The first free and public - outdoor escalators in the history of Colombia. The stairs, which are divided into six sections and will operate three hours a day, facilitate the entry and exit of the 135,000 inhabitants of the Commune 13 living in the hill, which has a height equivalent to a 28 story building.
People in a poverty stricken shanty town in a Colombian slum are really going up in the world after the government installed a giant outdoor escalator. For generations the 12,000 residents of Medellin's rough Comuna 12 neighbourhood have had to climb hundreds of large steps every day. Residents of the community have to trek up and down the steep slopes. The mayor of Medellin, Alonso Salazar, said the work cost 13 billion pesos (US. 6.7 million) and the daily activity period of the escalators will increase gradually.