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What comes to mind when you think of Medellin? Maybe you have one vision in mind, or a few.

In the times I’ve been to Medellin, I’ve been lucky to see a few different sides of the city. I’ve taken photos in El Poblado, the neighborhood where I always stay. It’s hilly, and shady with lots of trees, and it’s busy, with a scene full of dining and nightlife.

Then there’s “Centro,” with its true Latin American feel, street vendors selling fruit, monuments, architecture and public art.

If I want a breath of fresh air, I head to the city’s botanic gardens, where I’ve had the pleasure of photographing tropical plants, cool animals and something new to see, every time.

If you’re ready to see photos of Medellin, enjoy this gallery of my work.

El Poblado is the neighborhood where most visitors to the city stay. We like the leafy streets that give us a break from the sun, while walking around. Would you like to take a stroll in this region of Medellin?

Medellin is known for its food scene, and it’s something a lot of travelers won’t miss. Many of Medellin’s best restaurant, cafes and bars are located in El Poblado. With more and more dining options coming onto the scene, you’ll find excellent opportunities to take photos, like we did.

For foodies, head to our guide of where to eat in Medellin.

In Medellin, the apartment buildings can be pretty tall, and are often made of red brick. It’s kind of what makes Medellin “Medellin.”

Newer buildings from the past few years incorporate local plant life into their levels. They almost look like greenhouses in the sky.

One of our favorite cafes in Medellin is Pergamino. It’s always a real treat to take photos of the picture-perfect drinks and food at an outdoor table. If you’re really into coffee shops, check out the rest of the best cafes in Medellin.

Ready for nature, within the city? We have found that the best place to explore Medellin’s native flora and fauna is the Jardin Botanico, or in English, the Botanical Gardens. This is where we spotted an iguana, along with cacti, agave, palms and Croton plants.

Keep heading into the city, though, and there’s more to see. We recommend the Medellin Free Walking Tour, to be able to experience the central districts of Medellin, safely, and with a local guide. This was how we were able to see the Centro Historico, with the Botero statues, the Parque de las Luces and downtown markets.

If you’ll be visiting these areas, practice the general safety guidelines we’ve put together in our Medellin safety guide in order to keep your camera (and valuables) secure.

If you ask either of us, we’ll say that one of our favorite things in Medellin is, “the fruit.” That’s right: every time we go to Medellin, we’re so excited to try more tropical fruits that are native to Colombia. We can’t find most of these at home, so it’s special to see them in markets or from street vendors. Check out these photos of Colombian fruit for sale in Medellin.

If you’ll be traveling to Medellin, bookmark our list of the best things to do in Medellin so you can start planning your itinerary.

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