Medellin is known as the city of eternal spring, and I can completely see why. From the moment we passed over the mountain peaks, revealing the city hugging the slopes below, I knew this was going to be a place I liked.
Now Medellín is a place which comes with a reputation. For many years it was the most dangerous city on earth thanks to the exploits of Pablo Escobar; famed drug lord. At the height of its power the Medellín Cartel brought in $400,000,000 per week. PER WEEK. If you are interested further in this it’s well worth watching the series Narcos on Netflix.
I’m not that keen to talk about drugs, because Medellín is so much more than that. First step, stay in El Poblado. It’s the backpacker district and poshest area of the city. We felt safe enough to walk around it in darkness, which is saying something in many places around Latin America. Make sure you check it out.
Aside from that it’s all museums and great coffee. Paisos (Medellín locals) are exceptionally friendly and like all Colombians are keen to make a good impression on tourists.
So if you want to go somewhere perfectly safe which will terrify your parents and make your friends slightly nervous; take the time to relax, eat and drink your way through Medellín. You won’t regret it.