Pronounced “Med’ de- jean”

By JD


If you’ve heard that South America and Colombia in particular is dangerous and should be avoided.. We would say you wouldn’t be the first. As with anything in life one must always perform their due diligence. Well let us just say we’ve already got you started.. and boy are you in for a treat! Are there some parts of Colombia that are bad and to be avoided? Absolutely.. but just the same as in New York and Chicago.. which by the way is affectionately called “Chi-Raque” by the locals because of all of the gang and gun violence.

We spent our time in Medellin, which is the second largest city in Colombia and the capital of Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, you will find temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s pretty much all year round.

Twenty-five years ago, Time magazine dubbed Colombia’s Medellin “The most dangerous city on earth.” As head of the Medellin drug cartel, Pablo Escobar at one time controlled more than half of the US cocaine trade. It brought him such vast wealth that Escobar was named by Forbes magazine as the seventh richest man in the world in 1989. Drug lords lived like princes, judges and policeman were regularly assassinated.. However we all know that times like people change. Fast forward to 2012, Citi and the Wall Street Journal, in collaboration with the Urban Land Institute, awarded Medellin “Innovative City of the Year”.

It was awarded to the city for its progressive approach to classic problems such as mobility and education.

Now, you will find state of the art modern metro stations and metro cables which link the city to surrounding barrios and offer views of the Aburrá Valley below.

Metro station.

Metro cable line ticket center.

Metro cable line.

A very popular and thriving section of the city is called El Poblado. This is by far the most popular neighborhood for foreigners to both visit and live in Medellin. One of the malls in the area is called Oviedo. It’s a large contemporary mall providing a wide range of retail shops, restaurants & fast-food outlets.

Here you will find all your comforts of the west.

Beautiful contemporary designs are plentiful in this affluent El Poblado mall.

But don’t forget, your in Colombia! Expect the unexpected! This street performer is at a stoplight in the busiest intersection in El Poblado. Can anyone say ‘No Fear?’

Inside the Oviedo mall you will also find a grocery store.. for your shopping convenience. This is so much more than what you might have expected as a first time visitor. Welcome to Medellin! Now let’s eat!

The mall is located:

AddressCarrera, Cl. 6 Sur #15, Medellín, Antioquia