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Medellin to Arboletes Bus
To go from Medellin to Arboletes, on the highway, you must travel by an intercity bus during 10 hours, approximately, going through the distance of 294 mi (473 km). The transportation company Rapido Ochoa provides this destination, with low-cost bus tickets for the different schedules, that you can acquire online. The name Arboletes refers to the leafy trees that the municipality had in the past, when it was a forest area. Nowadays Arboletes has fewer natural areas where you can appreciate the majestic trees. The weather in Arboletes is tropical, with an average temperature of 79 °F (26 °C) throughout the year.
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Medellin is located at 1495 m a.s.l., just 261 mi (420 kms) away from the capital Bogota. It is known as "The eternal spring city" or the "mountain's capital" nicknames that reflect it's attractive weather. It's history stars a number of indigenous tribes that lived on the region since V b.c. The first contact between the spaniards and the people of the Valley of Aburrá happened in 1541, although due to the lack of precious minerals and the resistance from the locals, the area was initially abandoned.In 1616 Medellín was founded with the name of "Poblado de San Lorenzo". In 1826, Medellín was named as capital of the Antioquia department by the National Congress. Modern day Medellín is a prosperous city in constant industrial and social development.
Arboletes is part of the Antioquia department; its name is due to the origins of the surroundings that in the past were thick forests (árbol means tree in Spanish) that with the passage of time dissapeared and were converted in the stockbreeder industry that nowadays sustains the municipality. From the beginning in the 20th century Arboletes have been an entrance to commercial exchanges and has a population from diverse municipalities of the proximities. The most appealing attraction is the volcano Lodo, located on the seashore, that attracts a lot of visitors from all over the world due to its healing properties; but also several beaches that offer a quiet place to the traveller. You can taste its varied gastronomy, that includes dishes as cabeza de gato (cat's head), arroz con coco (rice with coconut), a delicious sancocho de res and a variety of preparations with fishes and shellfish. The most famous festivals of Arboletes include the Festival de la Expresión Cultural del Mar and El Volcan in June, the Festival del Retorno in January that consists mainly in the traditional corralejas and the Festival Regional de la Cumbia in November, with handmade fairs, music shows and dances. You will have nice souvenirs in Arboletes, for sure you will have the wish of coming back once you discover what the town has to offer.