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Walking Tour - City Walk Medellín - Colombia

In a day, you can cover most of what the old center of Medellín has to offer on foot—and there is no better way to see this part of town.

Start the day at the Basílica Metropolitana de Medellín, located at the far end of the Carrera Junín. Enjoy a tinto coffee in the park while admiring this immense brick structure. From here, you can then walk along the Carrera Junín, browsing the shops in the downtown sector. As you reach the end, cross the road and make your way to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaría. This colonial-style building stands at odds with its environment of 1970s high-rise office blocks.

Just a few blocks from here, on the other side of the metro station, you can find the attractions of Parque Berrío with its museums and Botero sculptures. The Museo de Antioquia is the large building toward the back of the square; it holds a permanent collection of 119 pieces donated by Fernando Botero himself. Pose for photos in front of the grotesque, reclining lady before moving south a few more blocks.

The Parque San Antonio really isn’t a park at all. It more closely resembles an enormous parking lot in front of a shopping mall. However, there are two Botero sculptures here that are of interest to visitors. The original bird of peace sculpture was placed here by Botero and was subsequently blown up by a suspected FARC bomb, tragically killing a dozen passersby. Instead of replacing or moving the mangled sculpture, in brave defiance, Botero created an identical sculpture to the original and placed it alongside its disfigured predecessor.
Move down from the Parque San Antonio to the Estación Central, where all rail travel used to pass into Medellín. Now a visitor center, the Estación is a good place to relax with a cold juice before moving through the large buildings that make up the town hall of Medellín and finally passing by the Plaza de Cisneros in front of the city library.

From here, you will be able to see the Edificio Inteligente—literally the “Intelligent Building”—which was built with environmental concerns in mind. Before reaching this building, pass through the Parque de los Pies Descalzos (Park of the Bare Feet), where kids like to come to play in the cool fountain jets after visiting the nearby children’s museum.

The only notable geographic feature in this part of the Aburra Valley, the Cerro Nutibara, should now be easily visible. From this 80-meter (263-ft) high hill, you gain a nice view of the downtown area and Pueblito Paisa, constructed here to show what a typical antioquian village should resemble. To get to Cerro Nutibara, first catch the metro to Parque Berrío, then do the rest on foot or by taxi. Don’t forget to bring your camera and some cash. 

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