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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
Never slam the taxi door! Trust me. In fact, close it very slowly if you don't want to get yelled at. Also, never try to pay a taxi with a 50000 bill.
By Christine W. Transportation
Get out of the city and see the countryside, it’s gorgeous. I highly recommend San Carlos and the waterfalls. Take a day trip to Cerro Quitasol. This is a cool day hike on the north side of town that overlooks the entire city. Also, you must climb El Peñón, this famous landmark rock has an interesting history, and also one of the most spectacular views in Colombia. After, head to Guatapé. It is a beautiful and colorful town nearby.
By Glenn B. Places to visit
Always order the medio (medium size) of the "bandeja paisa" (a typical Colombian meal). Finishing the big one is pretty much impossible :)
By Glenn B. Food and drink
There are free weekly salsa classes available at the Dancefree studio in El Poblado.
By Justin H. Places to visit
The metro is reliable and easy to use. Uber is illegal but available, and you can travel between Laureles and El Poblado (two of the most popular expat areas) for around $2. Taxis will cost about the same, but make sure they use the meter.
By Karen W. Transportation
You can take a free day tour with Real City Tours. It is tip-based and it lasts over 3hrs. Great way to get oriented with the city once you arrive.
By Karen W. Places to visit
If you go to work on your laptop at a Starbucks, the wifi will be good, but you will need to buy something every 2 hours to keep using it.
By Emma J. Workspaces
Don't buy fruit and vegetables in the grocery store, go to a market. You'll find better prices, support local farmers and you can try all the new fruits right there at the stall.
By Rick N. Food and drink
If you’re invited to be somewhere at 8:00 pm, don’t show up until at least 9:00pm. Your Colombian friends will be late. Nothing here is done with a sense of urgency so try not to be in a hurry or you will get frustrated.
By Rick N. General
Always carry coins for toilets, parking, tips, etc. Also, always have cash with you (small bills). A lot of places don't accept card and ATM machines don't always work.
By Rick N. General