Medellin attracts people. Sometimes it’s for wrong reasons – prostitution, drugs, Pablo Escobar’s history. Sometimes it’s for genuine reasons – weather, exploring Antioquia, nightlife, friendly locals, digital nomad lifestyle.
I enjoyed spending more than 5 months in the city of the eternal spring – although its nickname is a little exaggerated – and I learned 2 or 3 things you should take into consideration before visiting it.
1 – Many travelers and locals will speak to you about the district “Poblado” when you mention Medellin. Poblado is the trendy district where there are most of the clubs, restaurants, Spanish schools, and hôtels. It’s an excellent option if you’re in party mode. Otherwise, I recommend you to check out Laureles, another district a lot more authentic and pleasant.
2 – Comuna 13 was – and still is – an excellent example to see and understand how Medellin has changed in the last few years. However, Comuna 13 is way too famous nowadays, and you will see hordes of tourists everywhere. Don’t hesitate to explore another district instead like Moravia or La Sierra. We give you tons of things to do in Medellin.
3 – Guatape is 2 hours away from Medellin, and it’s overcrowded the weekend. Decide to stay in San Rafael and organize a day trip to Guatape from there. It will make a massive difference in your Colombia itinerary.
4 – Parque Arvi is overrated. If you want to explore the surroundings of Medellin, decide to stop in one of the towns in Antioquia instead. It’s one of my favorite departments in Colombia.
Avoid adding Medellin in your Colombia itinerary only because you want to party. You can get fun nightlife in every city of Colombia if you know where to look for. However, don’t hesitate to get there if you plan to visit Antioquia.
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