Orientation in Medellín
I had a scan of LP’s map in here and I didn’t want me or VT run into trouble with the masters, so now an image of (allowed) GE.
Río Medellín divides the city in two parts, the town centre is located east, airport southwest. And Pueblito Paisa is located a bit north of the airport. Haha, while writing this, I realise that I must advise you to listen to Latin music while driving through Medellín. I just remembered how we drove up to Pueblito Paisa, with my dear colleagues Pablo and Maria Cristina, listening to music. Pablo is the everpresent Pablo here in my Colombia pages, the very best Salsa and Cumbia dancer of all galaxies. Driving with him in the car is like being in a salsateca – nothing prevents him and his passengers from dancing while driving.
And we listened to… haha, not Colombian music as it should be, but to Brazilian one that day. This is how I got to know the song “Carrapicho”.
And for all of you who are like me, where Latin music shots directely into heart and blood and soul – here is the link to this song from youtube:
My god, how I miss my Colombian colleagues !
Pueblito Paisa is a replica of an old Antioquian town.
This replica of a typical Paisa village us situated on top of the Cerro Nutibarra.
With souvenir shops and open air cafes it's anice place to relax,
besides it provides an amazing view over that nice red city.
It truly does give you a good idea what the typical village of the area looks like, with its colourful houses, a tiny local chirch, courtyards and patios, small shops and a fountain in the middle of the village.
After i went to Santa fe de Antioquia, i realised that the two look almost exactly the same,
the town is built up in the exact same way as the replica indicates.
So if you don't have time to go to the surrounding towns, the Pueblito Paisa gives you a good idea of the local villages, and the view is truly breathtaking.
Santa Fe de Antioquia
Again ... if you have a day to spare around Medellin, Santa Fe de Antioquia is a very nice and charming colonial town, in the "paisa" way!
Nice old houses ... churches ... and ver friendy people, the "paisa" way!
El Poblado became the new place to live for wealthy residents of Medellín. Located about 4 km south of the city centre, much of the neighbourhood is set in steep hills which means it is less humid than other parts of Medellín. The hillside setting offers incredible views of the city, while views of El Poblado from other parts of the city are quite spectacular because of the number of high rise buildings jam-packed together.
The neighbourhood is packed with best hostels and stylish hotels, upscale restaurants, trendy bars and cafés, and it's a popular area with travellers. Parque Lleras (the so-called Zona Rosa) has some of Medellin's best nightlife and Parque Poblado is where the more alternative scene hangs out. For some fine shopping head to the upscale malls, such as Oviedo and El Tesoro.
El Poblado is safe to walk around at any time. There are a lot of trees, plants and flowers, and it has several streams that descend from the mountains towards Medellín's river. Although large open green spaces are not common, Parque Lineal de la Presidenta is a welcome exception. One evening Natalie from Hostal Tamarindo asked me to join her on a walk to the park. We made a circle around the area and she kindly explained about the notable sights.
The best way to get to El Poblado from the city centre is taking the metro to Poblado station and then walk up Calle 10 for about 10 minutes. Alternatively you can take the bus no. 133 from which leaves from Parque Berrío but it takes much longer.
more pics in the travelogue