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.
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.