Medellin – Daytours4u http://www.daytours4u.com/en Tours, activities and travel tips in South America Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:45:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.8 96832869 4 Ways to Discover the Best of Medellín http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/4-ways-to-discover-the-best-of-medellin/ Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:00:14 +0000 http://www.daytours4u.com/en/?p=10791 Medellín, capital of the department of Antioquia, is the second largest city in Colombia. Come and discover what the City of Eternal Spring has to offer.

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A few years ago, Medellín competed against 200 other major famous cities and was crowned the most innovative city in the world. It certainly lives up to its title.

This Colombian metropolis has an exemplary public transport system having managed to pacify various slum areas, integrating them with other neighbourhoods through the installion of a cable car. With plazas that seems more like an open-air museum and incredibly friendly residents, what’s not to love about Medellín?

MedellinMedellín combines art, innovation and culture / Photo by Lucila Runnacles, Viagem Cult

METROCABLE

All of Medellín’s citizens are proud of their public transport system. Their metro runs above ground and the metrocable offers public cable cars. There are various lines that connect the cumunas (pacified slums) with the main metro stations. One of the best views of Medellín is from the cable car that takes you to Aurora.

Another example of Medellín’s innovation is the escalators that changed the lives of the residents in Comuna 13. Before, whoever lived on the top would have to climb down a huge ladder the equivalent of 28 floors.

Nowadays, the descent takes no more than five minutes. This social inclusion project set a global example. When there, don’t forget to take a look at the beautiful graffiti that stretches across the walls and brightens up the views of the residents and tourists passing through Comuna 13.

MedellinThe metrocable of Medellín / Photo by Lucila Runnacles, Viagem Cult

ART

The famous artist Fernando Botero was born in Medellín, and there, it is possible to see a large collection of his pieces without spending a penny. Botero is world renowned for painting and sculpting “chubby” figures – it is his most famous motif.

A stroll through the plaza that takes his name in the city centre is truly a delight for the eyes. There are 20 enormous bronze sculptures that don’t go unnoticed.

If after that stroll you still want to discover more of his work, the Antioquia Museum is right opposite the plaza, one of the most important museums in the country. This museum collates various pieces from the work of this renowned Colombian artist and there is also a permanent collection of modern Latin American art. The closest metro station to the Plaza Botero is Parque Berrio.

img_0129The urban art decorates with colors the Commune 13 / Photo by Lucila Runnacles, Viagem Cult

A STEP BACK IN TIME

To have an idea of what Medellín was like in the past, just visit the Pueblito Paisa. The little church, the colonial houses with clay roofs, and the fountain in the middle of the plaza recreate the twentieth century little towns of Antioquia. The people born in the department (state) of Antioquia are called antioquianians.

Pueblito Paisa is located on top of Cerro Nutibara and from there you have an amazing view of the city, including the comunas. Visiting this place at night is an absolute delight due to the lit up view of Medellín. Apart from the restaurants you can also buy various souvenirs there.

MedellinVisit the charming Pueblito Paisa to know how Medellín was in the past / Image Source

BANDEJA PAISA & AREPAS

Colombian food is delicious from the North to the South. From the simplest of dishes to the most elaborate, all of them are incredibly tasty. No one should go to Medellín without trying the famous bandeja paisa, an extremely nutritious and abundant meal. The bandeja consists of a bit of rice, beans, patacones (mashed and friend banana), meat, avocado, egg and arepa.

However, the city’s culinary prize has to go to the arepa de choclo (corn). Arepa is something that is eaten throughout the entire country. In some regions it is made with rice, but in Medellín it is more commonly made with corn which has a sweeter flavour and is accompanied by a slice of cuajada, a cheese similar to Minas cheese. To the delight of both locals and tourists alike it is common to see many people selling arepas throughout the city and for very reasonable prices.

Did you know?

Medellín is the second most important city in Colombia, after Bogota, the county’s capital.

Medellín lies in a valley, 1,500 metres above sea level. The city is surrounded by the main chain of the Colombian Andes and that is why the climate there is always so pleasant.

Medellín is the capital of the department (state) of Antioquia and the people born in that state are called paisas.

MedellinAppreciate the views of Medellin to understand its geography / Photo by Lucila Runnacles, Viagem Cult

When to go:

The city has a great climate throughout the year. After all, the city is known as the City of Eternal Spring. It has a mild climate and the city’s average temperature is 24°C. The hottest month of the year is July, when temperatures reach 28°C. October and May are considered the months with the most rainfall, however, December, January and February are the driest months.

Perfect for…

People who like big cities, innovation and art. Medellín is perfect for travelling with friends, a couples getaway and for anyone who likes to shop. Medellin has the most important fashion fair in the whole country and is also famous for its shopping centres.

By: Lucila Runnacles, journalist and author of Viagem Cult blog

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7 Must-See Landmarks in Colombia http://www.daytours4u.com/en/colombia4u/must-see-landmarks/ Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:58 +0000 http://www.colombia4u.com/blog/en/?p=71 Colombia is a wonderfully diverse country, in terms of its nature and rich cultural heritage and history. This means that there are many stunning places to visit. From cool and modern Bogotá to the cobblestone streets of Cartagena, and from the Caribbean coast to the Amazon jungle, Colombia has plenty to offer, whatever you’re interested [...]

