- Cali, Colombia
- Medellin Part 1, Colombia
- Medellin Part 2, Colombia
Medellin Part 1
We flew from Cali to Medellin on Air Avianca, a Colombian airline; flight was a short 45min flight. It was getting dark when we landed, and we got an Uber, that took us over 45mins to get to Envigado (cost of about $18), where we had rented an AirBnB apartment. The drive was very pleasant, with great views of the city lights as the place is hilly.
The apartment was a 3 bedroom apartment in a highrise, and it was in a hilly residential area, with no nearby shops or restaurants. The doorman gave us the keys and showed us the apartment etc; all in Spanish, of course 🙂 . So we took an Uber to go to Park Lleras, the most happening square in Poblado neighborhood. This place was a large square full of people enjoying the night a multitude of restaurants, bars, and night clubs. Lots of street vendors selling all kinds of things.
After grabbing a quick dinner, we headed back the apartment. Next day, we got our bearings, and figured out that we could take the local Metro bus that would take us the Itagui subway station, where we could catch the subway to all different parts of Medellin, all for a fixed fare of about 60 cents each, per person, fixed fare.
So we took the bus by flagging it down right outside our apartment, and at the Itagui metro station had our breakfast of Empanada o papas; which are potato chops like we used to make; and Colombian coffee, which is actually very good and not bitter at all.
Then we took the subway and did some touring. First stop was Plaza Minorista; which is a huge market for fresh food, fruits, vegetables etc. Have to hit the fruit and vegetable market 🙂 .
Some scenes below from there
We found a nice little restaurant which turned out to be a “fancy’ place with chefs and white table cloths in the basement of this market for an Almuerzo (lunch) set menu, and fresh squeezed fruit juices.
Almost everywhere, we found that Colombia is very clean; there are plenty of people sweeping the streets and sidewalks. Very civilized.
Another interesting place we visited was Plaza Botero, which is a large open square with lots of people. Here is where the sculptures of Fernando Botero can be viewed; there is also a museum dedicated to his art in this square. See some of his sculptures below
One day, we took a trip out to Guatape, which is a very scenic area about a 2 hour bus ride from Medellin. To get to the bus stop, we took the subway to Caribe station, and walked about 2 blocks to the Estation du Norte. There were over 50 different bus company counters, so we had to find the right bus company’s counter (Sotrasanvicente bus company,counter # 14) for La Piedra. Bus tickets were about US$4 each) and after about 2 hours riding through some very pleasant green countryside, we finally got dropped off at La Piedra.
We finally arrived at La Piedra, where we got off with several other tourists; this place is a tourist place. The attraction is a large monolithic rock that one can climb for incredible views of very beautiful countryside. This is similar to La Pena de Bernal that we went to near Queretaro in Mexico (see https://alikarimtravelog.com/queretaro-part-2/).
We got off the bus and had a coffee and snack at the local restaurant, and then took a short tuk-tuk ride to get us to the base of the Penon;
See pics below
The area around this is a dammed-up river, that ended up forming a large lake with many fingers. As a consequence, the area around here was very beautiful with a lot of water. At the base of the Penon, we bought tickets to climb up to the top ($6 each for tourists)
There were some astounding views on the way up and at the top
We then climbed back using an inner staircase; all 659 steps. At the bottom, we took a 5 minute tuk-tuk to take us to the town of Guatape, where we had local specialty of Trucha, or trout fish at a local restaurant on the lake
We then spent the rest of the afternoon checking out this quaint old prosperous Spanish colonial town;
See some shots below
After a very pleasant afternoon in Guatape, we caught the 5:30PM bus back to Medellin from Guatape. Once back in Medellin, we took an Uber to Park Lleras in Poblado, to a Turkish restaurant to try out some schwarma’s. We then walked around the park; people & entertainment watching and then got an Uber back to our apartment
More Medellin next, before returning to DallasThis entry was posted in Cali & Medellin July 2017, Colombia, South America
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Small correction: The “jackfruit” is actually not jackfruit at all. We call it guanabana around these parts and in the U.S you can find it in some latin shops as: “soursop”. I love jackfruit, but I’ve never been able to find any locally grown in Colombia.
Hi Carlos, many thanks for identifying the guanabana or Soursop; my wife likes such exotic fruits and I get confused on the names.
Appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and letting me know about the fruits etc.
Thank you for sharing.So beautiful.Badru Walji
Thanks Badru Walji; so glad you are enjoying my travelog through Colombia
Loved the sculptures in Medellin and the rock that you guys climbed the next day. Very scenic.
you are very adventurous. Not quite sure i would trust Uber or airbnb there. I would have visions of them taking me hostage.I know Columbia is changing but i will see it vicariously through your beautiful lens. Not on my bucket list yet.
Thanks for sharing.
THanks Mahamud for the encouragement. So glad you are enjoying our trip through Colombia
Good Morning, beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing. I love the write up, it feels like I am right there experiencing the places.
Have a wonderful day.
Thanks Naz; so glad you are enjoying our travels in Cali and Medellin
Hi Ali- I have to say you know how to enjoy and make the most of your trips.
How long did it take you to climb 659 steps?
Thanks Azeem; we are indeed blessed to be able to travel the world. And because we live at B&B or similar type places, its cheaper so we can travel.
RE: 659 steps; I think it may have takes us 15-20mins; did not time it and we took it leisurely, stopping along the way to admire the beauty
Another awesome travelogue.
THanks Zul; so glad you are enjoying our travels in Cali, Medellin and in Colombia
wow wow wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing the color and richness!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alamara; you always encourage us to write and share; thanks for being such a loyal reader and for always encouraging us. Much appreciated