About LAOP

The Latin America Optics & Photonics Conference is the major international conference sponsored by The Optical Society in Latin America with the explicit objective to promote optics and photonics activities in that the region to enhance their development and impact. Featuring a comprehensive technical program with recognized experts in fields critical to Latin America, the conference covers all major areas of optics and photonics, and features the latest research results that are making an impact in fundamental research and applications.

This time will be held in the city of Medellin, Colombia, in the complex Route a corporation created by the Mayor of Medellin, UNE and EPM, which facilitates economic development of the city, toward intensive businesses science, technology and innovation, an inclusive and sustainable.

Topic Categories

The Latin America Optics & Photonics Conference (LAOP) covers all major areas of optics and features the latest research results that are having impact in fundamental research as well as applications. Meeting topics include:

  • Optical Fibers and Sensing Technologies
  • Optical Fibers and Sensing Technologies
  • Laser Science and THz Technology
  • Atomic Physics and Laser Spectroscopy
  • Biophotonics and Biomedical Applications
  • Nanophotonics and Metamaterials
  • Optical Communications and Optical Signal Processing
  • Integrated Circuits and Silicon Photonics
  • Quantum and Nonliner Optics
  • Other Multidisciplinary Applications of Photonics

General Chair

Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


Ana Cardenas, Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

Local Organizing Committee Member

Ferney Amaya, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia
Nelson Gomez, Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, Colombia
René Restrepo, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia
Rodrigo Acuña, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Latin America Advisory Committee

Hugo L. Fragnito, Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie , Brazil
Anderson S. L. Gomez, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
Hugo E. Hernandez-Figueroa, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
Jose Javier Sánchez-Mondragón, Inst Nat Astrofisica Optica Electronica, Mexico

Plenary speakers

Andrew Weiner

Purdue University, USA

Ultrafast Arbitrary Optical Waveform Generation The principles of femtosecond pulse shaping for generation of arbitrary optical waveforms are reviewed. The broad range of applications is illustrated with examples of recent research at Purdue University.

Photo: www.rle.mit.edu

David J. Hagan

CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida, USA

Measuring the Impulse Response Function in Nonlinear Optics. We review advances in nonlinear optical materials characterization and the improvements in understanding that have resulted. In many cases, the “nonlinear” optical response can be analyzed in ways that are usually reserved for linear systems

Photo: http://www.creol.ucf.edu/

Debashis Chanda

CREOL, The College of Optics & Photonics, University of Central Florida, USA

Strong Light-Matter Interactions for Skin-like Flexible Color Displays. The talk will focus on enhanced light-latter interactions on nanostructured surfaces for plasmonic full-color displays on flexible substrates. The newly developed printing techniques enable large area printing of such nanostructured surfaces for low cost manufacturing

Photo: http://www.smh.com.au/

Gilberto Brambilla

Optoelectronics Research Centre, UK

Optical Fibres Devices for High Energies: From High Power Lasers to X-ray Detection. In addition to their numerous applications in the telecom wavelength range, optical fibre multiplexers and sensors have been successfully deployed in high power fibre lasers, X-rays and particles detectors and even for the excitation of optical angular momentum modes.

Photo: http://www.physics.ucc.ie/

Paras Prassad

State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Emerging Directions in Photonics :Nanophotonics, Biophotonics and Metaphotonics On going research in our laboratory in Nanophotonics, Biophotonics and Metaphotonics will be presented, along with a discussion of their current status and future direction. Some specific topics covered are Silicon Quantum dots, Semiconductor Plasmonics, Upconversion Nanomaterials, Nonlinear Optical Bioimaging, Photodynamic Therapy, and then Chiral materials for Metaphotonics.

Photo: www.buffalo.edu

Philip Russell

Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany

Gas, glass and light: The multifaceted world of photonic crystal fibre (PCF) PCFs offer remarkable control of light-matter interactions, e.g., optoacoustic mode-locking of fiber lasers at GHz rates, twisted PCFs that preserve the sign of orbital angular momentum and efficient generation of deep and vacuum ultraviolet light.

