Medellin’s swift transformation from the nucleus of the historical drug cartel movements to the thriving cultural hub of Colombia is quite miraculous. Exceptional stories are there to unearth in the City of Eternal Spring…
From the surface, Medellin is a sprawling, down-trodden city, but whilst it lacks the aesthetic beauty of Cartagena, it more than makes up for this in personality. In recent years, Medellin has become world-renowned as housing Colombia’s best art galleries, museums, shops and restaurants. With a wrought past, it deserves its reputation as Colombia’s most historically and politically fascinating city, with countless stories to hear from locals that lived through the Escobar days.
As the chains of cartel control broke in the late 80’s, a wave of bold artistic expression swept through Medellin. Amongst many outlets, street art has proved an effective tool for those carving a positive future for a ravaged city, using its streets and buildings as a canvas for sharing stories, and bringing colour, life and ideals to a city with a history of violence and destruction.
Take a street art tour to explore this further, and visit the city’s top museums like Casa Museo Maestro Pedro Nel Gomez; a house-turned-museum preserving the cultural heritage of one of the country’s most influential artists, to peruse wonderful paintings and murals depicting rural Colombia’s history and traditions. The MAMM (Museum of Modern Art) is also worth a visit; a beautiful building with a spectacular view over the city, The MAMM exhibits a variety of works, many by local Colombian artists depicting their socio-political opinions. Explore the city by foot and be sure to stroll through Plaza Botero to see the famous voluptuous statues of Fernando Botero.
Medellin’s modern cable-car system is testament to the city’s post-war innovation; take this to see the beautiful Botanical Gardens on the edge of the city. Sky-diving also offers amazing views over the city and surrounding mountains, and you’ll be shown Escobar’s home from above. Guatape is well worth a visit; just outside Medellin in Antioquia, it’s a colourful, traditional town surrounded by natural beauty. Hike the Rock of Guatape (El Penol) for amazing views over lush, undulating hills and waterways below.
Travel in August to see the beautiful flower festival, a promenade of rich colours floating through the city. As with all PSA destinations, we have a fantastic team of local friends and partners, meaning you won’t miss a beat as you discover the best of Medellin.