La Pradera

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  • Day206

    13.5.4 Guatapé

    March 17, 2019 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    One of the must visit spots from Medellín is “Guatapé”, just because it is such a nice region, located only two hours away in the mountains.

    The region has a canyon type of structure, but as the river(s) have been staunched, it is a lake filled environment where everything is connected to everything else in some way by a waterway. Super cool.

    And in th middle of it, a big natural rock, as you can see in the last two pictures. I guess what ... stay tuned for that.
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  • Day15

    Colombia Day 14

    August 9, 2018 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Up and about early this AM. Robert cooking breakfast - eggs and veggies. A short walk after breakfast, settled account with the hotel and off via taxi back to Medellin with Alex, our driver. Arrived back at the hotel we stayed at previously and they did not have the reservation that Robert had made - and they were full. :-( !!!! Back to and quickly made another reservation in another hotel - The Art Hotel - about a mile away. Uber to the new hotel, short "settling in" period and out for wine. Busy area and nearby a park with all kinds of street entertainment going on. Salsa and tango dancers, mariachi, clowns, juggles, break dancers. violins, and most anything else you can think of. There were small stages set up in the streets all around the park. Surrounding the streets were restaurants and bars on all sides. Lots of places to sit and watch the entertainment. Each group would perform for about 20 to 30 minutes and then all the stages would change. It was a cacophony of sounds and lots of fun. We stopped for a drink at one of the bars and enjoyed the vibrancy of the neighborhood.
    Got to be late enough to go right to dinner from there. We had been talking about having sushi and there was a Kabuki (Peruvian and Japanese restaurant) near by. A walk through the very busy streets to an extension of the same neighborhood and a "restaurant row" area. Lots going on here as well and we had good sushi, cerviche, and sashimi.
    A walk back to our hotel through the entertainment area now transformed into multiple venues of dancing and music. All VERY loud!!! We were "done" for the day and decided to let the rest of the evening to the younger folk. After the hotel fiasco, made lemonade out of lemons. We would have never had the experience of this lively neighborhood from the other hotel. Another one of the joys of travel.
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  • Day58

    La Piedra

    December 9, 2015 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    After hearing so many good things about La Piedra and Guatape, we decided to go for them as a day trip from Medellin. The way there was fairly quick, the bus was stopped just once by police and a dog looking for some drugs, which was found.
    La Piedra means 'big rock' well we would rather call it massive. So this massive rock sticks out from the lake area, takes almost 700 steps to go up but was TOTALLY worth it. The view was incredible, lakes and islands all around in 360°. After taking hundreds of photos, walked down and got a tuk-tuk to go to Guatape.
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  • Day54

    La Manuela

    August 23, 2017 in Colombia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Welcome to the home of Pablo Escobar. Einem seiner 600 Häuser. Dieses hier hat eine traumhafte Lage, mitten an einem See und wurde von einem rivalisierenden Kartell zerbombt, verbrannt und fast vollständig zerstört. Die Ruinen und die noch erhaltene “Strandbar“ sind jetzt im Besitz eines ehemaligen Bodyguards von Pablo. Er betreibt hier einen kleinen Shop mit Restaurant und das irgendwie makabre Highlight... Paintball... mit M16. Zuerst werden wir über das Grundstück geführt und unser Guide erzählt die Kurzfassung der Geschichte über den mächtigsten Drogendealer der Welt. Sehr interessant das von einem Local zu hören und vor allem erzählt er auch wie es war damals (ist ja noch nicht so lange her) in dieser Gesellschaft in Kolumbien aufzuwachsen. Wirklich beliebt war/ist Pablo nicht in Kolumbien. Keiner ist stolz auf diesen Teil der Landesgeschichte, das hab ich ja auch schon in Cali feststellen können.Read more

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