We took a taxi to the Poblado Metro station early in the morning after having a nice breakfast and sitting up on the roof top terrace of the hotel. Our goal was to go to the Botanical Gardens and the Botero Museum for this day.
We did lots of walking and enjoyed the botanical gardens. There were many birds, iguanas and fabulous plants. We paid 3,000 pesos each to enter into the garden sanctuary. There were 10 varieties of butterflies in the natural habitat area. After walking around the gardens we decided to have lunch at the restaurant in the botanical gardens. The area was under the big trees. There were many business locals there having the lunch. They chose to have the meal of the day. We ordered from the menu. They made some delicious lemonade and natural juices.
After lunch we entered into the museum store but Carmen did not buy a scarf. We continued onward taking the metro towards the area where the Botero Plaza/Museum is located. We saw so many people just standing around under the metro bridge. It seemed like an area that men come to gather and talk, There were soldiers also present, but we never felt unsafe.
We walked among the people and towards the area of the sculptures. There are many sculptures outdoors for the public to enjoy without entering the museum. We paid the small fee and entered to see his paintings. We were impressed to find out that the artist, Fernando Botero, donated his art work to the museum after being approached to loan his work for a fee. He was very generous in donating many sculptures and paintings.
After a long day of walking, we headed back to the hotel and changed to go to dinner. We decided on Hard Rock Cafe Medellin. The meal of BBQ Ribs and Chicken was not very good, we had to deal with a disappearing waiter. We had to ask for water 3 times and I asked for a sauce for my fries which never came.
Finally fed up I asked for the manager to tell him about the bad service and share that I would never return. He informed us that the waiter had left on break and we did not get a new waiter. We walked back to the hotel and packed up our items because in the morning we would be catching an early bus to Santa Rosa de Cabales.