In July, two holidays await you (Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and Independence Day) and if you’re lucky, they might just let you enjoy a long weekend!   What are some quick weekend trips from Medellin that you can easily plan? Here are some things you can do during the upcoming holidays in Colombia–whether you want something that gives you the adrenaline rush or simply want to relax and enjoy Colombian coffee and amazing views.

Rio Verde is a quick weekend getaway from Medellin for the adventure lovers

Escape the hustle of bustle of Medellin and spend your weekend in Rio Verde. Photo:

1.  Go Rafting/Kayaking along Rio Verde

If you like adventure and the outdoors, rafting along the Rio Verde is the activity for you! Just a two and a half hour drive from the bustling Medellin and the untouched Colombian rainforest Rio Verde awaits you. This quick weekend trip packs everything in two days. Once you reach the town of San Francisco, you can hike down the beautiful forest, swim in the refreshing river, and go rafting or kayaking. Expedition Colombia offers a two-day itinerary where everything is prepared for you, including breakfast by the river!

Contact Details of Expedition Colombia:

  • (+57) 312 3034853 Español/Français/English (Phone & WhatsApp)
  • (+57) 301 559 8229 English/Español/Français (Phone & WhatsApp)


2. Take the Concordia Coffee Tour

Experience the process of making the world-famous Colombian coffee on this quick weekend getaway

Experience the process of making the world-famous Colombian coffee on this quick weekend trip. Photo:

This quick weekend trip is perfect for all the coffee lovers out there! Even if you are just a casual coffee drinker, this is still an experience for you. Take an exclusive coffee plantation tour in Concordia and experience the process of the world-famous Colombian coffee. From the laborious cherry-picking to the packaging, the experience will make you see coffee in a different light.  The quick two-hour drive from Medellin offers scenic views of coffee farms and mountains. Landventure Travel offers an exclusive tour of the plantations and will introduce you to locals who are passionate about coffee. You can further tour the coffee region of Jardin where you can ride a horse to the coffee farms or visit a sugar cane mill.


Contact Details of Landventure Travel:

  • (+57) 321 769 9555 (Whats’App)

The colorful zocalos of Guatape. Photo: Gaía Passarelli

3. Wander around the colorful Guatapé

Guatapé, a quick 90-minute trip from Medellin, is one of the most popular weekend trips from Medellin and it is for a reason!  From the highly Instagrammable zocalos to the stunning views from the top of the Piedra Del Peñol, Guatapé has something to offer to different kinds of travelers. The buildings in the town are painted in bright, lively colors that will make for a good backdrop for your next Instagram post. Another popular stop in this town is the Piedra Del Peñol where you can climb almost 700 steps of stairs and be awarded the breathtaking views of the lakes and islands in the region.  Getaway Colombia offers free walking tours to give you a headstart. To the more adventurous ones, they also offer paragliding, boating, and rappelling, among others.

Contact Details of Getaway Colombia:

  • +57 312 7892735


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