Medellin is Colombia’s second largest city and is home to more than 3 million people. While it may not rank number one in the world in terms of safety, the city has come a long way from the times when it was dubbed the most dangerous city in the world. If you’re on the fence about visiting the city and experiencing Medellin living firsthand, we list five reasons why you should:
The Food is Amazing:
People love to travel not only because of the excitement and adventure it offers but also to taste new foods! If you’re a foodie like me, Medellin will not be a disappointment. The city is lined with several cafes and restaurants offering local delicacies like the bandeja paisa – a Colombian take on peasant food that includes white rice, red beans, chicharron, shredded meat, black pudding, and often topped with a fried egg.
And don’t forget to sample some of their street food fares like arepas, empanadas, churros, and fritangas. Did you know Colombian coffee is considered the best coffee in the world?
Feria de Las Flores, Medellin:
The Feria de Las Flores, Medellin, roughly translates to The Flower Festival, Medellin. It is an annual event celebrating the billion-dollar flower industry in the country. When it initially started in 1957, the festival lasted for five days; today, the mega event lasts for ten days and includes concerts, expositions, food events, and even an antique car parade.
The highlight of the event is the Desfile de Silleteros, a parade to honor the silleteros, or slaves who had to carry people on their backs and climb across steep hills. But today, the flowers have replaced the people.
The City is a Lesson in Resilience:
Medellin was ground zero in the Colombian government’s war against drugs. Parts of the city were inaccessible even to the government officials and police. All that has changed thanks to the resilience and commitment of the people who were determined to give their children a better future.
Today, Medellin is a city that’s reborn with a thriving art and music culture and impressive transportation facilities. Today, the city’s crime rate stands at 20 per 100,000 – faring much better than any city in the United States. If you’re looking to challenge your prejudices through travel, Medellin should be on your must-travel list.
Don’t be surprised if locals stop by to thank you for visiting their city! Medellin is a tourist-friendly city where strangers would stop by for a chat. If you love the nightlife, don’t miss out on the late night fun with hundreds of people swaying to Latin music. There are plenty of cafe, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs you can visit for some fun.
Author Bio : The Author is a free spirit who loves to travel and experience different cultures. He has written extensively about Medellin living to encourage people to travel to Colombia. Visit http://themaritimeexplorer.ca/2018/03/04/familia-londono/.