Sunday, July 14, 2024

Medellin, Colombia

After the parades of Carnival were finished, we flew to the city of Medellin.

Once considered the most dangerous city in the world because of the notorious Medellin Cartel led by Pablo Escobar, this city is now the center of commerce in Colombia and safer than many cities in the US.

It is beautiful the landscape in the middle of the Andes Mountains and a stark contrast to the beach city of Cartagena.

During the trip to the city we visited District 13 or Comuna 13.

This neighborhood has the most tumultuous history in the city with its history of violence surrounding guns, drugs and money.

In the 1980’s the neighborhood was controlled by those loyal to drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Today this area of the city is safe and a major tourist attraction to see graffiti street art projects lining the sidewalks of the neighborhood.

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Amy Harris is a writer and photographer who has been traveling for 20 years and flown over 2 million miles to visit over 80 countries on 6 continents. She is a freelance photographer for Invision by Associated Press, AP Images and Rex/Shutterstock. Her work can be seen in various publications and websites including: Rolling Stone, AP Images, National Geographic Books, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Forbes.com, Lonely Planet Travel Guides, JetStar magazine, and Delta Sky Magazine.

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