I have just returned from a 10 days trip to Colombia. Without a doubt, Medellin was the destination I fell in love with. Such resilience from a violent past to a creative and kind future.
The districts of Comuna 13, Comuna 8 among others, have a very turbulent past. Just a few short years ago, the Comunas were considered the most dangerous area in Medellin, itself the most dangerous city in the world. Between 1980 and 1990, these districts became the headquarters for drug traffickers, guerillas, gangs, and otherwise many other dangerous ones. This is not a touristy area, it is a real community, where locals live and have transitioned from a violent past to a present filled with tourists.
No doubt this was one of the highlights of my time in Colombia. This is not an ordinary sightseeing tour. Neither is it an art class about graffiti. This is a tour about the transformation of a community and the role that urban regeneration, street art & hip-hop play in Colombia’s peace process.
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Comuna 13 the barrio once described as the most dangerous place on earth
The Cable Car
Here’s what it’s like to ride Medellín’s famous cable car system, which helped transform the Colombian city from the world’s most dangerous to the most innovative. They are connected to the city’s metro and offer stunning views of the city. On a recent visit to the city.
Comuna 13 is a widespread labyrinth of narrow laneways and private entries, one of Medellin’s six larger zones, consisting of 12 different “barrios” neighborhoods. Some areas are safe to tourist and some are definitely not. For this in mind, I strongly recommend visiting with an expert guide.
Today Comuna 13 is a epicenter of artistic expressions, mostly via the Grafitti. See how Comuna 13 has become a colorful storyboard, one that promotes themes of hope and peace. Every work of art has an important story to tell. Full of places to eat, drink and shop for souvenirs. More so, if the weather is good, it is a perfect plan to spend the day exploring.