If you’re searching for a local’s experience in Medellín, I assure you Mirador de las palmas won’t disappoint. You’ll be greeted by loads of parked cars, motorcycles and food vendors on the side of the road trying to convince you your’e hungry from the moment you arrive.
On my first night in Medellin, the person driving me from the airport, Jairo, mentioned El mirador and even passed midnight the place was full of energy, I knew I’d have to check it out before leaving Medellin. Jairo informed me that locals hang out at el Mirador at all times of day either picnicking, grabbing a quick bite, enjoying some music and drinks with friends, etc.Our taxi to el Mirador from the metro (stop Exposiciones) wasn’t very enthusiastic about driving us all the way up as we got closer. Luckily, I was with Colombian locals so when the taxi driver wanted to stop driving they knew to tell him to keep going up. We stopped at the second lookout and walked our way to the top; there are three stops along el Mirador but the top has the best view with no trees tall enough to obstruct the view. After getting to the top my new found Colombian friends and I decided to indulge in the offerings of the food vendors. There are quite a few of them along the way selling local food & drinks like chuzos de pollo/carne (chicken/beef skewers), chorizo (sausage links), mazorca asado (corn on the cob), arepas, beer, oh, and no way I could forget the hot chocolate …
My friends and I had the chuzos de pollo which came with an arepa, cheese, half a potato and some form of salad. I knew my experience was authentic when they pulled out stools so we could sit and one stool went in the middle to serve as our table. The food was good & quite filling, I’m not the biggest fan of arepas but with the layer of butter on top, cheese and chicken mixed it tasted pretty good (disclaimer: I didn’t eat the salad & can’t really describe what it tasted like). The hot chocolate was interesting to say the least, one of my Colombian friends was the one who insisted we have it and even she was surprised when we noticed the white cubes inside were not sugar or candy but cheese. On it’s own the hot chocolate was delicious, you couldn’t really taste the presence of the cheese; however, given that the cheese was soaked and melting in the chocolate you could taste the combination with every bite of cheese. I love these two things separately but I’m not a huge fan of salty & sweet together so I drank all the chocolate and left quite a few of the cheese cubes behind. I recommend everyone visiting el Mirador to try it more for the experience more than for the actual taste.
After eating we went back up to the ledge where it was easiest to see and hung out for a bit listening to the lively music around us.
Important note when traveling here: There are usually tons of taxis by the metro stops so getting up to el Mirador is easy, however, given that it is on the side of a highway there aren’t many cabs while you’re up there, as a matter of fact I didn’t see any. Your best bet is to request an uber (although your service might not be the best) or ask your taxi driver to return for you within a certain timeframe, luckily, Jairo was driving along the same route after getting my other friends from the airport and we called him just in time to catch a ride back down into Poblado.