Medellín, the eternal spring, the capital of the mountain, the city of events, and the land of enterprising dreamers is beautiful for being an innovative city with a great climate and friendly people. Join us as we look at some of the iconic sites, parks and neighborhoods of this, the most innovative city in the world (2013). Some of the things you will experience are:
First, meet at OLSA International at 8:00 am for a traditional Colombian breakfast; aprepa with cheese, scrambled eggs and a cup of coffee / chocolate. Then board the bus for:
- Comuna 13 – is known world-wide as one of Medellín’s biggest success stories in the transformation and revitalization of this neighborhood’s once dangerous past. As an integral part of the tour you will also you will have the opportunity to see some of Medellin’s greatest street art and ride the famous escalators.
- Pueblito Paisa – is a replica of what a typical Antioquian town would have looked like in the early 1900’s. This life-sized exhibit comes complete with its traditional stone foundation in the middle of the town square and is surrounded by a church and rectory, a mayor’s office, a barber shop and a one-room schoolhouse. Since this attraction is located at the top of Nutibarra Hill, it is a great place to get a 360° view of the city. INTERESTING FACT! – The church doors are actually the rescued doors from the church from the flooded city of Guatapé!
- Barefoot Park – is a quaint bamboo-lined grass and sand park located near the Medellin Metropolitan Theater. This peaceful park is a great place to kick off your shoes, put your feet in the sand and dream about the beach.
- Plaza Botero – is the home of 23 of famous Colombian artist, Fernando Botero’s, bronze sculptures. This open-air plaza-museum is also the location of the Palacio de la Cultura Rafael Uribe and the Museo de Antioquia where additional works of Botero are displayed. Botero’s unique style is a result of his experimentation with size and proportion. One day as he was sketching a mandolin he decided to place a small dot for the sound hole where a larger sound hole should have been. He realized that this made the mandolin appear enormous, thus forming his style. Botero claims his artwork is not “fat”, but voluminous.
- Tour of the Medellin Metro and MetroCable systems – is the first gondola system in the world dedicated to public transport, with a fixed schedule. This system soars high above the steep mountainous regions of the Medellin metropolis to connect the underdeveloped comunas, many of which cannot be accessed by bus, with the Medellin Metro system. Studies have shown that the introduction of the MetroCable system has significantly reduced crime in the Medellin metropolis and has contributed to a stronger belief in the individual’s future. The Medellín MetroCable system has been listed one of the most important tourist attractions of the city.
- Panoramic tour of the Alpujarra – Medellin’s Administrative and Judicial Center + Parque de las Luces!
The tour lasts about six hours and drops of back at OLSA International.