Medellin, Colombia’s second city, used to be famous for all the wrong reasons. The seat of Colombia’s most infamous drug cartel led by kingpin Pablo Escobar, Medellin spent decades at the center of a bloody civil war and was most certainly not a tourist destination. Now, all that has changed. Medellin has witnessed one of the biggest turnarounds of perhaps any city in the world, and is now one of the safest, cleanest and most popular destinations in Latin America. Medellin is known as the City of Eternal Spring because of its idyllic climate, and Medellin’s beauty in the Aburra Valley surrounded by the impressive peaks of the Andes is rivaled only by its position as the Silicon Valley of South America, such has been the investment in innovation and tech infrastructure. Medellin is thriving, and many foreigners who come to visit end up making Medellin a temporary home for six months to a year. Medellin is a melting pot of excitement, and its powerful mix of cultural attractions, pretty open spaces, historic buildings and contemporary urban design merge with the city’s harrowing recent history to make it an enigmatic place to visit.
Medellin Bucket List - What not to miss!