest you keep your eyes open for hygienic practices.
Overall, travelling with children to Medellín, Colombia will be a fun experience for all. With so many things to see and do, you’ll all be very surprised (in a good way) with how friendly people are and how welcoming the city will be towards you and your family.