We visited Colombia with kids aged 6 and 2 and one of our best friends we like to travel with.
We spent the first 2 days in Medellin. Medellin is one of Colombia’s major cities. Bogota is the capital and a massive metropolitan area. We opted not to go to Bogota because of the lack of public transportation and terrible traffic.
Medellin’s public transit was super easy and we were able to get around to all the sights fairly quickly. Medellin used to have a rough reputation. While we were always cautious and tried to think ahead, we found it overall to be safe and did not have any problems.
Our vacation rental was just around the corner from a wonderful restaurant where we had breakfast each day, Café Revolución. The brunch was about $ 5 USD and was amazing. It held us over well for morning sightseeing around Medellin, Colombia with kids.
Must See in Medellin Colombia with kids:
Medellin has aerial metro cables “gondolas” that travel multiple routes up the hills of the city. It’s part of the regular public transit to help residents get up and down the densely packed hills and winding roads. The kids and adults all loved this so much that we rode it again the next day. It is a great way to see the city as well.
We had an amazing lunch at Del Bosque inside the Botanical Gardens. The Botanical Garden is free and the café is just to the left when you enter. The food and prices were great and then we explored the gardens.
Medellin has some cool history with the Comuna 13 neighborhood. I highly recommend a walking tour to get some history and ride the outdoor escalators! We used ZippyTours for a free walking tour.
Relax at our vacation rental and do some reading or coloring. After a day of visiting Medellin, Colombia with kids, we were ready to have a snack! At night, we try to stick to the same bedtime routines as much as possible. And, our screen time limits are extended during travel.
Barrio Burger was very close to our Airbnb and had amazing burgers! It was a nice treat at the end of a long day.
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Other places to check out on your trip to Colombia with kids:
Santa Rosa de Cabal for the hot springs – definitely stay at the hotel to enjoy the whole experience
Salento – Stay at Rancho de Salento, hike the Valle de Cocora, do a coffee farm tour
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