Medellin, Colombia

City of Eternal Spring

Enjoy the people of this innovative and growing city. This is an incredible place with unlimited opportunities.

 

TRANSPORTATION

*Metro
+Metroplus bus system
+Metro cable
+ City bicycles
—->CIVIC PASS!!! Free!
-Only pay 2000COP (vs. avg 2300COP)
-Only get charged once when transferring from metro to metro plus (or visaversa)

*Taxi
-metered taxis start at 3000COP
-ten min drive usually ends up being 8 mil
-at airports and bus terminals I’ve found taxis to be negociable
– 99% horror stories only come from unmetered unofficial taxis

*Uber
-illegal but usually a mill or few cheaper than taxis

*Walk
-yes it’s safe, but use your intuition. If you feel unsafe, turn around or hop in a taxi. Use more caution at night time. Medellin prides itself on how much it’s been able to turn around its image but some streets and barrios are obviously better left unvisited.


SLEEP

*Poblado Hostels = Get Your Party On

*Abundance of hostels in Medellin

——————-Top Reccomendation ——————-

International House Medellin

(mas tranquilo)

usually the cheapest in all of Medellin at 16000COP but prices do change so double check! Awesome rooftop terrace with fully supplied kitchen ! 

*Around the corner from

-Sport Center (FREE!)

{pool/gym/basket ball/football/motocross/archery/yoga and aerobics classes! /More stuff I’m}

– Exito Supermarket

-Mom and Pop grocery shops

Bakery

-Affordable local restaurants

-Metroplus esta in Fátima

***Fifteen min walk to***

unicentro mall

university

pueblito paisa

– calle 70

Thirty min walk to

-El Estadio (the stadium)

Metro


Dress/Pack 

-Anything you need, you can buy here in Medellín

-Medellín is quite civilized so bring/buy a set of decent cloths

-City of Eternal Spring people… it’s fucking nice out.


Shopping

*La Minnorista

-Farmers Market (warehouse/South American style)

*El Prado

-Estacion El Prado

-Under Metro Flea market, in the heart of central

-In front of Plaza Botero

-homie I got a pair of jeans for 4000COP and a bathing suit for 3000COP

*El Hueco

-knock-off-topia

-streets full of cloths, crafts, electronics, food (or whatever you want)

-outdoor/indoor, street/mall

–>crazy beautiful mall spontaneously in the middle of El Hueco.

*Local Grocery Stores

-D1 is equivalent to dollar store grocery stores… expect that (no produce)

-Éxito is modern supermarket, prices are average

-local shops are affordably cheap

Tip for Central Medellin

*** DONT DAR PAPAYA, A.KA this is not the place to be showing off any valuables…


Moneda

*COP=COlombian Pesos

-value to the American dollar is constantly changing so buy big ! Anything more than 3000COP is really good! Usually stays around 2800COP for every 1 dollar.


Food

* Bakeries

* Bandeja Paisa

-Menú De Día

-Morcilla/rice blood sausage (imagine what you will, but it’s delicious!)

* Empanadas

*Arepas con queso

-fresh on the street practically fried with butter and stuffed with cheese. Then when served topped with MORE CHEESE and then sweet condense de milk ahhhhgggg cheese lovers beware!!!

* Fresh Fruit/Juices

-Guayabana

-lime like fruit drink

*Churro (amazing dulce de leche filled sugar donuts)

No shame in eating a few of these a day. 500 pesos each. Can’t go wrong here when you travel with a sweet tooth !


Things to do

 

*Pueblita Paisa

 

-Party on the weekends in Parque Lleras or Parque Poblado (in the Touristy barrio of Poblado)

 

*Comuna Trece

-Urban Escalator

 

-Community Library

 

-Graffiti

 

*Santa Domingo & San Javier Metro Station

*Parque Arvie Metro (5200COP extra)

*Plaza Botero

–> around this area there is a church where men drop off their prostitutes and immediately are able to confess their sins.

*Parque de los Luces

*Parque Río

-Parque Periodista

-Parque Lineal

-Botanical Garden of Medellin 

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*Free Walking Tour

– Real City Tours meets at estación Alpujarra 9am and 2pm gives a great 4 hour long FREE walking tour.

*Pablo Escobar Tours & Places

– many Pablo tours including paint balling at his mansion in Guatape. Best (I hear) is the one his actual brother leads. Both options a bit pricier..

where he died

where he almost died

where he caused a lot of other people to die

( yes when we talk about Pablo Escobar, we Talk about a lot of A death)