An Overview of a Girls Trip to Medellin
When you think of Medellin you think of everything except a place for girls to visit on their own. The negative connotation the country garnered in the 80s and 90s made this country a no-go for female globetrotters. But here we are in 2017 and the tables turned.
Colombia is on the map thanks to multiple Wall Street Journal articles, Anthony Bourdain visits and dozens of accolades cities like Medellin, Bogota and Cartagena have won in the last 5 years.
What does this mean for female travelers? Allow us to demonstrate.
Girls Trips to Medellin
About 50% of our clients are males looking to engage in adventure tours during the day and nightlife excursions. But once in a blue moon we happen to come across a group of young American women looking to see the real Medellin.
This real Medellin is the combination of its people living their day to day, culinary scene, cultural tours and overall quality of life.
Last week we were privileged enough to host 3 young ladies from New York City. An avid traveler and two of her college friends that had never been to South America. Needless to say, there were some safety concerns.
The group wanted to jam in almost a dozen locations in just one and a half day. Something unheard of at the time. Here was the tentative schedule:
- Tuesday – Guatape Excursion complete with the climbing of the rock followed by tour of the town and a boat ride down the lake to Pablo Escobar’s estate.
- Wednesday – Pablo Escobar Tour, Comuna 13 Tour, City Tour
All of these locations are a day in their own so many had to be cut short in order to complete.
Guatape was a walk in the park as the beautiful scenery driving in makes even the most finicky traveler excited about what’s to come. From the climbing of the rock to the 30 minute tour of the villa Escobar built for his daughter, the town enchanted the two that didn’t know what to expect while the third analyzed and took pictures.
Wednesday the first part of the day was spent visiting two of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Places where government funded social projects have helped the youth stay out off the streets and where gondola lifts that allow these people to commute daily have allured thousands of visitors to see the Medellin locals see.
The next part of the day was just as interesting and as much as locals will hate us for perpetuating the Pablo Escobar story, it is important for people to know the truth. That the Medellin you thought you knew before visiting, is long gone.
We visited the infamous Monaco building that was bombed in 1985 by Escobar’s enemies while he was inside with his family, the cemetery where he and Griselda Blanco (the white widow) are buried and saw the influence he had in building what we now know as El Poblado.
Rachel, Rebecca and Amy all had mixed feelings towards visiting neighborhoods with some pretty big scars but coming to Medellin and not riding the metro cable or visiting Comuna 13 would have been a mistake.
Our job for the week was to be the face of the city and the people responsible for creating an experience this group of young professionals won’t soon forget.
So whether it’s a girl’s trip or guy’s trip, Medellin has something for everyone and coming here will have you leaving with a whole new interpretation of life outside of home.
Planning a girls trip to Medellin? What would you like to see?