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I used bestonwardticket — they asked me in Miami when I was checking a bag with Avianca but not upon arrival in Colombia.
I’ll give it a try! Never played but I’m tall and fast so I can’t be that bad
Try this page www.flightconnections.com/|https://www.flightconnections.com/br />
There’s a direct flight from JFK but not direct flight from Toronto to JFK seem like they start on December.
Also, pwpmtvsxzxgrd try Google Flights to easily see many options.

also let’s you see days when there’s flights (sometimes flights aren’t daily), so you want to time things right.
There’s usually direct flights from Miami but you’ll probably have to buy the flights separate on different carriers
🛬 ikygigwlny just arrived in ⛰ Medellín, #colombia
Toronto > FLL > Cartagena (couple days) > Medellin
If you haven't been to Cartagena before can do some site seeing before heading out to Medellin.
Cartagena or Santa Marta?sunny Which city would you recommend for staying & working for 1 month?
phn25d
Santa Marta is closer to Parque Tayrona and all the surf spots over there. But I felt it was more of a stopover city before folks would head to Ciudad Permida/Parque Tayrona
phn25d
I think Cartagena offers a bit more
phn25d
but depends a bit what you’re looking for 😅
Sta Marta is cheaper and has access to more and better beaches

Cartagena is more expensive, the beaches are meh but there’s a lot more to do for partying, museums, etc.

Depends on what you’re looking for when you’re not working
I am planning to move to Cartagena in november but the reasons I am moving there might be different than if you want to digital nomad. I feel that as a digital nomad location Cartagena is not the greatest, you can get through pretty much everything in 2-3 days. I think you would get pretty bored in cartagena for an entire month.
It's very touristy and has an international airport and owfxtjvq pointed out the beach are kind of meh. I haven't been to Santa Marta, you might want to consider splitting the visits maybe.
Medellin I think is a far superior DN experience, as an example. You can do all these cool multi-day trips like guatape and salento or you can take the gondola up the mountain and hike, however, it has no beaches.
Until I setup a co-working space in Cartagena, then maybe it will be better 🤣
Cartagena is a more vibrant city indeed, but staying in Santa Marta is cheaper and closer to better beaches (Palomino) and the Tayrona park which is a must . Probably you want to stay in Santa Marta and make short trips to Cartagena just for fun. It all depends the kind of vibe you are looking for.
My wife and I are looking to buy a place near Santa Marta for my suegra. I like having relatively close proximity to the beach and mountains. I also really like Valledupar which is only like a 4 hour drive from Santa Marta.

Again, depends what you're looking for. Cartagena has far better restaurants imo.
Does anyone have any on the ground reports of how Cartagena is doing right now?
Anyone been there in the last couple months?
How’s TripAdvisor for finding restaurants and stuff to do in the city? I have friends here in Cali but they’re work during the week
I’ve been consistently disappointed with online discovery of good restaurants/experiences in Colombia (and really, most places outside of the US/part of Europe). Nowadays, I do some web searches, but mostly I rely on local friends that can tell me about the scene.

Let us know if you find a good source of info!
phn22d
Just look for peruvian restaurants 👀
TripAdvisor is not very good. Google maps is a little bit better. but the best is to reach out for locals. For restaurants I recommend you start with Creps & Waffles and Parmesano, they are both chains but have quality food, and you can easily find them on shopping malls
Thanks friends! I was hoping someone would know of a secret app to make the search easier haha
Unfortunately it’s the sad state of the internet these days! Somewhere in there there’s a good zero-trust based review startups, which I hope someone builds and is able to grow :wink:.
I used to use foursquare but I don't think it is still used in Colombia so usually end up using Google maps.
anyone else in bogota at the moment?
Hi everyone, how are things in Colombia, covid restrictions wise, right now?
Also, any thoughts on Santa Marta and Medellin as potential nomad destinations?
Medellin has been a digital nomad destination since I can remember (at least 2005)
We are looking at houses for my suegra in Santa Marta. Pros it’s close to the coast and relatively close to the mountains. Cons more difficult to catch international flights
ivan17d
has anybody done a visa run for colombia, any issues? my 3 month tourist visa expires soon so wanted go to peru for few days and then return to colombia
apeljt I did the exact same thing and didn't have any issues. I mean there was an issue I overstayed my 3 months and had to pay a fee, but then I did peru.
gabo17d
a 3-month tourist stamp (on-arrival is a stamp, not a visa, if you have an actual visa then I don't know) you can also extend once for another 3 months if that's the only reason for the visa run
Apparently it's pretty easy to extend to 180 days online, never tried but I plan to do so
People who have been living in Colombia for a long time do you have a perception that crime has increased in your area after Covid lockdowns?
I have family there (through wife) and they told us that things have gotten worse in some areas but we also know that tourism is booked out, there is a family member down there who own a small island resort and it is booked out months in advance. I imagine with money pouring in things will start to improve, I am still trying to find out the situation in Cartagena because I was planning to move there in november but I am probably going to end up in Baranquilla instead and might shift over to Cartagena later.
I’ve heard mixed things from family members in Medellin (Navarra, Buenos Aires and Manrique). Some say crime has skyrocketed and others have said everything is back to normal. Guess it depends which generation you ask.
Locals can often be hyperbolic because they are more sensitive to smaller changes.
Hi all! 👋 I will be arriving to Medellin next week for the first time. Would love to meet some of you and explore/grab drinks if anyone is around! vblue_heart
Do you know of a site other than Airbnb to find long term rentals in Colombia in similar places?
biaokrskjf We found an apartment where we signed an actual lease but my wife has a cedula. I think it is possible without it but it might be more challenging. We found it through a facebook group, there is a bunch of them. Just ask and you will usually get a ton of messages.

