After 3 days I think I have an initial impression: Sin city, as advertised! No wonder Pablo Escobar, the most famous drug lord of all time made it his home. His policy dealing with the government or police was ‘plata o plomo‘, which means silver or lead, or specifically, take a bribe or a bullet. This is his wife, Maria Victoria, who was 15 when he married her. At his peak, out of Medellin, he controlled 80% of the world cocaine market.
It’s beautiful, in a valley, built almost entirely of red bricks or blocks, has 2 1/2 million people, and they say the women are the most beautiful in the world and yup, they appear to be.
Most of the city is like this, but the epic hillside construction award still goes to Taxco MX so far
The streets in this barrio look like this
Higher up on the hillside, greener
And the rich (the extremely few) live here, in secure compounds
I took the metrocable (gondola) from here to Santa Domingo to see the view of the city
The metrocable was built to help people move safely in and out of what was previously the most dangerous barrio in Medellin
Up we go. Looking north
Then over the top of the mountain and across a forest
Back down the hill
Then I made my way to Sabaneta, which apparently is a ‘typical’ town in this area. The square
A proud father. They’re all proud here by the looks of things