clean, organized, Botero art, and #1 reason - divinely beautiful women
lack of major sights, may seem to 'modern'
showcase of potential and accomplishments of Colombia
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...more
My wife's parents have lived in Medellin for over 10 years, and we've visited numerous times (we actually got married there in a week-long destination wedding). One of my favorite (and one of the easiest) excursions I've done is take the metrocable up to the biblioteca espana, an ultramodern, giant, distinctive black library donated by the King of...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Carrera 36B, No 11-12, Medellin, Colombia
Good for: Solo
Calle 4 Sur # 43A 109, El Poblado, Oviedo Area, Medellin, Colombia
Good for: Couples
If you want a comfortable, friendly, nicely furnished place this is worth considering. We had a...more
The typical dish in the Medellin region (also calles the Paisa region) is calles Bandeja Paisa. It's a plate of fried eggs, beans, some meat, chiccharron (dried pork thingies) and rice. As most of these products don't really agree with me, it was not the best culinary experience for me, but you shoul at least try it. And beware - the protions are...more
HatoviejoLos valores y tradiciones de la cultura colombiana son los aspectos que caracterizan este acogedor sitio, en el que predomina una decoración sencilla, pero definida por elementos precolombinos. Son infaltables los chicharrones y patacones para picar, como también las postales con las originales chivas.Los mejores restaurantes están...more
More than decribe the best restaurat... here are some very good recepies from the country.I hope you all enjoy itTraditional dishes are based on the agricultural and dairy products of the fertile lands of the country. The most representative dish form Bogotá is the ajiaco santafereño , a thick soup prepared from chicken, different kinds of potato,...more
If you do not want to have a bad night, do not go to club Blue in Medellin. Although the music is rock, this music is more what you want to listen to, not dance to. Additionally, the DJ should know better than to play 3 Killers songs in a row, followed by two kelly clarkson songs in a row. That is just lazy. The place was busy, but no one was...more
The Parque Lleras is packed to gills on weekends with locals who come here to numerous bars and discos. And even during the week the restaurants are full and the place is buzzing with activity. The most popular discos here are Blue and Folia, but if you visit one and feel like changing atmosphere, another club is literally half a block away. You...more
Every resident of the city will tell you that this is the most upscale club in their city, and it certainly will not disappoint. The music is a mix from hip-hop to salsa, waitstaff is dressed in cowboy attire, entry is $15,000 pesos. The place is more like a large bar, as there is no dance floor per se, and everyone is dancing between the tables....more
Taxis here are plentiful and cheap. Seriously, you can't imagine what 'lots of taxis' looks like until you come to Colombia! Mexico City or New York City barely have any in comparison.My tip is to pick a Hyundai Atos taxi, if any are available. They look ugly and funny, but they ride really really comfortably.more
The most upscale shopping center is El Tesoro which is located in El Poblado barrio. It comes with upscale stores, palm tree garden, waterfalls, even a miniature railroad. If you are lucky, you will witness a tango peformance. If you have the money and have an urge to buy clothes in Medellin, this is the place to go.
Other major shopping centers are San Diego nearby (which is quite a bit lower scale) and Unicentro in Laureles (which is also a lot more humble).
There were nearly 9,000 homicides in the greater Medellin area in 1991. This went down to just over 5,000 in the mid 90's and low 4,000's towards the end of the decade. It started creeping up again in the early 00's, reaching 4,697 murders in 2002. This has plummetted from 2003 onwards to 1,161 last year. This is still more than the city of Los Angeles at it's peak in the early 90's, so whether that's actually 'safe' or not is another matter. Like most cities though, if you stick to the right areas and central parts of the city, you'll be fine.
Since most of the taxies in Medellin have meters (unlike the ones in the Caribbean region) most people don't consider asking for the estimated price before, which (in my case at least) may result in the driver driving around for hours, pretending not to find the place you want to go or just taking a huge detour... That happens in case you look and sound like a foreginer of course, and if you are not sure where exactly you are going.
Unique Suggestions: So it's advisable to ask for an estimate before stepping into a cab, cause later the unfair price is too difficult to argue about.
Fun Alternatives: You can always take a bus, especially if you are alone or there are just two of you, so it will be definately less expensive.
If you know someone, go with them to the country side and visit villages very seldom visited by tourists. One such is Fredonia.
Very impressed about the city. On the first evening couldn't get rid of feeling that this is Barcelona. Residential areas were very safe and clean. In my opinion, most residents in Medellin enjoy very good quality of life. Good food. On negative side, air polution on major streets made walking less fun and there are not too many tourist...more
Just sit down in one of the many street cafes or on one of the many park benches and look at people go by. The atmosphare there is really great - sort of cultural, which cannot be said about most of the other Colombian cities. And definately take a lokk at the Botero sculptures in the centro. sitting on a balcony with a friend, talking about life,...more
Como todos los años, Medellín bota la casa por la ventana con sus descomunales alumbrados navideños. En esta ocasión, cuando las Empresas Públicas de Medellín cumplen 33 años de estar iluminando sus navidades, la gran fiesta se hace con doscientos mil bombillos de 25 vatios, veintisiete mil metros de manguera luminosa, ocho mil metros cuadrados de...more