Everything You Need to Know… before You Get on the Plane
So you’re coming down here to get the “boots on the ground” look at the city behind Netflix’s new hot TV series, “Narcos?” We don’t blame you. In fact, after you’ve read this article, check out the link at the bottom, where we’ll share some of the hottest places to sleep off the narcotic tingle you’re sure to experience in this exciting adventure we call Medellin…
Until then, here’s some of the action we personally recommend you check out, if you’ve only got three days in this magical place! (And while you’re at it, here are a few places you might consider staying during your visit. Click Here
Progressive cities in Latin America? One only needs to look to Colombia’s second city to see a magnificent transformation taking place on a grand scale. With impressive infrastructure projects that challenge old neighborhoods, innovative methods of transportation and a breath-taking location — set in the Abbura Valley, surrounded by lush, green mountains — the weather stays warm and temperate here, year-round.Upon arrival, you’ll immediately notice the posters everywhere letting people know of the construction and it’s government’s dedication to innovation and education. This is truly a “city of eternal spring,” and is working hard to attract tourism and a new reputation.
What follows are a few of the things you might enjoy on a 3 day visit to Medellin. Of course, if you’ve not yet arrived, consider downloading this PDF guide to Medellin, here.Start out with a trip to the two-year-old Museo Casa de la Memoria for free. It’s a super-sleek new building, the likes of which have been popping up all over the city. When inside you’ll get a close look at what it felt like to live in this once war-torn country. Watch videos of victims and relatives of the desaparecidos (victims of the armed conflict that were “disappeared” during the internal conflict).
After that, if you’re up for some delicious food, head over to Calle 52, an intensely chaotic street packed with trinket vendors, food carts, small shops, and all sorts of people looking to sell you something. We enjoy Hatoviejo, a restaurant which serves up pure paisa food (paisa refers to residents of the Antioquia region). Grab a bowl of Mondongo, a hearty tripe soup with rice, avocado and plantain.
No quick trip is complete without a stop at Plaza Botero, the most beautiful odd-shaped statues you might ever see. These are pudgy bronze statues of people, and animals by Colombia’s best-known artist, Fernando Botero. (He’s got more work inside the Museo de Antioquia on the plaza) Another place worth your time is the Rafael Uribe art gallery. Be sure to check out the historical artifacts.
By now you’re probably thirsty, and Colombia’s finally joined the forces to deliver you quality craft beer. One such place is Cerveceria Libre, located inside the Ciudad del Rio neighborhood.
Here you can taste a Colombian IPA, plus three others, brewed in the back. The owners also serve craft beers from three other Colombian microbreweries: Apóstol, Bogotá Beer Company and 3 Cordilleras (beers, 5,000 to 6,500 pesos).
See accommodations here.No trip to Medellin is complete without seeing firsthand the renaissance of the Metrocable. This is a public transportation system of airborne gondolas that rise up the steep hillside like ski lifts. From Acevedo station you can sail up over the mountainous terrain, spotted with brick houses and corrugated metal rooftops. Transfer from there, to Santo Domingo and head down a 15-minute ride, which ends in Parque Arvi, where you might be lucky enough to see men on horseback, tending to flocks. Feel free to head out from there on one of many extensive walking trails which will take you through the pines and eucalyptus trees.
Lastly, hop onto Metrocable to ride back to Santo Domingo Savio, which is the home of Biblioteca Espana — a free library which lives in the middle of a former war zone. Designed by Bogota architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, it’s a sight worth seeing.
One more culinary delight we’d strongly recommend squeezing in: chicharron. While you can certainly find this delicacy at most restaurants in Medellin, we recommend you try out La Gloria, located conveniently in Envigado, a municipality directly adjacent to Medellin’s El Poblado district. The plates here come heaping with crispy strips of deep fried crispy strips of pork rind and are served with generous helpings of rice, beans chorizo, plantains and more.
Poblado has incredible luxury apartments you’ll love. Check ‘em out, right here.