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Visiting Medellin Colombia
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Are you a first time visitor to Medellin?
If you are a first time visitor to Medellin, we recommend you plan to stay in the Poblado area of town. Not only is it considered safe, modern and tranquil, it is also close to several very upscale malls, restaurants, night life and Parke Lleras.
Whether you prefer a hotel, apartment or hostel for your Medellin stay, you will find just about any type of accommodations in many price ranges to suit your needs.
Bring casual clothing (not shorts for outside your room) and perhaps a light sweater or jacket as it can sometimes get cool at night. You might also want to throw in your travel umbrella depending on the time of year you are visiting.
Your ATM card is the best way to get money at good exchange rates. Visa and Master card are widely accepted. Amex is accepted in some places. Cambios are the best place to exchange foreign currency.
Medellin, is a proud and modern city of almost 4.1 million people, with an area of 362 square kilometers. It is the capital of the Antioquia department and is widely regarded as the industrial center of Colombia and as a clean, well organized and economically vibrant community. Its people are hard working and industrious. Major industries include coffee and flower export, textiles, information technology and household appliances. Medellin has more Internet connections than any other Colombian city. It is also the fashion capital of Colombia and hosts the world renowned Colombiamoda each year in July.
Each year the "Feria de Las Flores" (Flower Festival) attracts visitors from all over South America for parades and conventions. The city's fast and efficient "Metro" is the only public transit subway system in Colombia and the "Empresas de Pública de Medellin" is widely viewed as the best public utility operating in the country.
Meanwhile, Medellin's historical traditions are evident in Pueblito Paisa in Nutibara, a squared section of town on top of a hill in the middle of the city (look for the microwave towers surrounded by trees) with homes and shops recreated as they were 100 years ago.
Medellin has a cultural focus on education. It is also home of many universities that serve mainly the province of Antioquia. Among the most important are Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad Nacional, Universidad EAFIT, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia.
The Medellin Doctors and Dentists provide excellent services at very affordable prices.
The Medellin Ladies, affectionately called Paisas (pie sahs), are seen by many as the most beautiful of the Colombian Latinas. A famous Colombian saying goes: "If you want a pretty mistress, go to Cali, but if you want a beautiful wife, go to Medellin."
Medellin Nightlife is something to behold as the city is in party mode every week from Thursday until Saturday night.
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