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Medellín and the Jardin Botanico

Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia. It is the capital of the region of Antioquia, which is famous for its coffee plantations, flower farms, butterflies and orchids. The city itself hosts a week-long Feria de Las Flores — flower festival — every year in August.

Despite its beauty, MedellÍín was once dubbed by Time magazine “the most dangerous city on earth”, with cartels, drug lords like Pablo Escobar and violence on the streets. It was also one of the key battlegrounds between the government and Farc, Colombia’s guerrilla movement.

In recent years Medellín has transformed, shed its violent history and is synonymous with beauty, innovation and creativity. It lies in a beautiful valley between two Andean mountain ridges and visitors can travel on a network of cable cars, soaring over the rooftops of mountainside neighborhoods.

For WCSJ 2023, our venue is the Jardin Botanico, which includes over 1,000 species of trees and plants, a lake, herbarium and of course a butterfly house: una casa de las mariposas. There is tropical rainforest, desert, bamboo, orchids and birdsong.

The Jardin Botanico began life as a family restaurant and estate, Casa de Baños en Edén, before the city acquired the land and renamed it the Bosque Centenario de la Independencia and later El Bosque — the forest. They have grown in size and become one of Medellín’s epicenters for recreation and tourism. The gardens are free except for a small charge for the butterfly house.

Botanical Garden 50th Anniversary

The Botanical Garden in Medellín is a non-profit institution whose scientific efforts are focused on nature. It is recognized for the quality of its collections and management of resources in the conservation of flora. Besides being one of the places that best represents transformation in the city, it has also played an essential role in development by proportioning areas for coexistence and civil and social inclusion. The Botanical Garden in Medellín is recognized globally as a museum and part of the International Council of Museums. As a botanical garden, they run permanent programs of basic and applied research, in situ and ex situ conservation, that is, conservation in the natural environment of the plant or outside it. Its mission is to generate, disseminate and apply scientific knowledge on the floristic diversity of Antioquia and the country in relation to the tropics, contributing to its valuation, conservation, restoration, and management to promote the sustainable and ethical use of flora and contribute to the well-being of Colombians.

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Nearby, the Esquina de las Mujeres pays tribute to notable women in the area, and the Parque Explora, an interactive science museum with South America’s largest freshwater aquarium, a planetarium, life-sized dinosaurs and four main halls: Mind, Time, Physics, and Live.

We can’t wait to show you around.

Medellin Quick facts

  • Nickname: City of Eternal Spring
  • Language: Spanish

  • Population: 2.50 million in 2020

  • Elevation: 1,495m

  • Climate: Temperate, humid subtropical characteristics

  • Average temperatures: between 16°C to 26°C year-round

  • Time zone: UTC/GMT -5 hours

  • Currency: Colombian Peso (COP)

Click here to visit the Medellin, Colombia Tourism website.

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