Medellin is the 2nd largest city in Colombia, as well as the 2nd most important economic center in the country. The city has a population of over 3 million and the only metro-rail system in Colombia. Medellin is hometown to many so-called Colombian Top Models and is nationally recognized for the beauty of its women. As a shopping center, the city is home to Colombiamoda (Colombia's own fashion week).
A history of Medellin requires a background on the infamous Cartel de Medellin and its founder Pablo Escobar. This city is one of the most beautiful in Colombia and South America, but unfortunately during the late 80's and early 90's, it was the site of a terrorist war led by Pablo Escobar, drawing the city into the international media and giving it its reputation as a dangerous city full of violent episodes. Although tragic events have taken place, Medellin moved come forward and made a huge effort to change its negative image. Today the city has become an outstanding home for important universities such as EAFIT, industries, commerce, and flower production (Flower Fair takes place in August and is the most important celebration of Medellin).
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Climate: Medellin is recognized as having the nicest weather of any city in Colombia. Temperatures get as low as 54 F (12 C) and as high as 72F (22 C).
Fernando Botero, whose art is renowned for its voluptuous figures, was born in Medellin. Also known as the "Colombian capital of tango", this city has developed into one of the country's main tourist destinations.
Museum of Antioquia
Medellin Plaza Mayor
El Poblado in Medellin
Trying out the Bandeja Paisa is a must in Medellin. If you don't do it, you haven't really been there. Most restaurants will probably offer this dish, so finding a place to try it won't be difficult. Herbario, Mezeler, La Cafetiere de Anita, La Provincia, and Casa Molina are among the best restaurants in the city.
Finding a place to go out at night will hardly be an issue. A wide variety of spots are available in every major city of Colombia. Kukaramakara and Chiquita pa' bailar are great for dancers. If you're more into the lounge setting, Open Sky and Flow are your thing. Vinacure or Vox are always great options for having drinks.
Estelar Poblado Plaza and Four Points Sheraton are two of the most exclusive hotels in the city. Renting an apartment is also an inexpensive and fun option if you do so with a group of at least four people.