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"Touching the heights"

The best thing is you will get to the Cable Car from the Metro without any charges. Stop at different points, meet new people and buy plenty from the sops. You will get a drone view of the whole city sitting in this nice, clean and easy to use cable car.

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Metrocable (Medellín)

Metrocable is a gondola lift system implemented by the City Council of Medellín, Colombia, with the purpose of providing a complementary transportation service to that of Medellín's Metro. It was designed to reach some of the city's informal settlements on the steep hills that mark its topography. It is largely considered to be the first urban cable propelled transit system in South America. There were plans in the city for some decades before its inception for some form of transportation that took account of the difficult topography of the region. These ideas date back to the use of cable-car technology for exporting coffee starting in the 1930s between the city of Manizales, to the south of Medellín, and the Cauca River 2,000 metres below. In its modern incarnation, it was the result of a joint effort between the city's elected mayor and the Metro Company. For some, the initial conception of this system was indirectly inspired by the Caracas Aerial Tramway which was designed primarily to carry passengers to a luxury hotel.

Line K of the Metrocable connecting the Medellín River valley to the steep hills in Comunas 1 and 2, was the first system in the world dedicated to public transport, with a fixed service schedule. Since starting operations in 2004, it carries 30,000 people daily and is operationally integrated into the rest of Medellín's mass transit system, which includes the overground Metro, bus rapid transit system and a tramway line .

As of 2010, the Medellín Metrocable system contained three lines, namely Line K, Line J and Line L . Two lines, Line H and line M, are under construction as of 2015. Overall, the system has been received with enthusiasm by the locals, who are mainly low-income users and are prepared to queue for up to 45 minutes at peak times to use it. It has also served as inspiration to a rapidly growing number of similar systems in cities in Latin America and elsewhere.


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