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Medellin

Medellin Medellin City (pop., 1999 est.: 1,861,265), northwestern Colombia. It is the country's second largest city and is heavily industrialized. Founded in 1675 as a mining town, it grew rapidly after the completion of the PANAMA CANAL and the arrival of the railroad in 1914. It is now noted for its textile mills, clothing factories, and steel mills. It is one of Colombia's largest trading centres for coffee. It also became a centre for the illegal international distribution of narcotics (mainly cocaine) in the late 20th century.

Medellin was founded in 1675, but only the beginning of the 20th century did begin to expand rapidly, first during the region's coffee boom and then as the center of the textile industry. Today it's a dynamic industrial and commercial city with a popu lation of nearly two million, the country largest urban center after Bogota.

Medellin is Colombia's first (and for the foreseeable future, the only) city to have the metro, or fast metropolitan train. It is clean cheap, safe and efficient, and has become pride of the paisas. After 10 years of co struction, it opened in 1995. During its in, five years in operation, 451 million passer gers took the ride. Spectacularly set in the Aburra Nall, with the modern center in the middle au vast slum barrios blanketing surrounding slopes, Medellin is the capital of Antioquia. It's not a top traveler's destination. but it is a vibrant and friendly city with a pleasant climate, and it does have some good museums and developed tourist facilities Although no longer the world's cocaine trafficking capital since Pablo Escobar death in 1993, Medellin may be unsafe, For tips on safe travel, see the Dangers & An noyances section in the Regional Facts foT the Visitor chapter.

Places to Visit

Basilica de La Candelaria
Museo de Antiquia
Museo Pedro Nel Gomez
Museo de Artee Moderno de Medellin
Zoologico de Santa Fe
Cerro Nutibara
Pueblito Paisa



Medellin Hotels

Inter Continental Medellin - Variante Las Palmas, Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 426 60680
Poblado Plaza Hotel - Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 426 85555
Gran - Calle 54 No 45-92, Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 425 19951
Amaru - Carretera 50a No 53-45, Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 423 11155
Nutibara Hotel - Calle 52a 50-46, Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 451 15111
Eupacla - Carretera 50 No 53-16, Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 423 11844
Ambassador - Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 451 15311
Hotel Belfort - Calle 17 Nro 40 B 300, Colombia, Medellin, 1000 Phone: +57 (0) 426 67682
Hotel Park 10 - Carrera 36b No11 12 El Poblado, Medellin An, Colombia, Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 426 68811
Veracruz - Carr 50 No 54-18, Medellin, Phone: +57 (0) 451 15511
Dann Carlton Medellin Hotel - Carrera 43a 7 50, Medellin Anqioquia, Colombia, Medellin
Tonchala - Carretera 46 No 52-1400, Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 43 15000
Horizonte - Carretera 47 No 49a-24, Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 43 18123
Poblado Plaza - Carrera 43 No 4sur 75, Medellin, Colombia, Medellin
Crowne Plaza Hotel Las Lomas - Glorieta Aeropuerto Internacional, Medellin
Europa Normandia - Calle 53 No 49-100, Medellin Phone: +57 (0) 44 19920
Hotel Gomez Cordoba
Hotel Harby
Hotel La Mirada
Hotel Americano
Hotel Plaza
Hotel Amaru
Hotel El Capitolio
Aparta Hotel El Cristol

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