Medellin is Colombia’s second largest city, with 2.5 million people. It’s named after the village birthplace of Hernán Cortés, the Spanish conquistador who began the colonisation of South America. This is a modern, beautiful and thriving place. It has won international recognition for its innovation, especially with its public transport systems and public parks. Getting around is a pleasure in itself!
The city is rich in art. In front of the Museo de Antioquia you can see no less than 23 large bronze statues by the famous local artist Fernando Botero. The beautiful Art Deco Palacio Municipal, Colombia’s second oldest museum, houses a superb collection of pre-Columbian, colonial and modern art. The sculpture park and miniature version of a traditional Colombian township on Cerro Nutibara are fascinating. And the view from this 80 metre high hill is stunning!
The more adventurous can get away into the surrounding mountains and valleys on ATV’s – all terrain vehicles (quad bikes!). This is a thrilling, professionally guided adventure and by far the most exciting way to appreciate the super-scenic Colombian countryside.
Back in town, take the Tango tour. This is a tango city and you will have great fun being guided through the best musical venues and the monuments to the great exponents of the dance and of course fantastic live shows. A histro-musical experience not to be missed!
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