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“Not what it used to be”
Review of Parque Lleras

Parque Lleras
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US$20,00*
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Medellin Sights-hopping
Ranked #36 of 209 things to do in Medellin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 2 June 2018

Nine years ago, even 5 years ago, this park was a quiet oasis in the city. A small, urban park surrounded by classy restaurants and the town homes of the well off, it was the place where the locals would come for fine dining and weekend family dinners. There is some of that vibe left during the day time. But at night? A couple of years ago, I stood on the balcony of a bar overlooking the park one Saturday night and estimated that 3,000 people and almost 50 policemen choked the park and 5-6 of the surrounding blocks. The bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and hostels were overwhelming the surrounding area, as exasperated town home owners, overcome by the crowds and noise, sold their properties to developers. Perhaps the constant miasma of marijuana smoke provideds a clue as to how this happened. Colombia relaxed marijuana laws, and that attracted a few battalions of "sandalistas," sandal and back pack and "front pack" wearing frugal tourists who contribute little to the tourist economy. Reeking of patchouli, they don't eat in the better restaurants and they stay in $15 a night communal hostels. The better restuarants are still there - in fact there is an excellent hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant nearby - but many are being replaced by gimmicky, overpriced places. For example, Habana pretends to be a Cuban restaurant, but it has very little real Cuban dishes on the menu.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

Many good restaurants around a pleasant park area. Nice for a quiet lunch or coffee but at night it really hots up, and stays hot until well into next morning. Great to visit daytime or evening, but not recommended as a hotel location for those who like to sleep at night.

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Reviewed 29 May 2018

This place has took a change for the worse over the years looking even more run down and more like a typical trip to tenerife just full of pro's walking the streets and a simple place to go for a late night drink.

Thank Carl R
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Reviewed 15 May 2018

Plenty of nice bars. For dining go a block away from the park. Very nice live entertainment and above all it is safe.

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Small two-block park surrounded by many restaurants, bars,shops and the recommended Charlee Hotel. Very nice, safe area of El Pobaldo. Park was well-kept. Police presence in area. Easy to get a taxi/uber from this area.

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