Set in the Aburrá Valley and surrounded by lush coffee plantations, Itagui showcases Colombia through a local lens. While the satellite city is a stone’s throw from Medellin, it feels worlds away from the busy streets of the provincial capital. Relax in tree-lined plazas, fill up on tasty street food and visit some of the best cultural museums in Colombia.
Things to do in Itagüí
Framed by palm trees and flowerbeds, Itagui Park is the beating heart of the city. Lively cafes and restaurants line the park and give the area an upbeat feel. A handsome historic church watches over the eastern end of the park, while a statue of South American statesman Simon Bolivar towers over the western end.
Sabaneta Park is another local favourite and is lined with colourful food stalls selling arepas, empanadas and churros. Quench your thirst with a cup of limonada de coco, a refreshing drink made with milk, coconut cream, sugar, lime juice and ice.
Venture outside the city to discover lush jungles and tumbling waterfalls. Parque Ecologico La Romera is laced with trails where you can spot hummingbirds and toucans. The hike to nearby Chorro de Las Campanas takes you to a crystalline waterfall.
Casa Museo Otraparte celebrates the life and legacy of beloved Colombian writer Fernando González. The museum occupies a beautifully restored 1940s bungalow and houses an atmospheric on-site café where you can enjoy coffee, pastries and light lunches. Museo Comunitario Graciliano Arcila Velez spotlights the rich cultural heritage of Itagui and showcases a fantastic collection of archaeological finds.
Getting around Itagüí
Itagui is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The city is a 30-minute drive from the Medellin city centre and one hour from José María Córdova International Airport. Metro trains run between Medellin and Itagui in around 25 minutes.