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Yup - I get what you’re saying. The area I’m describing is relatively far away from the carnival route, though. Seems more like homeless and drug addicted people... more of a Tenderloin SF vibe (well, same same but different).
That's kind of a theme I find in most Southern America, things tend to drop off quickly away from certain areas.
Hey all, anyone know good co-working spaces in Medellin? And are there any programmers there who can vouch for the internet speed? The website says 11Mbps, which people say should be enough but it's on the low end and I work with a lot of data.
Anyone get better speeds where they live?
goduusxthnkm no clue about Medellin. I have 60/6Mbps (down/up) and there’s also fiber getting rolled out in other places. I pay… ~$35USD/mo for it. I also have backup cell plan with 4G for ~$23USD/mo (with some caps I rarely exceed). I’m surprised they only have 11Mbps. That said, they might change it for you if you ask. Likely they have a dedicated symmetrical T1?
Where are you lhyydcdv ?
rafs1mo
Hi! I'm looking to go to Medellin in the next month.
Anyone has recommendations on best neighborhoods to stay in??
Deeply appreciate it!
gabo1mo
If you’re looking for an international environment, touristy where you can get around without much Spanish, try Poblado.
For a bit more local experience, but still international, try Laureles.
For a hip area where there are rather more locals, try Envigado.
one of these are prob the best to start with
I stayed in Sabaneta right next to the mayorca mall. It was good but a little removed to get to stuff.
liisvhtkqzzj Pereira.
melo1mo
Go with Laureles if you want that local experience. If you need a co-working space, checkout Semilla Coworking or Factory Loft.
Hey y'all looks like COVID numbers are going up in Colombia. Can I get a temperature check from people on the ground there? Appreciate any insights! Thanks!
And anyone from US there right now? Do you have to adjust your company tax filing at all? Or does Colombia's tourist visa allow you to stay without having to bother with any tax implications? Newbie question but this is my first foray into the world of digital nomadism.
Its very bad in Medellin and most of Colombia right now. There is a strict lockdown on all of Medellin until Monday and during the week a curfew of 6pm
Oof. Thanks Max. Stay safe 🙏
As long as you’re a tourist, you are not liable for any taxes, in fact, if you keep the receipts of stuff you buy, ie, a computer or a pair of sneakers, you can get that sales tax back before leaving at the airport (although it’s a bit of a hassle)
Someone in Bogota next week (for a lock down hi five yeaaaah :raised_hand_with_fingers_splayed::skin-tone-5:)?
Just booked my flight to spend July in Medellin! Hopefully COVID's in a decent place by then?
gabo24d
goyvynouom I spent all of my last year there, and plan to go back for another year by mid-June. I expect the situation for the rest of this year to be like it is now:
• vaccines are rolling out super slowly (US/EU is still taking up most of the supplies) and they prob start with the elderly (+rich/connected people but I think those already got it) so infection numbers won't definitely go down, rather fluctuate
• nightly curfew starting sometime between 8pm-midnight until 5am
• every now and then a full 24h curfew weekend, especially on and around holidays
• shops / restaurants / everything open on non-curfew hours, restricted capacity but not too restricted
• pico y cedula meaning you can only do shopping/go to malls like every other day (depending your ID/passport number) but small shops don't care about it anyways
That sounds kinda rough! Found an article that seems to reiterate the curfew piece
Wondering if I should rethink my plans 😅
tgjohq what does 24h curfew mean?
gabo24d
it means that if you don't have any special permission (like you're a rappi driver or so) then you're not allowed to be outside.
it's not really enforced in the barrio, but in nicer areas it is
Also, do you think certain cities will be better than others?
gabo24d
never tried to argue about this with the police, but if they insist and/or see there is a gringo with money, the actual fine is about 300usd
gabo24d
villages won't see much, so the smaller the better - however, expect bad/slow internet connection in exchange
gabo24d
Medellin/Valle de Aburra, Cali/Valle de Cauca def gets it, and I'm pretty sure about Bogotá too
Any idea on cartagena? I don't know much about it.
gabo24d
I left it out intentionally, as they rely more on tourism than the others and have been first with openings as well.
I think the more touristic places (walled city, bocagrande/laguito) will rather stay open.
In December Cartagena did night curfews in parts of the city (and I think rather the poorer ones) and other parts not vs Medellín and around having the same thing across the whole valley
Interesting, good to know. Maybe I'll stick with my plans and just be flexible with where I go. My goals were (1) learn salsa and (2) be somewhere with good internet.
gabo24d
internet -> you need a city
salsa -> Medellín/Cali is perfect, schools are open
gotcha, thanks a lot for all your help here!

