We had a nice afternoon exploring gardens and wildlife – and our minds! – today. The Universidad metro stop has a lot of options for tourists – we enjoyed both the Botanical Garden and the Medellin version of a science centre. The Medellin garden and park are not just for kids, although kids love them too!
The free Jardin Botanico is huge and amazing. Seconds after walking into the park, we heard loud birds squawking, looked up and saw 4 large toucans in a nearby tree. We had to zoom in quite close on our cameras but they were brightly colored, large and beautiful. We even got to see them fly over us. I was already hooked!
The gardens also included: a lagoon with ducks and swans, a butterfly sanctuary, a palm garden, a desert area, an orchid area and more! We wandered around for an hour or so just enjoying the lovely weather and views. The fact that this park is free is fantastic but I would have paid to visit.
Afterwards, we walked across the street to the Parque Explora, where for about 15 bucks each we enjoyed all sorts of interactive exhibits for adults and kids and a small aquarium. It’s a new modern building which is fun to explore.
We had a very fun day, and Brian even got to slide down a slide!
When you visit Medellin, take the excellent city metro to the Medellin garden and park. The train stop is across the street and these two sites are so close together, you have to visit both. I loved it and imagine you will too.