The following is a guest post by Josian and Michael at Off2Colombia.com.
Medellín is one of the most popular cities for backpackers in Colombia. Full to the brim with things to do and see, it’s clean, sunny and has some of the warmest (and best-looking) people in the world. For some people, however, this just isn’t good enough.
If you’re fed up with smelly backpackers, bored of constantly spotting sandal-wearing blonde people wandering gormlessly through the streets, exacerbated at being asked where you’ve been on your trip, you might want to think about what else Medellín has to offer.
We’ve looking out for you and found some free/cheap less known things to do or enjoy.
(Carrera 51 #68 – 68)
It’s strange that Recoleta in barrio Buenos Aires has such a global reputation, when the tradition of ‘graveyard cities’ is very much alive in other South American countries, too, especially in Colombia.
Medellín’s own elaborate final resting place for those deemed worthy is called Cementerio San Pedro, and is ‘home’ to many politicians, wealthy families and some of Colombia’s most important historical figures.
And if you are there on the night of a full moon, be sure to go there for a night tour or enjoy the live concerts that take place while sipping a beer. Spooky.
(Calle 73 # 51)
Fed up of the crowds? Head down to Café Del Bosque in the city’s botanical gardens and you can enjoy a range of coffees, juices and snacks among one of Medellin’s more tranquil parks.
It’s also a great place to take a date, or even a Camus book as you relax and contemplate your contempt for other people and the absurdity of existence.
(Carrera 64B & Calle 50)
A favorite with students and intellectuals, Parque Carlos Restrepo is a small area where you can relax on the grass or benches and drink beer.
Perfect for an early evening with friends, it’s a great atmosphere and somewhere you’ll definitely be able to interact with the locals.