In terms of cities, what would you recommend? I know of Medellin, Bogota, Cartagena, and Cali.
gabo24d
also teachers come to your apartment for private classes, I think by this point some of them have figured out to get special permissions that get them around most curfews
gotcha, that's great. I was planning on private classes
gabo24d
Bogotá for me it felt too cold (the weather) but also the people a bit - still the largest city, the biggest international communities

Medellín - nice international communities, touristic areas but also more local places if you wanna live your life using Spanish only, has everything

Cali - a bit warmer, normally lots of parties, not sure how it is now, rather industrial and less touristic

Cartagena - felt a bit too touristic for me, but you have a beach right there
Thanks! Yea was definitely leaning towards Medellin. I think at this point I'll just wait until the last minute to figure out where I'll stay.

Maybe I'll message again here towards the end of June for an update.
gabo24d
salsa I can recommend a teacher in Cali who is really good teaching online (like she can point out over zoom that I'm holding my right foot at a small angle instead of straight and it's messing with my turns) if you want to start online already, for in-person I think there are a lot of options when you get there
oh wow that's impressive. Right now I'm taking online spanish classes. I think I'll focus on that for now, and wait on salsa in-person.
gabo24d
she does speak English (I guess) but of course, both are a mental strain in their own right
Yea I think it's more of a time thing for me.
I'd rather invest more time into Spanish now so I can be conversational when I'm there. I like being able to talk with locals.
gabo24d
it totally makes sense, it makes a huge difference in experiencing things if you get around only speaking Spanish
Agreed! I'm not starting from scratch so I think I can get there in 2 months.
gabo24d
I also have a recommendation for a Spanish teacher in Medellín/Laureles for in person classes if you'll need one.
I took some classes with her to get my grammar better, but she's also very good with conversations practice.
oh that's great, I might take you up on that!
I am planning to move to cartagena but I am basing so the fact it's touristy is a plus. Ammenties and airport.
Maybe we can get some great deals on accommodation?
I want my vaccine first. My wife is Colombian and a lot of her family got covid.
gabo24d
yeah I'm also getting the vaccine first and travel after
gabo24d
also living in Cartagena having locals around you the touristic places are a different experience than when you're by yourself or a full-foreigner group.
I think I get a bit too annoyed by the sellers trying to push their things on me so that may differ for others
Also not a fan of that fjinxm

And same, ioimznlfznvixmlgg on the vaccine. I’ll be vaccinated before coming
Cartagena isn’t my first choice but it’ll be an interesting decision if it’s much more open than Medellin
gabo24d
I found Medellín to be reasonably open, you're not locked in every weekend, I don't think Cartagena would be way more open.
If the lack of a beach nearby is not a dealbreaker, I think it's a better starting point

Also you can get a finca for the locked in weekends with friends and just stay there
Ohh good idea!
There was an hour there where I was like “ehh maybe I should go to Mexico” but I’m feeling better about Colombia now
The thing with Cartagena, is old city is cool, but it is like a 2-3 day thing max. Since we have family there and in Baranquilla, it's a little different. It's a good stop if you are DNing, but I think for 2-3+ months you would have a better time in Medellin because you have access to some large parks etc... and there is a ton of good day trips you can take like Salento.

For us it would be a base (cartagena) so I want quick access to an airport as well as safety/security but in general I wouldn't recommend it for long stay DNing.
The only down side of medellin is pollution.
gabo24d
I agree on both
Also, the weather is amazing in Medellin, it's so strange to take weather for granted but it is possible in Medellin.
uhg, now I am getting depressed, I am going to go do some work.
Smaller cities that might be worth considering - Pereira, Armenia, Manizales. Also great weather, much less pollution. However, not as metropolitan (~300-500k each), but also in the middle of many fun activities.
Which operator for the cell phone at a good price / with good internet/ Giga forever?
Thanks for the recs. Good to have some options depending on COVID restrictions
they’re all pretty much the same tbh
I had tigo which lets you top up with their app.
Thanks you! Finally went randomly for Movistar, works perfectly
Did you get a plan with unlimited Gb ? Movistar only offered me a 12 gb for 60k of COPS
Tbh, I got extremely lazy and am still using the wifi / roaming from my Costarican Movistar 🤣 (I arrived only 2 days ago). I plan on changing today for the Colombian one, I will let you know. Are you still in Medellín UTV7207EH? I'm coming there next Friday
yes I'll stay in Medellin for next 2 months
Cool! Let's meet if bars are open like in Bogotá
About Movistar still, 12gb Is not bad! I had 4gb for the same price in Costa Rica...
Is anyone in Medellin now? What is the curfew situation there?
I am in Bogotá now, they announced hard curfew (same mesures as in Medellín) , but it is actually quite "normal", OK. Just not too much partying (8pm curfew). I guess it is the same in Medellín. Probably wogwrugxxhknadg could say.
yeah, right now all weekends there is a lockdown , all is open until 8PM during the week , I read this will continue for whole April
bznhaaiu xwwtxwrxbcqqkxu Thanks for the insights! This is super helpful as I was looking to move there for the month of May.
Hope all is better in May 😅
Anyone knows where we can take a covid test in Medellín (results 24 hours later tops)? And how much it would cost? Thanks a lot!
mmmm I did in "Clinicas las americas" they are fast results were in 18 hours but they cannot promise you that, they say 48 hs at max
I will try to see that one, thanks! How much was it?
Have you ever been to the Selina Palomino (just opened)? The rudest people ever. I asked the guy if they had a Coworking space, he said "huum, no". Still you have to pay the price of the "Selina experience" I mean :rolling_on_the_floor_laughing::rolling_on_the_floor_laughing:.
like 50 usd at the exchange ?
Hello all, I have a few über n00b questions, that I could really use help with 😬 (I've arrived to Medellin yesterday).

