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Medellin has made massive progress in both public safety and tourism over the past decades. However, as the city slowly becomes a recognizable tourist destination, there are plenty of places a traveler should not wander either for their own safety or to avoid wasting their time.
Some of these places are the stomping grounds of prostitutes and drug addicts; others are where pickpockets and thieves congregate, or the places embroiled in gang-related violence. There are also places that are blatant tourist traps simply not worth the bother. Colombia Reports determined the no-go areas based on warnings by the Ombudsman and visits to these neighborhoods. The remaining levels of caution should not be interpreted as a travel warning, but rather an invitation to explore the city with the appropriate caution.
These caution levels are based on local reports on the prevalence of street crime and violent gang activity. This war has persisted in the western parts of the San Javier, Belen and Robledo districts throughout The city installed outside escalators onto the mountainside in the Comuna 13, which have been safe for years. Parque Lleras before the prostitutes Image by No machine -readable author provided. Because of rampant sex tourism that has disgraced the neighborhood around the park, the area around Parque Lleras is increasingly avoided by locals.
Furthermore, there have been an increasing number of reports of police trying to extort tourists to make an extra buck. Tourists would never have dared venture to the modern-day Parque de las Luces when Pablo Escobar was still alive. The plaza is a magnet for drunks, drug addicts and the homeless, and the level of street crime here is rife. Knife attacks are not uncommon, and it is recommended to never visit the plaza after dark. In , a guerrilla planted a bomb at the base of a bird sculpture in Parque San Antonio — one of many larger-than-life sculptures from artist Fernando Botero that are scattered throughout Medellin.
The resulting explosion killed 23 people and injured a hundred others, but Botero refused to have the ruins of his sculpture removed. Sadly, the park is known for pick-pocketing and armed robbery, particularly when there are less people around or when it gets dark.