Follow my hiking journey this month and help out St. Jude’s.
This month I will be hiking (urban and in nature) 30 miles in/around the city of Medellín, Colombia – where I am currently staying – to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
I’ll be using this challenge to get me out and about/exploring the city of Medellín, as well as to get myself more active after a bad ankle sprain in the DR.
In case you don’t know about the city, Medellín is the second largest city in Colombia, with a population of over 3 million people. It’s got a booming ex-pat and nomad community, and so many trees. This city is known as the “city of eternal spring” because it is situated at an elevation of around 5000 ft above sea level, near the equator – so the climate is essentially between 65 and 85 degrees every day of the year – a lot like NY during the month of June. The city has many parks and mountain views from all over the city. There are natural parks on the outskirts and hidden walking paths along natural and manmade rivers/canals, complete with tropical plants. It’s a modern metropolis, complete with a metro system that includes trains, buses, trams and cablecars. I’ve been reveling in the modernity, after nearly 5 months in rural Domincan Republic.
Here are a few photos from around Medellín so far. It’s July 4th, and I’ve done 4 miles so far.