Photo: www.ultrafastoptics2015.org



Colombia Residents

Residents outside Colombia

Member Type
Before 25 July
After 25 July
Before 25 July
After 25 July
COP $810.000*
COP $1.055.000*
US$ 450
US$ 550
COP $1.110.000
COP $1.445.000
US$ 550
US$ 650
Student Member
COP $270.000
COP $350.000
US$ 160
US$ 210
Student Nonmember
COP $360.000
COP $470.000
US$ 210
US$ 260


*If you are an OSA member in Colombia, you will enjoy these special fees by contacting our local registration advisor, Johana Hurtado, to the phone number in Medellín (574) 2619500 ext. 8949 or her email address jhurtad7@eafit.edu.co

The registration fee includes:

  • A card for 10 trips in any transport metro system (Metro, Metroplus or Metrocable)
  • Welcome reception
  • Conference banquet
  • Coffee breaks
  • Program book and online technical digest
  • Short courses (limited capacity)
  • The school on ultrafast optic (limited capacity)


Monday, 22 August Tuesday, 23 August Wednesday, 24 August Thursday, 25 August Friday, 26 August Saturday, 27 August
Registration 13:00-18:00 Registration 7:30-17:30 Registration 08:00-18:00 Registration 8:30-17:00 Registration 7:30-9:00
Plenary Sessions Plenary Sessions Plenary Sessions Industry in Colombia (followed by guided tour of Ruta N) School on Ultrafast Optics
(A. Weiner)
Coffee Break/Exhibits
Coffee Break/Exhibits
Coffee Break/Exhibits
Technical Sessions Technical Sessions Technical Sessions

(On Your Own)

(On Your Own)

(On Your Own)

(On Your Own)
Pre-Conference Short Courses
(local universities)
Technical Sessions Technical Sessions Technical Sessions School on Ultrafast Phenomena
(A. Weiner)
Poster with Exhibits Coffee Break/Exhibits
Coffee Break/Exhibits
Technical Sessions Postdeadline Papers
Technical Sessions
OSA Centennial Celebration

Short Courses

Date: Monday, August 22th. From 14 to 18 Hours.

These activities are included in the fee, but requires prior registration. Seats are limited.

