This is the fake reproduction os a small village of this region. It is up to a hill in the center of the city and here you can find lots of vendors selling local articrafts. It is something you can miss but I enjoyed spending there a hour in a sunday afternoon.
This park is in the middle of Poblado area, which is the most touristic part of the city, full of hotels and restaurants. All around the park infact there are small walking streets full of restaurants of any kind. Anyway If I ever went back, I would still stay in la 70 area, it seems more casual and sure cheaper than Poblado.
- Food and Dining
This square was inaugurated in 1892. The name was chosen thinking to Simon Bolivar, honoured with a statue in the middle of the square.
At the end of the square, infront of the fountain there is the Catedral Metropolitana that is said to be the biggest church of the world built by bricks.
Parque Botero-plaza de las esculturas
Just next to Parque Berrio in front of the museum of Antioquia there is a small square full of sculptures made by the local artist Botero, the square infact is also known as Plaza Botero. Here there are 23 sculptures of the Colombian artist.
The history of Medellin started to be written in this square, which is the main square of the city and since the 1870 is the main meeting point for both locals and visitors.
In the centre of the park it's easy to see the statue of Pedro Justo Berrio one of the most important politician of this region.
Other attraction of the park is the church La Candelaria.
Botanical garden in Medellin is practically a green oasi in the middle of the city. The entrance is free and inside you can enjoy a butterfly farm, orchids' exposition (not that impressive to be honest) and above all a wide space of green where to walk, rest, practice yoga, sleep, eat, or listen to the history of the various plants. I mentioned only some of the activities that I could witness people actually did in the park. This is what I appreciated more, a saturday afternoon young people enjoying a park instead of queing in a shopping mall.
Museo de Antioqia
I Intented to visit this museum ofourse as it is one of the main attractions of the city, though the visit became even more important for the fact that I could not visit the fondacion Botero in Bogota as it was closed for the elections day. On the ground floor there are shops and some Colombian religious articrafts and paintings of heroes of indipendence.. On the third floor there is the Botero's exibition made of many paintings and sculptures donated by the artist to the museum. There is also an exibition of modern art on the second floor.
From Monday to Saturday open: 10 am -5.30 pm
Sunday: 10 am -4.30 pm
Ticket 10.000 Cop
- Museum Visits
This is a new nature preserve that I didn't know about until I was told by the manager of my hotel. It is high above the city on the eastern edge--I took a long and really amazing cable car ride to get there but I understand it can also be reached by automobile. It is a beautiful green space away from the city with lots of trees and flowers and it is the sight of an archaelogical dig. The ride up, with the views of the city and then forest, is worth the time in itself.
You can visit nature paths and a lake after about an hour's walk but unfortunately I did not have time to do that.
ALWAYS CARRY THE APPROPRIATE TRAVEL INSURANCE
. Well, Medellin certainly has made a name for itself during the drug wars with the various dangerous drug cartels..Things are'nt quite so bad today but are still dangerous.
When I was planning to travel through South America I looked at many things that I wanted to see and do ..One of the first things that I put in place before starting out was my Travel Insurance..this , I took out the appropriate policy for my needs.
These were the usual , loss of of personal items ie: camera and lenses , my baggage and most important medical coverage for ALL hospital and doctors expenses.. So many places I realised that it was not possible to get neccesary medical help if it was needed. Also the horrendous costs of unforseen medical expenses can ruin a holiday in one go.
So, I took out a special policy that included repatriation (most important) just in case of the worst scenario..I realise that I am not bulletproof and anything, ( as we all know ), can happen anywhere anytime..Having travelled a lot and witnessing many bad accidents, I really like to travel with peace of mind knowing that I have medical coverage if needed.
As I don't jump off bridges or out of aeroplanes my insurance risk is kept to a minimum this also keeps down my costs.not stopping me from doing most of what I enjoy when I am travelling.
AS THEY SAY....DONT LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!!
- Hiking and Walking
Learning Spanish in Medellin
Like many extranjeros I only came to Medellin to spend a week or two, but I stayed here for
much longer. The city, the people and the climate - the whole package is right here. Just make sure you already speak some Spanish, before you come here, otherwise you will lose a lot of the culture here. I also found a good language school here, called Spanishola. Not only was my teacher Paula Barros a good laugh, what I liked most about her Spanish classes was, that
they were well organized and structured. If you want to combine tourism in Medellin with learning Spanish, you should try Spanishola.