Colombia has a law that any place that can rent under 30 days has to register and comply with hotel regulations. So don't bother with any other short term accomodations.

Another thing to think of is getting an unfurnished apartment for 6-12 months and just spending the money to furnish it, this could potentially be cheaper depending on how much stuff you need.
facebook groups. other than airbnb, i have been fortunate to have found really nice accommodations from FB groups. it takes more work and time to search but make a post and see if you get any responses
Yeah I wouldn't mind the 12-month lease and then just resell whatever I can and donate the rest. I've found a few sites in English to find rentals but prices seem catered to foreigners there. Do you know of any FB groups where locals go to or just the marketplace?
Thanks, I'm going to try this, do you have any group recommendation I should join?
Is it possible to do visa runs outside colombia to avoid the whole becoming a resident part? 🤔
search for "digital nomads medellin" or "digital nomads around the world" or "expats in colombia" i always join groups for the city i am planning on going to ahead of time and do some networking and info gathering 😁
I'm actually part of all of them 😂 The digital nomads medellin didn't have anything I liked. Will try to find groups in Spanish 🤞
ya, sometimes it takes some digging and searching. FB marketplace is a good place too.
in theory you become a tax resident if you spend more than 183 days on a 365 days period. That's theory, no idea if it is enforced
gabo14d
I think the 183/365 is on calendar year, so you can still do 12 months in a July-June term with extensions and a visa run
gabo14d
some more ideas:
• check the real estate sites like finca raiz
• walking around the area you like, asking the doormen about contacts of places for rent
• calling the numbers put out on large banners in balconies
• renting an airbnb short term and talking directly with the owner about long term off-airbnb, also asking the owner if they have / know of other properties
can work
gabo14d
I don't think you just magically become a resident, you have to take active steps to achieve that status. Overstaying a bit is only lightly penalized (in the 100-200usd range) up to 6 months, if you overstay more in one go then it gets a bit harsher including getting banned from reentry for a couple of years.

