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Medellin Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Antioquia

Medellin Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Antioquia

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Medellin Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Antioquia

We spent our Sunday in Medellin taking it easy and our last day (most of Monday) hitting the spots we had not yet seen (the museum). Most of what we had read suggested that Sundays are for family time outdoors with picnics and sunshine in Medellin. So we embraced this by heading to the Botanical Gardens for a stroll with plans to grab lunch somewhere back in downtown Medellin afterwards. We slept in a bit that day and took an Uber to the gardens. 

I should mention that Uber has a few options in Medellin. Uber English guarantees your driver will speak English and is usually twice the price, but we still paid nothing more than $10. The regular Uber was usually $2-$3 and some drivers spoke a little English but some did not. I spoke enough to get us by but also please note that Uber English are far less numerous than the other option.

The gardens are free, full of interesting and lovely plants, well-shaded, and there is a lovely, restaurant that is kind of high-end. The menu looked good but we wanted something less fancy. There is also a counter where you can get snacks and coffees to go, I got a small coffee (shot glass sized cup) and walked around for a bit. All three of us agreed that it was delicious. I drink my coffee black and I don’t recall seeing anything to add to it so my friends tried it black and remarked how good it tasted. I ended up buying a lot of coffee and some jams in their gift shop.

Our last morning we got up early enough to get to the Museum of Antioquia just as it opened. It was pretty quiet, considering it was a Monday, but started to get busy as we were getting ready to leave. The museum has ancient and contemporary art and sculpture from Colombian artists and also contains a large collection of Botero paintings and sculptures. It is worth a visit and the inexpensive entry fee. We spent about 90 minutes at this museum before heading back to our Airbnb to eat leftovers (lol), clean up after ourselves, and start our laundry! Our host was nice enough to give us a late checkout and we promised to wash and dry all of our laundry before we left (we’d started it that morning). Overall, we felt like we hit the highlights of Medellin and I would definitely return to do more things and explore new neighborhoods. Like, we didn’t explore a lot of nightlife but I would love to go with a local or stay in a neighborhood where we could have walked to the bars at night. However, I like where we stayed and Medellin is large and spread out.

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