Modern and Vibrant Medellín

Well folks, Kim and John arrived in Medellin and their first day was filled with tours of the city and Arvi Park.

They told me that Medellin is an interesting city. Once the most violent city in the world (narcoterrorism) it is now a vibrant, innovative city that has been changed by the people, through social projects.

Here is a bit of information about Medellin..

The position of Medellín as the second industrial city in Colombia has been the main factor in overcoming its crisis of the 1980s and 1990s. The Medellin metro, a massive urban transport service, is the pride of the city. The metro system is very unique and has connected the communities. The metro consists of trams, gondolas, bikes, and buses.

During the city tour, John and Kim’s guide Francisco took them on the tram, and then up the passenger gondolas. They went up the steep hills of the city and were surprised as the city disappeared and they were over Arvi park.

Passenger gondola connects communities….taking people up the steep hills

View from gondola
Arvi park, view from the gondola
Arvi park

Arvi Park is huge! It covers 16,000 hectares, 1,760 of which are in the state of natural forests. It has over 54 miles of walkable trails. It is a major tourist attraction, known for its wildflowers, butterflies and trails. Kim and John thought it was amazing and wish they had more time to explore. Next time 😉

They headed back down to the city on the gondolas and headed to the botanical park of Medellin. The botanical garden covers a big area and it has 4,500 flowers and 139 recorded bird species. Oh….and they had iguanas and turtles too!

Next stop was Plaza Botero, home of the statues of Fernando Botero Angulo – a Colombian figurative artist and sculptor. Born in Medellín, his signature style, also known as “Boterismo”, depicts people and figures in large, exaggerated volume, which can represent political criticism or humor, depending on the piece. Kim wishes they had time to go into the museum as well… time 👍

And last but not least….they went for a supper at an amazing restaurant called Carmen. Their guide recommended it. Kim and John thought they had one of their best meals ever….it might have beaten their favourite restaurant Maido, in Peru ;). They treated themselves to the 10 course chef tasting, complete with wine pairings….they also may have had a cocktail….they paid for it the next day with a bit of a wine headache. 😆. Kim said she died and went to foodie heaven. Lol

This cocktail was called pirate bootie….served in a skull
Ready to start the 3 hour dinner
Tuna….one of the 10 small courses….Kim said one small bite is so much better than a big plate of not so good food….she loved every course!

Sorbets…one of two dessert courses
Omg….their favourite….chocolate
Doesn’t John look happy?

Sounds like they are having a great time! One more day in Medellin….a graffiti tour and a Pablo Escobar tour are planned….then they head to the north part of Colombia.

That’s it for now folks! Teddy 🐶❤️💕

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