Dear Diary |
December 8, 2020 – December 13, 2020
I treated myself to a nicer hotel.
The stolen phone and shitty hostels really broke my travel spirit.
So, I needed to reframe and recharge.
- Explored the city
- Met up with a friend of a friend
- Admired the street art
- Visited the cutest little coffee farm
- Climbed a giant rock
- Took a bus into a local neighborhood
- Scaled the backside of a mountain
- Learned what it felt like to be out after dark
- I flew from Bogota to Medellin on Avianca.
- The drive from the airport into town is breathtaking, especially at night.
- Taxi drivers will charge you an arm and a leg to get from the airport to the city.
- The new tunnel makes the trip much shorter, but the toll is very expensive.
- If you understand Spanish you can order an Uber and meet in the special location at the airport.
- My Uber driver made me pay the tunnel fee out of pocket plus the fare.
- But, the Uber driver on the way back paid the tunnel fee without asking me, so you might be able to negotiate with them.
- Area to Stay | El Poblado
- This is probably the nicest neighborhood in the city.
- It has a ton of cute coffee shops, bars, restaurants, and shops.
- I didn’t partake in the nightlife, but I could tell it was the place to be from all the music and noise.
- Area to Stay | Laureles
- Hotel | Celestino Boutique Hotel
- Beautiful hotel for a reasonable price [~$57/night USD].
- I needed a serious break from hostels, so I decided to treat myself.
- I’m 35 years old, used to the finer things in life, and am a light sleeper.
- So, hostels aren’t really my jam.
- Plus, after 7 days, my new phone wasn’t fully setup which was a nightmare.
- Restaurants & Coffee Shops |
- Paso [Neighborhood] | Comuna 13
- Historical neighborhood full of amazing street art.
- Check out Airbnb Experiences for a guided tour.
- I liked my tour but didn’t love it. I felt like I was being sold too much.
- There weren’t a lot of tour options due to COVID.
- Majority of people wanted to charge me a private tour rate, which I declined.
- Airbnb Experience here.
- Secret Hike
- Airbnb Experience here
- This was super cool and wasn’t touristy at all.
- This guide, Vanessa, spoke very broken English, but that made it more fun.
- I loved her firecracker personality.
- We took a bus to her childhood neighborhood [muy authentico] and hiked to the top of a mountain where only locals hang out.
- Instead of going back down the way we came, we scaled down the back side.
- We taught one another Spanish and English and shared some laughs.
- We didn’t reach the neighborhood until dark.
- Vanessa is fairly light skinned and super small, so two females wandering around at night wasn’t ideal.
- We took the sky tram to the newly finished light rail downtown.
- Finding an Uber was challenging and they kept canceling on me.
- Luckily, Vanessa waited with me until I got one.
- Coffee Farm & Guatape Tour
- I was the only person on the tour.
- Thankfully she was nice enough to take me.
- The host is super sweet, but didn’t have much personality, so trying to have a forced conversation all day was a little exhausting.
- Plus, I wasn’t feeling my best.
- The Finca La Rivera Coffee Tour in El Penol was hands down my favorite experience in Colombia.
- The farmer’s grandson, Justin, was too cute for words. He knew every step of the process and loved helping his grandpa.
- It’s a family owned farm that produces ~2 tons of coffee a year, opposed to the larger coffee farms in the Colombian Coffee Triangle.
- Airbnb Experience here.
Have you been or do you want to visit Medellin?
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