Short course
Max N° Attendants
Practical Holography 
Daniel Velásquez. EAFIT, Colombia
The analogic holographic images have unique and unmatched characteristics compared to other 3D image methods. The realism obtained by the holograms is such, that seen from an optical perspective, the image registered in a hologram is indistinguishable from the real object. In this course, we pretend to approach from an experimental perspective and by creating holograms, the real possibilities of making and obtaining ultra-realistic images.
Universidad EAFIT, Holography Laboratory. 
Carrera 49 N° 7 Sur-50
An Introduction to Passive Integrated Photonics 
Hugo Hernández Figueroa. UniCamp. Brazil
We will open with a general vision of the passive integrated photonics area. Next, the theoretical fundamentals and numerical methods used to model integrated waveguides and components will be discussed, and finally, as an example a design project of a modern practical component will be presented, leaving some details to be completed
as a homework activity.
Theoretical - Modeling
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Campus de Laureles.
Circular 1 No. 70-01, Bloque 9.  
Introduction to Nonlinear Optics 
Rodrigo Acuña and Group of Photonics, Universidad Nacional, Sede Medellín, Colombia. 
We will describe some optical nonlinear effects such as Supercontinuum generation in photonics crystal fiber, nonlinear pulse propagation in tapered fiber, and nonlinear characterization of substances by using the z-scan technic.
Theoretical and Experiments
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Campus Cerro El Volador 
Calle 59 A N° 63-20. 
Bloque 19A Lab 110.
Graphene and 2D Structures Applied to Communication Systems 
Thoroh De Souza. Mackgraphe Center, Brazil
We will show the preparation process of graphene and 2D materials and their characterization by Raman spectroscopy. Some possible uses of them in optical communication devices are described.
Theoretical and Experiments
Universidad de Antioquia, Sede de Investigación Universitaria - SIU
Lab. Grupo CIDEMAT- Calle 62 N° 52-59,
Torre 2, lab 330-331
Advanced Modulation Formats for Short Range and Metro Access
Idelfonso Tafur Monroy. DTU, Denmark
This short course introduces recent developments and breakthroughs within photonic technologies for high capacity metro-access links. In particular advanced modulation formats such as CAP, DMT, M-PAM, multimode-WDM links, quad-polarization multiplexing, SDM, duo- and poly-binary modulation, and orbital angular momentum will be covered. 
Lectures  and examples of experimental realisations
Universidad EAFIT.
Carrera 49 N° 7 Sur-50 
Fiber to the home and radio-over-fiber systems
Juan José Vegas Olmos.
DTU, Denmark
This short course introduces fundamentals of fiber-to-the-home technologies and passive optical access networks. Also radio-over-fiber and its integration over passive optical networks supporting 5G wireless access and beyond will be covered.
Lectures  and examples of experimental realisations
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana
Campus de Laureles Circular 1 No. 70-01 Bloque 9. 
Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics (CQED) on a Cross Cavity
José Javier Sánchez Mondragón y Julio César García Melgarejo.
INAOE, México 
CQED on its own has been a full new age in Quantum Optics. Looking for new evidences of the CQED granularity of the
field and new CQED experimental schemes, we discuss a matter - field interaction model in a double perpendicular cavity; we called this system an x-cavity. The addition of the second degree of freedom of the field leads to interesting interpretations of the TLA as a dynamical beam splitter or as an entangling element of the x-cavity arms.
Universidad de Antioquia,
Sede de Investigación Universitaria - SIU
Calle 62 N° 52-59 Auditorio 1
Introduction to Visual Optics 
Mikel Aldaba Arévalo.
Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, España 
This is an introductory course about Visual Optics. Firstly, the optics of the human eye will be briefly studied. Secondly, some optical techniques for the study of the visual system will be reviewed. Finally, an experimental setup for the optical quality of the eye will be developed.
Theoretical and Experiments
Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano
Campus Fraternidad, Boston. Parque i,
Calle 54 A 30-01
Aula 203
Photon Pair Generation for Quantum Signal Processing 
Dr. Raúl Rangel Rojo. Departamento de Óptica- CICESE
Photon air generation  with tailored entanglement characteristics are important for potential quantum information processing applications. In this course we show the basic concepts of entangled photon generation, and we also show how to engineer the two-photon state, in order to produce states with specific properties, i.e. noncorrelated factorable state. The course includes a short review of the basic concepts behind the photon, including electromagnetic field quantization.
Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Campus Cerro El Volador 
Calle 59 A N° 63-20
Bloque 16, Aula 109-3 

School on Ultrafast Optics

Date:Friday, August 26, 2016. (2 pm to 6 pm) and Saturday, August 27, 2016. (8 am to 12 m)

These activity is included in the fee, but requires prior registration. Seats are limited.

Professor Description Modality Place Max N° Attendants
Andrew M. Weiner.
Purdue University, USA 
This school presents an introduction on ultrafast optics. We will treat some key concepts like: linear optical and Third-order nonlinear processes, pulse shaping, measurement of ultrashort pulses, and   Linear and nonlinear processes in ultrashort pulse lasers. These topics will be discussed and illustrated with examples taken from the prof. Weiner's laboratory.
Universidad de Antioquia
Edificio de Extensión. 
Calle 70 No 52 - 72 Auditorio 1 piso 2. 


George I. Stegeman Memorial

Date:Thursday, August 25 from 10 to 12 Hours

These activity is included in the fee, but requires prior registration. Seats are limited.

