popular community located south of Poblado, Medellin, Colombia.
guide for Envigado was Carolina Villigas, a freelance professional photographer.
I first met Carolina at the University of Antiquoa Museum where she was
photographing preserved animals that are now endangered. These animals
and birds are some of the inhabitants of Colombia’s extensive parks. Carolina's
photographs will become a critical part of Park Ranger Handbooks so the
rangers can quickly and accurately identify and protect those species
was impressed with Carolina's photographic equipment-a Hasselblad Electric
with backs for both film and digital use, plus a wide assortment of Zeiss
lens. As we chatted, I explained "my mission" with Medellin
Info. Carolina was gracious enough to volunteer as my guide, and show
me the area where she lives, Envigado, a city with a population of about
tour began as Carolina arrived at my hostel, in her pick-up truck. First
she showed me an expansive view of Envigado from the windows of her apartment.
She lives where the air is cooler and cleaner, complete with a nice fresh
woodsy aroma, high above the downtown area of her favorite city: Envigado.
Her neighbors are mostly long time residents with neat homes or small
first stop was the sprawling Central Mayorista, the major Farmers Market
serving Medellin and the surrounding area. Carolina wouldn't even let
me give her gas money, but I was able to talk her into accepting a small
gift of a dozen fresh Mangos, for herself and friends. Carolina's “photographically
trained eyes" helped her quickly select blemish-free, nice colored
you love fresh fruit, vegetables and other good things to eat the
Mayorista has got be your type of market-where shopping is a pleasure!
In addition to selling to the general public, the hundreds of vendors
also sell to supermarkets, restaurants, hotels, schools, universities,
includes a large section of super markets where you can shop in
person, order by phone, or E-mail. If the market doesn’t have what
you want an employee will scurry around the Mayoristato to complete
your order. There is a delivery charge (no matter how big or small
the order) of 5 mil Pesos, (about $2.50 u.s.) delivered anywhere
in Medellin. Always fresh, the widest selection, good prices and
convenience, the Mayorista.
Your English speaking contact at Central Mayorista is Diana Marcela
Florez A. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
who will be glad to answer questions relating to Mayorista.
Our next stop was downtown Envigado, the Central Park and Carolina's church
which she can see from her mountainside apartment. The church, which is
undergoing restoration, fronts the Park which is a strong indication that
it was the first church in the area.
spot a nicely restored '37 Ford and recall that my father was a
Ford employee at the Dearborn, Michigan Rouge Plant during that
time-I wonder if dad helped assemble this beauty?
was a good guide, and very proud of Envigado. She offered this comment:
"Our police are well trained and respected. They are strict enforcers
of the law, so our crime rate is very low. “If you get yourself in trouble
(I wondered if she wasn't warning me?), in Envigado, don't even
think of trying to offer a "present" to a Envigado police officer".
San Fernando is a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant which
serves residential and industrial customers in five municipalities
in the southern portion of Medellin, The plant went on line in 1999
and can treat 1.8 cubic meters of sewage per second.
growth of the entire Medellin area, requires that a similar plant
be in operation by 2010. The treated affluent is discharged into
the wide and shallow Rio Medellin which has a rock bed that naturally
aerates the treated discharge. There is no odor from the river.
During the month of December, in honor of Christmas, the Medellin
River changes its name to: Rio
de luz a spectacular light |
over, and up and down the river. The River of Lights has become
a major Christmas time attraction enjoyed by young and old alike.
you have questions about Envigado, or you’re interested in hiring an experienced,
award winning professional photographer, you may contact Carolina Villegas
at: TIMO@EPM.NET.CO or her cell at:
300-327-6516. Carolina has studied in the states, and speaks excellent
for the tour Carolina.