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ascwihupnnes2mo
hmmm gotcha
sqochtgfsivqko2mo
It was okay, I found one coffee shop where I was able to work
nhdjpawpojic2mo
emoqgarhnvzcftc ahh awesome - did your airbnb have okay wifi?
ulnzpupvndqufm2mo
I stayed in a very basic hotel, wifi was okay there, but no workspace
lavpivvpankt2mo
ahh gotcha 👍 thanks for letting me know!
kjcgrvxvjnth1mo
hey folks! what’s the most hipster neighborhood in bogota?
ylsrqrhdadtg1mo
like the neighborhood that completes the analogy condesa is to mexico city as ______ is to bogota
luujyltfjcvb1mo
chapinero or candelaria?
ewg1mo
They’re both pretty hipsterish
ucz1mo
I found Chapinero more strategic as it was further up north
ayt1mo
Actually La Candelaria is more touristy
ayw1mo
I was thinking of La Macarena
lom1mo
Between Candelaria and Chapinero I’d stay in Chapi for sure, unless it’s a very short stay
nszjxpuogyay1mo
it’s like 2 months probably
scy1mo
Also note Chapinero is huge, it can go from wealthy to more beaten up
mwp1mo
Oh, definitely Chapinero
krqqtmwxrmdg1mo
ahh good tip!
fwncwsyyjuyj1mo
is there a street area/region you’d recommend?
ovk1mo
I usually stayed around Carrera 7, between Cls. 53 and 80
gnu1mo
Still a long stretch but I think it’s all good in that region
sjo1mo
The closer to the mountains you go (looking at the carreras), the better and less busy it is (but still walkable to the busy parts)
syk1mo
And the further up north you go in the direction of Chicó, the better it is as well
une1mo
The sweet spot is not too close to the mountains (not remote and walkable) and not too further up north (less expensive and more hipsterish)
umkpbws1mo
You want to design your life in Bogotá around a 40 block radius (less, if possible) where most of your needs will be met. Traffic can be so bad that it will take hour+ to go a short distance. Being in Candelaria means headaches in terms of getting in/out. However, it depends on what you want to do.

Generally agree with comment above regarding areas! I might expand it to be Cls. 53 - 100, and between 13 - 7 (or higher, but, then, mountains).
ipobmponmrwp1mo
ahhh gotcha gotcha
tnrbajvjpsgp1mo
thanks for the advice folks!
ovbbkbbsdzy1mo
Chapinero over Candelaria 100%, as everyone else has mentioned here. Although I far prefer the parque virrey area around zona t over anywhere in Bogota. It's not hipster per se, but it's got a great park, great restaurants and bars close by, and a couple shopping malls within walking distance. Super safe area too
xctlesfbom1mo
Why live in Bogota?
wkwvsjdbdael1mo
mmm like me in particular or in general?
ftmodanzhuis1mo
It’s closer to a lot of both sport and trad climbing
xqxvitulqfab1mo
i.e. i’m thinking suesca and la mojarra
xhfwlvtemslz1mo
medellin is pretty far from both areas and i’d like to get out every weekend or so to climb - i think it would be easier to do in bogota
zgjogbbkutcj1mo
(basically did some research on this site and talked to ppl in a forum - www.thewanderingclimber.com/the-top-3-places-to-climb-in-colombia/#Florian1
dsdzpvjwkvvy1mo
i have heard, however, that medellin is better in terms of city lifestyle than bogota, however
neykmhdjxyeb1mo
why do u ask U04CEEG3X?
ike1mo
I like Bogota. I like the mild weather (Medellín gets pretty hot at times), I like the cosmopolitan vibe, I like the architecture, I like the fact it isn’t crowded with nomads and foreigners like Medellín. Plus Medellín is very similar to my hometown in many ways so I don’t really find it interesting, although I like the city. Why live in Medellín?
oekwjcwlucqt1mo
What's your hometown U0U13JV6K?
yqs1mo
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
bnznqgdksmqgztuz1mo
I'm headed there for Carnaval next year!
owagvaaumhzx1mo
Ah nice! Was curious what you were comparing Medellin to!
qdjztajuoyzx1mo
Honestly haven't been to bogota or Medellin - just randomly picked based on outdoor sports proximity
row1mo
I was pretty surprised when I was in Medellín because of how similar the cities are. They have similar stats (population, size), similar geography, similar vibe, and antioqueños share many traits with mineiros. The way Colombians perceive the paisa accent is similar to the way Brazilians perceive mineiro accent; plus it’s a rural state, has dairy and coffee production, even the cuisine has some surprising similarities like the white cheeses, guava paste, the way they cook beans, etc (although comida mineira is 10x better 😉 ). They’re very distant, unlikely sister cities. BH’s past isn’t as tragic though and it isn’t as relevant to Brazil as Medellín is to Colombia. But still, I often felt like I was in BH when spending time in Medellín.
uuzwpsglkbvc1mo
Ahh interesting interesting
guxwamdakz1mo
The only reason I ask is because I’ve heard many negatives about living in Bogota relating to safety, pollution, traffic, weather, cost of living (vs other Colombian cities), general atmosphere/the people there. Only a few positives seem to sit on the other side of the scale (big, metropolitan city with lots of cultural/nightlife activities, nice countryside nearby).