This Latin American meeting not want to miss the opportunity to appoint a joint session in honor of Dr. George Stegeman, one of the most distinguished researchers Nonlinear Optics, who died in 2015. His relationship with Latin American researchers was especially important for the community Mexicana. As recognized by Professor Javier Sanchez Mondragon INAOE in Mexico, "is particularly visible interest in the development of our human resources, and hardly any of all students and researchers who have gone to CREOL hesitate to recognize that deep, even today, it is the key that opened the door to CREOL. His most important, during his visits to INAOE and our country, contribution has been the impetus for the areas of modern optics that today are known by the generic name of photonics. "

The researchers invited on the set of Stegeman Memorial sessions are:


  • Cascading with George
    Prof. Eric Vanstryland; CREOL, University of Central Florida
    Abstract: George Stegeman was a long-time colleague with whom several of us a CREOL collaborated.  In particular, after we obtained some very strange Z-scan results on KTP, at one of our joint weekly group meetings, George mentioned work Jerry Meredith had done on microscopic second-order cascading. We all soon realized that this (when extended to macroscopic materials) explained the bizarre Z-scan behavior and started the field of Second-Order Cascaded Nonlinear Optics. This area is still being investigated for numerous applications.
  • Stegeman's figures of merit for nonlinear optical switching
    Prof. David Hagan; CREOL, University of Central Florida
    Abstract: The simple figures of merit for optical switching that were introduced by George Stegeman in the early 1990s are still widely used and have helped to drive research into nonlinear optical materials research over the past two decades.  Coincidentally, his work on this occurred around the time we were working on the relationship between nonlinear refraction and nonlinear absorption, which led to increased collaboration between our groups.  I will describe the time when we were working on this and discuss how this has impacted the field of nonlinear optics since then. 

  • Investigation of Stability and Instability Regions of Optical Vortex Solitons in a Saturable Focusing Medium
    Prof. Bartolomeu de Araújo; Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
    Abstract: We investigated the stable propagation of two-dimensional optical vortex solitons (OVS) in a saturable focusing medium. In addition, it was demonstrated the control of the OVS instability adding a Gaussian beam with adjustable intensity.

  • Quantum applications of integrated frequency combs
    Prof. Roberto Morandotti; Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, Canada
    Abstract: In the paper, we will revise our recent results in the exploitations of integrated frequency combs for quantum application, ranging from the multichannel generation of heralded and entangled photon pairs, to the realization of multidimensional quantum states.

  • Spatial Optical Solitons in Mexico
    Dr. Miguel Torres Cisneros; Universidad de Guanajuato
    Abstract: From resonant solitons introduced in México at 1980 decade by prof. Lujbo Matulic, we show that Mexican optical solitons school suffer just started at the beginning of 1990 years because of Prof. George Stegeman.

  • Dr. J. Javier Sanchez Mondragon; INAOE

100th OSA Anniversary

Light the Future with Margaret Murnane

Date:Wednesday, 24 August from 18:00 to 20:00 Hours
These activity is included in the fee, but requires prior registration.

Join OSA as we celebrate our 100th anniversary with the Light The Future speaker series featuring distinguished scientists, engineers and Nobel Laureates. At LAOP we will be joined by Margaret Murnane, professor of physics at University of Colorado, JILA Fellow and OSA Fellow. Below is information about her talk.

Science at the timescale of the electron: how extreme nonlinear optics revolutionized tabletop X-ray lasers.
Ever since the invention of the laser over 55 years ago, scientists have been striving to create an x-ray version of the laser. Advances in extreme nonlinear optics now make it possible to efficiently upshift tabletop femtosecond lasers into the ultraviolet (EUV) and soft X-ray regions of the spectrum, to wavelengths as short as 8Å. This unique high harmonic light source is ideally suited for host of applications in imaging and understanding how advanced materials function. A host of applications in nanoscience and nanotechnology have now been demonstrated, including full-field microscopes with record 14nm spatial resolution, quantifying how nanoscale energy flow differs from bulk, measuring how fast a material can change its electronic or magnetic state, and capturing the fastest motions of electrons in molecules and materials.