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Colombia is a wonderfully diverse country, in terms of its nature and rich cultural heritage and history. This means that there are many stunning places to visit. From cool and modern Bogotá to the cobblestone streets of Cartagena, and from the Caribbean coast to the Amazon jungle, Colombia has plenty to offer, whatever you’re interested in. It can be difficult to narrow down where to go, so we’ve listed 7 of the most spectacular landmarks in Colombia to help you plan your vacation.

1. Monserrate, Bogotá

One of the defining features of Bogotá is Monserrate mountain rising up over the city, 3,512 metres above sea level. At the top is a church, making it a very popular pilgrim destination. There are also restaurants and cafés to allow visitors to spend time at the top, absorbing the incredible panoramic views over the entire city. It is especially pretty over the Christmas period due to the lights and decorations. Travellers have the option of taking a funicular or a cable car to the top, walking or going as part of a city tour.

Admire the breathtaking views of the capital city from atop Monserrate

Admire the breathtaking views of the capital city from atop Monserrate / source

2. Botero Plaza, Medellín

The City of Eternal Spring is also the city of endless artworks. One of its most photographed features in Medellín is the Plaza de Las Esculturas, also known as Botero Plaza. This beautiful space lies in front of the Museum of Antioquia and the Uribe Palace. Its name comes from the 23 statues by the celebrated Colombian artist Fernando Botero adorning the plaza. The iconic statues, such as “The Hand,” “Eve,” and “Maternity” are out in the open, free for all to enjoy. You can also learn more about them on a Fernando Botero Walking Tour.

Fernando Botero’s iconic statues are a big part of Medellín’s identity

Fernando Botero’s iconic statues are a big part of Medellín’s identity / source

3. Castillo San Felipe, Cartagena

Cartagena’s busy Caribbean port was once filled with many envoys of slaves and treasures, making it the most looted port in the New World, and forcing the Spanish to build a castle and fort to protect it. The result: Castillo San Felipe, the strongest fortress of all their colonies. Home to many battles, including a loss to a French privateer, and an impressive defence against an English Admiral with his army of 23,000, this impeccably preserved castle is striking to visit with its maze of tunnels and great views of Cartagena.

Visit Cartagena’s imposing Castillo San Felipe for a glimpse back in time.

Visit Cartagena’s imposing Castillo San Felipe for a glimpse back in time. / source

4. Mompox, River Magdalena

Officially named Santa Cruz de Mompox, and also known as Mompós, this beautiful little town on an island on the Magdalena River looks like something straight out of a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel. No surprise really, given that he spent his childhood navigating up and down this river. Despite being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it takes a fair amount of determination to get to, involving boats, ferries and buses. The most direct route to get here is from Santa Marta, although Cartagena also offers a number of options. The trip is worth it to see this colonial town where time seems to stand still.

Travel back in time to Mompox, in the heart of the Magdalena River.

Travel back in time to Mompox, in the heart of the Magdalena River. / source

5. The Lost City – Tayrona National Park

Deep in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada, are the ruins of Ciudad Perdida. The Lost City was thought to have been founded in 800AD, an entire 650 years earlier than Machu Picchu, by the Tayrona people. Unconnected to the El Dorado legend, whose mysteries are to connected to Guatavita Lake near the capital city, the Lost City holds other charms. With limited numbers allowed in, and a tough 5-day trek from Santa Marta, you won’t find the crowds of Machu Picchu. Instead, prepare for a rewarding jungle hike surrounded by pristine nature and ancient ruins.

The Lost City takes some effort to get to, but is definitely worth it.

The Lost City takes some effort to get to, but is definitely worth it. / source

6. Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, Bogotá

One’s of country’s biggest tourist attractions, the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira is in an incredible engineering feat. Initially built by miners of the salt mines as a sanctuary before work, it was later extended, with a capacity of around 8,000. After structural concerns, a new cathedral was built and opened in 1995. It’s an incredible sight, an underground labyrinth, illuminated by colourful lights. You can visit it from Bogotá on a tour to Zipaquira and Guatavita Lake.

This cathedral outside Bogotá is one of a kind

This cathedral outside Bogotá is one of a kind / source

7. Coffee Triangle

The concentrated coffee-growing region of Colombia, known in Spanish as the Eje Cafetero, is an incredibly lush and scenic area, with its many green hills and valleys, and tall waxy palms. It’s hard to pick just one spot here, since the small area invites you to explore its many secrets. Two unmissable spots, though, are the town of Salento and the nearby Cocora Valley. A visit to the Coffee Triangle is a must during your vacation in Colombia.

Cocora Valley, with its waxy palms, is one of the Coffee Triangle’s many natural attractions

Cocora Valley, with its waxy palms, is one of the Coffee Triangle’s many natural attractions / source

Colombia has plenty of other top attractions!
For more ideas on where to go and what to do in Colombia, visit
Colombia4u.com.

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