Medellin is a beautiful city located in the Antioquia region of Colombia. It is the only city in Colombia with a metro system (train & cablecars and we rode both today)! For us it was a day of firsts. We set out to visit Park Arvi. Park Arvi can only be reached through Medellin’s cable car system, which is connected to their metro system…which is connected to one of the poorest neighborhoods in Medellin. It was an interesting ride.
The metro cable system is actually a government funded transportation system created to make the lives of residents easier that lived on the steep hills of this area. Now, residents have easier access to medical care, jobs, and various parts of the city. It also showcases beautiful views of the many communities that you pass on the way up.
We hopped on our nearest metro stop, Line A which runs from the north of Medellin in Niquia all the way south of Medellin to La Estrella. A one-way ticket costs 2.300 COP ($.74 cents)! Take Line A northbound and get off at the Acevedo stop. From there, switch to Line K and ride the 3 stops to Santo Domingo station. Switch to Line L (4.600 COP) for a chill and tranquil 15min ride to your final destination – Parque Arvi.
I have to admit, my favorite part about this day was the cable car ride from Santo Domingo to Arvi. It’s serene, filled with views and riddled with education if you care to look.
Parque Arvi was a large ecotourism park. There were several guided tours that you can book at the park. You can also opt to explore on your own by foot. We decided on the latter but plan to visit again and book the biking tour.
What to know about Park Arvi:
- Admission is FREE!
- Open Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
- Guided tours are available for a fee (25,000 COP for foreigners/$8USD)
- A few snack stalls and restaurants onsite
- Its a bit cooler up here – bring a jacket
- Picnic Chorro Clarin – a super cool area with ample shaded picnic tables while you eat riverside to the tiny rapids of a small nearby waterfall.
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