The January 2020 Medellin Guru meetup event will take place on Tuesday, January 21, at 6 pm at Mercado de Sabaneta, which is located in Sabaneta near Parque Sabaneta.

The Medellín Guru meetups are the largest monthly events for foreigners in Medellín. Over 175 people on average attended each of our last 12 monthly meetups. 

Many readers of the Medellin Guru website asked that we host meetups in Medellín. So, we started having meetups in Medellín well over a year ago. And we are having our 17th monthly meetup on January 21, 2020.

We previously held 12 meetups in El Poblado, two meetups in Envigado and two meetups in Sabaneta. Many readers asked that we don’t only host our meetups in El Poblado and asked us to also host events in Envigado, Laureles and Sabaneta.

In January 2020 we are having our third event in Sabaneta. And unfortunately we haven’t yet found a venue large enough for our events in Laureles.

For our January 2020 Medellin Guru meetup, we are returning to Mercado de Sabaneta in Sabaneta, which is a new gastronomic market with many food options and a large space for mingling.

January 2020 Medellin Guru Meetup Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Also, you can come early to avoid traffic. We will be there starting at 5:00 pm.

Location: Mercado de Sabaneta, Calle 70Sur # 43A-47, Sabaneta

Free Beer!

We will have a free beer available for our January 2020 Medellin Guru meetup for our first 95 guests at Mercado de Sabaneta.

So, the first 95 guests to arrive will receive a free beer, courtesy of Mercado de Sabaneta.

Mercado de Sabaneta, near Parque Sabaneta

Mercado de Sabaneta, near Parque Sabaneta

Please RSVP for our January 2020 Medellin Guru Meetup

Our January 2020 Medellin Guru meetup is a good way to network and meet other expats living in Medellín or visiting Medellín. So, join the Medellin Guru staff, readers and friends for food and drinks at Mercado de Sabaneta.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP so we know how many will show up on January 21. There are four ways to RSVP:

  1. On Facebook. To RSVP on Facebook you will need to be a member of our Medellin Guru Events & Discussion Forum. RSVP on Facebook Also, a new Facebook “feature” – to show that you are “Going” to the Medellin Guru meetup, you need to click on the “Interested” button twice for the “Going” button to show up.
  2. In the comments below, you can RSVP by simply leaving a comment.
  3. On Meetup.com. We have a Medellin Guru group on Meetup.com. RSVP on Meetup.com
  4. Also, you can RSVP via our Medellin Guru Contact form.

Also, attending meetups is one of 13 best ways to meet friends in Medellín as an expat. Please invite your friends to our January 2020 Medellin Guru meetup and like and share the event on Facebook!

There is no entrance fee required to attend Medellin Guru meetups and no membership is required.

In addition, at this meetup you will have the opportunity to meet Jeff, the founder of Medellin Guru. So, you can recommend topics for articles you would like to see on Medellin Guru.

Get Your Visa, Legal, Health Insurance and Real Estate Questions Answered!

Some of the most frequently asked questions on the Medellin Guru website have been about visashealth insurance, healthcare, Colombian taxes, legal issues and real estate. So, for our events we invite experts who will be there to answer your questions. We had over 10 experts at each of our past 12 events to answer attendee questions.

For our meetup in January 2020, we invited several experts who can answer your questions about visas, health insurance, legal issues, investments and real estate. So far we have confirmed the following experts will attend:

  1. Visa Questions: the visa agency Expatgroup.co will be there to answer visa questions.
  2. Health Insurance Questions: insurance broker Angela Berrio will be at our meetup and can answer health insurance questions.
  3. Real Estate Questions: real estate agents from the RE/MAX Coffee Realty company will be there and can answer real estate questions.
  4. Real Estate Questions: Joseph Sexton and staff from the local real estate company Welcome to Medellin Realty will be there and can answer real estate questions.
  5. U.S. Veteran Questions: Veteran’s Service Officer (VSO) Danilo Bryan will be at the meetup and can help U.S. veterans with healthcare issues such as filing claims. And has the Healthcare Colombia office in Sabaneta.

Also, we invited several other experts who can answer other types of expat questions. We expect to have additional experts at our January meetup.

Medellin Guru Meetup Sponsors

The monthly Medellin Guru Meetups now have sponsors. We currently have two sponsors for our monthly events:
  • Darrell and Diana Reamer
  • Anonymous
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, see our article about Medellin Guru on Patreon with our different membership levels.
Inside Mercado de Sabaneta

Inside Mercado de Sabaneta

More About Mercado de Sabaneta

Mercado de Sabaneta is one of the newest gastronomic market in the Aburrá Valley, which has a collection of about 15 restaurants and bars in a warehouse located near Parque Sabaneta in Sabaneta.

