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Cerro de las Tres Cruces Hike Medellín (Hill of 3 Crosses)

Cerro de las Tres Cruces Hike Medellín (Hill of 3 Crosses)

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Discover the best mountain viewpoint in the city of Medellín on the Cerro de las Tres Cruces hike, also known as the Hill of Three Crosses.

This urban hiking hill is located in the southeast of the city and offers great views of the unique Medellín cityscape and the surrounding mountains. At the top, you’ll also find a great outdoor workout area that is easily the most scenic gym in the City of Eternal Spring.

In this blog post, I will cover everything you need to know about hiking the Cerro de las Tres Cruces trail, including how to get to the trailhead and what to expect on the hike and at the top.

Cerro de las tres hike in medellín

About the Hill of Three Crosses Hike

The Hill of Three Crosses is a quick but fairly steep hike that takes just under an hour to complete. The trail starts at the bottom of the hill and winds its way up through a mostly exposed grassy area. At the top, there is a small plaza with three crosses that mark the summit, as well as a large outdoor gym workout area.

There are also some great views of Medellín from here, and I think they're the best you'll find in the city!

This viewpoint hike isn't very well known amongst travelers and backpackers. However, you'll find that this is a local favorite, and the trail can even get quite crowded on weekends.

Cerro de Las Tres Cruces makes up one of the seven tutelary hills of Medellín, the others include:

  • Cerro Pan de Azúcar
  • Cerro El Picacho
  • Cerro El Salvador
  • Cerro Nutibara
  • Cerro la Asomader
  • Cerro El Volador
Top of hill of three crosses in medellín colombia

Where is the Cerro de las Tes Cruces located?

Looking at the map, you'll see the Cerro de las Tres Cruces located to the west of the city near the corregimiento of Alta Vista.

If you're coming here by metro, then the closest to the trailhead is the Los Alpes station near the Los Molinos Mall.

There are a few different trailheads leading to the hill summit. However, in this blog post, I'll outline the most popular route and the trail that I took to get to the top.

Hiking in medellín colombia

How to get to the Trailhead

  • Hiking Distance: 3.8 km return (2.4 mi)
  • Duration: 1 - 2 hours return
  • Elevation: 320 meters (1,050 feet) total elevation gain |
    Cerro de las Tres Cruces height - 1,920 meters (6,300 feet)
  • Difficulty: Easy to follow but steep

By far, the easiest way to get around in Medellín is to use Uber. This is cheap, easy, and super convenient.

The official starting point is: Calle 8 #88A.

However, when I was researching how to get here (in English), I found that the address provided on other blogs and resources seemed a bit tricky to navigate to.

Luckily, there is now a pin on Google Maps named "Hike tres cruces". This is an accurate pin and will also show up on Uber.

This point is approximately 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) from the popular tourist hub of Poblado. However, since you'll need to cross to the Western side of the Medellín River, this can take some time in traffic.

Expect to pay roughly 8,000 - 14,000 pesos (COP) to get here, depending on where you are coming from.

Apparently not all drivers know about the trailhead location So, if you'd prefer to take a local taxi instead of an Uber, you can give them the address mentioned above or say you're going to "parque el cerro las tres cruces."

Once you arrive at the marker below, you can begin the ascent almost immediately from the road.

The cerro de las tres cruces trailhead
Cerro de las tres cruces hiking trail in medellín

My Experience Hiking the Cerro de las Tes Cruces Trail

The trail is not too difficult but can be regarded as fairly steep for most. Depending on your fitness level, expect roughly 30-45 minutes to get to the summit.

We managed in just under half an hour at a decent pace. This included a few stops along the way to take some photos of the incredible cityscape views below us.

The trail maintains the same fairly steep gradient throughout the hike, following an unsealed dirt track cutting through the long, green grass. While there are some sections where you can catch some shade under some trees, most of the trail is exposed to the sun and wind.

