Security gates are a omnipresent feature of residential communities in South America. While it might seem strangely suspect at first, I'm not aware of anyone having a problem with crime inside.
Several miles via Metrorail from downtown, this is Medellin's premier satellite city.
Clean lines and ultramodern vibes are quickly overwhelming traditional Spanish architecture in Colombian Cities.
Santa Fe Mall in Medellin
This mall is laid out with a rough figure eight walking pattern at least equal to 2 city blocks, 5 floors high. The floor of one entire court forms a massive bounce house. This stunning mall features 384 upscale stores and 25 restaurants.
La Campiña Condominiums
This complex of 6 high rise towers sits high above and somewhat south of central Medellin in the very desirable 'El Poblado,' community. Gated and secure this community is a typical modern upward-mobile urban Colombian neighborhood.
Except for the brutal nearly vertical streets where sidewalks become endless stairways in the rare mile-high air, Medellin's sidewalk infrastructure is impressive.
Oviedo Comercial Center
Across the street diagonally from the Newer Santa Fe Mall is 'Oviedo.' This rambling Mall varies from open plaza to 4 stories depending on where one wanders. Literally built on the mountainside it also features a open food court with a massive tree inside. Busier than ever, Oviedo is a lesson in continued vitality in the face of newer and overwhelming competition.
Tropical streams and waterfalls course through this beautiful Mall, with open sky's and lush vegetation making it a sort of pioneer town-center type of place.
(Facing straight up) The back side of a glass elevator turns out to be an ideal space for another waterfall.
Located in Oviedo Mall is one of the best steakhouses on the planet. Filet mignon, roasted potatoes and house salad for about $10 dollars.
Business district from the balcony of the Santa Fe Mall.
Santa Maria del Rosario School
Schools such as Santa Maria stress academics over sports to the extent that even a Colombian High School Diploma is considered equal to an associate degree by the U.S. State Department.
Construction is booming throughout the city
This older area sleeps by day and parties at night. Bars and discotheques buzz from 9 Pm until 2Am nightly. Urban art is encouraged throughout the city.
Where old meets new, these buildings are typical of mature sections of the city.
Built at all different levels, buildings, bridges, elevators and trails this place is perhaps the most convoluted, twisting, turning, multilevel shopping adventure in Medellin, Oviedo never seems to get old.
Lights, crosswalks and safety islands and year round 75° make walking a viable alternative.
LaQuinta Hotel Oviedo
Bus lanes and broad sidewalks
Even the oldest and poorest sections of the city feature amazing sidewalks, many with integrated grade separated bikeways.
The corner store
Every neighborhood and in most cases every block is packed with these tiny shops.
Bikeways are well marked
Most are out of the road except for crossings, making this example in an older neighborhood rather rare.
San Diego Pan
Fresh baked breads and extremely beautiful but light pastries are a Colombian obsession. San Diego was one of the City's first shopping mall originally built in the open town center style.