Colombia, Where Ancient And Modern Go Hand-In-Hand: NNN Travel


Forget Rio: Colombia is the hottest new South American destination, offering secluded white sandy beaches, colonial architecture and amazing nightlife. It’s also one of the most progressive countries south of the border, with same-sex couples beginning to tie the knot in September 2013.

For a taste of what Colombia truly has to offer, we’ve mapped out a 12-day itinerary that hops from Cartagena to Medellin and on to Santa Marta.

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Grupo Maximo Agency is a one-stop shop for everything Colombia and specifically Cartagena. Spend a day touring the Old City or if you are the adventurous type, contact Cartagena Divers for some excellent scuba diving out at sea. Jump on a boat and zip out to Baru Island for the day if you’re searching for white sands and aquamarine, Caribbean waters.

Don’t miss a drive up to La Popa Monastery for a bird’s eye view of all of Cartagena. In the walled Old City, stroll through the shops and cafes as you make your way to Plaza Santa Domingo, easily found by locating the reclining female Botero sculpture in the southern corner. Need VIP access to the hottest clubs in town? Grupo Maximo Agency can hook you up with live music at Club Havana or easy access to one of the many discotheques in town like Cinema on Calle Arsenal or Studio 54 on Calle Larga.

tcherassi colombiaFor the fashion set, Tcherassi Hotel + Spa offers a sleek interior off the bustling streets of the Old City of Cartagena. The style of Silvia Tcherassi (the hotel’s Miami-based owner and famous Latin American fashion designer) touches each corner of this gem. Stop by for dinner or a drink but if you can, try to spend a few nights. Escape the tropical humidity on the roof where you’ll find a small pool that’s perfect for a cool dip. The rooms are large with vaulted ceilings and the bathrooms feature walk-in glass showers with fantastic rainfall shower heads.

Casa La Fe is ideally located on Plaza Fernandez de Madrid in the heart of Cartagena, offering a calm and relaxed atmosphere but with the convenience of the town’s antiquities and restaurants on the doorstep. The building dates from the Republican era and was restored to its former elegance by the current owners in 2005.

For the best roof pool in Cartagena, go straight to La Passion. Spend the afternoon lounging on poolside daybeds while sipping piña coladas as sounds of classical piano trickle over the walls from the ballet school next door. Few hotels have such character as La Passion, not to mention such an incredibly friendly staff and a rooftop breakfast to set your day on the right path.

Built within the walls of a former 17th century mansion, Casa Pestagua is a work of art.  The third floor “penthouse” is a1edited luxurious retreat and features a private roof Jacuzzi with ocean views of the sunset.  If you are looking for a great honeymoon, it doesn’t get more romantic than this.  The suite itself is massive with 20-foot exposed beam ceilings. The bathroom is draped in white marble with a walk-in shower recessed into the floor that takes up an entire side of the room. Stand under a deluge of water and feel like a Roman emperor.

karmairai If the city heat gets to you, book a few nights atKarmairi Hotel Spa which is a 20 minutes drive east of the old town. Enjoy the luxuries of being on your own private beach, right outside the city. This boutique hotel features an open air restaurant that spills out to a wide beach.  Recline at the pool before your spa treatment amongst the palm trees then dine at night under the stars with the ocean lapping upon the shore. Karmairi is the perfect escape from the Cartagena scene for a couple of nights. Nothing beats a morning jog along miles of empty beach.


Medellin or “The City of Eternal Spring” sits amongst the Andes in a valley surrounded by peaks. Graced with a temperate climate, the city is a wonderful change from the humidity of the coast. Once plagued with crime, Medellin has experienced a renaissance of sorts in recent years and the world is starting to notice. In March of 2013 the city was named the most “Innovative City of the Year” in the Wall Street Journal, beating out both New York City and Tel Aviv. Don’t miss a stroll around Botero Plaza downtown or a vernacular ride up to Parque Arvi. The city’s Metro (or subway system) is clean, convenient and easy to use.

thecharleeNestled on a hillside in the fashionable neighborhood of Poblado, The Charlee Lifestyle Hotel feels like a touch of New York chic in the heart of the Andes. Rooms feature sliding glass walls that open up to huge balconies overlooking the entire city of Medellin. The hotel’s gym takes over the top two floors and membership is free for hotel guests. Check out the scene at the gym around 6p daily for a glance into the world of Medellin’s famed beautiful women and men.  At night, the rooftop turns into the club Envy, one of many all night parties in the neighborhood.

medellin art hotelA few blocks from The Charlee is Art Hotel, also in Poblado. With a dark lobby splashed with vibrant furniture and artwork, this industrial space boasts a stunning décor with a fabulous wine bar and a spa. Being steps from the nightlife and restaurants of Poblado make Art Hotel an excellent option for a few nights in Medellin.

el cielo colombiaFor an evening of fine dining, reserve a table at El Cielo, just a couple blocks from The Charlee Hotel. In an elegant, intimate atmosphere experience the full “quince momentos” menu… 15 Moments that you will be talking about for weeks. This is experiential dining at its best, with each sense teased through dinner starting with the rose scented hand “clay” at the beginning of the meal to the martinis that bubble in a haze of liquid nitrogen fog and the crackle of the explosive dessert.

burrotekAside from nightlife and dining, do not leave Medellin without exploring the nature that surrounds the city.  Burrotek Tours leads day trips into the mountains on horseback as well as trips outside of the city limits to nearby Guatape.

