The main reason why Medellín was part of the prestigious list was because, according to the Lonely Planet company it is “An example of transformation due to its continuous efforts to revitalize the poorest areas of the city.”
Every year, the world’s largest travel publisher reveals the list of must-see destinations for the following year. For this edition, the Antioquia capital aroused great interest and was included in the list.
“From the world’s most dangerous city to arguably the most innovative, Medellín has broken all stereotypes in its community-driven revitalization”, is the message with which this description of the invitation to travel through the Aburrá Valley begins.
The tourism authority states that it’s hard to believe that Medellín, a city of ambitious futuristic architecture, prized public art, and vibrant nightlife, was ever the most dangerous city on the planet.
In its recommendation, Lonely Planet assures that the city of eternal spring went from being controlled by drug traffickers to “becoming the coolest city in Colombia”.
Previous neighborhoods now host graffiti tours, the neon-bathed Zona Rosa offers culinary delights and late-night nights, and Fernando Botero’s oversized art can be found everywhere.
“I came to Medellín six years ago to learn Spanish. With the intention of staying two months, the city captivated me and I could not leave. Located in the Andes Mountains with a year-round mild climate, genuinely friendly people and an incredible civic transformation, Medellín is a wonderful place to call home. “ said Nathan Rodgers, owner of the Cannúa Lodge cabins located in Marinilla, Antioquia.
For her part, Flavia Santoro, president of ProColombia, told Forbes magazine that the Government remains committed to guaranteeing sustainable tourism and attracting more tourists.
“At ProColombia we are committed to ensuring that tourism is used as a force for good. In this sense, we are interested in attracting tourism that benefits not only travelers, but also the environment and communities “, said the official.
The full Lonely Planet list
The travel magazine in its annual classification ‘Best in Travel’, wanted to make a different presentation for the coronavirus pandemic, so it suggests the best places to know, those that support sustainability, communities and diversity in tourism .
1. Best city break: Gothenburg, Sweden
2- Best islands: the archipelago of Palau
3- Best Sustainable Accommodation: Grootberg Lodge, Namibia.
4- Best Sustainable Cycling Route: Virginia Mountain Bike Trail
5- Best sustainable gastronomic destination: Greece
6- Best train route: Rocky Mountaineer (Canada)
7- Best emerging destination: Antigua and Barbuda
8- Best animal protection program: Rwanda
9 – Best Landscape Restoration: Australia
10- Best accommodation: Kazakhstan
11 – Best immersion in the local community: the Faroe Islands
12- Best urban revitalization: Medellín, Colombia
13- Best Unknown Story: Gullah Islands (USA)
14- Greater cultural diversity: San Diego, California
15- The most welcoming destination: Amman, Jordan
16- Best accessible destination: Costa Rica
17- Best multigenerational destination: El Hierro (Canary Islands)
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