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Medellin, Bogota or Panama? Any recommendations?


in Medellรญn, Colombia by @xdrewx | 3yr  | 3 comments

Medellin, Bogota or Panama? Any recommendations on a 6 month stay with the intent of learning spanish and running an ecommerce business(good wifi)?

Where is a good place to learn Spanish? I am coming in with an intermediate level of Spanish.

Where is the internet quality good enough?

Many thanks!
Drew

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@xdrewx | 3yr

@garrett Thanks for the information about your experience. Glad to see you were able to fit in while in Panama. Sounds like our spanish level is similar. I am in the entrepreneur community, did you experience any of that during your visit?

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@garrett | 3yr

I can only give insight for my experience in Panama specifically Panama City region. I spoke conversational level spanish at best and the Panamanians were great at assisting me with trying to speak the language. I was their for a week and had no problems. Many speak spanish but at some hotels, restaurants etc. you will find those who are bilingual and great internet speeds for your ecomm site.

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@grum | 3yr

The answer to โ€œwhere should I stayโ€ depends on the answer to โ€œwhat do you wantโ€? Options include: backpackers, hipsters, bankers, locals, coworking spaces etc. What is your budget? Do you have any expectations? Try to flesh out your question with a bit more detail as location & accommodation choices are extremely subjective.

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When will the Coronavirus travel restrictions from U.S. to Colombia be lifted?


in Colombia by @markm | 1mo 1 month ago | 1 comment

I've heard travel to CO from USA is blocked until September. Any news on this and may this change anytime soon?

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Is it easy to renew your tourist visa for 6 months in Colombia?


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Hello everyone,
I will come to live in Colombia for one year.
What is the best solution with the Visa?
I thought to have a Visa for tourists for 3 months and renewal the visa for 6 months. Is that hard to renewal a tourist Visa in Colombia?
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Where to recyle in Panama?


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Iโ€™m in a small town on the coast of Panama, and I was told that here they donโ€™t separate the organic from the reciclable residues. Have you been anywhere in Panama? Have you recycled?

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Is Bogota safe to travel?


in Bogota, Colombia by @jackgopack | 2yr 2 years ago | 6 comments

HI All!

Considering Bogota for a while but recent reporting indicates quite a few robbery related deaths and the fact that US State Dept personnel and their families are not allowed to use inter- or intra-city bus transportation, with flights mandatory between Colombian cities. Anyone have any insight as to the current reality vs such reporting?

I know they often donโ€™t match but since our nomadlist.com rates Bogota safety as โ€œbadโ€, I would greatly appreciate anyone providing a current or recent boots on the ground status report as to this effect.

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Best coworking space in Medellin?


in Medellรญn, Colombia by @adele | 2yr 2 years ago | 6 comments

Hi there,

Iโ€™m considering a month or two in Medellin and wondered what the co-working space options are like. I want something more than a cafe, so happy to pay the going rate. I spent a couple of months at Hubud in Bali earlier this year and loved it, but realise that Iโ€™ve set the bar pretty high.

Has anyone used Epicenter? I read somewhere it is pretty busy. Any other options?

Suggestions much appreciated.

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We purchased an apartment in Medellin and are looking to ship some stuff from our storage unit there. Value of the stuff varies from Vitamix to iMacsโ€ฆ

Wondering if any of you can suggest the best shippers to work with. Weโ€™re not in a hurry to get it but want to make sure it arrives in one piece.

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in Cali, Colombia by @rynesweeney | 3yr 2 years ago | 8 comments

I am currently living in Medellin until February. I want to find some of people favorite spots for surfing and community. I have heard Nicaragua and Guatemala have many options.

Multiple one month or more stays in countries below the US (CA, SA, Caribbean as all?). Spanish isnโ€™t a problem. Safety, internet, and surf are priorities. Ive heard good things about Panama and CR but they amount of gringos currently in these places is sort of a turn off (Im a gringoโ€ฆbut that is my preference). Budget is sub $1500/month.

Thank you for the suggestions!

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Short term (1-3 months) in Medellin?

 

in Medellรญn, Colombia by @jodie_taylor | 3yr 3 years ago | 30 comments

Hello all,

Iโ€™m just interested on anyones experience of renting short term (1-3 months) accommodation in Medellin, Colombia.

I had a look on Airbnb of course, lots of places, on the more expensive which isnโ€™t a huge issueโ€ฆ Iโ€™m just wondering if in anyones experience itโ€™s better to take a room for a week and shop around when I get there or whether I should just book a month upfront? I recently had a bad experience with Airbnb so not dying to go down that road again just yet if Iโ€™m honest.

