Medellín Up Close - Medellín de cerca', the book for those who love Medellín

Collection book and tourist guide of Medellín

Cover of the book 'Medellín Up Close - Medellín de cerca'.

Medellín Up Close – Medellín de cerca – Medellín Up Close
is the most beautiful and complete collection book and tourist guide about Medellín. It is a bilingual (English-Spanish) artistic book that offers a summary of the culture, traditions, history, places, natural environment, art, architecture, daily life, gastronomy and the transformation of the city.

Written by native inhabitants of the city.

Book and tourist guide of Medellín
Book and tourist guide of Medellín

Medellin history, culture and traditions

Medellín is a city loved by its inhabitants and attracts the interest of many visitors, but how much do they know about it?

The book
Medellín Up Close – Medellín de cerca – Medellín Up Close
deals with aspects of the city’s traditions, history, landscaping, infrastructure, places, gastronomy, daily life, celebrations, rituals and art.

Medellín Up Close – Medellín Up Close reveals information that even most inhabitants of the capital of Antioquia are unaware of and should master.

Award from the Colombian Ministry of Culture to the project 'Medellín Up Close - Medellín de cerca' (Medellín Up Close - Medellín up close)

Work awarded by the Colombian Ministry of Culture to represent the country at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, the most important in the Spanish-speaking world.

A souvenir of Medellín
to take anywhere

Medellín Up Close – Medellín de cerca is an autochthonous gift, very much our own, ideal for family, friends, colleagues, work contacts and clients, when we visit them in other cities in Colombia or abroad. It is a luxury and pocket book at the same time. Because of its user-friendly format, it is easy to carry in luggage without incurring penalties from airlines. It can also be worn as a handheld item.

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For the paisas who are out of the country

The paisas who live in other countries or in other regions of Colombia miss their city, they remember it at every moment, they recall the streets they used to walk, the neighborhood, the school, their friends, the food of their mothers and grandmothers. So many beautiful, everyday things! In addition, they want to share, with friends and relatives, the spirit of the city that we transmit through this book. For all these reasons,
Medellín Up Close – Medellín de cerca
is a reason for joy and an ideal gift for them.

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To broaden the foreigners’ perspective on the city

Many people, not only foreigners, but also Colombians and even those born and raised in Medellín, know very little about the history, geography and culture of the city and its surroundings. In many occasions, their understanding is reduced to what they see in movies and series that only talk about the Medellin Cartel and drug trafficking… but there is much more to tell about this metropolis.

Platforms that stream series and movies, such as Netflix, large international television networks and even Colombia’s own television channels. They take advantage of the public’s fascination with crime stories and seek to increase their money earnings by associating Medellín, eminently, with drug trafficking, delinquency and crime. That is the story that is being told to millions of people, not only around the world, but even in our own land.

That is why we want our readers, both locals and foreigners, to recognize the cultural and natural wealth of our city and the paisa territory. This city enclosed by the mountains is fascinating, even with the problems it has and has had. Countless inspiring stories can be shared from Medellín!

Medellín Up Close – Medellín de cerca is a collection book to know and recognize the true value of the city.


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Medellín Up Close – Medellín de cerca is ideal for…

  • Inhabitants of Medellín who wish to learn more about their own city.
  • Paisas living in other cities in Colombia or abroad.
  • Foreign friends interested in visiting or learning more about Medellin, its history and culture.
  • Foreigners who are in Medellín learning Spanish.
  • Foreigners who arrive in the city and want to use it as a tourist guide, or who are already leaving the city and want to take an excellent souvenir or gift for themselves or their loved ones.
  • People in general who wish to practice the English language and, at the same time, learn more about Medellín.
  • Tourist guides.

Do you visit friends or relatives abroad?

The best gift you can bring them is Medellín up close.

The book of those of us who love Medellín


What is the media saying?

A precious book that should be in every Antioquia’s living room.

Olga Vilchez

Journalist and influencer

The beautiful, the iconic and the wonderful that the City of Eternal Spring has, to show the world a visually rich content with photographs and descriptions of them.

Teleantioquia News

This publication comes with texts in Spanish and English, which appear in parallel to tell the stories and culture of the city.

El Tiempo Newspaper

El Tiempo newspaper article about the book 'Medellin up close'.

Easy online shopping with any payment method

Libro ‘Medellín Up Close – Medellín de cerca’

$ 59.900

Free shipping within the Aburrá Valley metropolitan area. For other destinations courier rates apply.

Delivery times
Medellín and Valle de Aburrá: up to two working days.
Other municipalities of Antioquia: up to five working days.
Major cities in Colombia: up to five working days.
Municipalities in other departments of Colombia: up to fifteen working days.

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Other online purchasing options

You can buy your copies online on this site or on the website of your preferred distributor or bookstore, by clicking on any of the following options:

Free shipping in the Aburrá Valley. Shipping rates apply for the rest of Antioquia and Colombia.



Printed version and electronic version(e-book), with shipments to a large number of countries in all continents.

National Bookstore

National Bookstore

Network of bookstores with physical stores and shipments throughout Colombia. Shipping rates apply, according to destination.

MAMM Store

MAMM Store

Online store of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín. It offers shipments within the department of Antioquia.

At the Bottom of the Letter

At the Bottom of the Letter

Al Pie de la Letra bookstore online store. It offers shipments within Antioquia and to all of Colombia.

Exlibris Bookstore

Exlibris Bookstore

Exlibris bookstore online store. Shipments to different municipalities of Antioquia and other departments.

If you prefer to go to a bookstore or physical store,
you have the following options:


– Accents (EAFIT University)
– Al Pie de la Letra (Ciudad del Río and Suramericana)
– Bukz (Calle 10 A, El Poblado)
– El Fauno (City Plaza shopping center)
– The Readers’ Palace (José María Córdova Airport)
– Entre Líneas (Los Búcaros Building, La Playa Av.)
– Exlibris (Carlos E. Restrepo)
– Grammata (Stadium sector)
– Interuniversity (Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana)
– Librópolis (Pasaje Orquídea Plaza, Junín)
– Megalibros (Ideo [antes “Univentas”], Autopista Sur)
– Domestic (shopping malls and JMC airport)
– Resplandor (Unicentro shopping mall)

In other cities

National Bookstore locations (shopping malls and airports throughout the country).

Tourist sites and commercial areas

– Museum of Antioquia
– MAMM Store (Museum of Modern Art of Medellín)
– City Museum Store (Pueblito Paisa)
– SOUVENIRS Gifts, Crafts & Gallery (San Fernando Plaza)
– Casa Kolacho (San Javier subway station)
– Cola Store (Santafé shopping center)

Escalators of Comuna 13

– Café del Filo
– Creams of the 13
– Thirteen Gallery
– DIM Store

El Peñol and Guatapé

– Handmade Art (Plazoleta de los Zócalos, Guatapé)
– Almacén Zókalos (Plazoleta de los Zócalos, Guatapé)
– Stone Artesanías (Piedra del Peñol)
– Mi Viejo Pueblo Handicrafts (Replica of the Old Peñol)