Where to stay in Bogota

Where should you stay in Bogota? It depends on what you like

Bogota is becoming a more and more popular traveling destination every year. The capital of Colombia truly has a lot to offer to its visitors. Colombians are known for their friendly, tourist-welcoming nature, and the city has a bit exotic vibe. 

Bogota has something for everyone, whatever their interests may be. It is filled with galleries and museums, so anyone interested in its colonial history will be thrilled to visit it. The city is also known for its urban culture, so you can enjoy its street murals and modern art galleries. Bogotans also know how to party and there are many clubs and bars where you may have the time of your life. Add to that delicious food and world-renowned Colombian coffee and you get a perfect city for both traveling and living. 

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Transportation in Bogota

Bogota is famous for its TransMilenio public transport system, which is the world’s largest BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system to this day! For more information on how to get around, check out their official website.

5 best areas to stay in Bogota

Even though Bogota has managed to get rid of its reputation as a dangerous city, there are still some areas that are best to be avoided. Still, there are plenty of beautiful, safe neighborhoods that will suit your needs, whatever they may be. To help you pick the best place to stay in Bogota, we have selected some of our favorite neighborhoods:

  1. Teusaquillo
  2. Chapinero
  3. La Candelaria
  4. Zona Rosa
  5. Usaquén

When deciding which areas to include, we considered several factors:

  1. The overall vibe of the neighborhood
  2. The cultural and historical value
  3. Interesting things to do and see
  4. Safety
  5. How connected the area is to other parts of the city
  6. Cost of staying
Where to stay in Bogota, Colombia
Best for first-timers Teusaquillo Peaceful central area with lots of things to see and do
Best for bohemian souls Chapinero A diverse, trendy neighborhood with hip bars, shops, and markets
Best on a budget La Candelaria The affordable area near the center with many sights
Best for partying Zona Rosa Pedestrian party district filled with bars and clubs
Best for a long-term stay Usaquén A calm neighborhood that is home to many expats

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Where to stay in Bogota on your first visit—Teusaquillo

Teusaquillo is an ideal place for first-time Bogota visitors. It is located near the city center and well-connected to near-by neighborhoods such as Santa Fe and La Candelaria. This area is rather peaceful, so you won’t have to worry about your safety. Teusaquillo is home to many monuments, street markets, and restaurants, as well as to a couple of museums. It is known for its many green areas where most major concerts and festivals are hosted. 

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Where to go in Teusaquillo

  • Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park for nature lovers
  • Casatinta Galeria for fans of modern art

Best for outdoor lovers: Simon Bolivar Metropolitan Park

The largest park in the city, Simon Bolivar is a place Bogota is very proud of. You can spend hours walking around in the fresh air, relax by its magnificent lake, or visit the botanical garden. If you’re on vacation with your kids, you’ll be glad to hear that there are several playgrounds around the park. 

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Best for modern art fans: Casatinta Galeria

Casatinta Galeria is probably unlike any gallery you have seen. It showcases major Colombian illustrations and graphic arts. The gallery also hosts all sorts of workshops so you can brush up your calligraphy or character creation skills. 

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Where to stay in Teusaquillo

AirBnBs in Teusaquillo are generally cheap, and the average price per night is around $30. Check out some of our top picks:


Budget option: Casa Cubil – Informal hostel in a 1940s home featuring a bar, an elegant lounge & a terrace, plus free breakfast.






Midrange option: this modern loft.









Luxurious option: Grand Hyatt Bogotá – Upscale hotel featuring 2 restaurants, an indoor pool & a spa, plus complimentary parking & Wi-Fi.






Where to stay in Bogota for bohemian souls—Chapinero

If you want to experience a more authentic, hip vibe, Chapinero will be the perfect area for you. Known as the coolest neighborhood in Bogota, it is located in the central area of the city. Chapinero is incredibly diverse: its northern part is posh and known for luxury shopping centers while the central and southern parts are more laid back and culture-oriented. 

It is filled with indie cafes, vegetarian restaurants, markets, and street art. You can roam around experimenting with different types of coffee or try out craft beers. It is also the center of the LGBT community and home to the world’s largest LGBT club, Theatron.

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Places to visit in Chapinero

  • Parque del Chico for culture vultures
  • Zona G for the foodies
  • Teatro Libre De Bogotá for theater lovers

Best for culture vultures: Parque del Chico

This beautiful park is located in the northern part of the neighborhood. Besides beautiful nature, Parque del Chico has its own museum, located in a colonial hacienda, where you can see all sorts of textiles, glassware, and ceramics. Other notable cultural destinations are a Monument to the Heroes and Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

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Best for foodies: Zona G

Zona G (G for gastronomy) is the major place in Bogota for Colombian cuisine lovers. There are hundreds of restaurants and food stalls in this area so you can try out food from all around the world.

