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Medellin
One of the most popular locations in the world for remote workers these days, Medellin offers stunning mountain scenery and a great year-round climate. The wifi is fast, the nightlife vibrant and the cost of living is quite low for the quality of life you get in return. While safety remains a concern in some areas, it's far better than it used to be and general common sense is enough if you stay away from the rougher neighborhoods. The public transportation system is efficient and there is no shortage of museums, parks and cultural events to keep one entertained. Living here also ensures you're surrounded by a large and active community of remote workers, with endless meetups and activities to join.

Monthly cost of living for remote workers

A remote worker can expect to spend an average of 5435409 1418 1194 ${ selected_currency } per month in Medellin, with an average rent of 3076814 802 676 ${ selected_currency }.
Rent
1 bedroom apartment / modern / central / short term
${ selected_currency } 3076814 802 676
Groceries
Basic groceries
${ selected_currency } 364891 95 80
Dining out
12 dinners and 8 lunches
${ selected_currency } 550000 143 121
Cafe
20 coffees / teas
${ selected_currency } 75000 20 16
Coworking space
1 month membership / hot desk
${ selected_currency } 404339 105 89
Mobile internet
Prepaid SIM / 5 GB data / fast
${ selected_currency } 66125 17 15
Public transportation
20 roundtrip journeys
${ selected_currency } 87100 23 19
Taxis
5 short trips
${ selected_currency } 59250 15 13
Shared bicycles and scooters
10 trips
${ selected_currency } 0 0 0
Sport and cultural events
1 event
${ selected_currency } 32333 8 7
Museums and sights
3 sights / entrance tickets
${ selected_currency } 36000 9 8
Nightlife
5 nights out / 3 drinks per night
${ selected_currency } 307500 80 68
Gym
1 month membership
${ selected_currency } 64457 17 14
Yoga
10 classes
${ selected_currency } 225600 59 50
Massage
1 massage
${ selected_currency } 86000 22 19
TOTAL
${ selected_currency } 5435409 1418 1194
Latest tips
Valuable advice straight from the experiences of your fellow remote workers.
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Be sure to visit Cementerio Museo de San Pedro, the city cemetery where the wealthy are buried. Many exceptional sculptures. It's a museum, but there are still some burials there in the family crypts. Go visit the iguanas in the city botanical gardens. And make sure you get out to the colorful town of Guatapé. If you're feeling ambitious, climb up the stairs to the top of the "rock" - El Peñón de Guatapé. And yes, Medellin is safe - just use your city smarts.
By Debbie A. Places to visit
Colombians will tell you “don’t give papaya”. It is a Colombian saying meaning “don't put yourself in a position where people can easily take advantage of you”. Locals even have different levels of alertness for pickpockets: Papaya level 1-5! Medellin has a dark reputation but the city is a relatively safe place to live as long as you take proper precautions. Avoid walking around at night, leave your flashy jewelry at home. If a beautiful woman approaches you in a bar and it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
By Alex Z. General
La Casa Redonda is one of the best coworking spaces in Medellin in my opinion, located in Laureles. There’s an awesome community vibe and their rooftop BBQs and potlucks are perfect for meeting other freelancers and remote workers.
By Mario D. Workspaces
If you’re looking for a very cool cafe to work at, go to Botanika Lounge in the El Poblado area. Another good café in this area is Cafe Zeppelin which also has great food.
By Mario D. Workspaces
Most remote workers live in El Poblado. This barrio has the highest concentration of bars, restaurants, cafes, and malls. It's quite safe and an easy area to live in.
By James K. Where to live
Average weather in Medellin
Most common months to visit: January - April, December
What to know
Population
2,427,000
Main airport
José María Córdova International Airport (MDE)
Language
Spanish
Tap water
Not drinkable
Tipping
Tip 10% in restaurants
Taxi apps
EasyTaxi