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Experiencing the transformative power of art in the barrios
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Meeting with community activists
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Seeing how water tanks are transformed to cultural centres
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Attending Cartagena’s Hay Festival
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Exploring Cartagena with an urban planner

Most Liveable Cities: Medellín

Celebrated as the most "Innovative City 2013" by the Wall Street Journal and the Urban Land Institute, Medellín is the quintessential symbol for urban metamorphosis.

After suffering through its darkest days of pain and violence in the 1990s, Medellín has miraculously recharted its course. Respect for life and equity are the values that underpin Medellín’s transformation. This process has been recognized around the world as a source of hope and inspiration for others building liveable cities.

During our week in Medellín, we will take a close look at the so-called ‘Medellín Model’ – a mix of creativity and coalitions, teamwork and an intense participatory process. Success stems from unusual partnerships between the public sector, private organizations, the education sector, and architecture and design offices. We will visit a variety of neighbourhoods and meet with both professional planners and citizen activists to explore how these partnerships work. The result has been a radical reduction in violence and poverty and an exciting reawakening of public life.

Following our experience in Medellín, we’ll spend time in beautiful Cartagena on the Caribbean. Here in the birthplace of Gabriel García Márquez’s magical realism, explore the walled Old City and the rising barrio Getsemaní. The fabulous Hay Festival is on, an event to open the mind and exchange experiences and opinions,

Ann Kirkland has curated a fantastic ten days of stimulating and engrossing experiences in one of her favourite places in the Americas. Don’t miss out!
Most Liveable Cities Cultural Explorations

Colombia | 10 days
Most Liveable Cities

Dates:
Jan 24 - Feb 02, 2020
Cost:
US$4295
Group Size:
14 - 18 participants

Includes:
Transfer from the airport to the hotel on arrival in Medellin; accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar; meals as noted in the itinerary; all ground transportation by public transit and private coach; a full program of activities and presentations with local contributors; excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides; all entrance fees; gratuities; fully escorted by Ann Kirkland

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Medellín
Day 2: Medellín, an overview
Days 3 - 4: Medellín’s Social Urbanism
Day 5: Neighbourhoods and Plazas
Day 6: Medellín’s Memory and Life
Day 7: Fly to Cartagena, tour with architect and urban planner Rick Merrill
Days 8 - 9: Cartagena Hay Festival
Day 10: Depart Cartagena
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Your Tour Leader

Ann Kirkland is the founder of Classical Pursuits, which includes Toronto’s famed ‘salon in the sun’ and literary adventures around the world. Her latest brainchild is Most Liveable Cities, trips to people-oriented cities in both the developed and the developing world to get to know why their residents love to call them home.

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Most Liveable Cities Cultural Explorations

Colombia | 10 days
Most Liveable Cities

Dates:
Jan 24 - Feb 02, 2020
Cost:
US$4295
Group Size:
14 - 18 participants

Includes:
Transfer from the airport to the hotel on arrival in Medellin; accommodations based on double occupancy in listed hotels or similar; meals as noted in the itinerary; all ground transportation by public transit and private coach; a full program of activities and presentations with local contributors; excursions as listed with experienced English-speaking local guides; all entrance fees; gratuities; fully escorted by Ann Kirkland

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Come see Medellin's impressive transformations."

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