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Best for theater buffs: Teatro Libre De Bogotá

Teatro Libre De Bogotá is an amazing place for drama fans. Built in the 1970s, it is one of Colombia’s most influential theaters. You can watch all sorts of plays by major Colombian playwrights, including Marquez, Navajas, and Camacho, as well as Shakespeare’s plays.

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Where to stay in Chapinero

Chapinero is a popular area with a lot of hostel options! The average price per night is around $30. Check out our top picks:

Budget option: this cozy, budget-friendly place.








Midrange option: this modern flat near Zona G.









Luxurious option: B.O.G Hotel – 5 Estrellas de Lujo 

Luxury hotel featuring a fitness center & a spa, plus a rooftop heated pool with a bar & a terrace.





Where to stay in Bogota on a budget: La Candelaria

If you’re a student on a budget or an adventurous backpacker, you will fall in love with La Candelaria. Although this area is very close to the city center and within walking distance of major sights, the accommodation is surprisingly cheap. You can choose between hundreds of family-owned hostels and small hotels. 

La Candelaria is the historical center of the city, so there are plenty of interesting things to see, including colonial architecture, museums, and cobblestone streets filled with small bars. The only problem with this neighborhood is that it is not as safe as some more expensive ones. You will be fine during the day, but make sure not to wander too far away from the main street at night.

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What to see in La Candelaria

  • Bolivar Plaza for the tourist within
  • Museo Botero for the classical art fix
  • Graffiti Tour for the urban bugs

Best overall: Bolivar Plaza

Bolivar Plaza is the main square in La Candelaria and tourists’ main destination. Besides bars and restaurants, you can visit the beautiful Cathedral of Colombia, as well as Casa del Floreno (the Independence Museum).

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Best for art lovers: Museo Botero

Museo Botero is a museum that every art lover needs to visit. Most works you will find there are paintings and sculptures by Fernando Botero but you can also see the works of other notable artists, such as Degas, Dali, and Picasso.

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Best for urban souls: Graffiti Tour

If you love urban art, we recommend taking the Graffiti Tour. La Candelaria is full of wonderful murals and street art worthy of admiration. The guide will tell you all about the controversy behind these murals and how they tackle some political and cultural issues. The best thing is that the tour is free of charge!

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Where to stay in La Candelaria

La Candelaria stays will not break the bank, as the average price per night is around $24. Check out some of our favorites:

Budget option: this cozy, authentic hostel – Hostal Fátima








Midrange option: this place in the historical center of the neighborhood.








Luxurious option: Hotel de la Opera – located next to the Cristóbal Colón Theatre and opposite the San Carlos Palace, Hotel De La Opera offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Facilities include an indoor pool.






Where to stay in Bogota for partying: Zona Rosa

Zona Rosa will make any party animal’s dreams come true. Located in the northern part of the city, this area is heaven-sent for anyone looking for a great party. It is filled with bars, clubs, restaurants, and casinos. There are also several shopping malls, both for budget and designer label shopping. The major part of the area, called Zona T, is pedestrian. Since it is primarily known for its party vibe, there is a lot of police in the area, which makes it relatively safe. 

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Where to go in Zona Rosa

  • Andres Carne de Res for classic Colombian party time
  • Armando Records for clubbers
  • Hard Rock Cafe for casual nights

Best for authentic Colombian parties: Andres Carne de Res

If you want to get a taste of the local nightlife culture, make sure to visit this amazing restaurant. It offers delicious Colombian cuisine and is known for its wild salsa and rumba parties.

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Best for clubbing: Armando Records

Armando Records is known as the best club with live music. Only the most exceptional Colombian live bands get to play their hot Latino music there. The bar is well-stocked, cocktail menu fantastic, and atmosphere amazing.

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Best for casual nights out: Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe is one of the most recognizable places in Zona Rosa and is incredibly popular. You can try out local beers while enjoying Bogotan live bands or show off your singing skills on their karaoke nights.

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Where to stay in Zona Rosa

Since Zona Rosa is the party central of Bogota, the prices per night are a bit higher, around $60. Here are some of our top picks:

Budget option: this AirBnB in the center of the area.








Midrange option: this loft with a stunning view.








Luxurious option: this high-end luxury stay – Radisson Bogota Metrotel







Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Bogota

The 6 best coworking spaces in Bogota, Colombia

Bogota is the capital and the largest city in Colombia. With a metro population of over 10,000,000 people, it is the epicenter of business opportunities in the country. It comes as no surprise that digital nomads have an eye on this city when looking for the next place to work and live from. We give you the rundown of all the popular places you can cowork from in Bogota. Along the way, we also share some useful tips on how to make your life there easier.

