The New Medellin

Formally slandered as the world’s most dangerous city, today Medellin seems just like every other metropolis around the world – urban, with towering skyscrapers and a good sushi place on every other corner. In the 1980s when the Medellin Cartel ruled the Colombia cocaine trade, Medellin was plagued with terrorist activities throughout the city. But after the death of Pablo Escobar, the crime rate began to decline.

Now, as Colombia’s second largest city and a popular path for travelers, Medellin offers all those big city luxuries that are non-existent in other parts of the country. Sushi, frozen yogurt, a metro are just some of the perks of resting for a few days in Medellin.

The Cultural Palace in Medellin

A cool sculpture park beside the Cultrual Palace

The Cultural Palace and the highly useful Metro line

The hectic streets of Medellin

There are packed churches throughout Medellin

It appeared to be a very religious city

So many beautiful, old churches

White and wood seemed to be the church interior theme

The gondola acts as part of the metro line and accesses the higher parts of the city including Parque Arvi