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Jun 16, 2014 - Days 301 to 304 - Medellin, Colombia

I caught the night bus from Popayan at 8.00pm on Thursday 12th June and arrived in Medellin the following morning at 8.00am, after a fairly restless night’s sleep in the bus seat. Arriving at the hostel early doors, it was a pleasure to be able to take a shower and change way before check in; having a hot shower (with proper shower head!) and getting out of the clothes I had worn continuously for over 24 hour was great! On first appearances, Medellin does not feel anything like the world’s murder capital that had been its reputation a few...

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Sep 8, 2012 - Best western?!

I think of all of the hotels I have stayed in while living in the US and I would never brag about a Best Western but I have to say I am truly impressed with the one we are staying in for the next four nights. First of all it was so nice to get out of downtown Medellin to the Zona Rosa where all of the nice parts of the city are. Then we got to our hotel and took the elevator to the top floor where we walked into a place where we could enjoy a nice soft bed and some amazing views of the city. While the night pictures do not give justice to...

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Sep 7, 2012 - The city of eternal spring

After a very hot and muggy 12 days in Cartagena we left for the airport hoping that we would be headed for a more mild climate. As we walked out on the tarmac to find which plane was ours things started to get better. We were a little concerned as we only paid 30 dollars for our flight and usually you get what you pay for. We got on to one of the nicest planes we had both ever been on and Andrea was a flight attendant for a couple of years. Usually budget flights like Southwest are small planes that pack people on but this flight was...

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Jun 27, 2012 - Fishing in drug lord territory

Short hop on the truck to a town of Guatape set on the side of a dam - the original town was moved in the late 70's so now it is a holiday resort for people from Medillin and surrounds. The tops of the mountains are still above water so it makes for a very picturesque place. Just our side of the town is the ,sugarloaf' mountain El Penol we stopped to climb it along with hoards of locals- our truck became a tourist attraction for a while. The mountain has 740 steps to the top and I climbed everyone of them - not too bad! Must be getting used...

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Jun 26, 2012 - Cable Cars and Clubs

Arrived in Medellin Colombia's 2nd largest city with over 5 million people to our nice little hostel only to be given the smallest twin room ever with a bunk bed that took up most of the room and just enough room on the side for our bags but no room for more than one person to stand at any one time! All of the rooms were that small so couldn't even get an upgrade. Sharing with Liz and fortunately we are both pretty quick and fairly tidy. Medellin has a newish Metro and a good way to see the city was by hopping on and just going all the way...

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Mar 16, 2011 - Colombia: Medellin & Salento

MEDELLIN & SALENTO We arrived in Medellin after a fairly good overnight bus trip from Santa Marta. Having left Santa Marta on Saturday night, mid Carnavale we had no idea of what to expect when arriving in Medellin. That said, we were bowled over by the city from start to finish. We arrived at a huge and brilliantly organised bus terminal that connected us straight to the metro system which took us 10min away from our hostel to be. After a fairly disastrous taxi that took us 45min instead of 5, we finally arrived at what was definitely one...

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Feb 22, 2011 - Medellin, Colombia

February 21, 2010 I am in Toucamen International Airport in Panama waiting for my flight to Medellin, Colombia. I am pretty excited. I have been doing a lot of research on Colombia and I think it’s going to be a great country. Plus, everyone I have met that has been there says it’s great. The flight takes and hgour and 15 minutes. After I clear immigration I have to head over to the Cargo area to pick up Electra and clear customs. I am only given a 60 day visa. I am going to ask for 90 – just to give me a little extra time if needed. I...

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Jan 31, 2011 - Einer flog nach Suedamerika

Ich flog nach Suedamerika. Kloten, Madrid; nach Bogotá; dann nach Medellín. Das liegt in Kolumbien. Es war lang. Als Nachbar kriegt man auf so Fluegen dann einen dicken, (geschaetzte) 140kg schweren, (geschaetzte) 1.65m kleinen, (hoechstens) 18 Jahre jungen, Toblerone und (grosse) Packung Zweifelchips (die guten; die mit Paprika) fressenden Wortlosen zugewiesen, der staendig mit den Fingergelenken knackte (erst hats mir nichts ausgemacht; Kloten - Madrid), oder man sitzt neben Lina (Madrid - Bogotá). Lina Natalia Ramirez ist nicht dick. Sie...

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Aug 18, 2010 - Colombia...The Southern Parts

Flying to Medellin from Santa Marta and sleeping in Bogota airport in transit overnight was a lot better than we all thought. Not sure if this was because we have now officially become travelers or we were all on just such a high from the last 2 weeks that nothing really phased us. A bit of both I think! After getting to our hostel and settling in, we decided to indulge in a few cups of free coffee and then hit the town for the afternoon as we had, believe it or not, arrived in perfect time for the closing ceremony of Medellin's annual La...

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Mar 14, 2010 - Medellin and Guatape

I arrived in Salento yesterday and will write more about this little coffee town once I've been here a little longer. This entry is about my last three days in Medellin which included a day trip to the holiday town of Guatape. Friday morning I visited the Medellin Botanical Garden which was a respite from the noise and pollution of the city. There was a nice orchid display. Saturday I took a bus with Richard, a guy I met at the hostel, for the 2-hour trip to Guatape. Originally I had planned to go to Santa Fe de Antioquia, but a...

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Mar 11, 2010 - Medellin

Medellin is the second largest city in Colombia after Bogota with 2.5 million people. And when I arrived downtown on Monday evening it seemed like every single person was out on the street. Granted, it was rush hour. But with all the mayhem and pollution I wondered what I had gotten myself into. This was not the calm mountain city I envisioned. Fortunately my hostel is in an upscale district called El Poblado which is a lot calmer, with lots of parks, trees, restaurants and fancy little shops. Yesterday I went back downtown on the metro...

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Jan 18, 2010 - Medellin, mais pas des shorts

Derniere escale pour Coralie, breve visite de la 2eme ville de Colombie. Medellin est la capitale du commerce. Encore plus qu'ailleurs en Colombie, il y a beaucoup de vendeurs ambulants (cafe con leche, cafe tinto (noir), jus de fruits, fromage frais, chewing gums, bonbons, empanadas, fruits, piles, DVD piratés, calendriers, montres, ceintures, bracelets de montres, cireurs de chaussures, minutos (sortes de cabines téléphoniques humaines, qui prêtent leur portable pour 200 pesos la minute). Il y a également beaucoup de centres commerciaux....

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