Iโ€™ll be arriving in Medellin from November onwards over the Xmas period and likely through till January, maybe longer. Another friend is coming with me so we could potentially rent a 2 bed apartment, or Iโ€™d also be happy in a studio or a private room in a decent house even. Iโ€™m thinking El Poblano or Laureles, as we are two girls with limited Spanish.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks

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How is air quality in Medellin?


in Medellรญn, Colombia by @jjuter | 3yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

What do you think of the pillotion in Medellin Colombia ? I heard it is not as bad if you live in Poblado as it is further up. Is that true?

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How do you get a SIM card (and data plan) in Colombia if you don't know Spanish


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I just arrived to Medellin and did not anticipate that no one would speak any english at all. (Iโ€™m used to Asia where everyone knows the basics)

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Would you like a coworking & coliving space in Panama?


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Hi everybody,
We are at the beginning of a very interesting journey to eventually establish work spaces and accommodation in Panama.
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by @ahawkins | 4yr 3 years ago | 4 comments

Hello everyone. Which podcasts are you listening too? Iโ€™m interested in topics such as:

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in Canada by @bestscifireads | 4yr 3 years ago | 7 comments

Hey guys.

Iโ€™m in the unfortunate situation (and true Digital Nomadโ€™s worst nightmare) where the Canadian tax man (i.e. the CRA) has decided to come calling. And calling hard.

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Iโ€™m a digital nomad living in Thailand who has NOT lived in canada since the middle of 2011, and in that time, only been back to canada three times for a brief visit (with a total period between all those years of less than 90 days out of the 5 years).

I make an online income (affiliates, adsense, and such) of which all if it does not derive from Canada. And as stated, I donโ€™t live there anymore and havenโ€™t in many years. I donโ€™t own houses, cars, or anything (I do have a personal bank account though and a DL โ€“ you need those to function mostly). Iโ€™ve only used Canada as my bank account, from which I would send money abroad to live while outside of Canada, which was the entire period of time.

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in Medellรญn, Colombia by @levelsio | 4yr 3 years ago | 12 comments

Iโ€™m visiting Medellin this October for a month and was wondering whatโ€™s the best way to find a place there.

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How is Cartagena, Colombia for digital nomads?


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Hi - Iโ€™m looking for a good place to stay for a few weeks, work, have a beach, a bit to seeโ€ฆ has anybody been to Cartagena and can say something about cost of living, scene, beach, Wifi (reliable??), safety. Or is somebody there right now? I plan to go in about 4 weeks! Thanks!

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Where should we live in Colombia for six months?


in Colombia by @almccann | 4yr 3 years ago | 2 comments

Hola!

My girlfriend and I are working and slow travelling through Central and South America. We usually live in each location for around three to six months. For instance, weโ€™ve been living on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala for nearly six months now.

Weโ€™re planning our next location in Central and South America to rent for six months and weโ€™re hearing great things about Colombia.

Weโ€™d like to live in a safe and quiet natural location with friendly locals, a comfortable climate and have access to quality produce (food).

Can anyone recommend where we can live? Any tips on rentals would also be appreciated.

Thanks!

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by @purplespatula | 4yr 4 years ago | 7 comments

Have any of you worked from Zanzibar? Itโ€™s mostly a vacation destination but the Internet is relatively good so we are planning to give working there a try in mid-July. Do you know any hotels, coffee shops or restaurants that might be particularly good for getting work done?

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Can anyone recommend a good dentist in Medellin?


in Medellรญn, Colombia by @rudiments | 4yr 4 years ago | 0 comments

Iโ€™ll be in Medellin next week and would like to get a dental check up and maybe some work done before cycling into the mountains to the south. Does anyone have any recommendations for a decent and cheap dentist? English or Spanish speaking is fine.

Thanks!

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Virtual sales assistant recommendations?


by @jammingsloth | 4yr 4 years ago | 1 comment

Iโ€™m looking to hire probably an English fluent individual to help me with pricing and selling inventory. Does anyone have any experience with and recommendations for virtual assistants who can handle this work?

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How do I get an Independent Work Visa (TP7) for Colombia


in Colombia by @matthieudrula | 4yr 4 years ago | 0 comments

I work as remote freelance developer (might become permanent) for US companies and I want to go back to Colombia. I already used my tourist visa. I have seen that itโ€™s possible to get a TP7 for independent work but I donโ€™t understand two points :

  1. Authorization or registration of the foreignerโ€™s activity, issued by the respective regulatory entity when appropriate. (What is the regulatory entity here?)
  2. Document certifying the address of the place where the activity or work is to be carried out, such as an authentic copy of the RUT or certification of existence and legal representation, issued by the respective Chamber of Commerce.
    At the moment Iโ€™m in Arequipa, Peru. Do I have to remotely create a company in Colombia? Do I need a contract as Independent with a Colombian company?
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