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FredInCalifornia
Fullerton, CA106 contributions
Family
A wonderful plaza highlighted by the whimsical Botero sculptures. They are much larger than I imagined. There were some noisy vendors but the plaza was not crowded the day we were there. We purchased a keepsake photo from one of the vendors for US$3.00. He took 5-6 pictures at different sculptures and allowed us to pick one. It was a nice souvenir of the day. One word of caution - do not walk more than a couple of blocks from the plaza as some of the surrounding neighborhoods are not completely safe and as in any busy downtown area, keep close track of your belongings.
Written August 17, 2021
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stephan j
London, UK849 contributions
Couples
Were else can you see so many Boteros than here in Medellin. The square itself is very lively and a bit chaotic which makes the art even more interesting. I strongly recommend seeing the Museo de Antioquia at the same time as it contains many interesting Botero paintings in addition to other local art. We very much enjoyed sitting at the little coffe shop on the outside terrace of the museum (on the left hand side facing the museum), drinking a fresh fruit juice and watching the world go by.
By the way, it is perfectly safe to wonder around the square, just be “streetwise” with your personal belongings
Written February 27, 2020
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Paantha
San Diego, CA145 contributions
Family
A quick walkthrough to admire 20 or so Botero sculptures before you enter the Museo de Antioquia. Tons of Hawkers here selling Botero artwork and other souvenirs. I felt a little distracted by them.
Written August 8, 2022
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jaimexplorer
California1,148 contributions
I can understand some of the cautionary reviews about Plaza Botero but there are a ton of people there during the day so I wasn't worried about my safety. I kept a close eye on my purse and cell phone but I do that all the time.

Personally, I prefer sculptures when they're outdoors and Botero's sculptures make this a worthwhile stop.
Written December 29, 2021
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA22,153 contributions
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.
Written May 9, 2020
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Mr. Fisher
Tampa, FL387 contributions
It was great to admire a collection of Botero's works outside in the plaza and then go inside to see his paintings. This may be his largest collection anywhere! If I had another opportunity to visit, I would go early in the morning with a guide, explore the plaza and then visit the Museo de Antioquia to see the paintings as soon as they open. I mentioned a guide (or a taxi driver) because I usually carry photographic gear and the plaza is in the downtown area. Later in the day the crowds can be very large!
Written January 31, 2020
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Lorna R
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as a photographer, i really enjoyed the energy and subject matter around the botero park. one older gentleman sang argentine ballads to me, another told me the history of the area. my boyfriend got a lovely pair of shoes - shined beautifully, and a traditional colombian hat, all very reasonably priced.
Written January 24, 2020
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,560 contributions
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We really liked Botero Square which lies in front of the Antioquia Museum in downtown Medellin.
There are dozens of his quirky sculptures dotted around the square and its a delight to wander around.
You get a fair bit of hassle from the vendors and traders that work the square but nothing overly annoying.
If you like the sculptures, make sure to go into the museum too as there is a whole floor dedicated to Botero.
Written July 17, 2022
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South America Voyager
Medellin, Colombia5,812 contributions
I can hardly believe it has been 10 years since my first visit to Plaza Botero in 2010. I have lived in Medellin for the past 3 years and find myself in centro for shopping and meeting friends at least once or twice a week.

There are a few vendors who will take and print a photo for you like this one attached which is dated December 2010.

Over the years I have seen the amount of visiting tourists grow exponentially and see no let up. It is a good place to sit like I sometimes do at the adjoining museum cafe and enjoy a cup of coffee and just people watch.

Now this review must be made with a view to caution as this area has many eyes looking at you at all times including the undesirables who will be looking for an opportunity to snatch and run with your camera, jewelry and/or whatever they can get hold of. I know as this has happened to me so therefore I give 4 stars only because of security issues.

Do NOT stay around this area after dark as this is when the zombies come out and the safety concerns will raise the hair on even a hardened criminal. Always use situational awareness and best to visit in a group.

This being said yes this is a MUST VISIT place if you are visiting Medellin.
Written February 17, 2020
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phutty
Tallinn, Estonia1,251 contributions
This central square in Medellín attracts all walks of life, making it a great place for people-watching as much as a sight for admiring the sculptures of Botero dotted about the place. (Be mindful of your valuables either way.)

I admit I'm a big fan of Botero, so there's plenty on the square to keep me occupied and smiling. It's also a great "open-air extension" to the adjacent Antioquia Museum, where there's a much wider-ranging collection of Botero's art.
Written February 27, 2020
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