So without further ado, here are the best places to cowork from in Bogota:

  1. Panda Lab — Carrera 8b
  2. HubBOG — Calle 98
  3. Work&Go — Zona T / Calle 98
  4. Co+Labora — Usaquen
  5. Emprendu — Zona T
  6. CoWo — Chicó Norte / Quinta Camacho

Panda Lab is our top pick for coworking Bogota-style!

Source: Panda Lab

Panda Lab is located in Carrera 8b, a street just outside Bogota’s bustling city center. Its location gives it a very good selling point — it is close enough to all the major spots in town, but far enough not to be swallowed up by its traffic noise. So, if you prefer working on your stuff without interruptions, this super affordable place is definitely worth taking a look.

Another huge advantage of this place is its budding community. Gatherings of all kinds are held regularly here — one of the most popular is the Artificial Intelligence Meetup. Those of you who are aiming to broaden your network should take advantage of such events and join the Panda Lab coworking space.

If you do join, you will have access to their kitchen with an assortment of snacks and free coffee. Another plus is that you can store your valuables safely in a personal locker. The Wi-Fi signal is stable, and there are plenty of power outlets. You can also opt to work from the outdoor terrace (although Bogota weather is generally horrible) or the lounge area with excellent ergonomics.

What took our breath away is that this space is so carefully designed that it offers time-out activities as well. Hop up to the fourth floor, and have a blast playing virtual football and golf with other innovators frequenting this place. Seriously, how much cooler can a coworking space get?

  • Per day —
  • Per week —
  • Per month COP 385,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 7.30 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 12 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room No
Phone booths No
Coliving No

HubBOG comes in as a close second coworking spot in Bogota, Colombia

Source: HubBOG

Located at Calle 98, HubBOG is ever so slightly closer to the city’s center than our number one pick. Just like it, that place is equipped with many standing desks and the coziest chairs you could wish for. But it is not as affordable as our top choice, so we lowered our ranking.

That is not to say that HubBOG is not an exquisite coworking space. It is open 24/7 and has a strong internet connection, which is something Bogota cannot quite boast about. So, it is worth noting that the Wi-Fi signal does play an important role in this part of the world. The offices are wheelchair-accessible, which is another big plus as this feature is quite rare for coworking places. Also, you get unlimited usage of the printer and scanner.

What really sets this spot apart is that it has many options for large coworking groups. Not only is there a huge open-plan shared office with many hot desks but also three private offices for groups of up to 10 people. It has a 50” screen, a sound system, and a library. Even more impressive, they have an event space that can host up to 80 people for workshops, seminars, or conferences.

It also rejoices us to say that you can also have fun while you are there. There is a rooftop terrace where you can, hopefully, soak up some sun. Also, there is a mini-golf course and foosball. We should also mention that the staff here speaks solid English. That always puts a smile on a Gringo’s face because rarely anyone speaks English in Colombia.

  • Per day: COP 50,000
  • Per week: COP 200,000
  • Per month: COP 539,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24h
  • Saturday: 24h
  • Sunday: 24h
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Bogota has more cool coworking spaces for you to choose from

Here are some additional awesome coworking spaces in Bogota, listed in no particular order:

  1. Work&Go
  2. Co+Labora
  3. Emprendu
  4. CoWo

Work&Go — Zona T

Source: Coworker

Work&Go is located in the Zona T district, which is popular with foreigners. There are many amenities around, such as shopping malls, bars, cafes, and restaurants. It is a true digital nomad’s heaven. There is also rich nightlife, as people in Bogota work hard during the week, but on the weekends, they make sure to party just as hard. But you should keep your valuables close by at night — this is a notoriously crime-ridden city.

Work&Go’s members are known for being extremely polite. They will take their phone calls outside, allowing you to work without interruptions. There are ways to connect with other members. Community-building events are held on a regular basis, and you can also find other members on social media channels, like Facebook and Slack.

This coworking space is also cozy and relaxing. The lounge area is perfect for chit-chat. There, you can lay back on beanbags and perfect your Spanish speaking skills with other visitors. Conveniently, there is also an Airbnb close by.

