Museo de Antioquia
This museum houses many statues and paintings of Medellin's most famous artists, Fernando Botero. There is also a great section of modern latino art. There are people walking throughout the museum who are happy to explain the artwork.
- Museum Visits
Park of the bare feet
El Parque de los Pies Descalzos is one of the most popular parks in Medellin. Comfortably surrounded by trees, it provides a perfect hiding place for couples and lovers, who look for privacy under the surrounding trees and bushes. The park also has several open air cafes which provide a good place for people watching and relaxing. On the other side of the park you'll find huge chess-boards, where you can actually play - a great and interesting pass-time.
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 turly 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.
Climbing the Cerro Nutibarra
The mountain of Cerro Nutibarra is a great place to get a nice view of Medellin from. It's not too high, so the climb is not that difficult. And on top of the mountain is the Pueblito Paisa - a replica of a typical paisa town, which is full of souvenire shops and street vendors. A nice place and an interseting activity.
- Hiking and Walking
Santa fe de Antioquia
This is a really nice little town in the mountains about 100 km from Medellin. A typical paisa town. A really amazing place and the busride up the mountains is really cool and gives a great view on the surrounding villages and nature.
Parque de Pies Descalces
This park is located next Plaza Mayor. It is very nice and clean, and you don't have to take off your shoes. There is a Museo Interactivo here, which was being remodeled when I came here. Other than that, you can sit in the shade of bamboos, look at trees floodlighted in purple or green color, play in the fountains. Across the street there is Edificio Inteligente - home to technology companies.
More flowers that you could ever imagine
Every year in August a flower festival, called Feria de las Flores is held in Medellin - the flower capital of the country. The festival incorporates days filled with music, dancing, colourful flowers, shows, performances, fun and parties. Something you should definately not miss if you can be there in August.
Commercial Center (aka El Hueco)
The old center of the city has been taken over by bustleof street vendors and a gazillion of various shops. This area is also known as El Hueco. There are huge crowds selling and buying all kinds of stuff.
barrio El Poblado
Southern, or Southeastern suburbs comprise the 'nicest' part of the city. It is very nicely landscaped, clean, and full of those brick hi-rise buildings that Colombians like. This is definitely an area of choice to live in, both as a resident or as a tourist.
The main wealthy suburb is called El Poblado, and others around it are called El Tesoro, La Florida, Las Palmas, Envigado. It is very nice to walk here; however, you have to be fit because the inclines are VERY steep.
Parque de la Luz and Library
This is one of the many nice parks in the city. The columns are supposed to be illuminated at night. There is a modern library building located next to it. This park separates the government complex from the bustle of the commercial center of the city.
Teatro de Medellin
This large modern building houses the theater. It is located next to Parque de Pies Descalzos on the river bank. Some of the typical christmas decorations that are installed along the river during the holiday season can be seen on this photo.
- Theater Travel
The plane across the river from the center is where the easily likeable barrios of Laureles and San Joaquin are located. This area is not as expensive as El Poblado, but still very tranquil and safe. This is where the UPB university is located, as well as the Unicentro shopping center (not nearly as nice as El Tesoro though). There are two small parks here and many reasonably priced restaurants. The main thoroughfare is Carrera 70 which separates the two barrios.
San Joaquin is the home to a large modern church with several metal cupola. Its design is creative and unique.
Parque de Los Deseo & Jardin Botanico
I grouped these two together because they are next to each other, and the subway station Universidad separates them. (Incidentally, the University of Antioquia is located there as well).
Parque de Los Deseo is really a concrete plaza full of people. I mean, there is a million people there, or at least it seems so. It has fountains that shoot out of the pavement and sand areas for children, but most people here are student of the university.
Jardin Botanico is pleasant enough, but it is not the greatest botanical garden by far. It has a lot of trees called laureles, bamboo, some palm trees. There is a large green house. Entrance is $4,000 (pesos, not dollars).
Antioqueños are so fond of...
Antioqueños are so fond of flowers that they not only plant them in gardens and pots but also hang them on their backs and carry them in parades every year under the August sun. This marvelous festival is called The Carriers' Parade (Desfile de los Silleteros). Hundreds of artisans weave authentic tapestries with flowers of every kind and hue. They design scenes, sketches, messages and then carry these works of art on their backs for hours through the main streets of Medellín in what is one of the world's most beautiful public spectacles. From January to February, an exciting bullfight season takes place, from April to May the city is host to an international orchid show, in June the Tango Festival occurs, in August there is a fair featuring elegant 'paso fino' horses, whose special gait is unique in the world, and in September, a haute couture competition.
Antioqueños enjoy close ties with both their ancestral and cosmopolitan customs. In Medellín, for example, one can listen to practically any style of music. There are taverns and discotheques which specialize in rock in all its varieties, or in jazz, classical, operatic, or Caribbean music, as well as boleros and ballads and of course, tango. An entire sector of the city, Manrique, is consecrated to rendering tribute to Argentine music. And no other city remembers and honors Carlos Gardel like Medellín, where the singer met his death in an airplane crash in 1935.
The city's cultural centers also reflect the people's ardent desire to keep up with the most contemporary movements and events in art. There are excellent book stores and art galleries, museums, and sculpture parks.
In several museums are collections of Antioquenan artists including Pedro Nel Gómez and Rodrigo Arenas Betancur, who in the manner of the Mexican masters at the beginning of this century, reflect the world of everyday work. At the Museum of Antioquia there is a complete collection on exhibit of oils and sculptures by world-famous Fernando Botero.
Mansions, train stations, cathedrals, haciendas and public buildings still reflect, in different sectors of the city, the Republican architecture of skyscrapers and new concepts, like that of The Metropolitan Theater or José María Córdova International Airport.
From Cerro Nutibara, a hill which rises from the floor of the Aburrá Valley, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the Medellín skyline. At and around the summit are restaurants, handicrafts shops and an enchanting reproduction of a typical Antioqueñan village plaza.
visit nationalpark arvi
Parque Arvi is a new ambitious project just outside of Medellin that will create one of the largest nature reserves in the region. The recent attraction is yet another boost for the city of Medellin that has recently undergone a complete transformation and is now attracting travelers and tourists from all around the globe to see the city of eternal spring. Parque Arvi sits on the eastern edge of the city and can be accessed by both cable car and vehicles and buses alike. The countryside appeal of the lush green fauna is not only spectacular to experience, but forms an important watershed for the area as well as important biological nature reserve for plants and animals native to the area.
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