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Jan 11th 2011 6:18AM In Colombia, which is fast becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in South America, we do not tip for the majority of the services reported above. Tipping is part of the US culture. We get tourists who want to encourage every hard-working Colombian making a few pesos a week to leave money for every little service. Yes, people sometimes tip, but it is not a country who encourages tipping.
To learn more about Colombia: http://www.medellintraveler.com
May 14th 2010 10:28PM The secret about Colombia is out, experienced travellers have long ago discovered the beauty of this great country. Vive Colombia http://www.medellintraveler.com Colombia, the only risk is wanting to stay.
Mar 18th 2010 5:57PM You got to love that funky music from Colombia. To learn more about Colombia, http://www.medellintraveler.com Vive Colombia.
Dec 7th 2009 10:46PM Brenda,
I want to thank you for such a great article!
The ghost of Pablo Escobar continues to haunt the wonderful city of Medellin, but there has been an incredible transformation in the city over the past few years that has completely changed the "image" of Medellin, Colombia from what most outsiders see on the 10 o'clock news.
To learn more about Medellin, Colombia http://www.medellintraveler.com
Jan 6th 2009 9:50PM ParentalGuidance,
You obviously have NO IDEA about what is happening in Medellin, Colombia.
Here is something to read to help you better understand some of the reasons as to how Medellin has made such a remarkable turnaround in such a short time. I am from Chicago were the schools are not safe for children to attend, we have the highest murder rate in schools here in the USA.
I have made multiple trips to Medellin and have spent many nights in some of the poorest neighborhood in the shanty towns built high up in the mountains.
You know not what of you speak of.
Jan 6th 2009 2:48PM Good to see you have discovered what many experienced travellers consider one of South America's best kept secrets.
Al Capone still haunts the city by the lake, know as Che-ka-go. And Pablo Escobar's ghost will probably haunt Medellin, Colombia for years to come, but don't be fooled by Medellin's past reputation because today it is the second hottest travel destination in Colombia, second only to the old city of Cartagena. The number one reason for Medellin's revival has to be the Paisas, as the locals are called in the state of Antioquia. To learn more about Medellin, Colombia visit http://www.medellintraveler.com Vive Colombia!
Aug 30th 2008 8:23PM Pablo Escobar was born in 1949, the son of a peasant farmer and a school teacher. When he was two the family moved to Envigado, a suburb of the city of Medellin, Colombia.
A young Escobar was growing up in a turbulent time in Colombia's violent history. His criminal life began as a teenage car thief in the streets of Medellín, Colombia but he would one day become one of the richest men in the world. It has been reported that early in his criminal career he allegedly stole headstones from graveyards and re-sold them in other villages of Antioquia as well as selling them to smugglers from Panama.
As a small-time hustler in Medellin he was always busy trying to make money by running petty street scams, selling contraband cigarettes and fake lottery tickets.
By the 1960's he was working as a small-time pot dealer but with America's newfound obsession with cocaine he eventually moved into the trafficking business and would soon begin building an enormous drug empire as well as making himself the most powerful man in Colombia.
To learn more about the transformation of Medellin, Colombia visit: http://www.medellintraveler.com
Aug 14th 2007 10:37PM Don't fret, Killing Pablo: The Movie has been in development in LA for sometime, long before it was hot on Entourage. My choice to play the late Medellin Cartel Kingpin Pablo Escobar, would be the talented Benico Del Torro. Who else can bring the depth needed to make Pablo Esocbar sympathatic?
To learn more about Medellin visit www.medellintraveler.com
also, learn about Colombia at www.discovercolombia-news.com
I have a Pablo Esobar section, but have been removed most of the pages due to many new changes to the website.
Vive Colombia! Medellin is paradise on earth!