Around Estación Universidad

A few metro stops north of Medellín’s city center is Estación Universidad, where some excellent educational attractions can be found.

 

Jardín Botánico

North of the metro station is the Jardín Botánico. This beautiful botanical garden has several plants and trees from several ecosystems. The paths are pleasant to walk through. It’s open daily and doesn’t charge admission.

Jardín Botánico in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Jardín Botánico

 

Parque Explora

Across the street is Parque Explora, an excellent hands-on science museum where you can learn about the human body, physics, and animals. Read more about it here.

Parque Explora in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Parque Explora

 

Parque de Los Deseos

On the other side of the metro tracks is Parque de Los Deseos. When I visited, it was ull of booths featuring local crafts and souvenirs. There is a small amphitheater where a stage was being set up for a concert that night as part of the Feria de las Flores.

Parque de Los Deseos in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Parque de Los Deseos

 

Planetario de Medellín

The Planetario de Medellín is located in Parque de Los Deseos. It features many shows and exhibits about the universe. Adult admission is COP$5,000 (as of August 2014).

Planetario de Medellín in Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

Planetario de Medellín

 

Universidad de Antioquia

To the west is the campus of Universidad de Antioquia. It’s the oldest departmental university in Colombia, founded in 1803.

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