Medellin is today one of the safest cities in Colombia and Latin America, thanks to an enormous educational, cultural, social, and urban transformation, a city of opportunities and progress that invests in its people and firmly believes in coexistence and reconciliation as starting points of any transformation project.
The Capital of an active and progressive department as Antioquia is, Medellin shows off the title of the second most important city in Colombia right after its capital, Bogotá, and it is considered as a business, industrial, and technological development epicenter of the country.
With a marked leadership in the areas of finance, banking, services, politics, art, culture, communications, fashion, and entertainment; The city achieves an outstanding role in all Latin America and becomes a development hub, not only in the continent, but in the world. Medellin, ideal destiny, for its warm and kind people, its landscape of flowers and mountains, the greatest gastronomic, business, and touristic offer, delivers to its visitors opportunities for entertainment, business and delight of a new and attractive city to know and travel around.
Its geographic position is strategic as it is located in a valley of the Central Mountain Range of the Andes at 1,475 meters (feet) above sea level. This makes it a city of tempered weather, with an average temperature of 24° C (F).
The economic activities that encourage progress in the city are, currently, the textile industry that generates 53% of the employment in the Antioquia region, making the city the fashion capital of Latin America. Garment manufacturing, commerce, energy generation, construction, and services also boost Medellin’s economy. Likewise, its modern hospital infrastructure, scientific research, ecological urban projects, and the varied offer of university and technological centers, place it as one of the most dynamic and seductive to visit in the country.
The city offers different transportation alternatives. In order to get to the venue of the event, we recommend you the following:
In order to request a taxi service it is recommended that you board only the ones available in “Centros de Acopio” (taxi gathering centers) or call any one of the following telephone numbers within the Metropolitan Area: 444 4444, 444 1111, 444 0000, 444 5555, and to the airport: 235 7171 ó 235 7676. In the city of Medellin, taxis run on tariffs regulated by taximeter. It is recommended to request the drivers to turn the taximeter on at the moment of initiating the trip and paying only what it indicates. The minimal fare is COP 3,600 and the fare to the Jose Maria Cordoba International airport is COP 50,000.
The other options are:
- Metro: The Metro Station closest to the venue of the event is “Exposiciones.”
- Bus: Attendees to the trade show can board bus services running up and down the following roads: Avenida Ferrocarril, Calle San Juan, and Avenida 33. It is recommended that you consult your route needs previously in order to receive advice and avoid getting lost. Such consultations can be done at the General Secretarial office of the event.
- Department: Antioquia
- Population: 2,223,660 (Dane, 2005 )
- Weather: Oscillates between 18°C and 28°C (64 F to 82.4 F)
- MSNM: 1,475
- Currency: Colombian Peso (COP)
- Predominant economic activity: Textile industry, commerce, and services.
- Extension: 382 Km2.
- Latitude: 6° 15' N
- Altitude: 75° 36' W
What to wear in Medellin?
- As the weather of the city remains fairly steady throughout the year, wearing cool cotton clothing is recommended. If you take trips to nearby municipalities, the weather there varies and it is recommended that you carry warm clothing. Informal clothing is well regarded. If you go out to visit touristic places, wearing comfortable clothing and shoes is recommended. For restaurants, wearing a tie by men is not obligatory. To attend special events, formal attire should be worn.