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Parks & Nature

Cerro El Volador

Belen, Medellín
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Entry Fee

Free Entry

Location

Calle 8 #84f-25
Belen, Medellin

Hours

6am to 8pm
Daily

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Cerro El Volador is the largest natural park within the urban area of Medellín. Covering an area of 107.13 hectares and rising 82 meters above the city, it is one of the revered “cerros tutelares” (guardian hills) of the city, alongside Cerro Pan de Azúcar, Cerro El Salvador, Cerro El Picacho, Cerro La Asomadera, Cerro Las Tres Cruces, Cerro Nutibara, and Cerro Santo Domingo. This network of geographical landmarks stretches across the Aburrá Valley and holds significant historical, archaeological, ecological, and tourist value.

History of Cerro Volador

Many of Medellín’s earliest settlements were established on Cerro El Volador. The hill is located in the central western part of the city, specifically in Comuna 7. It is bordered by historic neighbors, Quebrada La Iguaná to the south, and Quebradas Moñonga and La Malpaso to the north. To the east, it is separated by Carrera 65, a major urban road.
Furthermore, the hill features popular hiking trails, including El Indio, La Espiral del Tiempo, and La Cima, where archaeological discoveries dating back to the early centuries of the Christian era have been made. These trails also reveal complex funerary sites from the 14th to 16th centuries, attributed to the indigenous Aburráes, whose name contributes to the enduring identity of the valley where the city is situated.
In recognition of its historical and environmental wealth, Cerro El Volador was declared a national historical and natural heritage site in 1992. The Ministry of Culture further emphasized its cultural significance in 1998.

Things to Do at Cerro El Volador

Cerro El Volador stands as the largest hill within Medellín’s urban landscape. Rising to a height of 1,628 meters above sea level, it soars 82 meters above the city of Medellín. Ecoparque Cerro El Volador has been developed with the primary objective of preserving and promoting the archaeological treasures found here. The park’s mission extends to enhancing public recreation by offering various activities.Let’s explore some of the things you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

Bird Watching

Within its sprawling 107.13 hectares, Cerro El Volador is home to a large avian population. Bird enthusiasts will be happy to know there are approximately 106 bird species, including the petirrojo, the sirirí, graceful swallows, the colorful azulejo, cheerful canaries, and the melodic mirla, to name just a few. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera to capture these beautiful birds.

Archaeological Discovery

Cerro El Volador is more than just a place for nature enthusiasts; it also offers a window into the region’s rich archaeological history. Visitors can explore archaeological findings, including ceramic artifacts, shedding light on the enduring presence of the indigenous Aburráes in this territory. These discoveries teach us about our pre-Hispanic ancestors who inhabited this valley from ancient times through the era of Spanish conquest.

Hiking and Exploration

Go on an adventure and explore the hill’s various hiking trails. Follow trails like “El Indio,” “La Espiral del Tiempo,” and “La Cima” to discover both natural beauty and historical treasures. The hikes you find here are all quite easy, even for beginners.

Picnicking and Relaxation

Bring a picnic basket filled with local treats, and enjoy a leisurely meal surrounded by the hill’s scenic vistas. With numerous designated spots for picnicking, you can savor a meal while immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of this unique urban oasis.

Environmental Education

Cerro El Volador offers educational opportunities for all ages. Learn about the hill’s ecological importance, its role in providing oxygen to the city, and the conservation efforts in place to protect its natural heritage. The park often hosts workshops and guided tours to enhance visitors’ understanding of its ecological and historical significance.

Enjoy the Views of the City

Cerro El Volador occupies a central position in the heart of the Aburrá Valley, providing panoramic views that encompass the entire valley. This makes it a must-visit destination for those looking to enjoy the breathtaking vistas of Medellín’s urban landscape and natural beauty.

How to Get to Cerro El Volador

Cerro El Volador is located in Comuna 7 (Robledo), in the central western area of Medellín. The entrance to the hill can be found along Carrera 65, near the Universidad Nacional and next to the CAI El Volador, just before the Y junction leading to Calle 67. There are several transportation options to get there.

Metro: You can take Line A of the Medellín Metro and get off at San Antonio station. Transfer to Line B and get off at Suramericana station. From Suramericana station, head north on foot. This walk should take approximately 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a taxi, which will get you there in about 5 minutes.

Bicycle (EnCicla – Public Bicycle System): If you prefer cycling through the city, you can use the EnCicla public bicycle system. If you’re a foreign visitor, the registration process is straightforward and can be completed on their website.
Pick up a bike at the nearest Metro station and ride it to the entrance of the Universidad Nacional along Carrera 65. At the Universidad Nacional, you’ll find a bike station where you can return the bike. Continue your journey on foot to the entrance of Cerro El Volador, which will take approximately 10 minutes.
Taxi: You can easily hail a taxi from anywhere in Medellín and ask the driver to take you to Cerro El Volador. Provide the address of the hill’s entrance located on Carrera 65, near the Universidad Nacional and CAI El Volador. Just providing the name of the hill should suffice in most situations. It’s a relatively short ride from most parts of the city, and the driver should be familiar with the destination. Be sure to confirm the fare with the driver before starting your journey, and insist on using the taxi meter (called the “taxímetro” in Spanish) to ensure a fair fare.