My trip to Medellin was a whirlwind. I found a last minute fare on Spirit, and my brother-in-law was in Medellin on business, meaning I had a free place to stay. Unfortunately, I only had a couple of days, so I didn’t see everything I wanted.
I loved the city. Everything seems to be uphill or downhill, but the oldest part of the city and the more touristy areas are pretty easy to get around. The food is excellent and quite cheap, and the people are warm and wonderful. My awful Spanish got me around, but you won’t find as many English speakers as you will in Europe. The traffic, like most old, cramped cities, can be chaotic, so give yourself plenty of time to get around. There is limited commuter train service in Medellin, but it’s really only a couple of routes. I didn’t attempt the bus system because my brother-in-law’s co-worker had a car to get help us get around.
Here are my photos from my trip. They are disorganized, and all were taken with a phone camera.
This is the New York Times video called 36 Hours in Medellin.