Also if you don't work locally and only bring the money inside the country, there is very little chance the DIAN would catch you - as I understand even Colombians don't pay much taxes on their foreign income bc they can get away with it
gabo14d
not really answering your question, but what's the appeal of a gated community with a bunch of equal looking housing vs like an apartment in a tower with a view of the whole valley? Legit curious, I've never lived in a place like this.
Hey guys, a bit of a niche visa-type question, but wondering if anyone knows. I’m an Indian citizen with a valid US tourist visa. I read that you don’t need a visa to enter Colombia as long as you have a valid US/Schengen visa, but I haven’t seen any governmental websites say this. Wondering if any of you know if this is actually true? Or, if any of you where I could ask to confirm this?
gabo14d
www.cancilleria.gov.co/en/procedures_services/visa/requirementsbr />this page says after selecting India:
```You do not need a visa to enter Colombia if you are a US or Schengen visa holder with a minimum validity of 180 days at the time of entering Colombia (an airport transit visa is not admissible) or you have residence permit in a Member State of the Schengen Area or in the United States of America. Otherwise:
You must apply for a visa. Contact the Colombian consulate closest to your current place of residence.```
means you're good
You will need to get the visa at a Colombian consulate outside of Colombia, so they will verify everything when you get the tourist visa.
There’s a few reasons for me but the main ones would be that I’m kinda used to it as In honduras I used to live in gated communities. It gives me an additional sense of safety and kinda feels more like home than living in an apartment.

I really prefer 1 floor of stairs to get to my room than 10 floors in an elevator.

It usually also means I slow down a little, have a better kitchen most of the time and I enjoy the extra space.

There’s also a little More contact with most of the neighbors and it’s nice building that type of relationships.
For me is usually, apartments for short term, 6 months or less and house or townhouse for long term, 6+ months.
Yeah I mean doing visa runs instead of going through all the becoming a resident process.

Yeah I believe is basically the same as in most LATAM countries, the rule is there, but there’s usually no mechanism to enforce it or there’s too little interest in doing so. Still a possibility but really remote one.
But just to clarify, I would totally pay any taxes due if I’m living there. But some Latino countries make it so hard moving there that I he process really makes no sense for some.
gabo13d
perpetually staying with visa runs is a bit problematic because they might not let you back into the country after a while (actually happened to a friend of mine, he then spent 2 weeks in Panama and then entered via a smaller city and got in without issues)
gabo13d
if you're thinking of a year and not coming back much in the near future I'd go for the 90 days upon entry + extension + a bit overstay + a visa run in the new year and do it again combination. As long as you're in the country nobody cares, but getting back when you already have overstayed much before may get you into trouble (refusing entry, nothing more serious ofc)
gabo13d
valid points, I see the difference in our preferences
gabo13d
I got the impression that these gated communities are a bit more rare here and it seems that it's for the rich people (as in a level richer than us) but that was only my perception, I haven't been interested in getting into a place like that.
gabo13d
If you don't need to be in Medellín proper, there are a bunch of places a 20-30 min drive away where you can get a whole finca in a gated community (like Santa Elena) that might be an option as well
Thanks guys, your source seems legit saddup so hopefully they let me into the country 🤞
gabo13d
good luck!
🛬 btpiafon just arrived in ⛰ Medellín, #colombia
Where are the areas has most nomads in Medellin? Planning to come end of the this month probably
Probably El Poblando if I were to guess.
gabo11d
Poblado and Laureles
Poblado if you want an international environment, restaurants, bars, and don't mind walking up and down hills all the time
Laureles is more flat and walkable, and a bit less touristic
Poblado is great for coffee shops/coworking, there are plenty of them
🛬 aiqflzjygjaqoa just arrived in ⛰ Medellín, #colombia
Hi all! in Medellín till tuesday evening then going to Cartagena
Hi Guys! Taking my flight over later today from CDMX to Colombia (I am US citizen) . If I have a return ticket, will I be issued a visa automatically when entering for 90 days? The website says visa requirement but I was under the impression that was given upon entering?
I got 90 days on entering.
djlmclxhy yup - given on entry. Nothing needed prior to arrival for visa.
🛬 vlombsowfsfwgytxx just arrived in 🏖 Cartagena, #colombia
I gotta take a flight back to the US next month, does anyone know where I can go getthe required covid test in bogota?
🛬 cyzifylllh just arrived in 🏖 Cartagena, #colombia
cpaunmgwsaemwudw lots of Google results, but this from the US embassy looks interesting (although no clue as to the last update date):


The Rappi option is very interesting.

I’d definitely go for an option where they come to you vs. going somewhere because it’s so easy here.
gracias!!
Gonna be there too! lets meet!
Hey guys, I saw some scary comments regarding the Parque Arvii in Medellin where people were stolen and assaulted. We wanted to go for a visit this weekend with my girlfriend but apparently it's recommended to go with a guide for safety issues (especially since covid). I wonder if you guys know if people are organizing groups to visit the park, we don't want to get a guide, not because of the price but because we just want to visit the park without learning about the story and co lol
There is usually a good amount of people there on the weekends. Weekdays are a bit more sketchy. Last time I went I spent time with people I met on the metro cable.
Oh ok, gtk thanks 🙂
I heard such rumors also before covid, and we also got the recommendation to take a guide (didn't end up doing any larger hike inside because the group was not up for it)
the people at the information booth were pretty helpful identifying the areas on the map that could be sketchy, so that could be an option to avoid some parts of the park
My general for not just colombia but pretty much anywhere that could be sketchy. Lots of people = good. Little to no people = bad
Thanks for these advice :)
also if you go to hike around sketchy areas you don't know, just take cash and a cheap spare phone and nothing that you cannot afford to lose
hbjwrqbrnxsybjrbd well the problem with large natural areas is that you cannot really predict the density of people in specific places
in Cape Town they say your party should always have at least 4 people, ideally more. it doesn't guarantee anything (I remember a case where a group of something like 12 people was attacked by 2 people with guns who were also drugged out) but if an assailant has to choose between attacking a loner or a couple vs. a group they will probably choose the former
If guess if I get robbed at least I won't have to find an excuse to myself to buy the latest smartphone 😂
but yeah, I usually put a few bills in my sneakers, just in case
If anything invite some Antioqueño friends to join you for company and added security ;)
It's only my gf and me 😢
🛬 ohcdooznak just arrived in ⛰ Medellín, #colombia
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