MEDELLIN: MUCH MORE THAN EL POBLADO
Far too many visitors from the United States stay, eat, shop and play in El Poblado and never leave.
Certainly, the area is beautiful and features most of the city's 4-star hotels as well as its highly-rated restaurants and malls.
El Poblado is pretty, but it no more gives a realistic picture of Medellin than Beverly Hills does of diverse and fascinating Los Angeles County in the states.
Stroll downtown's San Diego district (indeed, it is safer before sundown.)
Marvel at old mansions in El Prado.
Set up camp in La Laureles, a middle class neighborhood near universities and the city's soccer stadium.
Dance, drink and dine on street food along the enchanting street fair that is La Setenta.