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ippzipleddyf US airlines offer 24hr free refunds.

Also, be sure to say Colombia vs. Columbia or youโ€™ll get lots of dirty looks and comments ๐Ÿ˜‰
Itโ€™s a lesson well learned and as we mature in life we become more wiser with our decision-making. I also feel you on the vagabond lifestyleโ€ฆIโ€™m too spoilt and privileged to live that way. ๐Ÿ˜Š
Motion designer/Art director for various brands
Who will be in the El Poblado area later this evening?
And itโ€™s likely due to having done that lifestyle that weโ€™re ever more appreciative and grateful for our privilege now. Practicing poverty, even in the past, is a good catalyst for growth.
ghyqzkzi One of my favorite and most rewarding experiences I ever had in Colombia was a friend from Ibaguรฉ and I decided to travel across the llanos with the least amount of money possible. We hitchhiked, camped, worked for food and brought homemade sampa (costs like 9000 COP for like a month worth of food :joy:). We hitchhiked from Ibaguรฉ to Arauca (with the exception from Orocuรฉ>Trinidad, Casanare and Tame>Arauca). In one month of travel we spent a total of 50000 COP ๐Ÿ˜‚
It was 12 years ago exactly
Yeahโ€ฆ you might not want to risk seeding any kind of doubts in those situations. If they smell any kind of deviations from their norms/scripts, you might find yourself in a little room having a less than fun time :slightly_smiling_face:. If you can afford it on your credit card, itโ€™s just as much work to buy and cancel within 24hrs vs. other options.
I'm living in the area, but probably won't be around for the mo
Anyone in Bogota and into Techno? I just bought a ticket to a Techno event for Saturday (Jeff Mills is playing). If anyone wants to join, hit me up :)
into techno but not in bogota! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
I'm gonna be in Medellin sometime during next week I think, I'm gonna hit you up. Maybe we can go together to an event :)
stupid question I presume but the ticket does not have to be a return flight (i.e., back to Mexico)? Figured I might check out Lima and Peru after Medellin, so I'd just book a flight there..
ebbqdnpsrxha thatโ€™s right - just needs to be proof of onward travel out of the country. I wonder if you tell them that youโ€™re leaving via bus to Ecuador or canoe to Brazil theyโ€™d let you pass!?
Yeah, I contemplated to do something similar but not sure if it'd work!
So, get a refundable ticket, but try out the method above. If they donโ€™t like it, be like - ohhhh duuuhhhhhhh thatโ€™s right hereโ€™s my flight back just in case. Report back!? ๐Ÿ™
Ah sorry mate, I'm kinda set on Lima already haha!
urfebhexmilq oh, definitely. Just tell them that youโ€™re going to Lima via bus through Nariรฑo? :wink:. And if they donโ€™t like that, then show the ticket!
Nobody cared about my return/onward ticket when I entered Colombia 2 days ago. But better to be on the safe side. It maybe also depends on where you're coming from and what passport you have.
Copa airlines made me book a return flight or they wouldn't let me check in. So I went with the book a refundable flight and cancel method
Iโ€™m down too! ๐Ÿ‘
iโ€™m down bro!!
- my local number
Hi folks,

what gym would you recommend for a 3-month membership in the Poblado area? Do gyms in Columbia even accept temporary members?

Are you looking for personal trainer or no?
Ojo con โ€œColumbiaโ€ parcerito ๐Ÿ˜‚
Smart fit let me pay month by month
came out to around $17 USD a month or so
and yes definitely donโ€™t call it โ€œColumbiaโ€, especially in front of Colombians ๐Ÿ˜†
ocrajuhpaxw something is seriously wrong with me as I keep making that same mistake lol
ptkidmgwyek perfect, I live right next to it. Will check it out then, thanks!
xjxsvuzhmlpj All good my friend just want you to be safe haha
๐Ÿ›ฌ ynmuald just arrived in ๐Ÿ– Cartagena, #colombia
๐Ÿ›ฌ yinrueazlfob just arrived in โ›ฐ Bogota, #colombia
๐Ÿ›ฌ tfiickjbj just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Bucaramanga, #colombia
I just got a notification about a language exchange event on fb. It sounds fun - maybe I'll see you guys there.
sending you a PM
Thereโ€™s also Body Tech
update no test is needed if you have a full vax set (like a single janssen)
๐Ÿ›ฌ djrlqxi just arrived in โ›ฐ Medellรญn, #colombia
๐Ÿ›ฌ duyekcsfddq just arrived in โ›ฐ Medellรญn , #colombia
Any district / hotel recommendations for Medellin? Nomadlist page recommends Envigado. Would you guys agree?
Not been to Envigado yet, but there's a bit less co-working opps; though it's apparently a nice chilled out family / hipster area.
I'm in Poblado, which is kinda considered the best place to first arrive; and then figure out what you want from there
Sounds good, thank you for the tip ๐Ÿ‘
Did anyone flew from Brazil to Colombia recently? I don't know if the covid test is required or not if fully vaccinated? I think not, but I don't want to be rejected at the border for this if so ๐Ÿ˜…
Not necessarily has to be considered a first point of arrival. If you can speak Spanish then you should try to immerse yourself in the local neighborhoods like Laureles, Envigado etc.

I'm based in Bombona for me its in the center of everything and I'm like 10-15mins away from the hotspots.

