Medellin Travel

Unexpected Surprises In Medellín,Colombia

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We have made our way to Colombia, after traveling and pet sitting in Panama City. Our first stop was Medellín, Colombia. Medellin travel wasn’t on our list at all, but friends persuaded us to go.

We’ve been to a lot of countries, cities,  and towns this year, but we haven’t felt the same way about them as we do Colombia.

We fell in love with Medellín at first sight, and it gave us the best first impression.

It’s a vibrant city in the midst of a major transformation. That is what makes it so exciting.
From a city plagued by the violence of the drug cartels in the 80’s and 90’s to a city investing in education, culture, art, museums, start-ups and a world-class transit system to connect and access people of all areas of the city together.

And Medellin has won awards for its progress. In 2013, it was named the most innovative city in the world in the Wall Street Journal’s City of the Year Contest.

The people here are incredible. They are so proud of their city, and happy foreigners are visiting. They offer help, assistance and on several occasions have gone out of their way to show off and tell you about their city.

Places we visited and suggest you visit:
-Parque Arvi – a huge green space at the top of the mountains high above the city, only accessible by Cable car.
– Ride the Metro cable car with sweeping views of the Aburrá Valley.
– Wander downtown via the Metro to see the Fernando Botero sculptures, Visit Cisneros Square and Berrio Park.
– View the biggest transformation, Comuna 13, most violent and troubled neighborhoods in the past and seeing the incredible graffiti representing the recent history of the area.

Medellín has also become a place of opportunity for us. We have made some excellent connections in the tourism and start-up industry, and we were working on some exciting marketing and video projects. Much more to come on that.

We are now in Cartagena, our last five days in Colombia. We leave for Panama to explore the country a little more before flying out to see our families in Canada for Christmas. But we did come back to live in Medellín and explore Colombia for 4 months. For more posts about Colombia, you can find them here.

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  1. “Variety is the spice of life”.You are certainly experiencing it all. What an amazing adventure! It is great and very much appreciated that you get to share all these experiences with family and friends.Thanks.Safe travels as you continue your trek. Perhaps we will get to see you sometime during the Christmas season.Love Lourdes

    1. Medillin looks amazing! I don’t know much about it and it is great to learn about all the postive changes in Columbia and that the people experience to welcoming. I am sure your Spanish must be getting very good. Thanks for all your posts. I check in quite often just to get a travel fix. 😉 Excited to hopefully see you both soon!
      Cheers,
      Helga & Mark

      1. Thanks Helga! Colombia is a must do on your list, what a great excuse to have you both come visit us sometime? Spanish still needs work but we will be accelerating the lessons in January. Look forward to seeing you soon!

  2. You two are amazing…..Can’t believe how many pigeons are in one spot…..We have 7 here we would gladly send to you…..Counting down the days until we see you….Lv.

  3. Great to see you are enjoying your first visit to Columbia.
    Hope to see you over the Christmas season….Greg and Joyce will be here.

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