Saturday the 24th of December we started our 2-week round trip to Medellin and La Zona Cafetera. On the planning: Medellin, Santa Fé de Antioquia, Guatapé, Jardin, Manizales, Perreira, Salento, Valle de Cocora, Filandia, Termales de San Vicente, and a real ‘finca de café’ (coffee farm) in Santa Rosa de Cabal.
We flew early in the morning to Medellin (one hour from Bogota), and celebrated Christmas there with Belgian friends Julie and Bruno (a big thanks again!). We could stay at their place in El Poblado, which is, together with Laureles, one of the nicest neighborhoods. And what was really funny: Medellin is loco about Christmas!
The next two days we discovered this innovative Latin-American city. There are many highlights, and we really have to go back, but this is certainly nice to see: Plaza Botero and Museo de Antioquia (and its beautiful Botero collection), the elevated metro and metro cable into the mountains, the botanical garden and Parque de Los Deseos, the Free Walking Tour, the Palacio Nacional and Palacio de la Cultura (both build by Belgian architect Agustín Goovaerts), the old houses and bad stories of Pablo Escobar, and the delicious food and cosy bars!