Half day tour to visit those places that best represent the social transformation that has taken place in Medellín. The tour will show the symbolic areas of Medellín from the 1980s, when the city was one of the most dangerous in the world, up to today with the many projects that fostered the city’s change.
Start the tour by visiting the Monaco building in the Poblado district, in the south-east of Medellín, where Pablo Escobar once lived until there was a terrorist attack against him. Continue to Pablo Escobar district known also as “Medellín sin Tugurios”. Here there are approximately 700 houses donated to the poor by the notorious capo, who thanks to his charity work, won popular approval but changed the language and culture of both Medellín and the country in a violent way.
Continue to barrio Santo Domingo Savio, which used to be one of the most unsafe suburbs of Medellín. Located some 7km from the city centre, it is a clear example of the social transformation that has taken place in the last few years. Arrive here by the metro cable car that joins the north-east area with the city centre, and which has been life changing to many of the inhabitants of Medellín. Santo Domingo Savio houses the Biblioteca España Park, inaugurated in 2007. It is one of a series of 30 urban and social regeneration projects that helped transform the urban, social and cultural landscape of Medellín; a city with new spaces for culture, knowledge and lifestyle. The library is a space of social inclusion, cohabitation and access to a world of information. It is located on the border of Santo Domingo hill with an open view of the city, and comprises three box-shaped buildings, each one housing a different part of the library, the community services, and auditorium. Behind the library stands a mural painted by the local inhabitants in commemoration of the victims of the violent past, symbolized by a new birth for everybody.
Continue to La Plazoleta located in the city centre, in an area that fell into decline in the 1980s and today houses around twenty three Botero sculptures donated by the artist in the year 2000. Since that time, the city has undergone a social and cultural transformation around these works placed in a public space