Why It's Worth It

The Andean metropolis of Medellín has written a new narrative since the death of Pablo Escobar in 1993, despite the influx of narco-tourists looking to walk in the drug lord's murderous footsteps. Instead, visitors will discover world-class cultural institutions, a contemporary arts scene, and great Colombian cuisine in a proud, progressive city that's taken strides toward innovation with a modern metro and cable-car system that connects downtown with hillside barrios and beyond. —Laura Watilo Blake