After a couple of hours on a horse, lunch is served overlooking the city and if you’re lucky, it will be homemade pork and chicken tamales!

Santa Marta & Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

Santa Marta is South America’s oldest surviving city and the second most important colonial city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, after Cartagena.  The seaside town offers fabulous restaurants, historic plazas and tons of bars and cafes.   Though the actual beach in town is not fantastic, Santa Marta is a great jumping off point to reach the famed beaches within Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona as well as Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City).  Right in the heart of Santa Marta there are several high-end boutique hotels that we highly recommend.

casa isabella colombiaCasa Isabella is a stone’s throw from Parque de los Novios in the center of the Old City of Santa Marta.  If you are lucky enough to book the penthouse you’ll enjoy a private roof jacuzzi that is spectacular. Rooms include wifi, complimentary iPads and Apple TV as well as restored furniture and handmade adornments.  Breakfast is served outside, one floor up on an outdoor shaded deck.  The staff is warm and friendly and hugely helpful in setting up any plans around town.

Casa de Leda is located closer to the shopping district and feels like an oasis in the heart of Santa Marta.  The roof features open air dining and the huge, modern rooms feature vaulted ceilings, tons of natural lightcasa de leda and all the amenities of a luxury resort.  First owned by a wealthy family of Santa Marta’s golden age, the original house where Casa de Leda sits dates back to the late 19th century.   Escape the humid Caribbean air inside the hotel where the walls are lined with cascades of green vines and equipped with a cooling mist system.  Historic Santa Marta Cathedral is steps from the hotel’s entrance. Flat screen TVs in every room have media players with music stations and video libraries.

Casa Verde is a small boutique accommodation that was originally built in the 1920s. It has recently been fully restored into a five-room hotel close to the vibrant downtown area that is the home to beautiful parks, restaurants and historic buildings.  Inside the walls of Casa Verde there is a peaceful silence while right outside its walls are the bustling streets of Santa Marta.

There are several great options to dine in Santa Marta.  ouzo-pizzaeditedOn the edge of Parque de los Novios, try Ouzo for what many say is the best dinner in town.  Try the grilled octopus appetizer, a favorite on the menu, or one of the thin crust pizzas cooked in the central brick oven.  For lunch, hit Agave Azul for incredibly Mexican food.  Order a fresh mango margarita and a steak taco that will knock your socks off!

A quick 45 minute taxi ride east from Santa Marta and you will find yourself outside one of the main entrances of Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.  Book a couple nights at Villa Maria vlla mariafor a room overlooking the mountains to the southwest and the ocean to the northeast.  Walk through the hotel’s garden where the owners grow pineapples, avocados, oranges and bananas.  If you cross the street and walk down a path through some palm trees you’ll find yourself on miles of untouched white sand.  Be careful in the surf as these beaches are known to be quite treacherous at certain times of year.  But definitely enjoy the solitude.  For a $35 (US) entrance fee, spend a day inside Tayrona Park.  By horseback you can reach secluded beaches that are only accessible by foot or horse path.  Be warned that the trails are somewhat rocky so if you are not an experienced rider, consider walking. 

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Source: NewNowNext

Inside Colombia’s Emerald Battle

Two recent assassinations could signal the beginning of renewed fighting between the country’s gem barons.

A Colombian ‘guaquero,’ or treasure hunter, looks at a stream near a emerald mine in Muzu, northern Colombia (Eliana Aponte/Reuters)

BOGOTA, Colombia – A gunshot to the neck ended the life of 64-year-old Pedro Ortegon as he handed money to a homeless person on a busy street in downtown Bogota. His teenage assassin was apprehended half a block away as he attempted to escape on foot.

“You only survive in that world by operating in this grey area in which you have armed men working for you.”

But this was not just another incidence of the street crime that plagues Colombia’s capital city. The July 25 homicide not only ended the life of one of the nation’s most prominent emerald barons — one of the nation’s handful of magnates who trade in the precious gems — but also dented hopes for a lasting peace among his allies and rivals.

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Oportunidades de negocio por US$137,7 millones


Con un incremento del 45% frente al año anterior y un consolidado en oportunidades de negocios por US$137,7 millones, concluyó de manera exitosa la edición número 23 de Colombiamoda, la Semana de la Moda de Colombia®.
Proexport reportó negocios por US$96.7 millones, otros compradores independientes declararon US$21 millones e inversionistas del Pabellón Nuevos Modelos de Negocios reportaron negocios por valor de US$20 millones. Un crecimiento del 45% hace de la vigésimo tercera edición de Colombiamoda, la más exitosa en negocios de moda de su historia.
18.197 visitantes nacionales y extranjeros asistieron a la edición número 23 de Colombiamoda, 17% más que el año anterior.
1.677 correspondieron a compradores internacionales, de los cuales, 785 pertenecen a la misión invitada por Proexport.
18.100 personas se capacitaron de forma gratuita en el Pabellón del Conocimiento Inexmoda – UPB, y través del streaming se lograron más de 75.000 visitas a link del Pabellón del Conocimiento.
Más de 30.000 personas disfrutaron de las pasarelas.
Se destaca la importancia de la construcción de marca de moda y los modelos de expansión capaces de mover tan contundentes cifras.

Colombiamoda se ratificó una vez más como la más importante plataforma de negocios y moda del Sistema Moda de Latinoamérica, reuniendo bajo un espacio ferial renovado, la oferta de 610 marcas nacionales y extranjeras.

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¿Cuáles son tus 5 productos más colombianos del mercado? #LaRespuestaEsCOlombia

En respuesta a Toya Viudes de @ColombiaDeUna presentamos algunos de nuestros Productos Favoritos de #Colombia.

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Almost all of Colombia to be online by 2014: Santos


Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said that by 2014 almost all of the country will be connected by fiber optics “for training and the expansion of knowledge.”

Santos spoke at the opening ceremony of the XIV International Virtual Educa, a conference, exhibition and multilateral forum on education, innovation and ICT, taking place in Colombia’s second city Medellin, 2013′s most innovative city in the world.

The president said that by the end of his presidential term next year 1,078 of the 1,121 municipalities in the country will be connected, allowing communications and internet to reach some of the most rural communities.

“When we began our term in government, only 200 municipalities were connected with fiber-optics,” said Santos. The government also expects to have trained over 200,000 teachers in the use of ICT in the classroom by the end of 2013, that is up from 40,000 in 2010.

“At first there was an average of 20 students per computer [in schools], we should end this year with an average of 13 children per computer and in 2014, if we continue as we are, we should have an average of eight children per computer,” said Santos.

“Universal access to technology is the best guarantee that new generations close social gaps which have so far created educational differences,” said the president.

The event brings together representatives from 20 countries and highlights innovation, education, competitiveness and development.

Source: Colombia Reports

Nuevo eje de negocios nace en Medellín


La inversión apróximada es de US$ 150 millones y el complejo empresarial se integrará a un hotel de marca internacional.
Con una inversión de 150 millones de dólares aproximadamente y sobre un lote de 16.739 metros cuadrados y un área construida de 87.875 metros cuadrados, se levanta en Medellín Palmanova, un complejo empresarial mixto con centro de negocios, hotel y área comercial.

La obra se ubicará en la zona central de la Avenida de El Poblado, con acceso también por la vía Las Palmas, la cual es un corredor primordial en la capital antioqueña que, “al no tener pico y placa permitirá un desplazamiento permanente y sin restricciones de entrada y salida del centro de negocios”, comenta Juan Esteban Gómez, gerente del proyecto Palmanova.

La obra es producto de una sociedad entre Palma Real, grupo de desarrollo arquitectónico e inversión de Medellín y Constructora Colpatria, unión que le apuesta al crecimiento de la ciudad y “cree en el progreso de la capital de Antioquia, que por tradición es una metrópoli de pujanza industrial y empresarial, con mucho que ofrecer, más aún en medio de una apertura económica como la que muestra el país”, sostiene Jorge Izquierdo, vicepresidente de Constructora Colpatria.

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Colombia ~ Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown Sunday @ 9 pm ET on CNN

The public face of Colombia has changed immensely over the past ten years and is still changing for the better. Tony will explore several regions of the country from the mountains down to the Caribbean coast to the coca leaf growing inlands formerly controlled by drug cartels.

Don’t fear Colombia, enjoy it

I’d thought my unconditional love for Colombia was well established there. I’d visited for speaking engagements. I’d made a giddily enthusiastic episode of a previous series in Medellin and Cartagena. I’d waxed poetically and often about how well I’ve always been treated, how thrilling it is to see how far the country has come from its bad old days.

I’m a fan of its people, its music, its food and its disarmingly injured pride.

But coming out of the remote jungle village of Miraflores, I made a mistake.

I tweeted a photo of myself standing under a shade tree surrounded by young Colombian military recruits.

My old friend and Top Chef colleague Tom Colicchio tweeted right back: “Too soon” — connecting the appearance of machine guns with the then recent Newtown massacre.

I tweeted back that “this is what it looks like in FARC country.”

Of course I meant “territory recently controlled by the FARC,” the unpleasant Marxist guerilla group who’d been terrorizing Colombia for decades with kidnappings, assassinations and worse. They operate hand in glove with the cartels — essentially shaking them down and providing them with protection — in return for funds. And, indeed, not too long before I arrived at the dirt airstrip, merchants in the small town are said to have accepted payment for basic goods and services with coca paste.

Now, Miraflores is swarming with army and police. The FARC, by almost all accounts, have been beaten back significantly.

The phrase “FARC country” was not, however, interpreted as intended, as meaning an area, a neighborhood, a territory once under FARC control. Not in Colombia.

Colombians were outraged.

“I do NOT live in FARC country” and “How come you glorify those bastards?” were common responses. The twittersphere blew up with pissed off, deeply offended Colombians reading second-hand reports of what I was believed to have said. Many misidentified the young soldiers in the photo as being guerillas.

Our fixers and drivers were very, very unhappy — in the uncomfortable position of being closely associated with someone (me) who was (for the next couple of days, anyway) widely thought to be a FARC sympathizer.

Things bled into the print media, and it was a tough couple of days.

It was a clumsy, ill-worded and foolish thing for me to have done.

Colombia is NOT, for the record, “a FARC country.” Far from it.

As I should well have known, the struggle between the FARC, the cartels and various right-wing militias has been deeply felt by nearly every Colombian family. Opinions — even perceived opinions — can have consequences. Just about everybody you talk to — even in a present day Colombia that is much, much safer and secure — has lost someone to violence from one side or the other.

Colombians — more than anyone — have paid a terrible price in lives for the world’s seemingly bottomless appetite for cocaine, and for the greed of a relative few. And if you ever wondered “how come they don’t get a handle on things down there,” all you need to do is look at the place. The country is huge. It is about 70% sparsely populated (and gorgeous) jungle, mountains and coastline opening up onto both the Caribbean and the Pacific. It is ideologically divided. And it has neighbor problems. Venezuela next door has been all too happy to provide safe haven and even covert military assistance to the FARC. Panama’s Darien Gap offers some of the world’s most impenetrable jungles.

Colombia has been very successful in recent years in its war on cartel- and FARC-related violence. But the ludicrous futility of any fully successful “war on drugs” is apparent with a single look out of a plane window.

In spite of all its painful history, Colombia is emerging as what SHOULD be a vacation wonderland.

Have I said yet how beautiful the place is? It’s incredible.

It’s fun. And, yes, it’s safe. Every day, more so.

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Cartagena has some of the most beautiful colonial architecture you’re likely to find anywhere in Latin America. A great bar scene. Amazing food and architecture.

Medellin is a modern, sophisticated, enormously enjoyable place to spend time. It’s as far from its image as a murder capital as you can imagine.

And people are heartbreakingly welcoming and happy to see visitors who have come to their beautiful country for something other than to talk about narcos and violence.

Cali is a party town to rival Miami. The beaches along the coasts are as unspoiled as your wildest fantasies.

And yet many people still don’t go.

I would urge you to put aside the stereotypes.

If you want to find bad people in Colombia, you can surely find them, as you could in New York or Los Angeles. But nowhere have my crew and I been treated better or with more kindness and generosity. I’d bring my family on vacation there in a heartbeat. And hope to soon. As I said before: Colombians are proud. Let them show you what they are proud of.

That said, this week’s Colombia episode of ‘Parts Unknown’ marks another great moment in Bourdainian stupidity.

Faithful viewers of my previous program on that other, less good network, might remember my previous misadventure on an ATV. You’d think I would have learned from that experience, a long barrel roll down a sand dune wrapped around a few hundred pounds of metal and machinery. I was very, very lucky to have emerged from that experience with limbs and skull intact. That maybe I’d be smart enough to realize that maybe off road vehicles were just not for me.


In Colombia, I saddled up once again, and as you’ll see managed to fly off the seat, drive my head straight into the ground (helmet-less, of course) and (my producers insist) somehow succeed in running over my own head.

Though I was “out” for a brief microsecond there, I remember bounding to my feet, unwilling to be embarrassed by the glaringly obvious: I should have worn the helmet they offered. I should have driven more carefully. I probably shouldn’t have been — given my record — driving the damn thing at all.

Comedy Gold.

Source: CNN – Parts Unknown

Por primera vez Colombia estará en el Time Square, en Nueva York


Durante 8 días se realizará una subasta de experiencias únicas en Colombia para que los visitantes tengan la oportunidad de descubrir hechos positivos de Colombia.

En desarrollo de la estrategia internacional de la marca Colombia, que busca divulgar y amplificar la imagen positiva del país en el extranjero, Colombia se tomará la emblemática esquina de Times Square, en Nueva York, en una actividad en vivo que irá del 18 al 29 de abril en la plaza de la calle 46.

Durante 8 de los 11 días, de 3:00 a 5:00 pm, se realizará una subasta de experiencias únicas en Colombia para que los visitantes, cerca de 250.000 que cada hora transitan la zona, tengan la oportunidad de descubrir hechos positivos de Colombia.

Entre los planes a subastar estará el avistamiento de Ballenas Jorobadas en el Pacífico Colombiano, una visita a Bogotá, a través de los ojos del Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro, vivir la ruta del café y su paisaje cultural, recorrer la magia histórica de Cartagena, Mompox y el Caribe Colombiano, conocer Medellín la ciudad más innovadora del mundo en 2013, entre otros planes.

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Colombia: Why Visit Now?


Interview with Luis German Restrepo, U.S. Executive Director of Proexport Colombia, the government agency charged with promoting tourism, exports and investment for the fast-growing Latin American nation.

Q: Colombia has become an “it destination” recently. Can you shed light on the increased interest from travelers?

A: The beauty of Colombia is that there is something for everyone: We have some of the best beaches in the world, fantastic restaurants and a rich history. As a result, Colombia was named one of the “25 Must-See Destinations for 2013” by more than 350 Virtuoso luxury travel advisors. In spite of the global economic downturn, the arrival of foreign travelers to Colombia has kept a steady growth over the last decade reaching around 1.7 million on visitors in 2012, a 7% growth when compared to 2011 and positioning the United States as our main source market with 350,000 tourists last year. (Source: The National Administrative Department of Statistics; DANE)

Q: Why are so many people traveling to Colombia now?

A: Being Colombia the second most bio-diverse country in the world, the country offers activities to all types of travelers. From nature and adventure in Santander, Santa Marta and the coffee cultural landscape; to history and culture in Cartagena de Indias and Bogota; to pristine white sand beaches in San Andres, Providencia and Santa Catalina, visitors can enjoy extreme and unique activities suitable for young travelers, families and adults. In addition, Colombia is conveniently located with close proximity to the United States — a trip from Miami to Cartagena de Indias is just 2.5 hours away or 5.5 hours from New York to Bogota.

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La verdad de Colombia

Anderson Cooper – Television Anchor

After announcing Medellin to be one of his favourite cities in the world, Cooper stated that: “Colombia is a fantastic country. They’ve overcome a lot, and there are many exciting things happening here. It’s a great place to visit.”

Anderson Cooper

Source: Colombia Travel Blog @ColombiaTravels

After announcing Medellin to be one of his favourite cities in the world, Cooper stated that: “Colombia is a fantastic country. They’ve overcome a lot, and there are many exciting things happening here. It’s a great place to visit.”

Whether it’s correcting the misspelling of their country’s name through social media,or revitalizing a city with a dark past, it seem that when Colombians come together there’s little they can’t do

Medellin Named ‘Innovative City Of The Year’ In WSJ And Citi Global Competition

Whether it’s correcting the misspelling of their country’s name through social media,or revitalizing a city with a dark past, it seem that when Colombians come together there’s little they can’t do.

And the world is starting to notice. On Friday, Citi and the Marketing Services Department of the Wall Street Journalcrowned Medellín, Colombia the “Innovative City of the Year,”beating out fellow finalists New York City and Tel Aviv.

In 2012, the banking group and newspaper partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a non-profit research and education organization, to choose the world’s most innovative city based on its economy, urban development, culture/livability, technology and research, among other measures.(Check Out A Video Of The Process)

Known by Colombians as ‘The City of the Eternal Spring,’ Medellín was chosen for its progress, potential, “rich culture and impressive strides in urban development” in spite of a past of violence fueled by drug lord Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel.

“Few cities have transformed the way that Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city, has in the past 20 years,” the Urban Land Institute wrote in a statement online. “Medellín’s homicide rate has plunged, nearly 80% from 1991 to 2010. The city built public libraries, parks, and schools in poor hillside neighborhoods and constructed a series of transportation links from there to its commercial and industrial centers.
The links include a metro cable car system and escalators up steep hills, reducing commutation times, spurring private investment, and promoting social equity as well as environmental sustainability. In 2012, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy recognized Medellín’s efforts with the Sustainable Transportation Award.”

ULI selected 200 cities in June 2012 based on the above criteria, and after two rounds of voting, three finalists were announced in October. The Colombian city wasannounced as the winner on March 1 with almost one million votes,and will be featured in the April issue of the WSJ magazine.
Source: Huffington Post


City of the Year -Medellin
In 2012, Citi and the Marketing Services Department of WSJ. Magazine teamed up with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to determine which city— wherever in the world— deserved the title “Innovative City of the Year.” For the first round, ULI produced a list of 200 contenders, we then asked readers of WSJ. Magazine and others to vote on the city that deserved the title. The original list of 200 was reduced to 25. We then asked readers and others to vote again and the list was narrowed to three finalists.

Events were held in each of the finalist cities where we encouraged civic leaders and business executives to use social media to spread the word. Our Number One city was so proud of their accomplishments that response was overwhelming.

Originally distinguished for its progress and potential, the winning city found new solutions to classic problems of mobility and environmental sustainability. Today, gondolas and a giant escalator shuttle citizens from steep mountainside homes to jobs and schools in the valley below. As a result, travel time for the majority of its citizens has been cut from more than 2 hours to just a few minutes. In this city, a modern underground metro system has eased pollution and crowding in the city’s main arteries above, and glistening new museums, cultural centers, libraries and schools enrich the community.

Connections create innovation, and it is no wonder that our winning City of the Year has achieved great success in bringing its residents together to assure opportunities for all. That city is the traditional cultural capital of Colombia:

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Medellín, la ciudad más innovadora del mundo


El Metrocable, de Medellín, uno de los puntos que tuvo en cuenta el jurado.Foto: Archivo / EL TIEMPO

El Metrocable, de Medellín, uno de los puntos que tuvo en cuenta el jurado.
Foto: Archivo / EL TIEMPO

Medellín fue elegida como la ciudad más innovadora del mundo, en el marco del concurso City of the Year, que organizan The Wall Street Journal y Citigroup. La capital antioqueña compitió con Nueva York y Tel Aviv,la decisión dependió de una votación por Internet. (‘En innovación, podemos ganarle a Nueva York’: alcalde de Medellín)

Los organizadores del concurso valoraron de Medellín procesos de desarrollo emprendidos en los últimos años como la reducción de emisiones de CO2, la creación de espacios culturales y la reducción de la criminalidad. (Vea las imágenes de las obras que llevaron a Medellín a este reconocimiento)

El Urban Land Institute (ULI) tomó en cuenta la construcción de infraestructuras integradas de transporte público que, además de reducir las emisiones de CO2, han contribuido al desarrollo social de zonas marginadas, la reducción de los índices de criminalidad, la construcción de equipamientos y de espacios culturales y la gestión de servicios públicos. (Lea también: El ‘gringo’ que le sonríe a la Medellín innovadora)

“Pocas ciudades se han transformado como lo ha hecho Medellín. Las tasas de homicidio han caído en un 80 por ciento entre 1991 y 2010. La ciudad construyó librerías públicas, parques y colegios en zonas pobres”, señaló el ULI en un comunicado.

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Medellin named most innovative city of 2012

Medellin named most innovative city of 2012
Colombia’s second city Medellin has beaten Tel Aviv and New York Friday, to be named City of the Year, in a competition sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and Citigroup.

By analyzing 200 of the most innovative cities in the world, Citi, WSJ and Urban Land Institute narrowed the field down to 25 in 2012, and then asked the public to vote the top three.

Events were held in the three cities to drum up enthusiasm for the competition, and Medellin saw off stiff competition from New York and Tel Aviv to become City of the Year on March 1. Organizers described the response from Medellin as “overwhelming.”

Medellin “originally distinguished for its progress and potential,” was commended for initiatives to increase mobility and environmental sustainability. Medellin boasts of an efficient metro and gondola system, which have opened up the city and allow people to access the center easily from homes high up on the steep valley sides.

Urban Land Institute said the “most innovative cities spark visions, remove barriers and cultivate collaboration to improve the quality of life for residents,” which is why Medellin was singled out as City of the Year.

Long known as a city run by drug lords, Medellin has transformed that reputation over the last two decades, reducing its murder rate nearly 80% between 1991 and 2010. The city has built libraries, schools and community centers in disadvantaged neighbourhoods where local government, businesses, community and education organizations are working together to stamp out violence and intimidation.

Public-private partnerships finance projects including Parque Explorer, Medellin’s interactive science museum. Engineering firms have even designed public buildings for free. Medellin has also successfully implemented participatory budgeting, which allows citizens to take part in making decisions on public spending.

While still a city healing the scars of a violent history, Medellin has used leadership and initiative to move towards becoming a hub of innovation, investment and entrepreneurism.


City of the Year (WSJ online)

Gobierno invertirá este año más 117 mil millones de pesos en infraestructura turística


• Dentro de estos recursos se incluye una inversión por 40 mil millones de pesos en infraestructura y productos turísticos destinados al Paisaje Cultural Cafetero en los departamentos de Quindío, Caldas, Risaralda y el norte del Valle.

• Este año se invertirán 11 mil millones de pesos más en la promoción turística de Colombia, dichos recursos pasarán de 29 mil a 40 mil millones de pesos.

Bogotá, 27 feb (SIG). El Presidente Juan Manuel Santos anunció hoy que este año el Gobierno Nacional invertirá más de 117 mil millones de pesos en infraestructura turística en el país.

Así lo dio a conocer el Mandatario durante la inauguración de la Vitrina Turística de Anato 2013, que se adelanta en Corferias.

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Medellin mad at Madonna’s son


Madonna’s son has left Medellin feeling hurt and under-appreciated after posting a photo of the city labeling it as the “cocaine center of Columbia,” which has not only rubbed people the wrong way because of the drugs reference, but also because he misspelled “Colombia.”

Rocco Ritchie took the photo at his mother’s hugely successful concert last November and posted it on the social networking site, Instagram. The 12-year-old has a private account so the offending photo is just starting to circulate.

Neither Rocco nor his pop-diva mom have made any public comments, but many in Medellin want an apology.

“It is outrageous that this is happening…and if that’s what he believes, his mother should say something. It is an insult to the city that has been so hospitable to her,” said city promoter Luis Guillermo Sossa.

Although some have brushed off the comments as just teenage naiveté, not everyone agrees.

“The thing that offends me most about this,” said one Medellin resident, “is that it is just one more phrase that invites tourists to get wasted on my homeland, there’s more here than sex and drugs.”

This seems to be the reoccurring theme among the infuriated inhabitants of Colombia’s second city.

“I know that Colombia is recognized abroad for the cultivation and trafficking of coca, but it is a sadness for the country to be subjected to these kinds of comments and opinions…I think it comes from people who know little of our country. Colombia is much more than coca,” said another resident.

sources: Colombia Reports, Terra.

Hijo de Madonna ofende a Medellín con una polémica foto

El hijo de Madonna se refirió a Medellín como el \"Centro de la cocaína\".Foto: Instagram

El hijo de Madonna se refirió a Medellín como el \”Centro de la cocaína\”.
Foto: Instagram

El hijo de Madonna, Rocco Ritchie, causó polémica en Instagram cuando publicó una fotografía de Medellín junto a un pie de foto que decía “Centro de la cocaína, Colombia”.

Los promotores de la ciudad rechazaron el hecho y afirmaron que esto genera una mala imagen para el país.

“Es indignante lo que está ocurriendo con esta fotografía del hijo de Madonna, que si opina eso, su madre debería hablar. Es una ofenda con la ciudad que le dio la hospitalidad”, afirmó a Noticias Caracol Luis Guillermo Sossa, promotor de Medellín.

En el mes de noviembre, Madonna realizó dos exitosos conciertos en esta ciudad, donde elogió al público asistente. Por esta razón, muchos esperan las disculpas de la “Reina del pop” por el comportamiento de su hijo de 12 años.

Fuente: Terra

Multinacional Indra instala en Pereira su segundo laboratorio de software en Colombia

Multinacional Indra instala en Pereira su segundo laboratorio de software en Col

Esta planta comenzará operaciones a partir del segundo semestre de 2012 y generará cerca de 200 empleos en el largo plazo.

La multinacional española Indra, experta en la provisión de servicios de consultoría y soluciones de tecnología, abrirá un laboratorio de software en Pereira, que se suma al que funciona en Bogotá, y que busca atender la creciente demanda de productos y servicios que sus clientes nacionales e internacionales exigen.

La empresa llegó a la región con el acompañamiento y asesoría de Proexport Colombia y se instalará en esta ciudad para seguir consolidando su presencia en Colombia, país al que llegaron en 1995 y que en la actualidad cuenta con 1.500 empleados que trabajan en Bogotá y en las oficinas de Medellín, Barranquilla y Pereira.

Para el director general de Indra Colombia, Fernando Ayala, “Pereira es una ciudad con gran capacidad para el desarrollo de todos los sectores de nuestra industria. Además, hemos identificado un gran potencial de captación de talento humano donde podremos llevar a cabo nuestros planes de desarrollo en tecnologías especializadas y clústers de conocimiento”.

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Bogotá, la más atractiva para vivir e invertir de Colombia

Vista de Bogotá.

Vista de Bogotá.
Foto: Archivo

Un informe revelado por la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá destaca 4 de 8 factores. Sin embargo, Medellín aparece como la ciudad más competitiva.

De acuerdo con el Observatorio del Caribe Colombiano, en el Indicador Global Global de Competitividad de las Ciudades del Caribe Colombiano -que mide las 22 ciudades más grandes del país con un indicador compuesto por 36 indicadores agrupados en 8 factores-, Bogotá se presenta como la segunda ciudad más competitiva del país con un índice de 96,59, después de Medellín que tiene un resultado agregado de 100.

En los 8 temas analizados, Bogotá ocupa el primer lugar en 4 de ellos (la mejor en Ciencia y Tecnología, Infraestructura, Finanzas Privadas y Fortaleza Económica), el segundo en internacionalización, el cuarto en capital humano y las brechas más importantes se encuentran en medio ambiente y en Finanzas Públicas.

Según el informe, Bogotá pasa del primero al segundo lugar, por los resultados en el factor de las finanzas públicas en los cuales, de acuerdo con el Índice de Desempeño Fiscal del año 2010 calculado por el Departamento Nacional de Planeación (DNP), la ciudad se ubicó en el puesto 18.

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Woods Staton, el Paisa Billonario!

Woods Staton
Woods Staton, el nuevo billonario colombiano que entra a la Forbes. — EL TIEMPO (@ELTIEMPO)

El dueño de la franquicia de McDonalds para América Latina, en diálogo con María I. Rueda.

Muchos colombianos nos sorprendimos al encontrar a un nuevo compatriota llamado Woods Staton, del que muy pocos han oído hablar, en la lista de billonarios de la revista ‘Forbes’, donde solo hay otros dos colombianos. Ahí solo aparecen quienes tienen un capital superior a mil millones de dólares. ¿Quién es usted?

Hay que preguntárselo en primer lugar a mi esposa (risas). Pero puedo decirle que soy hijo de padre brasileño, de madre checa, y que nací en Medellín, Colombia. En la clínica Medellín, a dos cuadras del parque Berrío. Viví en Colombia hasta los 14 años. Aún mantengo casa en Colombia y con este país conservo raíces muy fuertes, e intento venir por lo menos ocho semanas cada año.

Entre esa mezcla de padre brasileño, madre checa, pero nacido en Colombia, ¿qué jala más?

Definitivamente lo colombiano. Pero no sé, en realidad, si soy colombiano o soy paisa.

(Risas). Usted heredó una parte accionaria muy pequeña de la embotelladora de Coca- Cola en Colombia. Pero ¿cómo hizo la maroma de saltar de ahí a convertirse en el dueño de la franquicia de McDonalds en toda América Latina?

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BID ofrece a Colombia US$350 millones para atender emergencia invernal

Así lo anunció este lunes el Presidente del organismo multilateral, Luis Alberto Moreno, al concluir una reunión con el Mandatario colombiano, Juan Manuel Santos, en Nueva York. El alto ejecutivo señaló que los recursos serán destinados a la reconstrucción de vivienda e infraestructura en las zonas de desastre.

El agua se ha tragado cientos de casas en Colombia

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Colombia naufraga en el invierno

Caos en Medellín; inundaciones en el Valle del Cauca y un muerto en Barranquilla son las últimas consecuencias de las fuertes lluvias. En Bogotá, nuevamente se vivieron momentos difíciles por la ola invernal.

El Gobierno pidió la solidaridad de todos los colombianos.

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Víctimas de la violencia concluyen Semana por la Paz con esperanza

Los 3’400.000 desplazados que han sido despojados de sus tierras por el conflicto armado esperan recuperar sus vidas, luego de que el Gobierno reiterara la voluntad política de restituir los terrenos.

Vargas Lleras propuso desclasificar información secreta de los organismos de inteligencia del país

Germán Vargas Lleras, ministro del Interior.El Ministro del Interior y Justicia calificó como “lamentable” que las interceptaciones y seguimientos ilegales del DAS afectaran, incluso, a quienes apoyaban al gobierno anterior.

Vargas Lleras se refirió este lunes a los documentos revelados en la noche del domingo por el noticiero Noticias Uno, en los que se deja en evidencia cómo el actual ministro fue objeto de seguimientos  a su vida privada y a su actividad como senador, algo que, según él, ya sabía.

En eso mismos documentos se muestra cómo el DAS se habría infiltrado en el Polo Democrático y entre los hombres más cercanos al candidato presidencial Gustavo Petro y a los senadores liberales Juan Manuel Galán y Piedad Córdoba, entre otros.

“Mi caso no es excepcional.  Se prueba que en este país tenemos que avanzar para garantizar el derecho a la intimidad de los colombianos”, dijo Vargas Lleras en declaraciones a ‘La W’ y calificó como “lamentable” que el DAS se hubiera desviado sus funciones de “combatir la criminalidad” para  “asumir labores que se asimilan más a las de una policía política”.

Por eso, aseguró que conversará con el presidente Juan Manuel Santos sobre la idea de “desclasificar la información secreta que manejan los organismos de inteligencia” con el fin de aclarar completamente lo sucedido y pidió condenas ejemplares para los responsables de las llamadas ‘chuzadas’.

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Llegó la Fiesta del Libro, en Medellín

El evento, en el Jardín Botánico, rinde homenaje este año al centenario de EL TIEMPO.

La Cuarta Fiesta del Libro y la Cultura de Medellín se inicia este viernes 10 de septiembre con un homenaje de reconocimiento a los 100 años que el periódico EL TIEMPO cumplirá en enero del año próximo.

El alcalde de Medellín, Alonso Salazar, le entregará al director del periódico, Roberto Pombo, la medalla Alcaldía de Medellín, categoría Oro, la máxima distinción que la ciudad otorga a las personas y empresas destacadas.

“Este es un reconocimiento a EL TIEMPO por la narración que de la historia del país ha hecho a lo largo de estos años y porque se ha convertido en un espacio donde podemos tener una lectura de lo que ha pasado en estos 100 años. La importancia no es sólo del periódico, sino de la Casa Editorial”, dijo el secretario de Cultura Ciudadana, Luis Miguel Úsuga.

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Santos pide ayuda a habitantes de comuna 13 para combatir a los violentos

La comunidad puede servir como fuente de información de las autoridades, dijo el mandatario durante su visita a esa zona de Medellín, donde en los últimos meses se ha recrudecido la violencia por el enfrentamiento entre bandas delincuenciales.
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Desde allí, el presidente consideró “que todas las personas de bien tienen que estar comprometidos con el éxito de esta política integral y por eso la comunicación entre las autoridades y la comunidad es tan importante”.

Por ello, instó a los habitantes de la comuna 13 a “servir de fuente de información, pero también de inspiración, a ver cómo desde el Gobierno se hacen mejor las cosas, a ser más efectivos”.

“Por eso yo les pediría a todos los habitantes de bien de esta comuna que nos ayuden, que nos ayuden en esa comunicación inspiradora para ser efectivos, porque creo que ustedes merecen tener una vida mucho más tranquila, mucho más segura y mucho más prospera”, agregó.

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Empieza la Semana por la Paz en Medellín

“Todos y todas por la vida” es la consigna de este evento que invita a los jóvenes a reflexionar sobre los hechos violentos que atemorizan a la capital antioqueña, donde además se lanzó una línea directa para que los ciudadanos denuncien a los grupos delincuenciales.
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Masacre en discoteca de Envigado: sicarios asesinan a 8 personas y dejan heridas a 17

Llegaron en motocicletas, fuertemente armados, y dispararon contra todas las personas que se encontraban en el lugar. Las autoridades ofrecen 200 millones de pesos de recompensa por información sobre los responsables del crimen, atribuido al narcotráfico.

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