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Mom’s Birthday Party in Parque Arvi, Medellin

Written By: FOXY on April 21, 2011 4 Comments

My Mom got to celebrate her 40th birthday (ok, maybe just a few more years than that…) in Medellin, Colombia this year.

We started the day in Poblado, with a breakfast of fresh orange juice and scrambled eggs and then we were off to the Medellin Metro for a big adventure up to Parque Arvi!

To get to the park, we took the Medellin, Metro system ten stations to the Acevado stop. From there, we walked up the steps to their Metrocable system that propels passengers thousands of feet into the air, up the El Tambo mountain, towards an intermediate stopping point up the slope of the mountain.


The system utilizes Monocable Detachable Gondola technology which consists of cable cars connected to a fixed cable through means of a detachable grip. The haulage cable is pulled by large wheels allowing the cabins to move at an average speed of 10 miles per hour (16 km/h). At times the system is a bit clunky and results in somewhat scary sags and jerks of the cable car that you’re in…

As you head up the mountain and the altitude increases, you’re left with an ever expanding view of beautiful Medellin. The further you go, the better the vistas get. It’s quite dramatic as time passes and the city below seems to shimmer like a pearl in an oyster. Over and over, you get the sensation that you’re at the top of the world, that nothing could ever be so high.

We had a wonderful time on the ride up as well as the way back down to civilization. The view from our cable car was legendary! That night, we went to a boutique hotel, the Charlie Hotel in Poblado, and my Mom enjoyed a wonderful birthday desert to end her day of birthday fun!


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4 Responses to “Mom’s Birthday Party in Parque Arvi, Medellin”

  1. Mom says on: 21 May 2011 at 11:23 am

    I had the BEST Birthday ever ! I’m sooo lucky to have the World’s Greatest Son ! He is also really Cool !!!

  2. Joshua says on: 7 June 2011 at 6:26 am

    Thats awesome you took your mom down there; my mom was shaky so she didnt go; but my dad went with and we flew in from Miami; short flight, Nacional won the championship that day…Imagine walking through Lletas with 10,000 people in the streets and ur carrying luggage…Would love to hear about Brazil; plan new years there…E-mail me…

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