Postcard from Medellin: City of Eternal Spring

Plaza Botero
Detail of Plaza Botero

Medellin: City of Eternal Spring

A post-cartel Medellin is a wonderful place to visit. Once known as the center of the world’s cocaine trade, Colombia’s second city has become clean and progressive, highlighted by its modern, efficient metro system praised around the world. A cable car whisks travelers high up into the Andes mountains for breathtaking views of the city below. Just outside the city is some of the most expensive real estate in Colombia punctuated by acres of lilies, chrysanthemums and coffee beans cultivated largely for export.

But what made my trip memorable were the generous and charming locals —from translators to waiters to taxi drivers who are share their pride in their city of “eternal sunshine.”

Text and photos by Rose Hartman

Getting Ready for The Festival of Flowers
Plaza Botero, Medellin, Colombia
An enormous bronze statue by the artist at Plaza Botero, Medellin, Colombia

Facing the boisterous Parque Lleras,The Charlee is the city’s top boutique hotel, with plush rooms, and a gym filled with Colombia’s top models posing for selfies between workouts.

The Charlee Hotel’s rooftop is the perfect spot for pre-dinner drinks
A Local Woman Gets Ready for The Festival of Flowers
Museo De Arte Moderno, Medellin, Colombia
Brightly-painted facades enliven neighborhood buildings
Brightly painted facades enliven neighborhood buildings
Medellin surrounded by the Andes Mountains

My week in Medellin went by far too quickly. I marveled at the sunset, and enjoyed a drink at the Charlee Hotel before catching Avianca’s 6 -hour direct flight into JFK. No visa necessary!!!

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