Got to Medillin a lot earlier than planned the one time we didn’t want to! Arrived to our hostel at 4.30am with no sleep and no room to check into. Not the best start
We booked straight into the Pablo Escobar tour to cheer ourselves up. We booked it through our hostel ‘The Black Sheep’. The tour was brilliant! Thanks to Gillians tablet we had watched most of the Narcos series before the tour so we knew exactly what it was about. The guides were really good and our driver was Pablo Escobars bodyguard!!
The tour took up most of the day but we managed to fit in a look around the main Park area in Poblado. Lots of nice cafes and restaurants based around a small park where the locals hang out and a few stalls. We went for a half price Thai meal with happy hour cocktails to get us started before sampling the nightlife. Everyone hangs in the park and the there’s nearly too many bars and clubs to choose from. Saturday nights here are definitely popular! I managed to fit in some salsa and all! 🙂
We are very proud of ourselves that with sore and tired heads the next day we still fit in a good bit. In fairness the metro makes sightseeing so easy and our hostel was just 5 minutes away from it. We had heard about the art museum while in Bogota so we headed straight for there. We were not disappointed!! The square alone infront of the museum is so unusual thanks to my new favourite artist Boreto.
His art is so unusual and controversial at times. We really enjoyed this museum, lots of pictures taken!
Then it was back on the metro to the cable car to get a nice view of the city. Think I’m getting a bit immune to cable cars at this stage. Terrible thing to say I know! My favourite part of the city though came next. The escalators. Not many tourists know about them. They were put into a poor area of the city so people didn’t have to walk up hundreds of steps to their homes anymore. They are such a good idea!
It was here we found slides inset into the houses for the children and we were invited to join. Sure couldn’t say no!
Easy to see now why this city was awarded Most Innovative City. A lot of cities could so with following suit!
After building up an appetite we went to a recommended local restaurant ‘Mondongos’ for the traditional feast ‘Bandeja de Paisa’. It was a lot of food but ofcourse I managed it and actually really liked it! 🙂
Next on the list was Guatape. A town nearly 3hours away with a huge rock with 740 steps to the top for ‘the best views in the world’.
They are probably right. The views are pretty spectacular!
We were dreading the steps but they’re actually fine.I got to the top in 7 minutes. Fairly proud of that! 🙂
To make the day even better the town of Guatape itself is gorgeous! So colourful and full of murals and pictures on walls, cute restaurants and shops all alongside a beautiful lake.
After that long day we went for an easy crepes and waffles and chilled in the hostel for the night.
We were up early the next morning for the free walking tour of the city. We had heard great things about it and it was very good. It’s 4hours so quite long but you get a very good insight into the history of Colombia which is extremely complicated and still complex to this day. It is really evident that Colombia are so happy to have tourists back in the country though, everyone is so friendly and welcoming (once you get over the staring!)
I think I liked Medillin so much because it is so versatile. It has a bit of everything so you can get whatever experience you want from it. So happy I got to visit here. Now it’s time for another windy road night bus to Cartagena.
P.S. My new snack I found in Colombia is their ‘arepas’. Tortillas made from corn flour. You can put anything on them.