Medellin’s cable cars were built as an integrated part of the metro system in order to facilitate access for locals living in some of the steep neighborhoods of the city to the rest of the valley. This is the beauty of it! With one metro ticket (costing less than 1 USD) you can get all the way from a neighborhood on the mountain in the North to one at the Southern tip of the valley.
In this sense, Medellin’s cable cars (with one exception), unlike in other parts of the world, were not designed for touristic or leisure purposes, but for the daily transportation of locals in an effort of social transformation. And the fact that the first one was built over 15 years ago when the city was still going through difficult times makes their significance even more powerful.
Another question we get a lot is: “Which cable car is the best?” This is tough to answer because honestly, as cliché as it might sound, each one is amazing in its own way. But, we’ll try to explain what makes each line special, in order to make it easier for you to choose which one(s) to take.