The best thing about being there is that i am forced to speak Spanish. Every time I visit Pobladoโ€ฆthe Colombians who work there always feel compelled to speak English with me - not the experience im looking for. Another thing, Poblado is too commercial and gringo-esque. It's ok for going out and having fun but that's about it.

You can do better if you immerse yourself with the locals and network yourself around.
I am planning my first international trip to medellin in August. Trying to book an air bnb. But also wondering what I should plan as far as cell service? Any pointers?
That's the thing I don't speak Spanish at all and had my difficulties here in Bogota because nobody seems to speak English. So maybe Poblado is not too bad for someone like me.
I would definitely recommend Poblado in that case.
Even here, people speak English to me probably 5% of the time - if that.
I'm sure you're already on the case, but I absolutely recommend committing a decent amount of time to learn Spanish; it helps enormously here.
For the initial landing, I'd consider an eSim (or Google Fi if you're US)
Then you're up and running the second you land, without having to scramble about at the airport
noeiye download the app Busuu to start learning quickly. You'll get the basics down in no time!!!
If you have timeโ€ฆpartake in those language exchange meet-ups in the city.
I was in Sabaneta and my wife is fluent but when I was out shopping or whatever, there was pretty much no english. I was actually surprised because of how little english there is compared to SEA, I felt SEA was easy mode in terms of english. Poblado on the other hand is pretty easy.
I think I might be going to the wrong (right?) places in Poblado lol; hardly anybody speaks English IMO so far
If you start talking spanish, they will always default to spanish.
May be that, possibly. Though at the same time, if I struggle - they'll let me do so instead of switching.
The food court I'm in right now, they said something to me about the food faster than I could understand.
I was like "otro vez, mas lento por favor!"
And they laughed and looked up - in a kind of "ok, how do I rephrase this?" way.
๐Ÿ›ฌ mxmufi just arrived in โ›ฐ Medellรญn, #colombia
I flew from Russia and they wanted both
Anyone know if it's possible to buy a prepaid SIM for Data at the airport in Medellin?
There's no way around it; learning a new language is difficult, awkward and uncomfortable for a while. You just have to get used to it. What really helped me was live with roommates that didn't speak English and force myself to go hang out with people who didn't speak English. Even better if you live in a working class neighborhood because you'll stand out as a foreigner and therefore more people will chat and want to hang out. Take a class or two of a subject you enjoy (officially or just to audit) that isn't Spanish as a foreign language at La Universidad Nacional (suramericana is a good neighborhood to live in btw) or La Antioquia (nice location as long as they aren't in paro :stuck_out_tongue:); not only will this help you obtain a student visa super easily you'll make friends and learn a ton of Spanish via classes you enjoy.
Not according to the KAYAK travel map
not specifically Brazil (and since it's not on the special list of 7-8 restricted countries it shouldn't be different) a full vaccine scheme of 14+ days old is accepted

I flew in Saturday and the immigration guy did check my vaccine certificate, and that was it
the regular price is about 8-10usd (30-40k pesos) for a 10-12gb data for 30 days in the city

I hear someone got sold a similar one for 3-4 times this price at the airport, so it's up to you if you want it.

taxis are fixed prices (90k pesos, about 22usd) to all of Medellรญn, the white ones are the official ones - they can take you to your accommodation, and first day you can walk around and get a sim locally if the airport pricing doesn't work out
do taxis accept credit cards?
and are you sure its 3-4 times? like 2 times i would pay for the convenience, $20 instead of $10, whatever, but $40??
i never took that option, just heard it second hand
just telling what you should prepare for, also maybe there is room for negotiation
well i mean, i'm looking on the internet tripadvisor too, and people tend to exaggerate and it becomes chinese whispers, especially when they want to illustrate a point
But yeah, that's a good figure to negotiate around, $10 for the SIM, if it sounds too unreasonable, i can walk. Thanks!
Not sure how long you're staying but make sure you get a SIM card that's active beyond 30 days. I heard some providers block the cards after that..
Claro was about to block mine at 90 days, not 30
also you can go to a Claro shop (not affiliate, an original) and unless you have a special-looking passport number, they register it for you to keep past the 90 days
(not sure how Tigo does it)
30 days is good enough for me. I heard they only block if hyou don't register your phone with your SIM to avoid people using stolen phones. Shouldn't be a problem to do either
Awesome, thank you for your help prayskin-tone-5prayskin-tone-5
Just arrived yesterday. Any meetups?
Where can I recharge my Claro SIM card? I tried doing it online multiple times but it just doesn't work, no helpful error message. And I kinda don't want to go somewhere without Internet and realize Google Maps showed incorrect information. Any help is appreciated, I'm located in El Poblado, Medellรญn.
Thereโ€™s a Claro in Santa Fe mall
qafxze you can also do it at most supermarkets/checkout lanes
Thank you very much guys!
you cannot recharge online with a foreign card, their system just doesn't like it

so the mall option is the easiest for the first time
Okay this explains the errors, thank you
It's a little pricier but I'm now using| now almost anywhere I go.
Amazing, thanks. Gonna keep this in mind for the next time.
Does Colombia currently require a negative covid test to enter?
Not if you're fully vaxxed
damn missed this
Mexico how
๐Ÿ›ฌ vextnaoiybrqna just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Barranquilla, #colombia
๐Ÿ›ฌ abxpvyco just arrived in โ›ฐ Bogota, #colombia
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