Monday, November 7, 2016

Medellin - The city of eternal spring

Medellin city

Medellin is Colombia's second biggest city and is one of the most organised and clean Colombian cities I have visited.

The city has an efficient metro which makes the city very easy to navigate. The other thing that is great about Medellin is the climate - it's known as the "City of eternal spring" because of its mild sunny climate.

In the centre of the city is Parque Berrío which is one of the major metro stations in Medellin and is close to many tourist attractions such as the sculptures in Plaza Botero.

Sculptures in the plaza

And the Medellin Cathedral.

Medellin Cathedral

It is also easy to access the teleferico which leads to the nature reserve of Parque Avrí - Take the A line towards Niquía and get off at the Metro cable. From there you take the teleferico to the end of the line where you change to the tourist teleferico to the park - you have to pay a separate fare for the park teleferico.

The teleferico to the park

The ride to the park takes around 15 minutes and gives good views of the city and of the park.

Medellin from the teleferico

In the park there are several trails and a canopy course (which, despite my dislike of heights was a lot of fun).

A trail in Parque Avrí

An old salt mine on the trail

Also easily accessible (by taxi or bus) from Parque Berrío is the little model village of Pueblo Paisa.

Situated on top of Cerro Nutibara, the village attempts to create a colonial Colombian village. 

Pueblo Paisa

Also from the hill you get great views of the beautiful city of Medellin.

Panoramic view of Medellin