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Medellin - the city of Botero and parks

Medellin is Colombia's second largest city, a principal manufacturing and industrial area, as well as a commercial flower growing region, particularly orchids, but for years was best known as the center of The Colombian Cartels. With the death of Pablo Escobar, Medellin is slowly recovering, but is not yet a full-fledged tourist destination. However, there is plenty to do and see in the city itself and the scenic surroundings. Medellin is also the city where the famous flower parade - Feria de las Flores is held every August. Music, dances and cultural events celebrate the Antioquiana customs, but the highlight is the Desfile de Silleteros, where campesinos come down from the mountains carrying flowers

The city is really beautiful. It's full of parks, Botero sculptures, churches. The paisas (people from Medellin) are very friendly and hospitable and helpful. The climate is extreamly nice - not too hot, not too cold, so the city is actually called the city of eternal spring. The mountains that surround the entire city make it look a bit mysterious, but they look increadably nice at night when they are filled with lights. Probably the only Colombian city which has a nice city center - really clean and full of nice sightseeing places. The botero sculptures leave a really homey impression and the parks with fountains and the plazas in front of churches make the city even more cozy. The only city that has a subway system. Medellin is a really modern city compared to the rest of Colombian cities. A really really nice place, and definately worth to visit.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice climate, many cool parks, street cafes, Botero sculptures, very clean, cool mountains, pretty paisa women, the river
  • Cons:too red (the bricks), not Colombian enough
  • In a nutshell:A very clean and nice city with a great climate
  • Last visit to Medellín: Jun 2002
  • Intro Updated Jun 12, 2003
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  • andresaway's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    Santafé de Antioquia is actually only 55 kms away from Medellín. It used to be close to 100 kms away a few years ago before the construction of the Túnel de Occidente, currently the lonsgest tunner within the Americas.

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2006 at 2:42 PM

    Nicely put! Blu

  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Mar 29, 2005 at 11:12 PM

    taxi drivers are the worst thing in the world

  • Pelourinho's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2002 at 8:38 AM

    Next time I go to Colombia it will be Medellin & Cali for sure!


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