Comuna 13, Medellin, Colombia

It’s the last day of 2022 and I’m finally ready to wrap up my posts about my trip to Colombia. Better late than never. And just a warning, unsubscribe now if you don’t want to receive a few posts from me today. I have no plans and thought I should just catch up. The good news: I don’t actually plan on writing that much – mostly pics. You’re welcome!!

Ok, so back to July when I went to Colombia to compete in the Masters Pan-American Aquatics Games!! So much fun. You can read my earlier posts about competing and Medellin here and here.

While we were in Medellin we took a tour of Comuna 13, which we all loved. Comuna 13 used to be considered one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the world due to drug trafficking. It’s a neighborhood that is on the hillside, but the hillside is like almost vertical – seriously so steep. In 2002, the President launched a raid. Since the raid, Comuna 13 has been redeveloped, and the government installed outdoor escalators that make it so much easier to go throughout Comuna 13 and into the rest of Medellin. The history is incredible and our tour guide was great. Highly recommend a Comuna 13 tour if you visit Medellin.

The area is covered in murals and graffiti that are just so beautiful.

It’s incredible how steep it is and how they were able to build homes, stores, restaurants, community centers, and everything here. Was I worried that everything would collapse? Only some of the time.

We tried the famous crema, which I think was just frozen mango. Whatever it was, it was delicious.

And this dog lives on the hillside somewhere! Isn’t he beautiful? It was so strange to see him coming down the stairs in this warm climate. #ilovedogs

Beautiful Medellin from the top of Comuna 13. Such an awesome place.

After going on this tour, we ate our favorite, favorite thing:

Arepa de Queso! If you like cheese – omfg, you have to eat this.

Okay, I think that’s everything from Medellin! It was so much more and so much better than I ever thought. Please, please visit if you have the chance.

Next up, Cartagena!

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