"The city of red brick and green mountains" Top 5 Page for this destination Medellín by el_ruso

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Tierra Paisa

First, an important note. The city is located in departamento de Antioquia, not Magdalena. I have no idea why it was placed here.

Medellin is a very nice city, instantly likeable and enjoyable, even though it lacks major sights or preserved history. It is clean, has well-developed and maintained infrastructure, friendly and hospitable people.

The city is located in a valley in the Andes, as most other cities in South America. Its altitude is ideal in that it is neither cold nor hot - about 27C every day of the year. Locals take advantage of that by building a lot of pleasant parks and open air cafes.

The locals are, as they describe themselves, 'regionalistas' - they are very proud of their city. The people from Medellin are called Paisas. The most famous person from here is Fernando Botero, the artist famous for making statues of fat people and animals; incidentally, he does not look so himself. Visiting his museum and the plaza in the front is a must for visitors. Other interesting sight is Cerro Nutibara with a Pueblito Paisa on top, a recreated Paisa village square. You should also visit one of the parks, the best ones are Lleras and Parque de Pies Descalzos.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:clean, organized, Botero art, and #1 reason - divinely beautiful women
  • Cons:lack of major sights, may seem to 'modern'
  • In a nutshell:showcase of potential and accomplishments of Colombia
  • Last visit to Medellín: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 17, 2006
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  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    one of the few complete and not too old Medellin page at Vt, thanks.

  • Oct 19, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    The best view of Medellin. I live in New York City and I have never seen a skyline so beautiful. I can't wait to go back. Best city in the World in my eyes.

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    Yes, El Tesoro is a really nice place to go, if you want you can visit their website www.eltesoro.com.co to see some pictures! Enjoy...

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