When I first set foot in Medellín back in March 2020 right before the pandemic, little did I know that this city would forever change the course of my life. The decision to visit Medellín was initially born out of curiosity, but with the help of COVID19, it quickly transformed into a profound love affair that led me to call this city my new home.
A Magnificient City
Medellín’s allure lies in its captivating beauty. Nestled among lush mountains, the city is a masterpiece of nature and human ingenuity. Every day, I wake up to stunning views that never cease to amaze me. Whether it’s the cityscape sparkling at night or the vibrant colors of the local markets, Medellín’s beauty never gets old with a climate that is unbeatable – 70 degrees all year round with no humidity!
One of the joys of living in Medellín is the endless array of breathtaking sights. Whether it’s the panoramic views from the mountains of our office at Chubit Travel Comuna 13, the lush paradise of Parque Arvi, or visiting a nearby town such as Guatape; there’s always something new to discover. I’ve embraced the thrill of hiking through the mountains and witnessing the city’s natural beauty, a privilege I cherish every day.
Culture & History
The heart and soul of Medellín are its people. The Paisas, as the locals are known, welcomed me with open arms from the moment I arrived. Their warmth and kindness create an atmosphere of genuine connection, making me feel like a part of their extended family. Sharing their traditions, stories, and laughter has enriched my life beyond measure.
Medellín is a city with a storied past (Pablo Escobar), and exploring its history is like embarking on a fascinating journey. I opened one of our Chubit Travel Comuna 13 offices in the local part of town where the stories we have grown up hearing about and watching on TV took place decades ago. However, with the new age of Colombia, the country is removing that stigma and building a city of beauty, culture, history, and nightlife. The blend of colonial architecture and modern design reflects the city’s transformation over the years. Wander through the charming neighborhoods, and you’ll find remnants of Medellín’s past, a living testament to its resilience and growth.
Medellín’s food scene is a delightful adventure filled with unique local flavors. I’ve fallen in love with iconic dishes like bandeja paisa, a hearty platter of beans, rice, fried plantains, avocado, and succulent meats that embodies Colombian cuisine. Arepas, crispy cornmeal cakes stuffed with cheese, are a delicious street snack that I can’t resist. Empanadas, with their crispy exteriors and flavorful fillings, are a daily delight. And when I crave comfort, a bowl of sancocho, a hearty soup brimming with meat and vegetables, never disappoints. These Medellín originals are more than just food; they’re a taste of the city’s rich culture and history, and I cherish every bite.
An Ever-Evolving City
Medellín is a city that doesn’t stand still. Its commitment to innovation is evident in its world-class public transportation, including the iconic Metrocable. Riding these cable cars high above the city is not just a means of transport; it’s a breathtaking journey that connects you with the city’s progress and potential.
In closing, my journey from a visitor in March 2020 to a permanent resident of Medellín has been a life-changing experience. This city, with its eternal spring, rich culture, captivating history, and awe-inspiring sights, has become an integral part of my life story. I invite you to explore Medellín with your own eyes and heart, just as I did, and discover the unique magic that has made this city my forever home on a hand made tour by yours truly – Medellin Getaway by Chubit Travel