  • Per hour: COP 12,000
  • Per day: COP 30,000
  • Per month: COP 420,000
  • 3 months: COP 342,000 / month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event space Yes
Phone booths / Skype room Yes
Coliving Yes


Source: Coworker

  • Per hour: COP 13,750
  • Per day: COP 51,000
  • Per week: COP 210,000
  • Per month: COP 696,000
  • 3 months: COP 668,160 / month
  • 6 months: COP 633,360 / month
  • Per year: COP 605,520 / month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 2 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event space Yes
Phone booths / Skype room Yes
Coliving No


Source: Coworker

  • Per day —
  • Per week —
  • Per month: COP 550,000
  • 6 months: COP 522,500 / month
  • Per year: COP 495,000 / month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24h
  • Saturday: 24h
  • Sunday: 24h
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Conference room No
Phone booths / Skype room Yes
Coliving Yes


Source: Coworker

  • Per day: COP 50,000
  • Per week —
  • Per month: COP 365,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event room Yes
Phone booths / Skype room Yes
Coliving No

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Medellin

10 best (and worst) coworking spaces in Medellin

Known as the City of Eternal Spring, Medellin is the second-largest city in Colombia that has turned into a modern metropolis in the last two decades. Metrocable is one of the most popular landmarks here taking visitors over barrios and lush Aburrá Valley.

Medellin used to be one of the most dangerous cities in the world less than a decade ago thanks to Pablo Escobar and his drug cartel. Today, this city has left its dark past behind and has become one of the favorite destinations for digital nomads and expats. The low cost of living, a mild climate, and lots of coffee shops and coworking spaces attract foreigners from all over the world to create their work base here. Inexpensive public transportation and medical care, as well as friendly locals, are also incentives to come and live here. If it’s your first time in Medellin, take a look at this travel vlog:

In recent years, Medellin has become one of the favorite South American destinations for digital nomads. It has over 40 coworking spaces and here are the ones that stand out.

Tinkko Milla de Oro is our favorite place to cowork in Medellin

Image source: Tinkko Milla de Oro Facebook

Tinkko Milla de Oro occupies the 15th and 16th floors of the Golden Mile building in the most popular neighborhood in the city — El Poblado. Metro-A line and bus Gascuña 2 are a few minutes away on Avenida El Poblado. Starbucks is on the first floor of the same building, and there are many affordable hostels in the area like The Black Sheep Hostel and Rango Boutique Hostel.

The space is well lit and you can even book a seat by the windows and enjoy the view of the whole Medellin. Ergonomic chairs and standing desks will make sure you are comfortable and without back pain even after hours of working. With a 3D printer, Chromecast, scanner, printer, and projector, this is a great working space for business meetings, workshops, and presentations.

The lounge and chill-out area are perfect to de-stress while the onsite café serves excellent coffee for a reasonable price. If you want to meet other coworkers, stop by their signature Tinkko Nights event to mingle.

  • COP 55,125 per day
  • COP 495,500 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am – 2 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone Booths Yes
Coliving No

Imperio Coworking is our least favorite place to cowork in Medellin

Image source: Imperio Coworking Facebook

Imperio Coworking is located in the south of Patio Bonito District, some 25 minutes away from the Medellin downtown by Metro-A line. This is a commercial sector with shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels. It is also only 10 minutes away from one of the most beautiful parks in the city Parque Lineal La Presidenta.

This coworking space is far from nonfunctional and has the potential to turn into a prime coworking space one day. It seems too small and narrow because of badly positioned work stations. Lack of ergonomic furniture is another downside, and frequent breaks to stretch can ruin productivity and posture. The presence of high-profile coworking spaces in the area may inspire upgrades in the future. For now, a pet-friendly policy and TED talks are the most attractive aspects of this coworking space.

  • COP 50,000 per day
  • COP 150,000 per week
  • COP 450,000 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am – 1 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving No

Four coworking spaces in Medellin we also love

Medellin has over 40 coworking spaces and here are best of them:

  1. Selina Cowork
  2. Los Patios CO-WORKING
  3. Quokka Café Coworking
  4. Factoria Coworking & Hacker Center

Selina Cowork in Las Lomas

Image source: Selina Cowork

Selina Cowork is part of a hostel in the Medellin entertainment area, not far away from city landmarks. El Poblado Park is 15 minutes away, and the neighborhood is full of nightlife venues, shopping centers, and eateries. The hostel and coworking space are part of the franchise present in Brazil, the USA, Greece, and other countries all over the world.

Available co-living accommodation saves time and money although private rooms could be bigger. It’s equipped to host TEDx, workshops, and various other events. There are also an outdoor terrace, Skype room, and a lounge area ready to use. Lack of standing desks is surprising for a place that has amenities like a library, yoga studio and meditation room. This won’t be an issue if you bring a travel stand desk to work standing up and spare your back from too much sitting. If you like to stay close to your pets, they allow both cats and dogs.

