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Parques Del Rio

Laureles, Medellín
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Auto. S, Laureles
Estadio, Medellín


24 hours
Monday to Sunday

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Leisure Park located in Laureles Medellin

Parques del Rio is a massive urban development project in Medellin, Colombia that has transformed the city’s landscape and provided residents with an array of new public spaces, green areas, cultural venues, and transportation options. The city of Medellín has long recognized the potential for the Medellín River to be a catalyst for urban development. In fact, the first line of the city’s metro system was built along the river, creating a harmonious relationship between the region and its tributary.
This approach to urban planning has been refined over the past 60 years, allowing for coordinated and integrated growth that respects the river. The Parques del Río Medellín project is a prime example of this model in action. The park covers a whopping 71,800 square meters of public space, seamlessly integrating the city with the river to promote equity, competitiveness, and sustainability. Nearly half of this urban infrastructure is dedicated to green spaces, with 280 trees providing a natural environment that reinforces Medellín’s status as an “ecocity” and serves as an important refuge for a diverse array of flora and fauna.
One of the main features of Parques del Rio is the linear park that runs along the river, which includes several sections with different themes and amenities. The park features a network of pedestrian and bike paths, outdoor fitness equipment, playgrounds, water fountains, and picnic areas, as well as lush gardens and trees that provide shade and improve air quality.

History of Parques Del Rio

Parques del Rio is a relatively new development in Medellin, Colombia, but it has a rich history that dates back to the pre-Columbian era. The Medellin River, which runs through the heart of the city and forms the backbone of the Parques del Rio project, was a sacred site for the indigenous peoples who inhabited the area before the Spanish conquest. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the river served as a vital transportation route for the region’s coffee and textile industries, but it also became a dumping ground for waste and sewage. By the 1970s, the river had become so polluted and degraded that it was no longer navigable, and it had become a symbol of the city’s decline and neglect.
In the 1990s, the city began to take action to clean up the river and revitalize the surrounding neighborhoods. One of the key initiatives was the creation of the Medellin River Park. In 2007, the city launched the Parques del Rio project, which aimed to take the river park to the next level by creating a series of interconnected public spaces and cultural venues that would promote sustainable mobility, social inclusion, and economic development.
Over the next decade, the project transformed the riverbank into a vibrant and dynamic urban space, with new parks, plazas, bike paths, and cultural venues that attracted residents and visitors from all over the city. The project also included the construction of new transportation infrastructure. Today, Parques del Rio is considered one of the most successful urban renewal projects in Latin America, and it has become a model for other cities that are seeking to transform their urban landscapes and improve the quality of life for their residents.

Things To do in Parques Del Rio

There are many things to do in Parques del Rio, from enjoying nature and green spaces to exploring cultural venues and participating in recreational activities. Let’s go over some of the top things to do in Parques del Rio:

Take a leisurely walk along the river

One of the main attractions of Parques del Rio is its beautiful green spaces and riverbank. Visitors can take a leisurely walk along the river path, enjoy a picnic in one of the parks, or simply relax and take in the scenic views of the river and surrounding mountains. You can take a leisurely stroll along the river and enjoy the fresh air while taking in the beautiful views of the city.

Rent a bike and go explore

Another activity to consider is renting a bike from one of the many rental shops in the park and exploring the park on wheels. The park has dedicated bike lanes, making it safe for cyclists. You can rent a bike and explore the park at your own pace, enjoying the beautiful scenery and fresh air.

Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the skatepark

For those who love skateboarding, Parques del Rio has a skatepark where skateboarders can show off their skills. The skatepark is equipped with ramps, rails, and other obstacles to challenge skaters of all levels. You can bring your own skateboard or rent one from the rental shop in the park.

Work out in the open air

For those looking to stay active, the park has several outdoor gyms where visitors can work out for free. The gyms are equipped with weights, cardio machines, and other exercise equipment. You can enjoy a workout while taking in the beautiful views of the park.

Enjoy a chill picnic

A picnic is also a great activity to enjoy in Parques del Rio. You can pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it on one of the many grassy areas in the park. The park has plenty of shaded areas, making it a perfect spot for a picnic. You can relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery while enjoying a delicious meal.

Events and festivals

Parques del Rio is a hub of cultural activity throughout the year, with a variety of events and festivals that showcase the city’s music, art, and food. The park hosts concerts, art exhibitions, and street fairs, as well as traditional Colombian festivals.

Play outdoor sports

The park has several sports fields, including soccer, basketball, and volleyball courts. Gather a group of friends and have a friendly game. You can enjoy a game of your favorite sport while taking in the beautiful views of the park.

Outdoor concerts and art galleries

Parques del Rio hosts many outdoor concerts throughout the year. You can check the park’s website or social media for upcoming events. You can enjoy live music while taking in the beautiful scenery of the park. The park has several art installations throughout the park, making it a unique outdoor gallery. You can take a walk and admire the artwork while enjoying the beautiful scenery of the park.

Children's playground

Finally, for those of you with kids, the park has a children’s play area with slides, swings, and other playground equipment. There’s also a small train that takes children on a tour of the park. Kids can enjoy a fun-filled day in the park while parents take in the beautiful scenery.

What to eat and drink

Parques del Rio offers a variety of food and drink options for visitors to enjoy during their visit. Whether you’re looking for a quick snack or a full meal, there are many options to choose from.
One typical paisa option is street food, which can be found throughout the park and is a great way to experience the local cuisine. Vendors sell a variety of snacks, such as empanadas, arepas, and churros, as well as fresh fruit and juices. These items are typically affordable and easy to find, making them a convenient choice for visitors who are on the go.
For those who prefer a more sit-down experience, there are several restaurants and cafes located within the park. These establishments offer a variety of dishes, from traditional Colombian food to common fast food. Many of these restaurants have outdoor seating areas that provide beautiful views of the river and surrounding green spaces.
All in all, Parques del Rio offers a wide range of food and drink options that cater to a variety of tastes and preferences. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick snack or a sit-down meal, there are many options to choose from within the park.

How To Get There

Parque de los Rios is a popular destination in Medellin. If you’re planning a visit, it’s important to know the different transportation options available to get there. Let’s go over some of the popular transportation options.
Taxi: The most convenient and popular way to get to Parque de los Rios is by taking a taxi. Taxis are readily available in Medellin and can be hailed on the street or booked through a ride-hailing app. The ride from most parts of the city to the park should take no more than 30 minutes, depending on traffic. For tourists especially taxi and Uber prices are considered to be particularly affordable.

Metro: Another option is to take the Metro, Medellin’s rapid transit system. Parque de los Rios is so large that there are various metro stations where you could get off the train. From one of those stations, it’s just a short walk to the park. The Metro is an affordable and convenient way to get around the city, and it’s a great way to avoid traffic.

Walking or Bike: If you prefer to walk or bike, due to it’s central location Parque de los Rios is easily accessible from many parts of the city. The park is located near several major streets and bike lanes, making it easy to reach on foot or by bike.

Bus: Finally, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take one of the many public buses that run throughout the city. Buses are a cheap and popular option in Medellin, but they can be crowded and confusing for first-time visitors.