1. I know there's a 24h curfew here now, but i see a lot of people walking outside, does it mean it's okay during the day, people don't particularly care about it, or something else?
2. What's the sim y'all would recommend most? I need it mostly for data (a non-awful app is a nice bonus). I got exito because that's the only one I could find on Rappi, but it doesn't seem it's quite usable for nomadic foreigners.
3. Anything worth knowing about Medellin?
tl;dr (I'm in Medellin):
1. How seriously to treat the curfew
2. What's best data SIM?
3. Anything else that's worth knowing?
gabo10d
curfew - I haven't been around recently, but don't think that things would have changed much. The deal is that if the police catches you and want to fine you, the fine is about 300usd (as per the law). I guess a bunch of people just risk it that they could talk themselves out of it.

sim - check the discussion a bit above. I had claro when I was there, but no idea about the best choices

worth knowing - the valley has multiple cities/municipalities (like Envigado is a separate city, not part of Medellín), they may have different curfew rules every now and then
Hey All, heading to Medellin next Sunday, May 9th. Few questions

1. Protests shutting down restaurants, mercados?
2. Curfews in effect?
Anything else we should know?

Thanks! 🙂
Are you sure you don't want to arrive on a Monday? :rolling_on_the_floor_laughing:. I arrived on Saturday and streets were literally burning, glass everywhere, no way to get cash as all banks have been smashed. So if it continues over the weekend, which apparently it will (yeah people :fist::skin-tone-5::fist::skin-tone-5::heart::heart:) try to get an uber or negotiate very well the price with the yellow taxi from the airport before getting in. They tend to exaggerate due to the circumstances (curfew +protest + traffic jam...) And don't make the same mistake as I did, withdraw enough cash at the airport.

To my point of view, everything seems normal (shops /gym clubs /some bars open) the curfew does not feel so strong for proof, I have absolutely no idea at what time it starts :joy:. But on weekends you definitely feel the difference. Streets are almost empty/shops are closed but you can buy what you need at their door or have a "domicilio" with the Rappi app.

I am not here for long and this is my first time, so I have nothing else to say.
Wow very interesting! I'm getting there July 5. Hopefully the glass and burning stops before then 😅
Seriously it is fine now! Back to normal. Plus the law bill they were fighting against has been whithdrown and one minister has resigned today I think, so they won a battle! Medellín is great! I'm sad that I cannot go to no regeaton party :joy:. But that's alright! Next time!
I'm thinking of visiting Colombia but quick question has anyone tried bringing their dog into the country and if so, how difficult was it?
nutorhdh when my parents retired back to Colombia they brought back our large dog, and given Olie was fairly old, he was able to travel in the cabin.

This info is fairly accurate medellinguru.com/travel-with-a-pet-colombia/
That’s great! Thanks for the update 🙏
Are bars and clubs all closed?
Wanted to get into some 💃 salsa dancing
No idea about clubs (but with the curfew I guess there are closed), but bars are definitely open
Thank you sir
Sounds like things ares slowly, but surly getting back to normal (pre-protest)
If anyone needs to get a pcr test with results in 24h (or less) in Medellin, yesterday I have been to the Pablo Tobon Uribe hospital at 12pm and they gave me the results at 7am this morning.
It is a bit more expensive than the clinics that offers results in 48h or less but not guaranteed (I payed 280k vs 100 something at the clinic). The price of emergency...
Also, in case anyone is wondering, Colombia is not a great place to be this moment, and TBD how long things will take to stabilize. I’m hopeful that things will return to normal, but I’m also “hoping for the best and planning for the worst.”
i'm in bogota and they actually cancelled the quarantine this weekend and no more pico/cedula stuff, though the 8pm curfew is still in place
the protests i've seen so far during the day are quite peaceful, though i hear in the evening they could get violent
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