Los Patios CO-WORKING in Manila

Image source: Los Patios Hostel

Los Patios CO-WORKING is a modern and well-equipped space within the hostel in the Manila neighborhood. This working space is 5 minutes away from public transportation, located in one of the most vibrant areas of Medellin. Parque El Poblado is close by and the area is full of restaurants of all profiles. Medellin Modern Art Museum is five and Santa Fe Zoo around 25 minutes away on foot.

We love Los Patios because it’s all about connecting people through hosting events and building a friendly network of digital nomads. Besides the indoor desks and several meeting rooms, a large rooftop is also available for work. Narciso Café has some of the best coffee in Medellin, and you get 10% for being the coworking space member. Ergonomic furniture and the gym will keep you in shape, while foosball, pool, and ping pong tables cover the entertainment. They even have a vegan and gluten-free menu!

Quokka Café Coworking in Astorga

Image source: Quokka Café Coworking Facebook

Quokka Café Coworking offers a peaceful spot to work in the touristy El Poblado area. Coffee lovers will enjoy the Toucan Coffee Museum with tasting tours, while Criminal Taqueria is one of the best spots to eat. Astorga neighborhood is perfect for those who like to party all night since clubs stay open until 4 am.

The great thing about Quokka is that it has a huge open space full of nature perfect for brainstorming. It’s not hard to feel at home when the staff is welcoming and ready to help with anything you need. The podcasting room is a nice touch, although sometimes the space can be too noisy to record anything. A large patio is perfect for networking and collaborative work or just to take a break and have coffee. Eateries down the street are a good way to stretch your legs and have lunch.

Factoria Coworking & Hacker Center in Astorga

Image source: Factoria Coworking & Hacker Center Instagram

Factoria Coworking & Hacker Center is 10 minutes away from the metro and just a few minutes away from Parque de la Bailarina. Just like other coworking spaces in El Poblado, everything is close by and easy to explore—museums, the zoo, and many eateries.

The main focus of Factoria is to provide resources for entrepreneurs, startups, and companies. We like that this space is focused on gathering people and exchanging ideas by sponsoring meetups and other networking events. The lack of parking space is disappointing but you can park two blocks away, by the church, for free. If you need to recharge, try the Relax Zone with the nap and meditation rooms.

Other coworking spaces in Medellin:

Where to stay in Medellin

Where to stay in Medellin, the City of Eternal Springs

Once known as the world’s most dangerous city, Medellin in Colombia has become one of the most innovative tourist hotspots in South America. With 5 million+ international visitors every year, this city is only getting more popular. Medellin’s nickname The City of Eternal Springs speaks volumes about the city’s breathtaking beauty and scenery. The vibrant culture and friendly locals improve the overall experience even more.

Medellin offers something for everyone: backpackers hungry for adventure will find as much fun in this Colombian city as families who want to relax or travelers looking to explore the nightlife. Walking tours, learning more about the city’s history and culture, hiking in the nearby mountains, and salsa dancing after sunset are just some of the amazing things you’ll get to do during your visit to Medellin.

Image by Quinn Kampschroer from Pixabay 

Transportation in Medellin

Even though Medellin is a mountain city, the public transportation system is well developed and rather modern. Visitors can use the Metro, MetroCable, MetroPlus, and public bus system. UniViajes are metro tickets that will serve you for a one-way trip. Learn more about the metro here

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Medellin

Medellin is Colombia’s second-largest city. It’s split into six zones: main urban area and five more townships. Even though the city is gaining popularity as a tourist destination and has a growing population, you should still exercise caution when picking the areas you wish to visit and stay in. It would be best to stick with the main urban zone, which is still fairly large and offers plenty of options for sightseeing, exploration, and fun. Medellin’s urban zone consists of 16 communes, which include 249 neighborhoods. In order to come up with our top 5 neighborhood list, we used the following factors:

  1. The atmosphere and vibe of the area
  2. Interesting things to do and see
  3. The cultural and historical importance
  4. Neighborhood safety
  5. Ease of transport
  6. Accommodation cost
Quick Medellin Neighborhoods Roundup
Laureles For first-time visitors
La Candelaria For traveling on a budget
El Poblado For best nightlife
Belén For bohemian fun
Envigado For families/long term stay

Image by Ulises Casaraz from Pixabay 

Where to stay in Medellin, Colombia for the first time: Laureles

It may not be the most popular and famous Medellin neighborhood, but Laureles definitely stands out as a great choice for first-time visitors to this city. The mix of modern comfort and traditional Colombian lifestyle is exactly what most tourists want when looking where to stay in Medellin. Not to mention that this is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city.

