The Best Destinations in Colombia
Colombias most definitely best city destination is Medellin.
Medellín is the capital city of the department of Antioquia, and is located in Arburra Valley. The city is surrounded by beautiful mountains with many colourful comunas lining the slopes. Medellin is filled with history of Pablo Escobar and with it came also the culture and art. You can spend your day with different kind of historic tours.
This city faced some of the most intense violence unlike any other city in the world, because of the drug cartels that dominated the area in the 80’s and 90’s. The city government and provincial government of Antioquia saw this as an opportunity. In its worst years, it invested funds into social programs and infrastructure to create and motivate change. New schools were erected, museums and cultural centers were established and the lifeline of the city, the Medellín metro, was built to connect everyone, no matter what socioeconomic status, to access all over the city.
In Medellin you should live in the area of El Pablado. It is the safe and has lot of restaurants, coffees and bars. You can also find the best nightlife from there.
Downtown Medellin is also very interesting with the museums, which I really recommend for a visit. The central is still sort of dangerous and you really want to be careful where and which neighbourhoods are you walking into.
Metro works perfectly in Medellin and you can use it to get around the city easily. Metrocable is something you should go and have a ride with. From there you can see the most perfect view and also you are exposed view to the slums which is not that pretty sight.
The people of Medellín are warm and open. They are so proud of their city, and happy that foreigners are coming to visit. They offer help, assistance and on several occasions have gone out of their way to show off and tell us about their city.
From Medellin you should take a day to visit a small village called Guatape. Once again you can see the view and the nature, changing to something that you don’t normally see in Colombia.
From Medellin, take the bus from Terminal Del Norte. The cost is 13,000CP and leaves every hour on the hour from platform #9. You can’t miss the ticket booth, as an electronic sign flashes the word “Guatapé” in bright neon green. It is really easy!
For incredible 360 views of the surrounding Peñol-Guatapé Reservoir, you must climb 1000 steps up the famous Piedra del Peñol. This giant monolith stands at 220 meters high, and although it’ll leave you a bit winded, you’ll keep going knowing epic views are waiting for you at the top. The magnificent lake view is worth it.
In Guatape you can do lot of water sport activities from canoeing to renting a water jet.
Guatape is, hands down, the most colorful town we visited in Colombia, beating out even famously colorful Cartagena.
The buildings in the center of town are all brightly painted, and pretty. You can spend hours just wandering through town ducking into shops, watching street performers in the main square, sipping coffee from cafes.
I really recommend for everyone to visit Colombia,
It is so beautiful place and has a rich history.
Regards from the world,