Daniel from Germany
- Study Abroad
Overlooking Parque Bolívar is the Medellín's cathedral, Catedral Metropolitana, the city's largest place of worship. This impressive structure stands behind a fountain at the end of the square. It is one of the biggest brick buildings in whole South America, using more than 1,2 million bricks in an attractive neo-Romanesque design. The cathedral was designed by various architects which is reflected in an interesting mixture of influences. Construction began in 1875 and was completed only in 1931.
The inside of this spacious cathedral is rather dark. Walls are decorated with paintings by Gregorio Vásquez de Arce y Ceballos and huge stained-glass windows glow in a number of colours. The cathedral generally remains open during the day but closes at night.
- Historical Travel
To know and interact with local people in Medellín there is no better place than Parque Periodista, a small square right in the centre of the city. One day Eduardo brought me here. We had a beer and I also found it a great place for people watching. With bars, restaurants and nightclubs located around the square, this is the most happening spot in the city, a place where the bohemian and alternative people meet. It's an ever changing cultural mixture of punks, hippies, rappers, dealers, pot smokers, gays and the occasional transvestite, joined by university professors, students, poets and musicians.
The bars on the square are mostly rock and underground oriented. They play different music, from salsa, electronic, reggae and alternative rock. But most of the people are on the street instead of inside the bars. Guys on the square play guitars and rappers do their freestyles. Parque Periodista is a place where underground culture of Medellín gathers at night to smoke their marihuana or have a beer. It has become a kind of free zone where the police somehow tolerate it.
- Arts and Culture
- Beer Tasting
Cementerio de San Pedro
Cemeteries are often pretty interesting and Cementerio de San Pedro in Medellín is quite impressive. Established in 1842, it has been declared a museum and a national monument. The cemetery is located in northern Medellín, close to the city centre. It's a heaven of peace and tranquillity, where you find beautiful graves adorned with statues and flowers, funeral chapels and mausoleums, surrounded by palm trees. Walking around the cemetery along the many colonnaded lanes for quite some time I realized that it is actually much bigger than it appeared at first sight.
Walls with tombs are decorated with flowers and notes, sometimes also with personal possessions related to passions of the dead person. In the central section many local celebrities from the political, intellectual, business and literary scene are laid to rest. There is also a memorial for the most famous Argentinian tango singer Carlos Gardel, who died in 1935 in a plane crash in Medellín. The main chapel of the cemetery is lovely and close by there you find some astonishing statues depicting angels, Jesus carrying cross and weeping widows.
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- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Located in the downtown of Medellín, Parque Bolívar was inaugurated in 1882 and named in honor of the liberator Simón Bolívar. It is situated between Calles 54 (Caracas) and 56 (Bolivia) and Carreras 48 (Ecuador) and 49 (Venezuela), named after places related to the liberation. The park has a large green area with native trees providing welcome shade from the midday sun and is also one of the main meeting places. In the evening the atmosphere can turn a little seedy and you will probably encounter transsexuals and drug addicts.
Parque Bolívar is historic and cultural place. Around the park are several cultural sites such as the Catedral Metropolitana on the north and Teatro Lido on the south. On Sundays people visit the park to listen to the free concert of the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Antioquia. The park gets especially lively on first Saturday of the month when it hosts the craft fair of San Alejo, a place to buy arts, handcrafts and antiques.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Medellín has park for nearly every social class. If you need to get away from the busy and noisy Parque Bolívar or the upscale trendy bars of Parque Lleras, you should find your way to Parque Poblado, which is the middle class version of the latter. Iglesia San Jose del Poblado in the main square of the district marks the place where Medellín was founded in 1616.
I passed by Parque Poblado every day, it was half way between metro station Poblado and Hostal Tamarindo. The park during the day has little to offer. There are shops around Calle 10 and some nice antique shops around, and it's a fine place for a little lunch and coffee-sipping.
However, it gets bustling with life at night when groups of youth visit the park and the surrounding bars. The place is especially lively on weekend nights when people gather around Parque Poblado until dawn drinking, smoking and chatting. You can buy cigarettes, food and drinks from street vendors the whole night. There are some nice bars at the bottom of the park where you can listen to vallenato or reggae.
- Arts and Culture
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