Medellín: a City of Transformation, Resilience 

 and Inspiration 

Elevation: 1,495 m
Area: 380.6 km²
Weather: average annual
temperature is 22 °C (72 °F)

 

Medellín

Medellín is the second-largest city in Colombia and the capital of the state of Antioquia. Its cultural transformation has been frequently cited as a model for successfully leveraging cultural assets to empower disenfranchised communities. Various civic, governmental and individual stakeholders across Medellín are helping to transform the city into a culturally vibrant place, while simultaneously addressing issues of social equity.

With the commitment to prioritizing equal opportunities for all residents, Medellín has adopted creative and unconventional approaches to improve city life. One example of this is the Metro Cable, a gondola lift system, connecting remote hillside communities to the central urban core. Medellín has built libraries, parks and schools in the poorest areas, reaffirming the belief that architecture and urban planning work hand-and-hand to advance positive social and cultural change in communities.

Medellín believes that education and culture are vital to sustainable community development and are at the heart of the quest to solve profound social and community challenges and issues. 

​Tourist guide​

 

Assistance with travel arrangements

If you have any questions about travel arrangements please contact: natalia.ortiz@parqueexplora.org

When planning your trip, consider that there will be extension activities to know the city and cultural institutions of Medellín the days before and after the conference.

 

Accommodations

To access special accommodation rates for Reimagining the Museum 2017, make your reservation in one of our official partner hotels. To do so, please contact the hotel of your choice either by e-mail or phone, and let them know that you'll be attending the Reimagining the Museum event, along with your reservation details, such as your name and the dates of your staying. Ask about available payment options.


Estelar Milla de Oro

Address: Calle 3 Sur #43a-64
Phone: + 57 (4) 369 6300, option 4
Cellphone: +57 3153112618
Rate: 95 U$D, single room
Email: rafael.revollo@hotelesestelar.com
Website: www.hotelesestelar.com
Make your reservation herehttps://goo.gl/uTUeKX


Novelty

Address: Calle 4 sur # 43 A - 109
Phone: + 57 (4) 319 4000
Cellphone: +57 320 688 888
Rate: 70 U$D, single room
Email: reservasnovelty@estiloejecutivo.com
Website:: www.hotelesdemedellin.com/Novelty

Affinity

Address: Calle 6 sur # 43 A 100
Phone: + 57 (4) 3195000
Rate: 93 U$D, standard apartment
Email: affinity@estiloejecutivo.com
Website:: www.hotelesdemedellin.com/affinity

Hampton:  

Address: Calle 6 Sur # 42 - 14
Phone: + 57 (4) 604 3100​
Rate:  70 U$D, single room
Email: hampton.medellin@metro-op.com
Website: www.hiltonhotels.com
Make your reservation here: https://goo.gl/mGby88

 

Travel

Avianca Airlines will offer airfare discounts to the conference from 5 % to 20%. Discounts are not applicable on promotional fares. Discounts are only available on applicable fares on flights operated directly by Avianca. To book and purchase your ticket contact Avianca directly by phone through their local reservation center, online at https://goo.gl/7rKRfL or through your local travel agency. To be eligible for the discounts, please provide at the time of booking the assigned code for this event: GN315 and present or email your registration per the sales agent instructions.

Note: When you purchase your ticket, make sure you are in Medellín the day before (October 31) and the day after (November 4) the conference, since on both days there will be exclusive activities for the participants of the event designed so that you can know the city and the institutions that will be present at the event better.

Airports in Medellín

Medellín has two airports:

Olaya Herrera Airport (SKMD / EOH): Located in the city and a short distance from Colombia commercial and business district and private aircraft airport. Website here.

José María Córdoba Airport (MDE): Located 30 km southeast of the city, it serves as the International Airport. It has both national and international terminals. For more information please visit the website here.

Non-stop flights to Medellín

City

Airline

Balboa, Panama

Copa Airlines Colombia

Barranquilla, Colombia

Avianca

Bogotá, Colombia

Avianca, VivaColombia y LATAM

Bucaramanga, Colombia

Avianca y Easyfly

Cali, Colombia

Avianca

Cartagena, Colombia

Avianca y LATAM

Cúcuta, Colombia

Avianca

Fort Lauderdale, USA

JetBlue, Spirit

Lima, Perú

Avianca y VivaColombia

Madrid, Spain

Avianca, Iberia

México City, México

Aeromexico

Miami, USA

American, Avianca

Montería, Colombia

Avianca, Easyfly

New York City, USA

Avianca

Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá (PAC)

Avianca

Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá (PTY)

Copa

Pereira, Colombia

Easyfly

San Andrés, Colombia

LATAM

San Salvador, El Salvador

Avianca

Santa Marta, Colombia

Avianca, Latam

Valencia, Venezuela

Avior

Yopal, Colombia

Easyfly

Travel insurance

We recommend you purchase travel insurance that has coverage in Medellín,Colombia.

Visas to travel to Colombia

To find out if you need a visa to enter the country, visit the official website of the Chancellery of Colombia. All U.S citizens must present a valid U.S. passport to enter and leave Colombia. U.S. citizens do not need a Colombian visa for a tourist or business stay of 90 days or less.

 

 

Local transportation

From/ to Medellín airports

From the José María Córdoba International Airport, the average travel time to downtown Medellín is 45 minutes. Buses, minibuses and taxis connect the airport to different parts of Medellín. Taxi services can be requested by phone. Taxis are equipped with meters indicating the fare. The fare from the international terminal to the city center is approximately COP 65,000 (USD 22).

From Olaya Herrera Airport to the official partner hotels and Explora Park the average travel time is 15 minutes. The taxi fare is approximately COP 12,000 (USD 4). Buses are also available.

To the conference  

The conference will take place at Parque Explora. Complimentary bus transportation will be provided  to and from the three official conference hotels and Parque Explora during the three days of the event.

In the city

Transportation options include:

SITVA - The Integrated Transport Aburrá Valley System

Medellín has a massive transportation system that includes:

- Medellín Metro: the cost per trip is COP 2,300 (USD 0.8).
- Metrocable: the cost per regular trip is COP 2,300 (USD 0.8).
- Metroplus: the cost per route is COP 2,300 (USD 0.8).
- Tram of Medellín: the cost per trip is COP 2,300 (USD 0.8).
- EnCicla (bikes): free with previous registration.

If you prefer to reach Explora Park using public transportation, we recommend you take the Metro and get off at the station Universidad, line A.

Taxis

In Medellín. taxis have the following identifying characteristics:

- They are the color yellow.
- The name of the company to which they are affiliated together with the mobile number 'número del móvil' is located in a visible place.
- The color of the license plate is a white background with black characters

Every vehicle is equipped with a taxi meter ('taximetro') to determine the price of the service according to government regulations. The fees that apply currently to taxi services are:

Minimum fee ('carrera mínima'): COP 5.000 (USD 1.70)
From/To the International Airport José María Córdova: COP 65,000 (USD 22)

Buses

Buses in Medellín are owned by private companies and each bus has a specific route in the city that can be identified by a square-like poster in the front window. Prices range between COP 1800 (USD .58) and 2500 (USD .80 ) depending on the bus type.  Fees must be paid in cash, preferably in coins or with small bills.

Mobile Apps for Transportation

- Uber
- Cabify
- EasyTaxi

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