As the New Year starts, it’s time to revisit some of Medellin Guru’s most popular and most discussed articles of 2017.

On July 20, 2017, Medellin Guru was launched, with a goal to provide up-to-date articles about Medellín and Colombia to help expats by covering the best places and best things to do, along with useful travel tips, living tips and experienced expat tips while also offering amazing photos.

In less than six months in 2017, Medellin Guru published over 100 articles with well over 1,000 photos. In addition, we surpassed over 230,000 unique visitors and over 560,000 page views on the new website in this short time.

Also, we published articles from eight different authors in 2017. And you can see all of Medellin Guru’s authors listed here. Furthermore, we added over 6,600 followers on Facebook.

Note the above photo of Medellín taken by our photographer Jenny Bojinova from Pueblito Paisa. And this photo was seen by of over 60,000 people on Facebook during the launch of Medellin Guru.

Here are Medellin Guru’s highlights from 2017:

15 Most Viewed Articles on Medellin Guru in 2017

Here are the 15 most viewed articles on Medellin Guru in 2017. Each of these most popular articles had over 10,000 views.

A Guide to Medellín's Christmas Lights

A Guide to Medellín’s Christmas Lights

1. Alumbrados 2017: A Guide to Medellín’s Christmas Lights

Alumbrados Navideños 2017: we provide a guide to Medellín’s world-class Christmas lights that for the 3rd year in a row won’t be along the river this year.

This article with a guide to Medellín’s world-class Christmas lights was our most popular with over 40,000 views in 2017.

Nuestra Señora del Rosario church

Nuestra Señora del Rosario church

2. Nuestra Señora del Rosario: A Beautiful Church in Medellín

Nuestra Señora del Rosario is arguably the most beautiful church in the Medellín metro area. It’s located in Bello and is definitely worth seeing.

Pereira, Colombia

Pereira, Colombia

3. Medellin vs Pereira vs Bucaramanga: 3 Cities of Eternal Spring

Medellín vs Pereira vs Bucaramanga, all 3 are cities of eternal spring in Colombia but which is best to live in. We compare the cities in 14 categories.

Traffic in Medellín, one of the downsides of living in the city

Traffic in Medellín, one of the downsides of living in the city

4. 11 Downsides to Living in Medellín: An Expat Perspective

Medellín has a reputation as a good place to live with a good climate and low cost of living. But there are still downsides to living in Medellín.

Surprisingly Cheap Things in Medellín

Surprisingly Cheap Things in Medellín

5. 14 Surprisingly Cheap Things in Medellín for Expats

One of the benefits of being an expat living in Medellín is that there are many surprisingly cheap things found in Medellín compared to costs in the U.S.

27 reasons I chose to live in Medellín

27 reasons I chose to live in Medellín

6. Why Medellín? 27 Reasons I Chose to Live in Medellín

Why Medellín? After traveling to over 40 countries, Jeff provides 27 reasons he ending up choosing Medellín as a great place to live.

Tiendas D1 store

Tiendas D1 store

7. Shopping at Tiendas D1 to Save Substantially on Groceries

Tiendas D1 is a chain of over 500 small grocery stores in Colombia. It is possible to save over 30 percent on your grocery bill by shopping at Tiendas D1.

Justo y Bueno store

Justo y Bueno store

8. Shopping at Justo y Bueno in Medellín to Save on Groceries

Justo y Bueno is a chain of small grocery stores in Colombia. It is possible to save over 30 percent on your grocery bill by shopping at Justo y Bueno.

Inside Mercado Del Rio in Medellín

Inside Mercado Del Rio in Medellín

9. Mercado Del Rio: Medellín’s Trendy Gastronomic Market

Mercado Del Rio is a large and popular gastronomic market in Medellín with a huge collection of nearly 50 trendy restaurants in a sizable warehouse space.

View of Bogotá from Monserrate

View of Bogotá from Monserrate

10. Medellín vs Bogotá: Which is the Better City to Live In?

Medellín vs Bogotá. We compare the two largest cities in Colombia in 17 categories to see which is the better city to live in for expats.

Inside PriceSmart in Medellín

Inside PriceSmart in Medellín

11. Shopping at PriceSmart to Save Substantially on Groceries

PriceSmart warehouse club in Medellín has good prices to enable saving on grocery costs. It also has many imported items that are hard to find elsewhere.

Expensive things in Medellín

Expensive things in Medellín

12. 9 Expensive Things in Medellín, Colombia for Expats

Medellín is known for having a relatively low cost of living for expats. But there are still some expensive things in Medellín compared to U.S. prices.

Brunch at Al Alma

Brunch at Al Alma

13. 9 Best Places for Brunch in El Poblado, Medellín

After some extensive research trying out many places, we give you our top picks of the best brunch places in the El Poblado area of Medellín. Enjoy!

Medellín’s Alumbrados Christmas Lights 2017

Medellín’s Alumbrados Christmas Lights 2017

14. Alumbrados 2017: Medellín’s World-Class Christmas Lights

See our photos of Medellín’s Alumbrados 2017, the Christmas lights display this year. For the 3rd year in a row the route isn’t along the river in Medellín.

Iglesia Jesús Nazareno, photo by SajoR

Iglesia Jesús Nazareno, photo by SajoR

15. Iglesia Jesús Nazareno: A Beautiful Church in Medellín

Iglesia Jesús Nazareno (Jesus of Nazareth Church) is one of the most beautiful churches in Medellín. It´s not in any guide books but it´s worth seeing.

Getting a Colombian Visa

Getting a Colombian Visa

New Colombia Visa Rules

Colombia officially changed its visa rules on December 15, 2017. This is a major change so Medellin Guru published a total of seven articles about the visa updates.

Watch out of out-of-date information. Due to the major visa changes in Colombia, many websites and blogs now have out-of-date information about Colombian visas. We plan to keep all the content on the Medellin Guru website up-to-date and will update our visa articles as new information is disclosed.

Medellín vs Cuenca

Medellín vs Cuenca

City Comparisons

We published six very popular city comparison articles during the year:

View of Cartagena, Colombia

View of Cartagena, Colombia

Travel in Colombia

We published four articles about traveling to different parts of Colombia:

Insides José María Córdova international airport

Insides José María Córdova international airport

Transportation Guides

We published four popular transportation guides:

One of the graffiti pieces seen on the Comuna 13 tour

One of the graffiti pieces seen on the Comuna 13 tour

Tours

Also, we published four very popular tour articles:

Contenedores Food Place in Envigado

Contenedores Food Place in Envigado

Restaurant and Café Reviews

In addition, we published several popular restaurant and café reviews:

View of Medellín from Belén

View of Medellín from Belén

Expat Tips, Real Estate, Taxes and the Cost of Living

We also published several popular articles about expat tips, real estate, taxes and the cost of living:

View of Medellín from Pueblito Paisa, photo by Jenny Bojinova

View of Medellín from Pueblito Paisa, photo by Jenny Bojinova

The Bottom Line: Medellin Guru Year in Review

Thanks to everyone who read Medellin Guru in 2017. We have many new and interesting articles in work for 2018. And we look forward to continuing to keep you informed in the new year.

We are always looking for feedback and suggestions. Are there any topics you would like us to cover in 2018? Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

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