What to do and see in Bello, Colombia: The Best Places and Tips

August 20, 2017 Alida England

Discover the best top things to do in Bello, Colombia including Gtopik, Parque Arvi, Aeroclub San Felix Parapente, Puerta Del Norte, Parque Explora, Parque Santander, Medellin Metrocable, Las Baldias, Metro de Medellin, Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13.
Restaurants in Bello

1. Gtopik

Carrera 63 - 16, Bello 051058, Colombia
Excellent
91%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 61 reviews

Gtopik

GTOPIK and what its stands for (Global, Tour, Online, Paragliding, Innovation, KiteSurf.) Seeks to be identified as the lead agency to Ease of Learning and Practice of paragliding, kite Surfing, online sales of Products and Services Worldwide, discovering and creating ideal places for the practice of activities that serve as entertainment, education, skill and Means of transport also strengthening existing sites training, certification, supervision, regulation, funding for the common good and give greater social impact and inclusive.

Reviewed By jschulze723 - San Francisco, California

Heard about paragliding before my trip to Medellin and wanted to have the experience. GTOPIK made the whole experience super-easy and the flight was incredible! My pilot, Daniel, spoke English, but also let me speak to him in my broken Spanish while in flight. It...MoreThank you for living next to Flying Paragliding By Gtopik Great Experience, we are waiting for you soon to live new adventures together.

2. Parque Arvi

C. Santa Elena | On the way to Piedras Blancas, Santa Elena 050007, Colombia +57 4442979
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Parque Arvi

Ecotourism Arvi Regional Park (Arvi Park), is located 30 km from the center of Medellin (Colombia) in the village of Santa Elena and the municipality of Guarne (Antioquia - Colombia). It is an open park developed on land for public use, created for the enjoyment of the local, national and international community, through the construction of organized tourism, consolidates a conservation strategy and promotion of the potentials and strengths of its cultural and environmental wealth and archaeological heritage, silletero tradition and entrepreneurship of its people, through a proposal for sustainable nature tourism.

Reviewed By ahardacre - Scottsdale, Arizona

Maybe I missed the point of Parque Arvi because we showed up without a plan but so far, it’s been the biggest disappointment of Medellin. I had heard good things from some other bloggers but failed to read TripAdvisor before we left for the day. Wish I would have!
After the 30 min ride on the metro line from the poblado station, through the trees on the cable cars, we arrived at the station. To the left, there were booths of food and trinkets. Nothing we haven’t seen before in town so nothing worth seeing there.
We venture over to the information booth where we inquire about hiking trails. We’re told most are with a guide, $7000 pesos, but are only in Spanish. The young kid in the booth scribbles on the map and tells us that the hike to the picnic area is free though. Perfect. We take out and head to the left down a paved path to another center. This area has the only bathroom in the area...$1000 pesos. I gladly pay it for clean facilities with a toilet seat and toilet paper. After we grab a coffee, we head out on the ‘hike’ towards Picnic Chorro Clarin.
The ‘hike’ consists of walking along the side of a paved road with motorcycles, cars and buses wizzing by and leaving plums of exhaust. So much for enjoying the clean air. Lots of other people are walking so we continue past a restaurant and road side booths with food at El Tambo. Not much to note either either.
We continued walking all the way down to the picnic area and found lots of locals grilling and playing in the creek (even though there were signs asking people to stay out of the water). We walked around for a bit but found nothing of interest. We decided to cut our losses and hoped we could catch the bus back up the hill. We waited around for about 10, several drove on by without stopping at the designated bus stop so we trekked back up the hills.
Upon arrival back at the metro station, we’re met with a VERY long line of people waiting to buy tickets. 30 min later, tickets in hand, we stand in the other long line to board the metro. Each car comes every 30 seconds and only take 8 people. There’s another long line at the Santa Domingo line as well.
Complete waste of an afternoon in Medellin if you ask me. If you’ve been to any forest park in the states, you can skip the park and just ride the metro cable if you have an afternoon and nothing else to do.
Tips if you go anyway:
1. Plan ahead and pick what activities you’re interested in.
2. Buy your return ticket when you arrive and avoid the LONG line to buy your return tickets. There are TWO ticket booths here and slows everything way down.
3. Do not come here on a holiday weekend. We attempted to come another weekend and made it all the way to the Santa Domingo station and was told the park was closed due to max capacity of visitors.