Conference Banquet
Join your colleagues for a festive evening. The banquet is open to all full technical attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets in advance for their guest. This event will follow the Light the Future event.

Entrepreneurship Segment

Coordinador: Elkin Echeverri. Planning and Prospective Manager - Ruta N
Support: Ian Karlo Vélez. Regional Initiative on Photonics- INTERN.
Place and date: RUTA N auditorium. August 26/2016
Motivation: We have who think (universities) and we have who use (companies in many sectors: health, communications, merchandise, etc). We need to give a disruptive step: how can we do/develop photonic technology in Medellin?
Purpose: To try to answer the following questions:

  • Feasibility to create photonic industry  and business in Colombia,
  • In what photonic fields it would be possible,
  • What is it needed to develop this type of industry and how attract investors?
  • Main obstacles to be overcome
  • Getting inputs for constructing a road map
  • Suggestions to conform a work team to encourage this initiative.

Preliminary program


Time Activity Purpose Speakers
7:00 - 8:00
Registration of local non-academic participants
8:00- 8:15 Opening Welcome and agenda Elkin Echeverri, Planning and Prospective Director, Ruta N
8:15-9:00 Context:  country- vision, competitive advantages and free trade agreements To provide direct and useful information about growth plans in the country and the benefit of putting companies in terms of FTAs (free trade agreement), local capabilities and opportunities. Elkin Echeverri, Planning and Prospective Director, Ruta N
9:00 -9:30 Global Industry Perspective on Optics and Photonics General view of the optical and photonic trends Gregory Quarles, Chief Scientist at The Optical Society
9:30-10:00 Break    


Forum: roadmap for creating  industry based on photonics in Colombia Steps to create industry and strategies for getting investors bet on Medellin, from their own experiences in countries, institutions or companies Invited speakers from:
11.30-12.00 Closing Visit to Ruta N infraestructure Ruta N


Boosting Your Chapter – A Luncheon for OSA Student Chapter Leaders

Invitation Only
Date: 25 August, 12:00 – 14:00
Place: In-situ Restaurant, Botanical Jarden Medellín
Lead by: OSA Ambassador Alvaro Casas Bedoya and UPB Student Chapter President Maryam del Mar Correa

Representatives from OSA Student Chapters at LAOP will participate in a lunch workshop to learn more about effective chapter management. Participants will cycle through four topic areas led by

  • Alvaro Casas Bedoya, OSA Ambassador; Chapter Advisor; University of Sydney, Australi
  • Chad Husko, OSA Ambassador; Argonne National Lab, USA
  • Susana Marcos, Former OSA Director at Large; Chapter Advisor; CSIC, Spain
  • John Taylor, The Optical Society, USA

About Medellín and Colombia

Medellin is known as the City of Eternal Spring; It is in a valley of the Central Cordillera of the Andes to 1475 meters above sea level, with an average temperature of 27 ° C (80 ° F). It is the second largest city in Colombia with 2,499,080 inhabitants. It has hosted major world-class events such as the General Assembly of the Organization of American States-OAS in 2008; Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in 2009; the IX South American Games 2010 and the World Urban Forum in 2014. And in 2016 will host the Latin America Optics & Photonics Conference (LAOP), organized by the OSA, the tropolitan Technological Institute, the universities of Antioquia, EAFIT, National and Pontificia Bolivariana, and the organization Ruta N.

In the past 20 years, Medellin has had great changes, it is now a destination for urban tourism, health, fashion and bird watching. Of course, welcome to Medellin.

