We have arrived at Medellin on the 13th March with the intention to start moving to the South part of Colombia.
Medellin is well known as the city of the eternal spring (the weather is indeed perfect) and the city of the drug cartel baron Pablo Escobar. Nothing compared to the past, the city is now safe and you can feel it as long as you take the necessary precautions and not visit the dangerous neighborhoods after dark. The most common area for accomodation in which I also stayed is el Poblado, a very modern area (equivalent to the greek kolonaki) in a hostel named “Arcadia” owned by a greek traveller (greatfully the hostel is the second best in the city and still going up and highly recommended).
The city offers plenty of museums and parks to visit. The most famous museum here is the Antioquia museum which mostly includes paintings of the famous Colombian artist Botero. The most famous parks are the Botanic Gardens of Medellin and the best one parque Arvi which is literally like entering the woods located in the city. Another interesting thing about Arvi park is that in order to get there you need to take a cable car which passes above the ghettos.
First trip outside Medellin was made, with some other travellers I met in Arcadia hostel, at Guatape village, a village taken out from a fairytale. All houses are decorated with sculptured paintings on their walls. It’s a very colorfoul city with very friendly paisas. After a long walk all around the city, we took our way to climb the rock of Guatape in order to enjoy the wonderfull view of the man-made lake with the various islas. At night we enjoyed in a local bar a bier and watched the local football game in TV starring National Atletico.
Leaving Guatape behing, we started heading to Coffee Zone villages where the local farms of coffee production are located. The travel guides point a couple of cities but you can easily deviate and create your own patch. That’s why we picked the city of Aguadas that was actually not included in any of our guides and the result was rewarding. We met a local family and couchsurfers (David and Natalia) in their shop where they make local handmade sobreros and invited us to stay at their farm to celebrate with them David’s birthday acompanied with guacamole & barbeque and beers. Today we visited another local farm that produces a local Colombian Coffee variety. The family there showed us the whole process of coffee plantation and selection while they offered us several cups of the same coffee.
Next destination is the colonial city of Salamina while aiming to reach Cali (the Salsa dancing City) and the Pacific Coast of Colombia.
Meanwhile enjoy our photos: