HOME TO VIVID STREET ART, a bounty of sculptures and paintings by Botero, Colombia’s only public transit system (including cable cars) and a burgeoning dining scene, Medellín transformed from Pablo Escobar’s former hangout to one of the safest and most vibrant destinations in South America. It doesn’t hurt that this city of 4 million people sits in a valley surrounded by mountains at an altitude close to a mile high, offering sublime temperatures around 70–80 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. This lends itself well to outdoor cafés and bars, the ideal places to start your night out on the town.
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WHEN I FIRST VISITED CARTAGENA, I went from touring an exhibit hall to standing on 17th-century stone fortification walls 15 minutes later. I left my hotel tower and walked for miles on the beach the next day. Our closing party took place in the historic walled city, with a convent from 1551 on one side and a full cumbia band flanked by costumed dancers on the other.