Hotels map, transportation and tourist places


parque explora

Located in the North sector of Medellín, Explora Park emerges as a symbol of an innovative open-to-knowledge city. Four red boxes, seeming to float across a green horizon, contain more than 300 interactive experiences to choose from plus a space with the attributes of a real park. At Explora you will see: Vivario: Skin among the rocks…reptiles, amphibians and anthropods 3D Theater: Total immersion Interactive Halls: Open, Digital Territory, Live Physics, Living Connection, and Geo-Diverse Colombia Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. Ticket Office open until 4:00 PM. Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Ticket Office open until 5:00 PM.
Carrera 50 No. 73-75 57(4) 516 83 00




Planets and galaxies so close you can almost reach out and touch them are there to be delighted in at the Jesús Emilio Ramírez González Planetarium. A Digital Dome, high-powered telescopes, interactive experience and experimental activity areas, among other attractions, make up this adventure while combining knowledge of our planet Earth with the wonders of outer space. Its modern architecture, its excellent spaces, its educational content and guaranteed excitement, all make the planetarium a must-see! Hours: Tuesday, and Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Tickets sold until 4:45 PM) Thursday, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (Tickets sold until 5:45 PM) Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (Tickets sold until 4:45 PM) Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Tickets sold until 5:45 PM)
Carrera 52 No. 71-117 57(4) 516 83 00

Jardín botanico

This space had its beginnings in the early 20th Century combining a recreational and educational alternative with the caring for the city’s natural settings and native species. Today, after undergoing its 1972 expansion, it has become one of the country’s epicenters for conservation, research, and environmental advocacy. That scientific, educational, and cultural commitment to the environment has materialized with the presence of over 1000 species of flora and fauna. An ample catalog of unique biodiversity and sustainable mana-gement is showcased in its tropical forests and desert ecosystems, medicinal and edible plants, shrubs, planting models, ferns, orchids, and butterflies among other elements.

Hours: Open daily, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, including holidays
Calle 73 No. 51D-14. 57(4) 444 55 00

Metro and metrocable

With its three rail lines, its three cable cars, better known as Metrocables, accessing even Ecotourist Arví Park in nearby Santa Elena Annexed Village, the visitor is assured that every Metro Station is close to one of Medellín’s tourist attractions.

Traveling on the Metro system is the most agile, safe, and economic way to get to know Medellín where your one-fare payment connects you with 112 feeder bus lines.

The system is functional every day of the week, though the Arví Cable or Line L stops its commercial service on the first business day of the week due to maintenance work.

You can dial Hola Metro at  (574) 444-9598, free of charge, for additional information.



The Botero Collection, one of the largest at the Museo de Antioquia, contains 188 works in different media by Fernando Botero, one of the great exponents of the arts in the world. In addition, as if to bolster the already fecund sampling of Botero’s work, 23 of his monumental sculptures are exhibited on the Plaza Botero, facing the Museum’s main entrance. The Museum was founded in 1881 and occupies an architectural jewel of a building, former office to Medellín’s Mayor, and now cat-aloged as a National Monument. The Museo de Antioquia offers visitors the opportunity to appreciate temporary, itinerant, and permanent exhibits. Its salons hold pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Republican, and Contemporary art, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, caricatures, and drawings by national and international artists. The Casa del Encuentro or Gathering House, contiguous to the museum, has a projection room, events and conference rooms, an auditorium, and a library specializ-ing in art, among other services.

Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Sundays and Holidays: 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Carrera 52 No. 52-43. 57(4) 251 36 36

estadio atanasio girardot

The greatest cultural, sports, and recreational heritage site in the mid-western sector of Medellín, the Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex, is visited by more than 136,000 people among locals and visitors who come to enjoy and take advantage of its free facilities.
The Complex is the most modern Sports Complex in the country as well as the most complete and functional in South America. It brings together 37 different sports disciplines all converging in 20 high-quality venues. The most representative of Antioquia’s sports federations, leagues, and clubs are found here.
Its 80,000 acres, conceived and built to celebrate life, encourage family, social, athlete, and neighborhood encounters, are a hub for urban-sports development and a must-visit sector for tourists.
The tours include visits to the Atanasio Girardot Stadium, the Sports Museum, the Water Complex, the coliseums, and the various other venues for the practice of new sports trends.

