Discover the Transformation of Medellin, Colombia – South American Tourism
Travel Adventures in Medellin, Colombia
According to government figures, about 1 million international tourists visit Colombia every year. Officials are expected to see that double in the coming years as word gets out from travelers returning home, spreading the word about Colombia’s picturesque landscapes, tropical rainforest, snow-capped Andean peaks towering over countless valleys throughout Colombia. In addition, its beautiful Caribbean and Pacific coasts, with plenty of warm beaches are other great destinations. A traveler’s dream come true.
The city of Medellin sits in a narrow valley originally inhabited by the Aburras Indians. It is the second largest city in Colombia and is said to be, “One of the most beautiful cities in South America.” by experienced travelers who have discovered the magic of Colombia.
There is plenty to do and see in this wonderful and vibrant city where the locals, known as Paisas (pie-suhz), have been working to change the image of Medellin’s past. The Paisas are very inviting and have opened up their city to visitors from around the world interested in learning more about Colombian culture, history, music and most importantly the warmth of the Colombian people.
Although English is not commonly spoken, the Paisas are a very friendly bunch who are more than happy to help and assist travelers wherever there is a need.
The are several interesting museums, galleries, respected Universities, as well as many public parks throughout the city, for tourists to enjoy and explore during the day.
The city of Medellin is located at 5,000 ft above sea level, its climate is not as hot as other cities located at the same latitude near the equator. And due to its altitude above sea level, as well as a privileged location in the Andes Range, Medellin’s weather is more characteristic of a humid subtropical climate rather than that of a tropical climate. The city’s average annual temperature is 22? (72?) and because of its proximity to the equator, its temperature is constant year round with minimal temperature variations. Average temperatures range from 15? (52?) to 30? (86?) throughout the year.
A magical and miraculous transformation has swept across the wonderful city of Medellin, reaching as far and high as the hilltop shantytowns where residents never thought change was something that could impact their communities so drastically.
This change has come to all of Colombia, it’s unlike anything you have seen in the media and does not resemble anything you have seen in any Hollywood movie. Colombia is working to change its reputation around the world, seeking a place among the greatest developing countries in this new century. The popular President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, with the help of the United States has accomplished what many thought was impossible – peace in Colombia. It has become a modern country with a bustling and vibrant economy. Its economy continues to boom as new construction and development continues around Colombia at an incredible pace.
Traveling to Colombia feels like discovering paradise where the locals are always happy to greet you with open arms and a big warm smile.