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Old 05-14-2018, 10:09 AM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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Medellin is now the safest big city in South America
It has made great changes since the 90s, but this is just not true. Homicide rate still a good deal higher than that of Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima, etc. Much safer than it used to be, but there is still a lot of room for improvement
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Old 06-10-2018, 02:24 PM
 
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A few falsities and misinformation on here.


Don't stay in Prado. Whilst the houses are nice looking, the southern section of the neighbourhood near to the Metro station and Avenida Oriental is not safe at all, muggings are rife around here. The same applies to the section where the Hospital is; there is a huge issue with crack/bazuco dealing around there, which is evident from the vast numbers of crack heads. The neighbourhood becomes deserted at night and is not a safe place to walk around at all.



Plaza Botero is safe in the day time. Don't go around there at night and be careful with the immediate streets/areas to the north and west of the plaza at any hour of day. The same applies to Parque Bolivar, which is a very, very sketchy place after nightfall (it looks the opposite from google maps with the nice church etc). As a general rule of thumb, the east side of downtown is somewhat safer than the west, but the entirety of el centro is an easy place to get robbed if you look out of place. The most dangerous parts of el centro are on the west near to the river; barrio triste (which you won't have a reason to go to) and the section around Ferrocarril leading to Prado and the Minorista.



Crime has drastically reduced, yet is still a huge and very real problem. Medellin is not, by any stretch, the safest major city in South America. The reduction in crime rate is remarkable by any standards, but you have to acknowledge and understand that it is a relative reduction and the city is still incomparable to European/North American ones for prevalence of homicide and robberies. There has been a huge escalation in the last year with murders due to a newly emerging war between a newly splintered group allied to the Urabeños and the Oficina Envigado around Castilla, Robledo and Comuna 13. This conflict was previously (mostly) confined to Comuna 8 (La Sierra, Villatina etc) but has become more widespread and a very serious issue which impacts many daily lives. Whilst this conflict won't affect your time in Medellin, be aware there are some very extreme social issues and there is a level of desperation with margianlised people you may not be accustomed to.
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Old 06-10-2018, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I will be going to Medellin this August. I am so excited, however I have been warned about going.
In general it's best not to wear jewerly or walk around holding your cell phone. Not just in Colombia but in much of South America. You can take your cell phone out in places where you see policeman standing around (malls, some plazas, etc) because the policeman are deterrents to robberies, but it's best to keep it out of sight otherwise. Most robberies happen in one of two ways:
(a) somebody runs up and snatches it out of your hand and runs away
(b) somebody with knife or a gun comes up to you and demands you hand over your stuff
These don't happen frequently but there is more a chance of it happening than in the States or in Europe.

There are drug cartels in Colombia but they don't target tourists and there aren't any drug wars like there were in the 1990s when innocent people would get harmed.

There is a substantial amount of hired killings in Colombia, but again this will not affect you if you are not involved in criminal activities. I only mention it because you may hear about such things happening while you are there from the news or from people talking about it, but you don't have to be concerned about it affecting you.

The FARC is disbanded which means, for now, there is virtually no chance of being robbed or kidnapped by guerrillas on highways.

In Medellin there are some neighborhoods that are very dangerous (even for Colombians), so you want to make sure you don't venture into those neighborhoods.

Lastly, there are a number of neighborhoods that are ok in the daytime, but it is not safe to be out after dark. You need to ask local people about the neighborhood that you are staying in, whether it is safe or not to be out after dark.

Another thing, don't hail taxis on the street. If you need to take a taxi somewhere, ask the hotel people to call a legitimate taxi service for you. The reason is that there are illegitimate taxi drivers who are criminals and who may set you up to get robbed.

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Old 06-10-2018, 07:59 PM
 
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if you go around dressed like a hippie backpacker
Except hippie backpackers virtually never have problems because everyone knows they don't have any money.
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:46 PM
 
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Except hippie backpackers virtually never have problems because everyone knows they don't have any money.
How common are hippie backpackers in Medellin?
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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How common are hippie backpackers in Medellin?
Haha, not particularly common, but the ones that do make there way are never molested.
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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try not to carry many things in case you get robbed
But DO be sure to always carry a little cash so that you have something to give them if you are held up. You don't want to be shot for having nothing whatsoever to give them.

And do not run away if you are mugged. I have a friend in Jamundi whose cousin was shot and killed last year doing this. He was leaving a nightclub. A couple guys with a pistol held him up. He got scared
and ran. They shot and killed him as he ran away. If instead he had stayed calm and handed them his stuff, there is a good chance he would not have been harmed. They would have taken his stuff and left without shooting him.

If the thieves are only carrying a knife and you are a certain you are a fast runner, then you
could consider running.

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I wouldn’t visit the poor working class areas.
That's an understatement. Nobody would, or does, except for the people who live in those neighborhoods. Don't go into Stratus 1 and 2 neighborhoods. Very high chance of being robbed and left for dead in these places.
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:48 PM
 
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I visited Medellin solo two years ago. Absolutely go and have a good time. You will have a great time.

As others have noted, don't be stupid and get drunk and go into bad/unsafe neighborhoods. Do your research ahead of time and stay in the safe parts of town. Not sure who you are traveling with but hopefully one of you speaks decent Spanish.

Uber is apparently illegal in Colombia now but still operating there (last time I checked). I had very good Uber drivers in Medellin. I also used the Metro during the daytime...and it was great.

Last but not least, as has been said, IF you run into trouble (which isn't likely if you stay in the good parts of town), don't hesitate to cooperate with the thieves/robbers.
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Old 06-24-2018, 06:47 PM
 
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Does Cali receive less tourism?
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Old 06-27-2018, 07:45 AM
 
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Does Cali receive less tourism?
I would say it's about the same. People go to Cali for nightclubs. People go to Medellin for the Botero museum and proximity to the mountains.
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