Are you a digital nomad looking for a new destination to call your remote office? This month we are excited to feature Medellin, Colombia as this month’s remote work destination.
Can you believe that only a few decades ago, Medellin was considered the most violent city in the entire world? In the 1980s and early 1990s, Medellin was considered synonymous with the name Pablo Escobar, notoriously known for drug-trafficking and his unthinkable acts of violence. Since the late 1990s and early millennium, the city has undergone an incredible transformation and has completely reinvented itself. Now, Medellin is a destination where tourists and digital nomads flock to. The vibrant city is one giant canvas for talented muralists and graffitis artists, it boasts a vibrant nightlife scene, the food is heavenly (calling all foodies!), and it comes with the most jaw-dropping, natural landscapes of lush-green mountains wrapping around the entire city.
Internet + Coworking
As a remote worker, the topic of Internet speed is always first and foremost. Medellin has recently become one of the largest coworking hubs in the world. Coworking spaces have popped up left, right, and centre and you can be sure to find a coworking space on every corner. Internet speeds are strong and fast. You will definitely be connected everywhere in the city, whether it be on WiFi or with a SIM card. The top provider for phone plans is Claro, which offers data packages that start at 1GB of data for 10,000 pesos (about $4.00 Canadian dollars). The streets are lined with Instagram-worthy cafes that serve up tasty bites and, most importantly, are work-friendly.
There is a good reason why so many digital nomads set up shop in Medellin for extended periods of time. Medellin is known as “the city of eternal spring” with comfortable, warm temperatures year-round. The average daily temperatures range from 17°C to 28°C. Sounds like a great change of scenery from Canada, eh?
Things to Do
Medellin is an art-lover’s paradise. Once the murder capital of the world, now the graffiti capital of the world, you will find colourfully-painted buildings, massive murals, and graffiti works with every turn you take.
No trip to Medellin is complete without visiting Comuna 13, a neighbourhood that perfectly exemplifies the transformation the city has undergone. Comuna 13 once had the highest homicide rate in the entire world. As you can imagine with such a title, there is an unthinkable amount of heart-breaking stories from this one little neighbourhood in Medellin alone. The residents of Comuna 13 continue to share their painful history through art, covering every surface imaginable with striking, incredibly powerful murals and graffiti works.
Comuna 13 is situated on the hilly outskirts of the city. Prior to 2011, the residents needed to climb the equivalent of 28 stories to get to their homes. Yikes, now that’s a real leg workout! Now, 6 outdoor escalators, spanning 384 metres connect the entire neighbourhood in a quick 5-minute ride!
Medellin is truly innovative in so many ways. Not only does the city have outdoor escalators to improve access for thousands of residents to their homes – but, it also has a series of 5 “Metrocable” lines connecting the city centre to the neighbourhoods that line Medellin’s steep mountains. Yes, you can actually take a cable car as part of the city’s metro system. How neat is that? And, there are some pretty fantastic views that come with each trip!
Medellin is the perfect base for all sorts of activity-filled day trips. From hikes through Arví Park, to climbing up the 740 steps of La Piedra del Peñol in Guatape, to coffee farm tours, to paragliding. There are day trips for every type of traveller. And, a day trip is always a great excuse to explore the beautiful landscapes outside the city!
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