This new food market opened in July 2019. And it has already become popular. Mercado de Sabaneta has several small format restaurants with a big variety of cuisines available.

At this food market, food is purchased at the small format restaurants. And food is eaten at several bar-height and several lower tables, which are cleaned quickly and efficiently by the staff. Also, there are some TVs for watching sports.

There currently is a total of about 15 food and drink places at Mercado de Sabaneta. So, there will be big selection of food available at our September meetup.

Food options include traditional Colombian, gourmet hotdogs, pizza, steaks, sushi and much more. Also, there are two floors in this large food market with space for over 250 people.

For our meetup, we will be primarily meeting on the first floor in a large space with high tables making it easier for mingling. But there is also space available on the second floor.

 
Metro buses at the Sabaneta metro station

Metro buses at the Sabaneta metro station

How to Get to Mercado de Sabaneta

The easiest way to get to Mercado de Sabaneta in Sabaneta is using the Medellín Metro. To get there take the Line A metro to the Sabaneta metro station, which is only 10 minutes from the Poblado metro station.

Mercado de Sabaneta is located about a block and half from Parque Sabaneta. And Parque Sabaneta is located about a 10-minute walk east from the Sabaneta metro station. In addition, there are many people walking on the streets to/from the metro station. So, it’s relatively safe during the day and even after dark – but not too late.

Mercado de Sabaneta is located a block and a half from Parque Sabaneta

Mercado de Sabaneta is located a block and a half from Parque Sabaneta

In addition, there is a taxi stand at the Sabaneta metro station, which normally has taxis available and the taxi fare to Mercado de Sabaneta is only about a minimum fare of 5,600 pesos.

Furthermore, any taxi driver in Medellín will know where Parque Sabaneta is located. Also, it’s normally pretty easy to catch a taxi at the park.

To the right of this church go east one and a half blocks to get to Mercado de Sabaneta

To the right of this church go east one and a half blocks to get to Mercado de Sabaneta

To get to Mercado de Sabaneta from Parque Sabaneta go to the right of the Igelsia de Santa Ana church at the park. Walk to the right of the church and go east a block and half and Mercado de Sabaneta will be located on the right.

Address: Calle 70Sur # 43A-47, Sabaneta.

Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/mercadodesabaneta/

Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 12:30 pm to 10:00 pm; Friday and Saturday: 12:30 pm to 11:00 pm. 

At the September 2019 Medellin Guru event at Mercado de Sabaneta with over 150 attendees

At the September 2019 Medellin Guru event at Mercado de Sabaneta with over 150 attendees

Photos from Our Previous Medellin Guru Meetups

We had over 150 attendees at our September 2019 meetup at Mercado de Sabaneta and over 160 attendees at our December 2019 event at Mercado de Sabaneta.

Also, we have averaged over 175 attendees at each of our past 12 monthly meetups, which makes them the largest monthly events for foreigners in Medellín.

In November 2019, we hit a record of over 210 attendees for our event at 20Mission Cerveza in El Poblado.  In addition, we expect another good turnout in January. Here are are three photos from our November 2019 event:

Over 210 attendees were at our November 2019 event at 20Mission Cerveza

Over 210 attendees were at our November 2019 event at 20Mission Cerveza

At our November 2019 event. There is a wide range of ages at our events including people in their 20s to over 60.

At our November 2019 event. There is a wide range of ages at our events including people in their 20s to over 60.

At the Medellin Guru November 2019 meetup at 20Mission Cerveza

At the Medellin Guru November 2019 meetup at 20Mission Cerveza

The Bottom Line: January 2020 Medellin Guru Meetup at Mercado de Sabaneta

In response to demand from readers, Medellin Guru is hosting our 17th Medellin Guru meetup at Mercado de Sabaneta in Sabaneta on January 21.

This meetup is a great way to meet other expats in Medellín. It’s also a good way to get your questions answered from several experts we invite to the meetup and also from experienced expats at the event who have been living in Medellín for many years.

Also, a free beer is available at our January meetup for the first 95 guests, courtesy of Mercado de Sabaneta.

In addition, about 17 months ago we launched the Medellin Guru Events & Discussion Forum on Facebook for readers to keep up with our events and enable discussions between readers. This group already has over 2,000 members and is very active with over 1,500 posts, comments and reactions in the past month.

Furthermore, we added a Medellin Guru group on Meetup.com to enable following our events. And we looked at 9 reasons to join this new Medellin Guru group.

Many readers of the Medellin Guru website asked that we start having Medellin Guru events and also provide a discussion forum for readers. So, we now have both.

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