You may request your visit or guided tour at visitasguiadas.udag@inder.gov.coand by calling 230-6216 or 360-9000 ext. 410
Calle 48 No. 73–10
parque arví

Four centuries ago, chroniclers of the time talked about the discovery of a large primitive area. That expanse of land, comprising almost 40,000 acres, is located in today’s Annexed Village of Santa Elena. Arví Park is an expression of the historical, ecological, and conservationist heritage of the region. The Park comprises six thematic Núcleos that include cultural spaces, adventure scenarios, recreation and culinary offer, ancestral lands, trails, lookouts, native woodlands, cable cars, and a catalog of over 700 species showcasing plants, mammals, birds, and reptiles
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

san javier open air electric escalators

The so-called Senderos de Conexión Independencias I (Independencias I Pathways to Connection), located in the Jan Javier-Community 13 area, have become an icon of the sector since their official opening in December 2011. The escalators, the first in the world built to improve the mobility of a residential sector, have six 2-way sections, which together add up to 426 lineal feet. The work, encompassing a total area of 11,861 square feet of public space, relegated the old 350 steps leading to the top of a hill to memory lane.

Information About Zika

Colombia has an alert level 2 with respect to Zika, which means you must intensify precautions.
Source: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/

What is the current situation?

Because Zika virus is primarily spread by mosquitoes, CDC recommends that travelers to Colombia protect themselves from mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that spread Zika usually do not live at elevations above 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) because of environmental conditions. Travelers whose itineraries are limited to areas above this elevation are at minimal risk of getting Zika from a mosquito. The following map shows areas of Colombia above and below 6,500 feet.

The categories shown on this map are intended as a general guideline and should not be considered to indicate absolute risk. Elevation may vary within an area to a larger extent than this map can depict. The presence of mosquitoes may change seasonally, with increasing temperatures or rainfall, and may change over time. Travelers to destinations that cross or are near an elevation border may wish to consider the destination as an area of lower elevation. Travelers to high elevations are still at risk of getting Zika from sex.
Sexual transmission of Zika virus from a male partner is also possible, so travelers are also encouraged to use condoms or not have sex.
Many people infected with Zika virus do not get sick. Among those who do develop symptoms, sickness is usually mild, with symptoms that last for several days to a week. Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare disorder that can cause muscle weakness and paralysis for a few weeks to several months, is very likely triggered by Zika in a small proportion of infections, much as it is after a variety of other infections. Most people fully recover from GBS, but some have permanent damage.
As more information becomes available, this travel notice will be updated. Please check back frequently for the most up-to-date recommendations.

What can travelers do to prevent Zika?

After travel

There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Travelers can protect themselves by preventing mosquito bites:

Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Use EPA-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE, also called para-menthane-diol [PMD]), or IR3535. Always use as directed.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA-registered insect repellents, including DEET, according to the product label.

Most repellents, including DEET, can be used on children older than 2 months. (OLE should not be used on children younger than 3 years.)

Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). You can buy pre-treated clothing and gear or treat them yourself.

Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

Sleep under a mosquito bed net if air conditioned or screened rooms are not available or if sleeping outdoors.

Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies younger than 2 months old in carriers, strollers, or cribs to protect them from mosquito bites.

Sexual transmission of Zika virus from a man is possible. If you have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) with a man while traveling, you should use condoms.




Many people infected with Zika virus do not feel sick. If a mosquito bites an infected person while the virus is still in that person’s blood, it can spread the virus by biting another person. Even if they do not feel sick, travelers returning to the United States from an area with Zika should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks so that they do not spread Zika to uninfected mosquitos.

Men who have traveled to an area with Zika but don’t have symptoms should use condoms for 8 weeks to protect their sex partners. Men who have Zika symptoms or are diagnosed with Zika should use condoms for 6 months. If the man’s partner is pregnant, the couple should either use condoms or not have sex during the pregnancy.

