Hiking in Medellin: A Guide to 3 Different Hikes Outside the City

Medellin is the City of Eternal Spring, which means that the weather is always perfect for hiking. When I’ve had a long week with the other 2.2 million people that live here, sometimes I just need to get away from it all and into nature.

I’ve lived in the city for six months, so I’ve found a lot of fun things to do in Medellin. However hiking in Medellin at the Arenales waterfall, Parque Arvi, and Parque Salado is always my go-to day trip when I’m craving some fresh air and wide open spaces.


How to Get to the Arenales Waterfall

This weekend, I really needed to get out of the city and out of my head. So, Daniel and I decided to try to find the Arenales waterfall on the directions of two very old, poorly written blog posts. We weren’t optimistic, BUT it’s actually super simple to get to the Arenales waterfall!

All we had to do was go to the Envigado metro station and catch the bus that’s waiting at the Arenales sign. The fare is only $0.69, and the drive is about 20 minutes.

WARNING: if a giant bus taking hairpin turns on the side of a cliff isn’t your idea of a good time, you may want to sit this one out.


hiking in Medellin at the arenales waterfall


Once we got off the bus at Arenales (it’s the last stop), we found ourselves standing at a fork in the road. We took the left road and followed the trail, which luckily turned out to be the correct choice.

Our walk started out lush and green, and we soon began crossing back and forth over a river as we went deeper into the forest. You may lose the trail at times here, so wear sandals and be ready to wade through cold water once or twice.

After hiking for around an hour, Daniel and I reached the Arenales waterfall. It’s totally secluded and best of all, has a deep swimming hole. We had the falls to ourselves on a sunny Saturday afternoon… so worth the challenging hike!

After a picnic and some time warming up in the sun, we hiked back the way we came. Then we got some ice cream, enjoyed the view of the city from the park, and finally grabbed the bus to head back home.

All in all we only spent a total of around $6 for the outing.

PS You can also do this hike backward (downhill), starting at Pablo Escobar’s infamous prison “La Catedral.” For more info, check out this guide.


hiking in medellin at the arenales waterfall


How to Get to Parque Arvi

Park Arvi is another phenomenal day trip if you want to get away from the city a bit. With that said, it’s also one of the most popular places for hiking in Medellin, so our day started on a crowded metro ride. Get off at the Acevedo stop and from there it’s quite easy to find your way to the cable car.

The aerial views of Medellin during the cable car ride are breathtaking, so the ride is worth it for that alone. At the halfway point, we switched to a new cable car at Santo Domingo (which has an extra charge because it’s not part of the metro system) and begin the ride into the park itself.

Entering Parque Arvi is like a breath of fresh air… literally. First we grabbed a cheap lunch, fresh fruit, and a few local craft beers from the market at the entrance before starting our hike.

At the main stand ask for a map with different trails. I’ve done a few different hikes here. One was just on the surrounding trails, and another was at  Piedras Blancas. This part of the park is a short 10 minute bus ride from where the cable car lets you off, and you can walk around the lake, rent a rowboat, enjoy the butterfly house, and so much more.


hiking in Medellin at Parque Arvi: view from the cable car


How to Hike in Parque Salado Ecologico

This small park is perfect for hiking in Medellin, especially if you live in Envigado. The taxi from our apartment was only $10,000 COP / $3.50 USD, or you can grab one of the many buses heading up into the hills to take you there even cheaper.

The entrance fee to hike in Parque Salado Ecologico is $1 each, and it’s totally worth it. The park has a beautiful river running through it with plenty of rocks around to lay out on and pass the day reading, sun bathing, or taking a snooze. You can even jump in the river if you don’t mind reallllyyy cold water. Finally, there are short (but beautiful) hiking trails up into the mountainside that you can explore.

Daniel and I usually pack a picnic for our hikes in Medellin, but there is also a restaurant in the park to eat at. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can even check out the zipline course running through the canopy of trees.


Whether you’re in town for a week or a year, visiting at the Arenales waterfall, Parque Arvi, and Parque Salado Ecologico all provide escapes that are perfect for a day of hiking in Medellin.

PS Check out my favorite day trips from Medellin and 11 things to do in the city!


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Penthouse in Medellin: AF Boutique Living

I knew that our penthouse stay in Medellin was going to be amazing the second that I set foot in the private elevator. Let me give you a quick tour of the place…

Alejandro’s penthouse has two floors. The downstairs features four of the five bedrooms (three of which have their own ensuite bathrooms), the kitchen, sitting room, and two balconies. If this was the entire apartment, I’d give it a phenomenal review. However, the second that you step upstairs, you completely forget that the first level exists.

The entire top floor is a master suite fit for royalty. With a king size bed, a modern wraparound fireplace, and a shower with a panoramic view of the city, I had no idea what to do first!

Then, I saw the outdoor terrace. Alejandro has built a true paradise, high above the busy streets of Medellin.


girl on terrace with view of Medellin, luxury penthouse in Medellin


The view extends through the entire valley of Medellin, and I felt like a queen overlooking my kingdom (even if it was just for one night). The terrace also features a grill and bar, a huge seating area, and a private jacuzzi. Once I set foot on it, I knew that I would never want to leave to explore Medellin.

Now, if you know me, you know there are two things that I love: an amazing view and a private pool. A terrace with a panoramic view of the entire valley that I can enjoy from my own private pool? That changes the game.

The best part of the pool isn’t that there are tons of comfy lounge chairs for tanning (though those were much appreciated), it’s the temperature control! Leave the heat off all day and soak in the cool water while sunning and snacking on the terrace. When the sun goes down, all you have to do is grab some champagne and flip a switch to heat up the pool to turn it into a jacuzzi for a wild night!


Woman standing on balcony overlooking stormy Medellin sky.


Everyone knows true luxury is in the details, and the care that Alejandro has so clearly put into this penthouse in Medellin is what really brings it to the next level. He left a convenient info packet listing takeout, restaurants, bars, clubs, any phone number that you may need, and all the WiFi passwords and channels which made getting settled in a breeze. Each bed also came with it’s own robe, which is handy for when you’re hanging out in your swimsuit all day.

Daniel and I like stay in luxury homes and resorts to experience something we’d NEVER get in our own homes, and Alejandro certainly provides this. One of my favorite unique features in the master bedroom was the gorgeous two-story glass walls on three of the four sides, perfect for enjoying the view while eating breakfast in bed.


breakfast in bed, girl, champagne


With all the lights alive and sparkling, the view at night is even more stunning. But who wants to get up and close the curtains when you’re ready for bed? Not me. With Alejandro’s remote-controlled curtains, you never have to! Enjoy the stunning vista until you’re ready to nod off, and then just tap a button to close yourself in for a cozy night. Amazing.

To top it ALL off, Alejandro is the most vibrant, cheerful, and friendly person that you will ever meet! He responds to all communication quickly and with a smile.


penthouse in Medellin, girl jumping on bed


If you’re looking for a penthouse in Medellin, you must stay in Poblado. And if you’re staying in Poblado, you absolutely cannot pass up Alejandro’s luxurious penthouse in Medellin.

Check out the listing here and get planning!

PS don’t miss our lux escapes to a castle in Guatape and the Torre Rossini penthouse in the city!

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