Medellín cityscape, colombia
Medellín city, colombia
Medellín city view from the hill of three crosses in colombia

The First Outdoor Gym Area

At the half way point, you'll find a large, newly renovated workout area that is a popular spot for locals to get some outdoor exercise. Furthermore, on weekends, you'll find some stalls selling freshly squeezed juices and snacks.

This large, cleared section is also flat and offers uninterrupted views of the city below.

We decided to skip this workout area and continued straight for the summit.

Outdoor gym with a view of medellin city
The first hilltop gym

The Top of Cerro de las Tes Cruces

The last section of the Hill of Three Crosses hike in Medellín is arguably the steepest. This section wraps around the face of the hill before popping out at a cleared section at the top.

Hiking in medellín city

This area has recently been renovated and features undercover areas, wooden viewing platforms, beautiful gardens, and a large outdoor gym. The great part about this is that it's completely free to the public!

We spent some time admiring the view and finished the walk-off with a quick workout before the late afternoon storm rolled in.

Three crosses in medellín city
Colombian mountains seen from cerro de las tres cruces hiking trail
Colombian mountains seen from cerro de las tres cruces hiking trail
Colombian mountains seen from cerro de las tres cruces hiking trail

Unfortunately, while I was hoping to fly my drone from the top, the area is within DJI's No Fly Zone, so I couldn't take off. This is due to the close proximity to the city airport.

Outdoor gym in medellín

The Descent

The walk back down was much faster, but with the rain setting in, the track got very slippery. I'd imagine after a few days of heavy rain, this track would be a nightmare to descend! Either way, we made it to the bottom in about twenty minutes and ordered another Uber to get back to our apartment in the city's south.

Overall, Cerro de las Tres Cruces is a great hike that offers beautiful views of Medellín. If you're looking to get off the beaten path, hike with the locals, and see the city from a unique viewpoint, make sure to include the Cerro de las Tres Cruses hike in your list of things to do in Medellín.

Hiking in medellín city

Where to Stay in Medellín

The most popular area to stay in Medellín is El Poblado. This is the main tourist district and features plenty of great cafes, nightclubs, restaurants, and activities.

However, if you're the type who would prefer to detour from the gringo trail, check out Laureles (my favorite), Envigado, or Belén.

Below are four great recommendations. However, I recommend checking out my detailed accommodation guide here for more options.

Elcielo hotel & restaurant medellin

1. Elcielo Hotel & Restaurant Luxury

The ultimate luxury experience in El Poblado. This is the top-rated 5-star hotel in the city and combines lush greens with a modern wood interior for the perfect luxury ambiance.

23 hotel medellin

2. 23 Hotel Medellin Mid-Range

A mid-range jungle-themed hotel with a rooftop pool and access to a hot tub overlooking El Poblado.

Rango hostel boutique medellin

3. Rango Hostel Boutique Budget

Probably the best backpacker hostel in Medellín. Features an epic rooftop bar and plenty of co-work and common spaces to hang out.

Hotel cavalta medellin

4. Hotel Cavalta Laureles

The best-rated hotel in the alternative neighborhood of Laureles. Excellent 5-star luxury offering free breakfast in a great location.

If you enjoyed this guide, make sure to check out some of my other posts for more inspiration for your travels in Colombia.

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  • San Andrés Island: Guide to Colombia's best Caribbean Island
  • Minca Travel Guide: Discover incredible hikes, beautiful fincas, epic jungle waterfalls, and all-around relaxing vibes.
  • Things to do in Guatapé: Travel to Colombia's most scenic Antioquian town, known for its vibrant streets, traditional street art, and the famous Piedra del Peñol.
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I'm Olly Gaspar, adventure traveler from Australia. I’ve spent the last six years traveling the world full-time, sharing my first-hand experiences & photography in over 700 travel guides on We Seek Travel. I visit every destination I write about to bring you unique travel itineraries, epic hiking routes, fun tour ideas, travel & photography gear ideas, & interesting places to stay.

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