Living and working in Medellín makes you want to escape the city every now and then. The cars, the people and the air are all good reasons to go and explore the beautiful surroundings of Medellín. Being located in a valley, Medellín offers plenty of routes to get quickly out of the city and into nature. One way of doing this is hiking. In today’s blog I would like to share a hike with you close to Copacabana, a small town, attached to Bello in the north of Medellín.
El Morrón de Copacabana is a pretty intense hike. It starts from the town of Copacabana where you follow a paved path that gets you to Santuario De La Cruz, a church outside the town 200 meters up the mountain. From the cross behind the church you can get a first good view over Copacabana, but it will only get better from here! This is also the last stop where you can buy some fresh orange juice or a snack to bring with you.
Now the hike really begins.. After 10 minutes of steep and bushy area you get out in the open and from now on there’s only one way to go, up. Hiking El Morron is a bit like following the spine of a giant. To get a bit of an impression of how this hike is check the video we shot with our friend Kit’s drone (below). Whenever you stop for a rest and look back the view gets more and more spectacular. This is by far the best hike I have done around Medellín.
The hike ends on top of a tunnel. Look left and right on the mountain you will see a steep cliff where 2 car lanes enter and exit this giant passage. You can stop the hike here and return on the same route or continue to either Guarne or Parque Arví. If you are ready for a full day of hiking, Parque Arví is definitely recommended. The first time I went on this hike we we chose the full day and were accompanied by William, a local guide. I would recommend going with him or another guide that knows the area because the route through Parque Arví is not very obvious.
How to get to El Morron de Copacabana
Getting to Copacabana is very easy and will only take you about 10 minutes in a bus from the most northern metro station, Niquia. When you get out of the metro station look for a bus to Copacabana. There are plenty and they will leave every half an hour. When you arrive to the town you have to make your way to the town square. You have probably already seen the big cross in the mountain but if you’re not sure where to go from there I recommend to ask a local how to get to El Morron or Santuario De La Cruz. A few blocks from the town square you will find a route that zigzags its way up until you reach the sanctuary.
You can do this hike at your own tempo and return whenever you want, but decent physical shape is recommended. Make sure to bring at least a litre of water, snacks and maybe some sandwiches. Sunscreen is a must and a proper outfit will make it a bit more comfortable. If you have any doubts or questions about this hike, feel free to comment below or shoot me a message. I’m more then happy to help you out so you can explore the beautiful surroundings of Medellín.