Parque Arvi is a new ambitious project just outside of Medellin that will create one of the largest nature reserves in the region. The recent attraction is yet another boost for the city of Medellin that has recently undergone a complete transformation and is now attracting travelers and tourists from all around the globe to see the city of eternal spring. Parque Arvi sits on the eastern edge of the city and can be accessed by both cable car and vehicles and buses alike. The countryside appeal of the lush green fauna is not only spectacular to experience, but forms an important watershed for the area as well as important biological nature reserve for plants and animals native to the area.
History and Background
Parque Arvi was once part of the vast highland tropical forest that flanked the eastern slopes of the Aburra Valley. Jorge Robledo, the brave conquistador who discovered the Arvi Valley more than 469 years ago after searching for months and months, would be shocked to find out the same area can be accessed within 15 minutes of downtown Medellin today. Carlos David PalaciosLejos is the founder of Parque Arvi and the vision that now allows tourists to navigate the rugged mountains of Antioquia on board the modern cable car system enabling visitors to reach this 1761 acre valley that contains a treasure of nature reserves including archaeological and cultural themes.
Parque Arvi was developed and coordinated by a collaboration of various government decision making bodies including the Governor of Antioquia, the Medellin Mayor, Metro Cable Authority, Cornare, Corantioquia, Comfama, Comfenalco, the Medellin Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Area, Interact, University of Antioquia, Eafit University, the School of Engineering of Antioquia and more recently the City of Guarne. Located in the heart of Aburra Valley, Parque Arvi includes land belonging to the municipalities of Copacabana, Bello, Medellin, Envigado, Guarne and Rionegro.
The exploratory route followed by Jorge Robledo in 1541 in search of the Arvi Valley, referred to as the promised land by local indigenous communities, is full of important archaeological remains and well-maintained historical roads hand made from stone more than 200 years ago. Some of the ancient roads in Parque Arvi are even wider than those of Cuzco, Peru as confirmed by historians. Studies show that these ancient roads were those which enabled the arrival of Antioquia settlements. These developments were related to pre-Hispanic settlements and the main economic activities of the era which included the exploitation of gold and salt in the region.
Thanks to the archaeological and historical background of the area, the projects underway in Parque Arvi are being executed with great care for the natural resources they encompass. Engineers and construction crews are taking great steps to preserve the authenticity of the area by utilizing ancient building techniques such as mud brick walls. These building techniques help to preserve the historical integrity of the nature reserve along with other natural architectural disciplines that allow for living roofs on some of the buildings in Parque Arvi.
Lodging and Camping
In the village of Santa Elena there are a number of hotels, inns and lodging choices for tourists and locals alike that visit Parque Arvi. Among them are the White Rocks Hotel, Mosaic Hotel, Magic Mountain Lodge, Abraham Lodge, Monte Vivo Hotel, La Paleta Inn and Hotel Ana Posada. For those who prefer to camp, Parque Arvi Corporation recommends the Comfenalco camping area in Piedras Blancas. This camping site comes with all the necessary infrastructure you will need to make your getaway complete.
How To Get There
In addition to the Parque Arvi cable car system, the area can be reached by public transport from Medellin via the buses that service Santa Elena. Private automobiles are also allowed in the reserve.