Last updated on January 7th, 2018

I went on a walking tour on February 9 at 2:30 p.m. and learned a few facts about Medellin. I missed the tour last year and did not want to miss it again. I met Juliana, our tour guide, at the metro station. The tour was operated by Real City Tours and they work on a tip basis. I learned a semester’s worth of Medellin history – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I felt Juliana’s emotions as she emphasized some of Medellin’s tragic events.

Juliana - Real City Tours Medellin

Juliana

Here Are 5 Facts About Medellin and Colombia I learned.

1. Bandeja Paisa is a national dish of Colombia. The dish is usually made of rice, fried egg, plantain, avocado, arepa, refried beans, ground beef, sausage, and some.

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2. Lots of prostitution, drug consumption, and intoxication occur around churches. “Sin and pray – and you’re okay.”

inside church in Medellin

3. People believed Medellin could not build a train system 20 years ago due to the drug and corruption problem. The Metro is now loved by Paisas and has a Mr. Clean appeal to it.

4. Drug money did not build Medellin. Medellin built Medellin and continues to do so.

5. “Don’t give papaya,” Juliana said. It’s a Colombian expression meaning it’s your fault if you get robbed. Don’t show-off your valuables.

Juliana provided Medellin history going back to the 1800’s. Most of which I can’t retell with 100% accuracy. So bring your notebook if you go on the walking tour.

See Medellin from Pueblito Paisa