Medellín is located in the Aburrá Valley in the Andes mountains, offering fantastic panoramic views of Medellín. This gives the second most populated city in Colombia, an incomparable charm with many very scenic views in the city. And we look at five of the best views in the city.

For a photographer like me, Medellín offers breath-taking scenic viewpoints (miradors) over the entire city which makes it a wonderful opportunity to contemplate the horizon with friends (and a drink)!

I went out and discovered the five best panoramic views that Medellín as to offer. Stay seated for these scenic views!

View from Mirador Las Palmas

View from Mirador Las Palmas

Panoramic Views #1: Mirador Las Palmas

There are two Las Palmas Miradors. But the most exceptional view can be seen from the second mirador.

It is located on the Las Palmas road 56, on the way to the airport. Buses run from and to Medellín metro station Exposiciones. Another alternative, is to take a taxi. There normally are a few taxis waiting on Las Palmas to drive you back to town.

View from Mirador Las Palmas

View from Mirador Las Palmas

This view is great and is known to be the best look out view of Medellín. I will let you judge after reading this entire article.

In addition, there are vendors selling food and drinks to satisfy your sudden thirst probably caused by the spectacular view.

View from Cerro Nutibara

View from Cerro Nutibara

Panoramic Views #2: Cerro Nutibara

Cerro Nutibara (Nutibara Hill) is the hill where the popular Pueblito Paisa tourist attraction is located. It is the most central, and the most accessible viewpoint of all the miradors in this article.

Another advantage here, you will have enough space for you and your friends to sit and chill. And there are some restaurants with food and drinks.

Panoramic view from Cerro Nutibara at night

Panoramic view from Cerro Nutibara at night

The easiest way to get to Cerro Nutibara (Pueblito Paisa) is to take a taxi (or Uber) as every driver in the city knows where it is. The taxi cost from many locations in El Poblado should be less than 10,000 pesos. In addition, when you leave it is typically easy to catch a taxi since it’s a popular tourist destination.

View of Medellín taken from Pueblito Paisa on Cerro Nutibara, photo by Jenny Bojinova

View of Medellín taken from Pueblito Paisa on Cerro Nutibara, photo by Jenny Bojinova

View of El Poblado taken from Pueblito Paisa Cerro Nutibara, photo by Jenny Bojinova

View of El Poblado taken from Pueblito Paisa Cerro Nutibara, photo by Jenny Bojinova

It is also possible to reach Cerro Nutibara (Pueblito Paisa) by walking from the Industriales metro station on Line A of the Medellín metro. But it’s a long walk uphill. And sometimes the road is lonely. So, to be safe we recommend taking a taxi.

Address: Calle 30 # 55-64, Tel: 57(4) 235 83 70

Hours: The park on Cerro Nutibara is open from 5am to midnight daily. The stores and restaurants are open from 10 am to 8 pm. We recommend going when the stores and restaurants are open.

View from Cerro El Volador

View from Cerro El Volador

Panoramic Views #3: Cerro El Volador

Cerro El Volador (Flying Hill) is reportedly the largest natural park located in the city of Medellín, sized at 262 acres.

In addition, Cerro El Volador was even named a natural Colombian heritage site in 1993. The large hill and park is located in an area that was once sacred ground for Indians, the original inhabitants in the Aburrá Valley.

Panoramic view from Cerro El Volador

Panoramic view from Cerro El Volador

Cerro El Volador rises to an elevation of 269 feet and offers stunning views of the city as it has a privileged position in the middle of the Aburrá Valley.

Also, it’s a good place to hike or jog while enjoying the views, read a book or have a picnic and get away from the city. Police regularly patrol the park, but it’s a large park. So, we recommend sticking to the main paths with other people around.

One hiking entrance to Cerro El Volador is located 10 minutes from the Estadio metro station or a 25-minute walk from the Laureles neighborhood. On the other side of the hill in Robledo is the main entrance to the park with a paved road up the hill.

Also, all taxi and Uber drivers in the city will know were Cerro El Volador is located.

View from Comuna 13

View from Comuna 13

Panoramic Views #4: Comuna 13

Comuna 13 is today known for its graffiti and street arts which attract tourists every day. But the location of Comuna 13, up the western hills of Medellín, also makes it a viable contender for one of Medellín’s best look out points.

Panoramic view from Comuna 13 at night

Panoramic view from Comuna 13 at night

Note that Comuna 13 is not really a place for foreigners once the sun goes down. We recommend visiting during the day. And we strongly recommend going with at least one other person (Colombian if possible) or on one of the Comuna 13 Graffiti Tours.

Comuna 13 is not an area of Medellín where expats should be alone during the day or once the sun goes down.

View from Santo Domingo

View from Santo Domingo

Panoramic Views #5: Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is the last station on the Metrocable line K before you take the metro cable to Parque Arvi.

As you walk down from the Santo Domingo metro cable station, there is a nice, and seems to be popular, viewpoint. This location is popular among tourists but also locals, especially kids.

Panoramic view from Santo Domingo

Panoramic view from Santo Domingo

Notoriously known to be a dangerous neighbourhood, I still decided to go solo with my camera bag. Which might be perceived as unwise.

Nothing out of the ordinary happened. And while being careful, I realized that my presence didn’t raise any particular interests. This is likely due to many tourists visiting this area during the day. Also, there is a visible police presence at the metro station.

Cable cars on Metrocable Line K

Cable cars on Metrocable Line K

I still advise that you go with a group of friends and definitely avoid the area at night. How? Take the Medellín metro Line A to Acevedo station. And then take the Metrocable Line K for a 10-minute ride to the Santo Domingo station.

Locations of the 5 best panoramic views of Medellín (click on markers on map)

The Best of Medellín

Besides this article about the five best panoramic views of Medellín, Medellin Guru has several more articles about the best and top places and things to do in Medellín including:

  1. 8 Best Pueblos Near Medellín Worth a Visit
  2. 12 Best Museums of Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
  3. 13 Best Malls of Medellín – the Ultimate Guide to Medellín Malls
  4. 2 Best Walking Tours in Medellín
  5. 14 Top Churches in Medellín Worth Visiting
  6. 12 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in El Poblado
  7. 9 Best Steakhouses in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley
  8. 9 Best Places for Brunch in El Poblado
  9. 5 Best Nano/Micro Breweries in Medellín
  10. 5 Best Independent Coffee Shops in El Poblado
  11. 8 Top Coffee Shops in Laureles

The Bottom Line: 5 Best Panoramic views of Medellín: The Best Scenic Views

Medellín has many scenic viewpoints. But I chose what I believe are the five best panoramic views of Medellín for this article.

Also, with Medellín’s location in a valley surrounded by mountains, many apartments in the city have stunning and scenic views of the city and mountains.

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