7. City life – Medellin
Medellin is a city with quite a dark history. However, let this not hold you back from considering to add it to your trip to Colombia because nowadays it is a cosmopolitan city that will surprise you! Nowadays, Medellin is famous and recognized as a perfect example of how cities can transform and let their violent past behind them.
You will see examples of it being a city with urban, social, architectural, cultural and educational investment projects that have served as an example to follow for other cities in the world. However, it is still possible to learn more about its past by taking tours through neighbourhoods, like Comuna 13, where local guides show you around and tell you stories about the past when infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar was ruling the region.
These guides will not only tell you about the violent past but will contrast their stories with examples and stories of all the good things that are happening nowadays. This gives you the perfect chance to see the positive changes with your own eyes. Nonetheless, Medellin is not only about history. It is also a lot about partying, fine dining and shopping. Here you can indulge, entertain, and spoil yourselves with your friends and families because some of Medellin´s neighbourhoods are famous for their sense of fashion, trendy bars, and popular gourmet restaurants.
For those who want to enjoy Medellin but also want to get a breath of fresh air, there are places in the green surroundings that are absolutely worth a visit, like the colorful village of Guatape, the peculiar Peñol Rock, and the colonial towns of Jardin and Santa Fe de Antioquia. You see, plenty of things to do here!