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Plaza Botero

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Plaza Botero

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Eliminate the hassle of traveling independently from Medellín to Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) and spectacular Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol) on this stress-free, full-day tour. As well as summiting Peñol Rock—a must-see for anyone visiting Medellín—you’ll enjoy visits to the local town of Guatapé, the famous Guatapé Zocalos and an exclusive boat tour of Guatapé Lake! Traditional lunch is included with this tour for your convenience.
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South America Voyager wrote a review Oct 2020
Medellin, Colombia2,844 contributions53 helpful votes
In Medellin we started the Covid-19 virus lock-down and quarantine on March 21st and it concluded just a few weeks ago so basically how great it feels to get out after 6 plus months in quarantine and a visit to Plaza Botero is now anew with a much deeper sense of appreciation for the beautiful sculptures. This past week I was enjoying a cup of cappuccino at the cafe next door to the museum, which fronts the Plaza Botero, and much to my surprise a caravan of SUV cars pulled up along with police escorts and an entourage of government officials and they inspect and congregate in Plaza Botero. They were having a tree planting ceremony of sorts which I inquired about and was told that over the course of the next few years many of the open landscaping spots will receive a tree. So take a look at the few photos I took where you see the mayor of Medellin along with the governor of Antioquia along with some other government officials all participated in the tree planting at Plaza Botero. Of course I recommend a visit to Plaza Botero for every visitor to Medellin, just be aware that there is a propensity for pickpockets so stay aware and alert and best of all enjoy your visit!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Melrose R wrote a review Jul 2020
Nepal237 contributions11 helpful votes
Super cool art and must see. Watch out for pick pocketing. The area is downtown and definitely the heart of Medellin. Its busy and you will come across all types of people..
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Date of experience: February 2020
Myo M wrote a review Jul 2020
Coquitlam, Canada18,577 contributions571 helpful votes
One which is just "pretty moderate" in size, what's remarkable about this plaza (and so making it pretty much a "must-stop" in my opinion) are these huge bronze sculptures (all by Colombia's celebrated artist who this plaza was named after) numbering about 20 of both humans & animals with one common feature among them all which is their "muscular physique" (really more than the sizes of the sculptures, it's the sizes of their "arms & legs" which are quite amazing to look at!). And so with no time back in Bogota (where I had been just before Medellin) to check out the popular museum of his works, I was just quite glad to be at this plaza where I did get to both "see & touch" these great masterpieces (and my guess would be that the indoor displays at the Bogota museum are more paintings than sculptures by this much-talented artist who was both a painter & a sculptor!). And yes I would say for "about half a day" apart from this plaza itself (located in the city's "historic area" Zona Centro Historico and also right in the middle of a big shopping area with streets lined not just with indoor shops but also with plenty of outdoor sidewalk vendors): right along the west side of the Plaza is the fairly-big Museo de Antioquia (likely with more of Botero's great works inside but which was closed on New Year's Eve, so for me just seeing the building from outside); about a 10-minute walk to the east (by walking through a shopping street then a left turn onto another one) are Parque de Bolivar & Catedral Metropolitana (quite impressed by the "equestrian statue" of Simon Bolivar in that small park, and yes the "brick cathedral" is also I would say something of a unique structure of all bricks!); about a 15-minte walk to the south (also through a shopping street then a right turn onto a street but not a shopping street and actually a pretty-wide street) is some plaza with a great number of "long upright poles" kind of interesting to look at, then past that plaza after about another 10-minute walk is another one called Plaza Mayor (a long rectangular-shaped plaza with the sign 'Yo (heart) Medellin' & also with a nice-sized bamboo grove along one side). Coming by metro, Parque Berrio Station (on Line A) is where to get off with one corner of this plaza pretty much right at the bottom of that station (where there's also a big "stripe-designed" building right at the entrance to the Plaza).
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Date of experience: December 2019
robync875 wrote a review May 2020
Brisbane, Australia27 contributions11 helpful votes
You have to smile in this place. Botero’s sculptures are whimsical, huge and fun. The architecture of the nearby buildings will amaze too. A must see if in Medellin.
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Date of experience: March 2020
Michael B wrote a review May 2020
Bellflower, California15,297 contributions360 helpful votes
Walking down Tejelo market we entered the Plaza Botero next to the Museum of Antioquia, and directly opposite the Cultural Palace of Rafael Uribe with its two different colours walls that are painted not tiles. Throughout the Plaza Botero there are 23 different Botero sculptures each one donated by the artist at a cost of about of about US $2 million each. This generosity by the artist has made the Plaza Botero one of the top tourist attractions in Medellín. Tip: Take your time and try to see all the statues.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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