During your stay in Laureles, you can choose to live like a local with supermarkets and small locally-owned restaurants at your immediate reach, but you can also enjoy a variety of chain shops and eateries.

You’ll need approximately 15 minutes to get to the metro station on foot. If that’s too much for you, you can always use the bus.

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Where to go in Laureles

Laureles may be a quiet and pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of activities to enjoy and things to see.

  • Check out bars, restaurants, cafes, and shops
  • Enjoy the beauty of the park and engage in some sports fun

Best for party people, foodies, and coffee lovers: streets 70 and 33

Quaint cafes and rich coffee culture will keep you busy if this is your jam. Don’t hesitate to visit the streets 70 and 33 for exciting nightlife with salsa bars, live music, and more. Unicentro and Mall Laureles are the hotspots of the area for shopping fun.

Image Source: cafeteatrolaureles

Best for nature and sports enthusiasts: Atanasio Girardot stadium 

Go to Atanasio Girardot stadium to watch a football match or go for a swim, play basketball, or visit a skate park. Afterward, you can relax at the Primer Parque Laureles park. 

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Where to stay in Laureles

You can find accommodations in Laureles for as low as $19, with the average price per night around $37. These are our favorite picks:

This modern budget option






This amazing mid-range penthouse









This beautiful lux house – Inntu Hotel







Where to stay in Medellin on a budget: La Candelaria

The lively and touristy downtown area by day but a riskier place at night, La Candelaria is a Medellin favorite when it comes to a budget stay. If you don’t mind the edgier nature of this neighborhood once the night falls, you’re bound to save a lot of money on your travels. Also known as El Centro, La Candelaria has plenty of bars and restaurants, as well as diverse exploration possibilities. Just remember to take a taxi once it gets dark.

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Where to go in La Candelaria

Don’t let the conflicting day/night atmosphere of this neighborhood deter you from exploring its many beauties.

  • Marvel at the art, museums, and religious buildings
  • Relax in the city squares and get some shopping done

Best for art and history lovers: The Cultural Palace of Rafael Uribe

Art lovers will enjoy The Cultural Palace of Rafael Uribe, the Museo de Antioquia, and Pedro Nel Gomez murals. Check out Medellin’s gorgeous religious buildings such as La Candelaria Church, San Antonio Church, the Metropolitan Church, the Church of San Ignacio, and Veracruz Church.

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Best for relaxation and shopping: The Playa

Relax at Plazuela San Ignacio and Plaza San Antonio squares and take a stroll along The Playa. Enjoy some shopping fun at Avenida Junin, El Hueco, and Carabobo, and then gaze at Parque de las Luces’ stunning illuminations.

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Where to stay in La Candelaria

It’s possible to find a place in Candelaria for as low as $12, with the average price per night at just about $22. See our top choices:


This modern budget hostel






This amazing mid-range boho apartment









This gorgeous lux apartment






Where to stay in Medellin for nightlife: El Poblado

El Poblado is Medellin’s hotspot for fun and partying. This is also the wealthiest neighborhood in the city. If you’re looking where to stay in Medellin for rich nightlife action, this is definitely the place. El Poblado has a bunch of international bars, clubs, restaurants, and shops, enough to satisfy the most different tastes.

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Where to go in El Poblado

There’s more to this neighborhood than meets the eye. The exciting nightlife of Zona Rosa is definitely a big part of the top activities, but you won’t be bored during the day either.

  • Enjoy some shopping fun and picturesque beauty of the area
  • Explore the art and gorgeous churches in the neighborhood

Best for shoppers and outdoor lovers: Golden Mile

Take a stroll along the tree-lined Golden Mile and then enjoy some shopping fun at Santafe Shopping Mall, El Tesoro Commercial Park, Oviedo Shopping Mall, and Viscaya Shopping Mall. You can also relax at Linear Park President, The Dancer’s Park, and Lleras Park, visit Laguna de Guatape to climb the rock for some incredible views or explore the gardens and period rooms at El Castillo Museo y Jardines.

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Best for art and history lovers: Jose Amar Gallery

Art enthusiasts should check out Jose Amar Gallery, Lokkus Contemporary Art, and Pictopia Graffiti street art. Visit Parroquia Santa Maria de Los Dolores church and the founding place of Medellin at Saint Joseph of El Poblado Church for some historical insight into the place.

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Where to stay in El Poblado

In El Poblado, gorgeous apartments go for around $40 per night on average. These are our top picks:

This lovely budget studio








This mid-range loft with a stunning view








This amazing lux apartment close to nature

Elegant hotel with modern rooms & suites, plus a casino, a spa & an outdoor pool.






