Once perceived as gritty and less-than-safe, Medellín has in recent years transformed into a vibrant, culturally rich vacation destination. Sitting at the base of the Aburrá Valley, its lush green hills make it the perfect location to hike, bike, horseback ride, and more. Take to the sky in the cable car to the Biblioteca España, a geometric-shaped building emerging from the top of the Santo Domingo Savio neighborhood. Nearby Piedra del Peñol offers another unique way to get a bird’s-eye-view, with 740 steps carved into the side of a near vertical gargantuan boulder. Don’t miss out on the pulse of the city after the sun goes down! Restaurants and bars hum with local life and are one of our favorite ways to get to know this Colombian gem.