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Medellín Travel Guide: 154 reviews and 514 photos
Many people think of drugs and violence when they hear of Medellín. And that was how it used to be. Under the 1980s Medellín was the centre of Colombia?s cocaine cartels and killings and other violence was common. In 1991, for example, 6349 people were murdered in the city and that was one of the highest murder rates in the world. But since Pablo Escobar (leader of the Medellín cartel) died in 1993 it has only become better and Medellín is now considered to be one of the safest cities in Latin America.
Medellín is often called The City of Eternal Spring, because of its climate. The city is situated in Aburrá Valley at an elevation of about 1500 metres. That gives Medellín an average temperature of an agreeable 23° C. Through the city, towards north, flows Medellín River.
Medellín is the second biggest city in Colombia with a population of 2,5 millions. For a tourist there are many things to do. There are several museums and old churches to visit, Botero statues and monuments to look at and excellent opportunities to do paragliding. If you have never tried paragliding before you should really take the chance to do a tandem flight while you are in Medellín. Many people come here for the nightlife, which has the reputation to be one of the best in Colombia. And some people come here for plastic surgery.
Parque Bolívar is one of the parks in the centre of Medellín. It was inaugurated in 1882 and in the middle stands a... more travel advice
The wind currents in Medellín are very good for paragliding and the landscape is beautiful with green valleys. So I... more travel advice
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