Things to do in Medellin

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One of the largest cities of Columbia, Medellin is an exciting tourist point. Blessed with natural beauty, Medellin offers a number of day trips all within the city and beyond. Medellin things to do involve the following:

1. Piedra de Penola

About 2-hours driving distance from Medellin, Piedra de Penol will be an exciting, wholesome trip for you. The harmonious blend of natural and man-made creations produces mystical ambience here. You need to climb up about 700 steps on the creepy stairway heading straight to the top of Piedra de Penol. On reaching the top, you will get a vista of the vast expanse of numerous islands spread out in front of you as far as your vision goes. Further, it will add to your surprise that the lake along the bay is a 25-year-old man-made reservoir. If you feel tired you can take your meal in any of the restaurants located at the bottom of Piedra de Penol. You can take a bus to reach Piedra de Penola from Medellin or you can hire a taxi or a private car, depending upon your budget.

2. Parque de los Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Park):

As the name suggests, in the Barefoot Park you need to take your shoes off before entering. Surrounded by trees, the park is a perfect resting place for tired ramblers or for those seeking a quiet retreat under the shade of trees and bushes. There are 2 fountains in the middle of the park where you can dip your feet and relax. There is a patio nearby where you can have drinks and snacks of your choice. It is easy to come here as every taxi en route knows this place.

3. Museo de Antioquia

If you are fond of modern arts, you must pay a visit to Museo de Antioquia, the most eminent museum in Medellin. Beautifully decorated in art deco style, this museum displays a collection of paintings and sculptures created by Fernando Botero, a living Colombian artist born and brought up in Medellin. Fernando Botero’s creations stand unique from others because of his fascination with fat people. All the paintings and sculptures of Botero depict overweight men and women or rotund animals. Botero has donated to this museum about 108 paintings of his own and works of other European or American contemporary world-class artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The museum remains open daily from 9:30 to 5 p.m. (10 to 4 on Sundays or holidays) and you need to pay $4 as entrance fee for adults.

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February 26, 2010 change by schitti
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