The Library-Parks include San Javier, España, La Ladera, La Quintana and Belén. Each has its unique style and around it an open air culture complex. This has helped to stabilize some of Medellin’s most vulnerable areas. Both Belén and España are reached by Metrocable, an excellent and safe way to move around and discover the city.Metrocable, una excelente y segura manera de transportarse y concoer la ciudad.
Around Medellin: Antioquia.
El Peñon dam /Photo Natalia Gómez-Carvajal.
This tiny place is 20 minutes out of the city. It is the home of the men and women who devise complex and beautiful designs and mount them on stands (silletas) for the Festival of Flowers. Meat them, watch them, at work and discover local products and farmsteads.
Santa Fe de Antioquia
This is one of Colombia’s magic villages, redolent of history and tradition. The Puente de Occidente and tamarind candies are two famous attractions there.
Guatapé y el Peñón
Guatapé is an enchanting little village of colorful houses and every kind of decoration on the facings. Each has its own version of local window decoration with flowers and geometrical designs, many celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Republic. Five minutes away is the Peñón, a huge rock from which you can look out over the dam that swallowed up much of the mountains below. An exotic scene if ever there was one!