Tango in Medellin
Whilst Salsa is loved by Colombians, there is also a strong history of tango in Medellin.
To get an understand of the influence of tango you might want to first visit the Casa Museo Gardeliana (Tango Museum) located in Medellin’s Manrique district. This small, colorful house is dedicated to tango and one of the most famous tango superstars – the Argentinean singer, Carlos Gardel, who unfortunately met his demise in a plane crash at Medellin’s domestic airport. If you’re interested in learning about how his life sparked tango’s popularity in Medellin, this quaint, suburban museum can be reached by taking a metro to Universidad and then taking a taxi for about $5,000 COP ($2 USD). The address is Carrera 45 #76-50, Manrique.
An international tango festival (and tango world championships) are held in Medellin, during the month of June. Most popular public squares will have some kind of Tango music and festivities occurring during this time and shouldn’t be overlooked if you’re a fan.