3. Aeroclub San Felix Parapente

Km. 6 Via San Pedro de los Milagros | San Felix, Bello, Colombia
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Aeroclub San Felix Parapente

Reviewed By hathor88 - Medellin, Colombia

If you're visiting Medellin don't miss the chance to go paragliding to get the best view of the valley.
You can get there taking the metro to the Niquia station (extreme North of Medellín) or go to the "terminal de transportes Norte" (get off at the Caribe Metro station). In both cases you can take a bus to San Felix that doesn't cost much more than 4.000 COP (around 1,50 USD). It takes about 30 to 45 mins to get there.
There are plenty of paragliding business running over there. All of them with trustful instructors. A cool time for adventurers in Medellin where you will fly over Bello city and get an amazing view of the whole "Valle de Aburra". As an additional you can also get pictures and a video made with a go pro!

4. Puerta Del Norte

Avenida 34 37, Bello, Colombia 4827792
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Puerta Del Norte

Reviewed By AdRock2013 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

It's got some good chain restaurants with mountain views to catch some breeze but nothing there is worth the visit if you don't live in Bello. There is a big Éxito and Homecenter to explore. Movie theater with everything dubbed.

5. Parque Explora

Carrera 52 73-75 | Estación Universidad del Metro de Medellín, Medellin 050003, Colombia +57 4 5168300
Excellent
71%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Parque Explora

Reviewed By Yannic C


My girlfriend and I visited after a walk in the botanical garden. I just wanted to go because i saw the dinosaur and then we were both blown away by the aquarium, the staff that shares all the information and their passio for the animals and the interactive part on the top floor!
Fun for all ages!

6. Parque Santander

Bello, Colombia
Excellent
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75%
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3.5 based on 4 reviews

Parque Santander

Reviewed By Astrauskas - Bogota, Colombia

Si estas en este municipio no dejes de visitar el parque y disfrutar de su ambiente local, pero no vale la pena viajar desde otro lado para esta atracción.

7. Medellin Metrocable

Medellin, Colombia +57 4 4449598
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Medellin Metrocable

Reviewed By ArohaCM - Wellington

The Metrocable is part of the public metro system. You can connect directly from the metro station. It takes you up through neighbourhoods - sometimes it seemed a little intrusive of the homes below but I hope at least it has meant providing transport access for the inhabitants. When you reach the top station you can transfer over to the cable car going to the Parque Arvi. It's an additional cost but well worth it. As you ascend over the urban sprawl you pass farmland, and then forest before reaching the very top and entrance to the Parque. The views are dramatic.

8. Las Baldias

Bello, Colombia
Excellent
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100%
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4 based on 1 reviews

Las Baldias

Reviewed By ANDRES G - Medellin, Colombia

Es una actividad recomendada para hacer una buena caminata o en bicicleta de montaña desde la parroquia del corregimiento de San Félix, donde empezarás a disfrutar de una gran diversidad de fauna y flora para llegar al sitio donde están ubicadas las antenas de la serranía desde las cuales disfrutarás de la hermosa e increíble panorámica del Valle de aburrá y sus alrededores.

9. Metro de Medellin

Medellin, Colombia +57 4 4449598
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Metro de Medellin

Reviewed By ExpatinBogota - Bogota, Colombia

The only down fall at least for me was that the Metro is not convenient to all location around the city. It was a good 20 minute walk. It doesn have stops for some major landmarks like Botero Park Parque Berrio) And the MetroCable (Santo Domingo).

10. Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13

Carrera 110, Medellin, Colombia +57 315 7661212
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

Escaleras Electricas De La Comuna 13

Reviewed By TheRealAwaxy - Durham, North Carolina

Loved hearing about the uplifting achievements accomplished by Comuna 13 and how the escalators helped with this transformation. Excellent!

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