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Friday, January 18, 2013

Colombia’s Medellin, once known for trafficking, now draws tourist traffic

A tourist on a viewpoint at the Biblioteca Espana, the local library in the Santo Domingo neighborhood, in Medellin, Colombia. The Escobar drug cartel days are gone, and Medellin, in a valley surrounded by green mountains, has added parks, libraries, museums and hotels.