Where to stay in Medellin, Colombia for bohemian fun: Belén

Belén holds the title of the coolest neighborhood in Medellin. This is the spot to stay if you prefer former working-class neighborhoods with industrial roots. Belén also makes it very easy to mingle with the locals. The atmosphere of this neighborhood is soulful and artsy, perfect for more alternative and boho tourists. Transportation in the area is great so that you can easily reach all the major hotspots. This is Medellin’s oldest and largest neighborhood that doesn’t lack nightlife fun either.

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Where to go in Belén

As the coolest Medellin neighborhood with plenty of soul, Belén has a lot to offer to its visitors.

  • Explore the museums, churches, and nature
  • Enjoy the shopping, food, and party time

Best for nature and history lovers: Pueblito Paisa

Go to the Pueblito Paisa hill and check out the museum, church, and small restaurants. Then you can climb Medellin’s guardian hill Cerro Nutibara for some amazing views and unique sculpture park.

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Best for relaxation and partying: Calle 33

Engage in a wide range of leisure and fitness activities at Unidad Deportiva de Belén. Check out charming pastelerias for a quick bite or shop, dine, and watch movies at the Los Molinos shopping center. Once it’s dark, visit Calle 33 for a fun and eclectic night out.

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Where to stay in Belén

At the average price of $30 per night, you can book some really modern and comfortable apartments in Belén. Check out our favorites:

This budget option with peace in mind









This lovely mid-range condominium








This gorgeous and luxurious loft – Hotel Park 10







Where to stay in Medellin long-term: Envigado

Envigado used to be a separate city but now belongs to Medellin, which means that the area has all the comfort and amenities you would need for a long-term stay. This is a rather safe city area with a suburban lifestyle, which is also why Envigado has the perfect setting for tourists who travel with their families. The rural vibe offers plenty of outdoor activities while it’s still easy to get to the major Medellin sightseeing hotspots.

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Where to go in Envigado

Envigado caters to all ages. This peaceful area has something fun to offer to both kids and adults.

  • Explore amazing Envigado parks, natural beauties, and historical treasures
  • Have fun shopping, tasting food, and partying

Best for nature and history lovers: Parque Salado

Check out colonial Envigado Church and saint shrines. Then head to the beautiful Parque Salado to explore the nature, hike, and watch the birds. You can also go to La Romera for some hiking fun or make your kids happy by taking them to Parque Recreativo.

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Best for foodies, shoppers, and party people: La Bota del Dia

Enjoy some shopping fun at City Plaza shopping center. Visit La Tienda to eat, drink, and dance your night away and have fun at La Bota del Dia bars and clubs. 

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Where to stay in Envigado

Envigado is also quite affordable when it comes to getting accommodation, with an average price per night at about $25. These are our top favorites:


This modern budget option – Ivy Hostel








This beautiful mid-range apartment








This lovely lux apartment


Where to stay in Cartagena

Where to stay in Cartagena from someone who has lived all over

Cartagena is a port city that lies on the Caribbean coast. With its tropical climate, stunning beaches, and marvelous architecture, this port city has been attracting more and more tourists every year. This city can also boast with its impressive and several centuries long history. Named after the Spanish city Cartagena, this charming city was founded in 1533. The city’s wall and fortress were selected as a World Heritage Site during the 80s.

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Cartagena

Cartagena is divided into five distinct neighborhoods—Northern area, Downtown, San Diego, Getsemaní, and Bocagrande. Each of them has its own charm and appeal. 

Bocagrande Bocagrande literally means Big Mouth. It is best known for a large number of skyscrapers, in addition to it being the hot spot for tourists from all over the world.
Getsemaní This area was once unfortunately known for crime, however, it has completely changed in the past few years. Today this neighborhood is filled with street art, charming cafes, and beautifully colored buildings.
San Diego Not to be confused with the city of San Diego in California, this neighborhood was named after a local convent. Here you can pay a visit to the Santo Toribio Church, shops and restaurants.
Downtown The entrance to this area of Cartagena is through the marvelous and grand Puerta del Reloj, meaning Clock Gate. Here you can also see various styles of architecture and construction. 
Northern area The best thing about this neighborhood is that it is really close to the old part of town as well as the newer, modern part of town.

Where to stay in Cartagena for the first time — Bocagrande

Go and have a nice stroll through this area or head out to the beach for a fun and relaxing day. In this neighborhood, you have access to various beaches, malls, and restaurants which have helped this area earn a reputation among first-time visitors.

