Culture

The people of Medellín and surrounding areas are known as “paisas,” derived from the word país, meaning country. Paisas are known for their beauty, which is exemplified by Colombia Moda, a world-renowned fashion and textile event in July. The city also hosts the Feria de Flores, a three week-long carnival celebrating the areas grandesque beauty with an exquisite orchid and varietals expositions and an extravagant flower parade, a prodigious ‘cabal gata de pasos finos’ (fine step horse parade) and a continual celebration of Latin American culture. Enjoy the non-stop daily events schedule or the ambiance of the Antioquian nights at some of Medellín’s fine restaurants, bars and dance clubs, all celebrating the paisa tradition.

Building on these events, as well as the esteemed reputation of the medical programs at the University of Antioquia, the economic fortitude of the University of EAFIT, the rapidly expanding business sector, and contemporary arts, music and fashion societies, Medellín is an up and coming metropolis that Medical Tourism Solutions is proud to offer as a health care tourism destination. We are confident you will fall in love with the charm and elegance of paisa hospitality.

While many people associate Medellín with the now deceased Pablo Escobar and the cartels from the 1980’s, the city has come a long way in the last 20 years, and Medical Tourism Solutions has selected Medellín as a Health tourism destination with complete confidence of safety. In fact, the homicide rate is now below that of Washington DC, Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta, and St. Louis, and kidnappings of foreigners in a thing of the past.

Instead, the city is known for developing the first metro in South America, hosting an international poetry festival in June, the largest fashion and textile show in the country and the Flower Festival, a grand carnival of sensational arts and culture. Medellín is also the home of Fernando Botero, one of the most famous Latin American artists in history who blossomed with the colors and passion of Medellin’s innumerous flora varietals, and represents the culture and society that Medical Tourism Solutions has chosen to operate within.




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