Hotel Poblado Plaza
Travel Blogs from Medellin
Wednesday was a travel day. We were able to get up and eat at normal times before our flight. That was nice! We had no problems with our flight to Bogotá and continuing on to Medellín. We did get at light lunch in Bogotá during our layover. We were able to get empanadas made with corn which has no leavening.
We arrived in Medellín and …
The 13hrs journey to Medellin was scenically mindblowing, it differed from our trip to El Cocuy in that it was a lot lower (altiude wise 3000m down to 200m) and hotter. We travelled through deep jungle filled canyons, tracked long windy rivers around endless mountains perched on the side of very dodgy roads. We bypassed numerous landslides and at one point followed a bulldozer through as it bashed a new route. I don't think many locals let alone tourists do this route (Tunja ...
... We emerged from the gardens and gorged ourselves on fruit salad from a street vendor!
From there we took the train (which runs above the city for a large part) all the way to the opposite end of the city to a suburb called Sabaneta. This suburb had been recommended by a hostel staffmember, but when we got there we were unsure if he knew what he was talking about; we didn´t feel completely safe walking through the mostly deserted, apparently ...
... of El Penol, offering some lovely views of the reservoir and the beautiful houses scattered around its edges. After about 30 minutes of walking, we approach the access road and head into a cafe for some cold drinks, knowing the prices at the top will probably be ridiculous. Another 5 minute walk to the base, we pay the $12000 entrance and start ascending the 650 concrete steps that look to be wedged in a huge fissure running up the side of the rock. Stopping every 100 steps to rest ...
... the minibus, our tour guide began to tell us about Pablo, how by the age of 28 he was already leader of the Medellin cartel and becoming a well known member of society. His wealth allowed him to bribe government officials and police and so his drug empire grew until it was the biggest in the country. By building homes and football pitches for the poor, he became an incredibly popular 'Robin Hood-like' figure with the people of Medellin, who didn't ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet