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Medellín, the capital of the Department of Antioquia, is a vibrant city that revolves in great measure around its museums, theaters, art galleries, and its Botanical Garden, one of the most complete in the country. In the evenings, festiveness is shared, amid couplets and tangos, and accompanied by aguardiente (sugar cane spirits). The surroundings are ideal for relaxation. Favorite activities are visiting picturesque villages surrounded by lovely scenery, traditional haciendas that preserve the region’s architecture, and roadside stops that offer the best cuisine in Antioquia.