Medellin, Colombia – Pablo Escobar’s City of Eternal Spring

From Cartagena we hop on an hour flight to Medellin, our last international stop before heading back to ‘merica. Medellin has almost perfect weather and is also known as the city of eternal spring. Sitting at 5,000 feet and near the equator, its 83 during the day and 70 at night. Medellin is also famous as being the home of Pablo Escobar, and was once the murder capital of the world.

wp-1456244823705.jpgMedellin is a city undergoing a massive transformation. The city can still be grimy, and there are still very dangerous areas, but quickly shedding it’s checkered history, the hillside restaurants bustle with expats from around the world. Nouveau art displays from adorn the city square.

wp-1456244950029.jpgMedellin’s second most famous son is Fernando Botero, famous for creating these overstuffed fat sculptures.

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In the last few years a new transportation network has connected this very hilly city and is bringing opportunity to the millions who live here. The old method, just wasn’t getting the job done in the 21st century.

wp-1456244815398.jpgOne of the most interesting elements of Medellin’s transportation network is the Metrocable.

wp-1456244691817.jpgThe Metrocable network is made up of gondolas that were built to connect some of the cities most vulnerable residents and offer them transportation to jobs, stores and opportunities.

wp-1456244732712.jpgUnlike home, the cheaper homes are found higher up the slopes. With high crime, and almost no access to services, until the Metrocable arrived this was a horrible place to live.

wp-1456288768606.jpgOne even connects past the city to a beautiful national park called Parque Arvi. The park was okay, a nice place to spend an afternoon strolling. The real experience was getting to take all the cable cars.

wp-1456244966324.jpgOne highlight of Medellin came from the outside world. On Superbowl Sunday fell during our time in Medellin. Luckily in our swanky neighborhood, almost all the bars were bustling with people watching the game; we even watched with two Broncos fans from Colorado. Dan could not have been happier, Kristin acquired a new lucky vest.

wp-1456288302181.jpgFollowing a tip from a Medellin local we met in Cusco, Peru. Our last day we made our way to the bus station for the 2 hour ride to Guatape. In the 1970’s Guatape lake was created when the surrounding hills were flooded for a hydroelectric project.

wp-1456244799392.jpgIn the middle of the lake sits the El Penol, a massive granite rock that looks very out of place. Local legend claims it’s a meteorite, we think it’s just cool.

wp-1456244837534.jpgUp we go. Hope the 750 steps up are worth it.

wp-1456244905719.jpgTruly, one of the best views in the entire world.

wp-1456244882151.jpgAt the top is an epic 360 degree panoramic views of the lake.

wp-1456288361285.jpgWhat a way to spend our last day of this great adventure. We are so blessed to have been able to finish this walkabout. We are so excited to finish strong celebrating Adrienne and Kevin’s wedding!

wp-1456244857235.jpgTop 5 Things to do Medellin

  1. Watch a Broncos Superbowl win!
  2. Ride to Guatape and hike El Penol
  3. Ride the Metrocable to Parque Arvi
  4. Buy coffee from Pergamino roasters
  5. Take a photo with a fatty from Fernando Botero

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