While restrictions on movement and commerce are gradually easing, the Colombia quarantine is dragging on. As we enter our fourth month of confinement, one of the longest in the world, one thing that’s kept us sane is our daily walking in Medellín. In the early days of the pandemic, the only people allowed out were dog owners for 20-minute walks at a time. (They never specified how many walks were permitted in a day, so our pups found themselves needing to pee quite often!)
Those pee walks were a saving grace. We even had a few friends jokingly ask if they could rent our dogs for a few days just to get out of their apartments!
Over time, the city has loosened the rules so that everyone is allowed out for two hours a day to exercise. We’ve taken advantage of it by expanding the length and scope of our walks. Before the pandemic, we were walking at least two miles a day, and we’re going even further now. The fresh air and exercise are just what these hiking- and nature-starved expats need!
Here are a few scenes from our daily walks.
Our Sunday Expedition: the Parques del Rio
On Sundays, we go a little further afield to the Parques del Rio, a series of brand-new parks along the Medellín River that are about two miles from our apartment. Completed late last year, the beautiful Parques are a real showcase of Medellín’s innovation and can-do spirit. Included in the project are two brand-new bridges over the river that link the parks to the Plaza Mayor, Medellín’s cultural center. The Parques are one of our favorite destinations in the city.
Here are some pics – click on the first one to see each one in sequence.