Classified as the city’s poorest neighborhood, it’s also one of the most visited because of its old architecture, labyrinthine streets, and friendly residents.
Keep reading to find out all about Comuna 1 or the Popular neighborhood!
A Short Introduction to Popular
Popular is in the northeastern area of Medellin. It borders the Santa ElenaCorregimiento, Santa Rita neighborhood, Comuna Manrique, and Comuna Santa Cruz.
Today, this commune has an area of approximately 1,2 square miles (3,3 square km). As you can see, it’s a small neighborhood compared to others like El Poblado or Laureles.
It’s in a mountainous area, and the terrain’s inclined, so the houses are almost one on top of the other. These conditions make the place susceptible to floods during the rainy season (from March to May).
This area is residential, so in addition to households in socio-economic states 1 and 2, you’ll only find small stores and some family businesses.
Popular is made up of 12 neighborhoods:
Santo Domingo Savio N° 1
Santo Domingo Savio N° 2
La Esperanza N° 2
Aldea Pablo VI
Moscú Nº 2
Villa de Guadalupe
It’s also crossed by four streams:
How to Get There and Getting Around Popular
Although it’s in a mountainous area of Medellin, with messy roads and blind alleys, this area has three road axes running through it: Carreras, 39, 42B, and 46.
Medellín’s government took on improving mobility in this vulnerable part of the city. Today, despite being a small neighborhood, it has about 122,000 inhabitants, even slightly more than Laureles.
Although Popular is a well-known spot, it doesn’t have a large flow of people like other tourist neighborhoods of Medellin.
Still, security might be an issue. In recent years, security has improved with multiple government plans; however, you must still keep some things in mind if you want to visit this place.
Here’s what to know:
The best way to enjoy a walk through Popular is with a guide. As you know, the streets and alleys can get a bit tricky, and we don’t want you to get lost!
Leave your valuables at home and take a light backpack with just what you need to take a walk around the neighborhood.
Don’t wear flashy clothes that can attract attention, and avoid wearing jewelry or watches.
Spend a Day in Popular
As you can see, getting to know Medellin in depth doesn’t only mean visiting the most famous tourist places. As a matter of fact, the poorest and most vulnerable neighborhoods are the other side of the coin, which we mustn’t forget.
Although Popular was formerly known as a dangerous area of the city, it currently works to attract more tourists who wish to enjoy art and culture. Popular has something for everyone!
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