City Of Eternal Spring

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Colombia, Play-by-plays, South America | 0 comments

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After leaving Salento we made our way to Medellin, La Cuidad de la Eterna Primavera (the City of Eternal Spring) to meet up with one of Nat’s friends. Medellin is a popular destination during the holiday season for both Colombians and tourists who travel there to see the ornate Christmas light displays around the city.

We checked into Arcadia Hostel and then traveled to downtown to visit some cathedrals and to see some of Fernando Botero’s unique sculptures. We then hiked up a small hill called Cerro Nutibara to visit Pueblito Paisa. Pueblito Paisa is model Antioquia village representing buildings of the early 20th century including a model chapel, school, a house and a city hall building.

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From the top there are views of the entire city, including the Christmas light displays along Rio Medellin.

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The Christmas lights are displayed from the beginning of December to the middle of January and as you see the displays are quite detailed.

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The next day we took the cable car up to get a panoramic view of the entire city and then visited the Aquarium and Botanical Gardens.

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While Medellin is the former home of Pablo Escobar and was known for its drugs and violence in the 80s and 90s the government has worked hard to rid this city (and country) of this image. Medellin is a beautiful city that has a lot to offer and should be visited, albeit most sights can be seen in a day. Zona Rosa, apparently, is very well known for its night life, so there is another reason to put Medellin on your to go list.

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