While the center of Medellín in the surroundings of the city is a diverse landscape that includes mountains, rivers, waterfalls, jungles and much more. Therefore, there is much to explore for lovers of the great outdoors. Among the stunning scenery there are multiple trails to enjoy, and many of them will take you to spectacular views of the magnificent surroundings. Here’s a traveler’s guide to hiking in Medellin to help you navigate the local landscape and make the most of your surroundings.
Hill of the Three Crosses
According to The Unconventional Route, the best hike in Medellín is the Cerro de las Cruces. Although this is a relatively short hike, it is challenging due to the terrain and elevation, which is why it is classified as a moderate hike overall. The hike involves climbing a steep hill to the top, which is a popular spot for outdoor exercise. There are great views to admire at the top. It’s a 1.5-mile round-trip hike that will take between 40 minutes and one hour and 20 minutes.
A great hike to see some beautiful natural places is Cuevas del Higueron. The hike takes you through El Salado Park, and you will see caves, a waterfall, a river, and an ancient trail. The trail is 4.5 miles and has an elevation gain of 1,600 feet. It takes approximately four hours to complete this round trip.
Hike to the Arenales waterfall
If you like your hikes to have a purpose, like seeing a specific sight, then the Arenales waterfall hike is a fantastic option. There are two waterfalls to see along this hike, and you will also see the remains of La Catedral, which is Pablo Escobar’s infamous prison. The hike takes you through a pine forest which then leads into the jungle. After passing the prison and the waterfalls, you leave the forest towards Arenales. From this point, you can appreciate the views of Medellín. Although the two-hour hike is not challenging in terms of length and is mostly downhill, there are some difficult sections of terrain to tackle. It is one of the most popular walks in Medellín.
El Hato to San Félix Waterfalls Paragliding launch
The hike takes you through the Bello neighborhood to the Chorro El Hato Waterfalls, and then continues up the hill to the paragliding launch at San Félix. If you feel like flying downhill instead of walking, this is your chance to do it. It is a moderate hike that will take a little over two hours.
Arvi Park by Cerro Pan de Azúcar
The Parque Arvi hike through Cerro Pan de Azúcar is one of the best hikes to enjoy great views. It is also popular because the walk takes you to two of Medellín’s main attractions; the Metrocable gondola and Arvi Park. Another reason to enjoy the walk is that you can enjoy a traditional Colombian meal at the end. The walk takes between three and four hours, although it may take longer if you spend time in Arvi Park. It is a one way hike that covers 4.5 miles.
Hike to Cerro Tusa
Completing this hike is the opportunity to see one of the most impressive natural monuments in Colombia, since Cerro Tusa is the largest natural pyramid in the world, says Medellin Advisors. It is a hike that only physically fit people or experienced hikers should attempt as there are many difficulties getting to the top. Although the hike is only three miles out and back, the terrain is challenging and there is an elevation of 1,600 feet. So you can expect this hike to take over four hours to complete.
The hike starts at the metro station and then takes you along a prehistoric trail, and you will see impressive ruins and views along the way. Although it is a strenuous climb to the top of the mountain, it will give you a real sense of accomplishment. The hike back is less strenuous and there is a swimming hole at the bottom of the mountain so there is the option to take a quick dip. It is a challenging hike that covers seven miles, although there is the option to complete shorter sections of the hike.
The Wasteland of the Sun
The Páramo del Sol is also called the otherworldly hike, as it boasts a diverse and unusual natural environment that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. It is not close to Medellín, but it is worth traveling an extra distance to live the experience. It is a hike for experienced hikers that will take a full day to complete as it is a minimum of seven hours. As you walk through the mossy jungle, you will see wild orchids, hummingbird hives, and unique landscapes.
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