Back in the 80´s and early 90´s Colombia´s second city, Medellin, was of the top city for murders. Here drug cartels and paramilitaries warred on the city streets. Fortunately Medellin has transformed itself into a modern, and so I´m told, relatively safe city. As with many Andean cities, Medellin sits within a long river valley, so green nountains can be viewed from all parts of the urban area.
From Medellin I took a day trip out to Guatape. A area studded with lakes and rock ridges. To me it resembled Scandinavia. The highlight of the area is the El Peñol rock, a granite volcanic plug looming over the landscape.