huwtvsomxy1mo
I was just curious as to why digital nomads would choose to live there vs anywhere else in the world 🙂
awp1mo
Nah, Bogotá is a cool city. I think people exaggerate the negatives of Bogotá, and conversely downplay the negatives of Medellín.
nmicfuwyygekrcee1mo
I've heard there is very little sun in Bogotá, so that would keep me from staying there long-term.
ukadabbkesecsibr1mo
But for a couple months? Np
zjsqhtngas25d
Just got back from Isla Providencia - you HAVE to go!
ipsixknfly25d
it’s stunning
fpjgprjfgh25d
right next to Nicaragua in the Caribbean
eeqghhvekd25d
beautiful turquoise waters, great diving, fresh seafood, friendly, chilled locals (who interestingly speak 3 languages - creole, english, and spanish)
qppyczggri25d
lush mountains
hisiuifsml25d
i’d move there for a few months in a second if the wifi worked better (or at all, really)
nxtqbghbiysjkc21d
Going to be in Medellin towards the end of January or early February for around a month. Best place/area to stay?
jkkguextkgnnxl21d
Laureles or Envigado
ayxzhrgjoacnoi21d
Thank you! I’ll check them out.
uwlqotifaksdrznr19d
Laureles or Poblado
snrtvwlmjcue19d
rjxsvntswjemakn envigado is too far, i'd say also laureles or poblado, there's a channel for #medellin
qjnazxrmybjotn19d
Thanks onldpmevugsoo just joined it.
yncczrfocqby18d
Anyone know the most affordable way to get from Medellin to Cartagena? Carpool or rideshare apps?
jjybgegsphkv18d
Roads from Medellin to Cartagena are crap. If all you care about is saving money, I'd look at buses, but expect to spend an entire day on the bus (13+ hours). I always flew
xitqzaptrlyh15d
if you buy in advance, MDE > CTG are very cheap, like 20-40usd
hwqkwfp15d
Agree - default to flights unless you absolutely love buses, really want to experience the landscape from the road, and want to subject yourself to ridiculous delays beyond your control :slightly_smiling_face:.
vjdkcwxhlqgp15d
Yup. Watch out for fees though; I got charged $25 USD to print my boarding pass at the airport in CTG. I think it was Avianca that did that
uhmjhcckufurkpr14d
I don’t know what negatives about Medellin you’re mentioning (found it pretty much perfect) but totally agree on Bogota.

It is unjustly vilified. Really nice city with warm people. I think the fact that Medellin is so bloody amazing that people judge Bogota poorly in comparison.
bnellhdngfqe14d
there's online boarding passes now so no need to print 😅
itjrqawpqm11d
Can’t post the link, but I just saw an article that said Uber is officially ceasing operation in Colombia on Jan 31st
dcadpeiky11d
They appealed but I don’t know if they have leave to continue during the appeal
ougzzzbbfx11d
looks like Uber themselves officially announced it, it looks like it’s actually happening this time 🚗
nppmqjfpjmzk11d
oh wowza
qcvkjmitcvct11d
what’s the other ride-sharing options people usually use in colombia?
rjwcdgwjjxdffz11d
There’s Easy Taxi as well, right?
uhnfeurusosg11d
ubrgyewhurccl just arrived in ⛰ Bogota, #colombia
teyjyjywekaz10d
Hola! Anyone in salento now? Here for two weeks then heading to bogota
blmmbrsrtkve9d
omg salento is so pretty
bcizjodeod9d
How’s the internet up there? I’d love to explore more of those mountain towns here
mxcfvqqxgjhj9d
So my hotel is 5 Mbps so mehh but going to test a cafe shortly
mqwndjvmlril9d
Cafe Jesus Martin which is supposed to be solid
vgjjubdydkpp9d
okay tested another cafe which is also 5 mbps
dbyoqqmspabi9d
going to shortly try cafe jesus martin
ewxzvpjppenz9d
amazingly i was just able to have a google hangouts on that 🤷
srzrbnuqvxlv9d
Okay cafe Jesus Martin is also 5 Mbps
kzpxoilhqyrk9d
Oh yay did another test and it's actually 12 Mbps!
zlylbnuqfozp9d
Okay this will be my new haunt
hzwninjgrw8d
oh nice! honestly as long as I can do a video chat on hangouts, then it’s good enough
dudafgfqqcky8d
yeah obviously this isn’t as good as a coworking space but it’s close enough
jviyegc8d
akzrvssoeqobn how did you arrive into salento? Fly to Cartagena?
eiuwxwjtgirw8d
Nah flew to Pereira
rsndbfeogxab8d
Cab to salento
lewjkqo8d
Ahhh. I have to go see a client in Pereira so I might check it out. Been wanting to go there but always been too far.
rpaesunqmjan8d
yeah it’s a super cute town! i’d def recommend
umykhpmgwzfp8d
crap people had posted here before suggesting bogota neighborhoods! i don’t think i saved it tho 😕
tkrrgmzucexa8d
mind suggesting places again folks?
zzfrfnlysdco8d
i remember somehow had mentioned chapinero but suggested a specific range of streets
wkytxpepdjpl8d
was it chapinero alto or chapinero central?
aclglsj7d
Live dangerously. Flip a quarter. 🤭
uossoktqfozb7d
hahaha
eabhnuc4d
Hola a todos! Just looking for any kind of recommendations for Cartagena. I'll be there for a week so any tip helps, thank you!
yqblpbmtyyqxoq4d
Cafe Folklore is nice to work from a couple of hours a day
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