Things to see and do in Bocagrande

Swim in the beautiful and crystal-clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Bask in the warm light of the Colombian sun and enjoy the gorgeous weather while relaxing on one of these beaches:

  • Playa De Bocagrande
  • Bocagrande Beaches
  • Costa del Sol
  • Capilla del Mar
  • Playa Ocean Tower

On the other hand, if you are not up for a day at the beach, you can go shopping in the Bocagrande Square Mall, as well as Centro Comercial Nao Shopping Center or head to the Parque Flanagan Amusement Park.

Bocagrande Square Mall

Shop until you drop in the numerous stores, grab something to eat at the food court, watch a film in the cinema or simply enjoy the view of the coastline.

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Centro Comercial Nao Shopping Center

A modern shopping center on multiple levels with an abundance of shops and restaurants, enough to satisfy the needs of every shopper.

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Parque Flanagan Amusement Park

Keeping small children entertained is always a challenge, especially when traveling, fortunately, Bocagrande can help you with this. There are various rides, attractions, and activities for kids in this vibrant and fun park. The kids are guaranteed to make some of the best memories and remember them for a very long time. From Monday to Thursday the park is open from 3 to 9:30 pm, and from Friday to Saturday and Sunday, it is open until 10 pm.

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Where to stay in Bocagrande

The criteria used for selecting these particular accommodations were:

  1. Price
  2. Proximity
  3. Comfort

Affordable: a small, practical and modern apartment with a terrace.

Mid-range: a cozy apartment with an excellent view of the city.

Luxury: a condominium with a jacuzzi and a view of the beach.

For other options in this neighborhood check out Airbnb.

Where to stay in Cartagena — bohemian edition

This neighborhood dealt with a lot of crime in the past, thus resulting in a very bad reputation. Throughout the years though, Getsemaní rose from the ashes like a phoenix. Nowadays, you’ll only see locals and tourists alike strolling through the narrow streets, the walls filled with an abundance of street art and graffiti. 

Things to see and do in Getsemaní

Experience and soak in the art and bohemian vibe of this area by walking through it, sitting in coffee shops and local restaurants that sell delicious food.

Getsemaní Free Walking Tour

One of the best ways to get to know an area is with a guided tour. The English speaking guide can show you all the interesting sights and spots in Getsemaní, and in the process of doing so, you can learn about the story behind this incredible neighborhood in greater detail.

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Calle De La Sierpe

If you are an art enthusiast then you must visit Calle De La Sierpe. This is an iconic landmark filled with murals, street art, and graffiti. You are bound to have a brilliant experience viewing this breathtaking and awe-inspiring art.

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La Cocina de Pepina

Indulge yourself with some local food served at La Cocina de Pepina. This cozy and comfortable restaurant offers some really amazing and delicious food.

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Where to stay in Getsemaní

When searching for a place to stay you won’t face many difficulties. There are apartments, rooms or studios available for a low price but still provide all the comfort you need.

Affordable: the perk of this 1-bedroom, 1-bath private room is that you are really close to everything – restaurants, shops, and sightseeing spots.

Mid-range: a lively and brightly colored apartment in the heart of the area.

Luxury: a beautiful and spacious loft with a lot of natural light.

For additional options for places to stay in this area check out Airbnb.

Where to stay in Cartagena long term

For those looking to stay in Cartagena for an extended period of time, San Diego is the best place to do so. San Diego is a much more low-key neighborhood with an authentic Cartagena feel to it. Here you will be able to get a better understanding of Cartagenian and Colombian history. It will be your home away from home.

Things to see and do in San Diego

San Diego is far richer in terms of historical landmarks and sightseeing attractions. Like any other neighborhood, there are a lot of street vendors, restaurants, and shops.

The Walls of Cartagena

Probably the most iconic and well-known historical landmark in all of Cartagena. Obviously, it is a must-see.

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Plaza de San Diego

This landmark comes to life during the night when street performers come out and raise the energy level. There are also a lot of small shops and restaurants. Plaza de San Diego is also a fantastic place for meeting and interacting with the local population, as well as potentially meeting other foreigners or people from your country.

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Las Bovedas

Built in the 18th century, this incredible structure was initially intended to be used as a place to store ammunition and doubled as a prison, however, over time it turned into a large space for selling souvenir trinkets. Besides souvenirs, you can find a lot of other things — handcrafted items, jewelry, clothing, and so on.

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Where to stay in San Diego

When deciding where to stay for a longer period of time it is important to look at the location of the place, how much it costs, as well as how noisy or quiet it is. Here is a selection of apartments based on the aforementioned criteria.

Affordable: studio in the Walled City:

Mid-range: an apartment in the center of the historic old town.

Luxury: a gorgeous condominium with a stunning courtyard.

For other options in this neighborhood check out Airbnb.