It was so very cold changing planes in Bogota (13c), that I wasn’t too excited to start heading south. I took the overnight bus from Cartagena to Medellin for 100,000 pesos (£25). I can’t say I really slept well, as we drove up and down mountains all night, turning this way and that way. Although the seat was probably one of the comfiest I’ve had – it actually had a cushiony part for your lower back and reclined quite far.
After the sun came up I could finally see the amazing mountains we were still winding our way through.
We drove past cowboys, donkeys, big cows, baby cows, goats and huge trucks, but too fast to get a clear photo.
We arrived into Medellín (pronounced “Med-ey-yín”) and I was very pleased that it wasn’t cold. Or hot. It was perfect! I went to my 25,000 peso (£6) a night hotel (en suite twin room – no more hostels for me!) and had a nice nap.
Then I went out to explore my new favourite metro. I walked about 8 blocks down Street 78, where I’m staying, to the metro station “Floresta”.
A single ticket costs 2000 pesos (£0.50). The metro is all above ground with the most beautiful views across the mountains, and all the sights of the city.
I couldn’t help keep getting out of the metro at each stop to take some photos before changing lines at “San Antonio”, and again at “Acevedo” to get to the cable car line.
With not a tourist in sight, I took the cable car as far as it would go, up the mountain, over the favela.
At the top, you can cross to another cable car which you have to pay extra for. It costs 4,600 pesos (£1.10) each way to get to “Parque Arvi” which is free entrance. I thought the cable car would be just to the top of the hill, but it went for about 20 minutes, up and over the forest until we finally arrived.
Apparently I was too late for any of the activities – I think you can go on guided hikes – so I went to the vegetarian restaurant and had a lasaña. It was so peaceful up there.
I didn’t expect to like Medellín at all, and was planning to stay just the night. I think the ease of getting around by metro, the lack of tourists, the free attractions (Parque Arvi and Jardín Botanico) and the beautiful mountain views made me want to stay longer. Which, of course, is the best part about travelling by yourself – I can do what I want!