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El Centro, Medellin

(Early-2023, 3 WEEKS)

After a short acclimation period, it's got potential! The trolley car is awesome and super convenient, the roads and sidewalks are paved and mostly clean, there's a good amount of greenery, it's very walkable, there are less beggars than Poblado and doesn't seem dangerous. The biggest downside is all the buses driving on those roads and the black, disgusting smog that comes out of their pipes filling the air almost the entire day. The other downside is a total lack of nice cafe's or coworking spots. The best you'll get is instant coffee in a small plastic cup with tons of sugar.

My Airbnb in El Centro of Medellin was pretty nice. At about $40 per night with a 10% weekly discount. The owner only rents on Airbnb. There's a couple other nice spots. One is on Airbnb at something like $70 a night. That's way too high. You can find a very dope spot in Poblado for that price and it didn't seem any better than where I'm at currently, maybe a bit worse. This is also a nice look building with an epic rooftop and affordable prices including a little coworking space and a soon-to-be cafe on the ground floor. The downside is that the rooms are fucking tiny and even the larger ones were horribly put together.

  • Avenida Oriental separates the "good" from the "bad" El Centro
  • Parque San Antonio is always full of life and where Botero's fat bid sculpture was partially blown up. It's still on display.
  • Two cool food courts: Mercado de La Colonia and Mercado De La Playa
  • Nearby shopping malls: El Punto de La Oriental, Miami, National Palace Mall
  • A neat western-style building to stay at is Inverso Cl 47. It has a pleasant entrance, coworking space, and rooftop hot tub with epic views. The only downside is the rooms are tiny, but it's cheap at $450 per month.
  • A popular western-style hotel is Gallery Hotel Medellin with a nice rooftop restaurant called Lienzo
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I choose the items below as they’re generally available everywhere. Thus, easy for comparison. The prices reflect the cheapest option given my standard. In any estination you can find slightly cheaper prices if you wanted to sacrifice convenience (ie going to local market or out-of-town grocery store).
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  • Airbnb Nightly Rate
  • Coworking Day Pass
  • 1-Hour Massage
  • 1-Month Gym
  • Beard Trim
  • 16.9oz Water
  • 2KG Wash+Fold
  • Expresso
  • Salmon
  • Chicken Breast
  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Red Wine
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  • 7,000
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US DOLLARS ($)
  • 31
  • 0
  • 0
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  • 1.51
  • 0.00
  • 0.00/LB
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