Day to Day in the Big City

This page is going to deal with the details of life in Medellin from a practical standpoint. I hope it will serve as a resource for other expats and visitors to Medellin. Things I will be covering include:

  • How to get around,
  • Where to shop for day-to-day items,
  • Sensible precautions,
  • Little cultural items that make life eaiser,
  • Medical services, and
  • Other things as they come to mind or are suggested by readers.

If you have any questions on these matters please let me know.



  1. libby said,

    March 20, 2012 at 20:31

    Any kind of help…….that may help me and others.

    • pbunch said,

      March 21, 2012 at 15:54

      Here is a link to the Carrefour online catalog. Carrefour is a big supermarket + other merchandise big box store. Their prices are fairly representative if a little on the high side.

      The exchange rate today is at 1760 pesos per dollar. If you are not familiar with currency conversions just divide the price of the item you are interested in by 1760 and you get the price in dollars.

      Let me know if this is the kind of information you are looking for.

    • pbunch said,

      March 21, 2012 at 16:17

      If you want to track the value of the Dollar against the Colombian Peso you can find it here: .

      Just go down the list to the USD-COP entry.

    • pbunch said,

      March 21, 2012 at 16:25

      Have you decided what you will do for transportation? I prefer public transport including the Metro, Metro Cable, taxis and buses more or less in that order. We use the Metro Cable mostly to get up to Piedras Blancas where we have a second home. I don’t need a car here.

      • Ellie said,

        October 4, 2012 at 19:57

        Hello, My husband and I have retired and have been living outside of Panama City for the past 3 years. We have heard a lot about Colombia and want to explore the possibility of relocating. Would you be willing to provide insight into overall cost of living, types of housing available in moderate, convenient and safe neighborhoods as well as good smaller communities outside of town to consider? Like you, we would prefer to not have a car. Want to be close to good health care, need reliable internet. TU.

      • pbunch said,

        October 5, 2012 at 07:25

        I recommend visiting for a month or more. That way you can get a personal sense of the the city you might chose. Do you speak and read Spanish?

    • pbunch said,

      March 21, 2012 at 16:46

      Neighborhoods. The upscale neighbors are mostly located in the el Poblado and Envigado areas. I think most of the gringos living here reside in those locations. Other nice areas include Laureles, Belen, Robledo. We live in Prado Centro which is a national patrimony site and once the Bankers Hill of Medellin. We like it. It is now mostly upper working class to middle class. Prices vary a lot and tend to be relatively high where the gringos abound 🙂

  2. libby said,

    March 13, 2012 at 17:27

    relocation information…i am surprised to find more and more families from the USA relocating to Colombia…and i’m one of them. I’m having a hard time finding relocation information for families. Our family will be relocating to Medellin summer 2013….

    thank you

    • pbunch said,

      March 20, 2012 at 16:14

      So what kind of relocation help are you looking for?

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