Pablo Escobar's City, in 2010

Medellin Travel Blog

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El Poblado from Oviedo Mall
You can safely visit Medellin these days -- there's no cartel blowing-up cars and buildings, and no machine gun wielding youths roaming the streets anymore. Pablo Escobar was riddled with bullets in 1993, and you can actually come close to him his grave in the Itag├╝i cemetery.

A lot of the infrastructure you'll see in Medellin was built with drug money, but ironically it made it a more modern city than any in Latin America. It has extensive upper and middle class districts, such as El Poblado and Laureles. The slums, called comunas, are on the periphery, and are still rife with drug-related crime.

Medellin is world famous for 2 (other) things: La feria de las flores (the flower festival), and the insanely extravagant Christmas lights displays that extend for miles along the Medellin river during the holiday season.

To find-out more about Medellin and Colombia, you can visit my site: O Colombia

permatourist says:
True, but that's the stigma this city and country will bear for some time yet. All we can do is let people know it's okay to come here now, but we're still going to have to address the security question, because it's definitely going to be foremost on their minds!
Posted on: Apr 21, 2010
Paisaroundeworld says:
It's so Sad that some people still relate Medellin to that man that is part of a really old past now and it doesn't exist even in the mind of their citizens anymore. It is better to read more about all the wonderful things the city have to offer and let people learn the new face of " the city of the eternal spring " : )
Posted on: Apr 21, 2010
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El Poblado from Oviedo Mall
El Poblado from Oviedo Mall
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