Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
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The city centre is not at all as impressive as Bogota at first look. We got straight to Parque Berrío and had a look at some really impressive murals painted in a gangway between Parque Berrío and a square with Botero bronze statues. The Botero statues were impressive and nice to see after being in the Botero Museum in Bogota. The sky cleared up and it got really sunny, of course I got burnt!
Because of the nice weather we just kept walking around town following the sights we could see on the map
We had seen that there was a park called, Parque de los pies descalzos (the bare foot park). This was in a newer more modern part, where the government buildings were located. The park itself has a fountain waterfall and some sand in front where anyone (mainly kids) can take their shoes off and play in the sand and water. It was really busy since this week the kids have school holidays. Just a little bit further on we saw a stage and ended up in a free concert of the Medellin philharmonic orchestra due to the Medellin International Music Festival. The clouds started moving in over Medellin so as the concert started we decided to head back. This time by metro. The metro in Medellin is great, it is all overground so it gives a great overview of the city. On the way back we got some stuff in the supermarket to prepare some dinner in the hostel. The evening we just spent chilling out in front of the flat screen TV that we still had to ourselves.
The second day we got some tips from German about what to visit. First we took a walk up Cerro Nutibarra which is a lookout point not far from the hostel. At the top they had a miniature traditional paisa village which was really cute. It was also a great place to get some beautiful views of the city. Then it started raining again. We stopped for a quick lunch and walked down to the metro. German had told us about how there is one part of the metro that has a cable car part going up the mountain. Sounded interesting so we took the metro to the station were we had to change for the cable car. The same ticket was valid for the cable car so it was just to get off the metro and queue up for the cable car. It was great!! Like a fun fair ride. It is a cable car extension of the metro line going straight up the mountain so the people living up on the hill don´t have to walk all the way up. In the evening we just took it easy and prepared some food in the hostel again. The next day we had a long bus journey again. This time to Bucaramanga.