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I started my South American adventure in Medellin, Colombia. Four days to get acclimatised, remember my rudimentary high school spanish, and explore.
I stayed at the Dann Carlton hotel, which was lovely. The staff were super nice, and breakfasts were tasty.
First tourist stop were the Botanical Gardens which were lovely (with a great restaurant – In Situ), and then the Museo de Antioquia by the Plaza Botero which is the Medellin collection of Botero‘s art. I’m obsessed with the artist, and love his work, so I actually went back a second time!
Another stop was Parque Norte, the cab had driven back on the way to the Botanical Gardens and I had seen a plane! So of course I looked it up, discovered it was a theme park, and obviously I had to go. I love planes. It was a bit drizzly and a lot of the rides were closed but it was pretty and super fun! The plane wasn’t as exciting as in my imagination but was still pretty awesome – it’s been turned into a ride. Video plays in the windows, and the seats move from turbulence.
I also went to the Museo El Castillo, which is a house set in beautiful grounds, with a tour that shows off the family’s collection. The tour is in Spanish, so I followed very little of it, but it was a cool place. I also stopped at the Modern Art Museum which was small but interesting. One of the last adventures was taking the metrocable! It was a Monday so a large section of it was closed, but I got to see some pretty cool views of the city, and to experience Medellin public transport which was actually very nice.
All in all – I adored Medellin and would love to go back one day!