Women who have traveled to an area with Zika but don’t have symptoms should wait 8 weeks after travel before trying to get pregnant.  Women who also have Zika symptoms should wait at least 8 weeks after symptoms start before trying to get pregnant.

If you feel sick and think you may have Zika:

  • Talk to your doctor if you develop a fever with a rash, joint pain, or red eyes. Tell him or her about your travel.
  • Take acetaminophen (paracetamol) to relieve fever and pain. Do not take aspirin, products containing aspirin, or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen.
  • Get lots of rest and drink plenty of liquids.

If you are pregnant:

  • Pregnant travelers returning from Colombia can be tested for Zika virus infection.
  • If you develop a fever with a rash, joint pain, or red eyes, talk to your doctor immediately and tell him or her about your travel.
  • If you do not have symptoms, testing can be considered 2–12 weeks after you return from travel.



The event organization recommends a list of nearby hotels with easy access to Metro public transport system. Those interested should contact directly the hotel of your choice and in any case the organization of the event responsible for the negotiations between attendees and hotels.

Rate (COP)
Approximate distance from the hotel to Ruta N
Transportation (Metro Stations near the hotel)
Hotel Diez Medellín Single room: $269.00 + tax. Cll 10 a N° 34-11 El Poblado 18 min. - 8 Kmt 15 min. walking to Poblado Station
Double room: $339.00 más imp.
Hotel Florencia Plaza Single room: $145.000 Cr 41A N° 10- 41 El Poblado 8.5 Kmt 10 min. walking to Poblado Station
Double room o twin: $170.000
Hotel Intercontinental Medellín Single room: $286.840 Cll 16 N° 28-51 El Poblado 40 min. Near Industriales station. It's necessary to take the bus route 136.
Double room: $384.600
Hotel Torre Poblado Single room: $185.895 Cr 42 N° 9-28 El Poblado 30 min. 15 min. walking to Poblado Station
Double room: $234.496
Hotel TRYP Medellín Single room: $151.000 Not includes hotel insurance Cll 50 N° 70-124 Estadio 25 min. 10 min. walking to Estadio Station
Double room: $221.000 Not includes hotel insurance
Hotel San Fernando Plaza Single room: $251.604 Cr 42A N° 1-15 El Poblado 8 Kmt Near Aguacatala station. It's necessary to take the bus route 130.
Persona extra: $89.000 + seguro 364
GHL Style San Diego Single room: $158.800 Cll 31 N°43-90 San Diego 6 Kmt - 40 min. Near  Industriales station. It´s necesarry to take the line 2 of Metroplus to Barrio Colombia Station. 
Double room: $248.000
Hotel Poblado Plaza Habitación superior: $206.000 Cr 43A N° 4 Sur-75 Av. El Poblado 9 Kmt - 30 min. Near Aguacatala station. It's necessary to take the bus route 130.
additional person: $78.880
Hotel Poblado Alejandría Single room: $171.680 Cr 36 N° 2 Sur-60, Loma de Alejandría, El Poblado 10 Kmt - 40 min. Near Aguacatala station. It's necessary to take the bus route 133ii.
additional person: $78.880
Inntu Hotel Single room: $173.000 Laureles Transversal 39 N° 74B-10 7.5 Kmt - 30 min. Near Stadium station. Itps necessary to take the bus route 193ii
Double room: $229.600
Medellín Royal Hotel Single room: $284.200 Cr 42 N° 5Sur-130 10 Kmt - 40 min. Near Aguacatala station. It's necessary to take the bus route 130.
Double room: $342.200
Hotel Bolivariana Plaza Single room: $153.000 Circular 1 N°74-82 Laureles 20 min. 10 min. Walking to Estadio Station
Double room: $166.000
Hotel Suite Comfort Single room: $115.000 Circular 5ta N° 66B-24 Laureles 6 Kmt - 25 min. 20 min. Walking to Estadio Station. Also can take the bus route 193i or 193ii
Double room: $140.000



General Chair
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.
Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia.