Hi, it’s me Marimonda.
Today, I’d like to introduce a light festival, which is happening these days in Medellín. Called El Alumbrados in Spanish, you can enjoy the biggest lights display several areas in the town.
Where are they?
Technically, there are all around the city. You can see them in Parque Norte, Parque del Río, Poblado Park (parque poblado), Parque Lleras, Avenida la Playa, Pueblito Paisa (Nutibara), Sabaneta and Envigado. Probably you won’t have enough time to visit all of these places and personally I don’t think it’s worth to visit all or them. Amongst them, in my opinion, Parque Norte and Parque del Río are the best places to visit.
Parque Norte is probably the first to go for this year’s light festival. Not only with lights, it’s full of friends, couples and families enjoying the night. The lights are on from 6 p.m. till midnight everyday.
It didn’t seem very dangerous inside the park. There are many police officers for visitor’s safety. Still, it’s good to stay in group. Though, streets from the metro station to the park and outside park seemed quite disorganized.
It took me an hour to look around the place. I arrived around 10 p.m. and the last metro leaves around 11:30 p.m. Thus, I had to hurry. There are several food trucks and places to eat in the park. Public bathrooms were relatively in ok-condition.
The closest metro station is Universidad. I felt metro is more dangerous to be robbed because it is very hard to move around and protect your stuffs with such many people. So, be safe.
Parque del Río
The other day, I went there to Parque del Río because I heard there are lights alongside the river. I heard, previously, the lights were placed the whole river. Unfortunately, this year, you can enjoy it only some parts of river. Still it was very beautiful.
Since it’s a more open space than Parque Norte, Parque del Río didn’t seem that crowded like Parque Norte. Looking at the river with various colors was amazing.
The lights festival continues until 6th Jan. Thus this is the last weekend to enjoy your the illuminations.
Enjoy your travel with Marimonda. See you soon 🙂