Medellin Guru 2020 – as the year has come to an end and we start 2021, it’s time to revisit the most popular and most discussed articles of 2020 on the Medellin Guru website.

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 the past 42 months, Medellin Guru published a total of 594 articles with well over 6,900 photos.

In addition, we are working hard to keep all this content up-to-date. In the past 100 weeks up to December 31, we updated a total of 1,316 articles. Some articles were updated multiple times, as things change constantly in Colombia due to coronavirus.

In 2020, the Medellin Guru website had over 2.2 million page-views during the year, which was essentially the same as in 2019, despite the coronavirus pandemic. However, our viewership has changed with about 50 percent of traffic now coming from the U.S.

Also in 2020, we reached over 16,850 followers on Facebook, which makes Medellin Guru the most popular Colombia blog in English about Colombia in less than four years.

Medellin Guru 2020 – Our 10 Most Popular New Articles

Here are the 10 most popular new articles published in 2020 on the Medellin Guru website. And each of these articles received over 10,000 page-views in 2020. Also, you can click on the heading for each article to see the article.

Coronavirus in Colombia: Myth vs Reality – Current Status

Coronavirus in Colombia: Myth vs Reality – Current Status

1. Coronavirus in Colombia: Myth vs Reality – Current Status

Coronavirus in Colombia: We look at current Coronavirus statistics in Colombia and the measures taken by Colombia to minimize the threat of COVID-19.

This popular article is updated daily and is our most popular article published in 2020 with over 120,000 views in 2020.

International Flights Return to Colombia Starting in September

International Flights Return to Colombia Starting in September

2. International Flights Return to Colombia Starting in September

Colombia resumed international flights to Colombia starting in September with flights planed to resume over a period of three months starting with a pilot in September and a return to “normalization” with tourists in November.

According to Migracion, 15,000 passengers arrived in the first 11 days of international flights resuming to Colombia. And 34 percent (5,100 passengers) came to Colombia for tourism.

Colombia Quarantine: Nationwide Quarantine Extended to September 1

Colombia Quarantine: Nationwide Quarantine Extended to September 1

3. Colombia Quarantine: Nationwide Quarantine Extended to September 1

On March 20, President Iván Duque ordered a mandatory preventive quarantine throughout Colombia, which is the most drastic measure, to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. We provide a guide to the nationwide quarantine in Colombia starting on March 24 that was extended for eight times to September 1 to contain the spread of coronavirus.

On August 24, President Duque announced that the national quarantine in Colombia ends on September 1. On September 1, a new phase begins where the concept of mandatory preventive isolation changes to a concept of selective isolation of physical distancing and individual responsibility.

Mercado De La Playa: A New Gastronomic Market in Medellín

Mercado De La Playa: A New Gastronomic Market in Medellín

4. Mercado De La Playa: A New Gastronomic Market in Medellín

Mercado De La Playa is the newest gastronomic market in Medellín that opened in December 2019 in El Centro with over 25 restaurants and bars.

This food market opened in mid-December 2019 and it has several small format restaurants with a variety of cuisines available. At Mercado De La Playa, food is purchased at the small format restaurants.

Humanitarian Flights from Colombia to the U.S. and Other Countries

Humanitarian Flights from Colombia to the U.S. and Other Countries

5. Humanitarian Flights from Colombia to the U.S. and Other Countries

We looked at humanitarian flights from Colombia to the U.S. and other countries. With international flights banned during the quarantine, humanitarian flights from and to Colombia were still permitted.

However, once normal international flights resumed in September 2020, humanitarian flights stopped.

Pico y Cedula: Grocery Shopping Restrictions During Quarantine

Pico y Cedula: Grocery Shopping Restrictions During Quarantine

6. Pico y Cedula: Grocery Shopping Restrictions During Quarantine

Medellín and the Aburrá Valley have Pico y Cedula, which restricts shopping days based on the last digit of your ID with a new schedule starting on December 22.

The Pico y Cedula restriction applies for going to grocery shops, malls, small tiendas, pharmacies and also includes banking and notary services.

COVID-19 Testing in Colombia: Realty About Coronavirus Testing

COVID-19 Testing in Colombia: Realty About Coronavirus Testing

7. COVID-19 Testing in Colombia: Reality About Coronavirus Testing

We look at the reality of COVID-19 testing in Colombia: how many COVID-19 tests are being done and compare to testing in other countries. On December 31, Colombia reported a record 83,539 COVID-19 tests were completed in one day.

This popular article is updated daily with current COVID-19 testing statistics in Colombia.

Colombian Visa Process Changes: Due to Quarantine and Coronavirus

Colombian Visa Process Changes: Due to Quarantine and Coronavirus

8. Colombian Visa Process Changes: Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Colombian visa process changes – due to the coronavirus pandemic in Colombia and cancelled flights, Colombia made changes to its visa process for tourist visas and normal Colombian visas.

We provide a guide to all the Colombia visa process changes due to the coronavirus crisis.

Colombia Coronavirus Death Rate: What are the Chances of Dying?

Colombia Coronavirus Death Rate: What are the Chances of Dying?

9. Colombia Coronavirus Death Rate: What are the Chances of Dying?

We look at the Coronavirus death rate in Colombia for different ages. We also look at the Coronavirus recovery rate and hospitalization rate in Colombia.

Several Medellin Guru readers have asked about the coronavirus death rate in Colombia by age if they happen to get infected. And we haven’t seen this published anywhere in English, so we researched this.

We update this popular article weekly.

Top Mistakes Tourists Make When Visiting Colombia

Top Mistakes Tourists Make When Visiting Colombia

10. 14 Top Mistakes Tourists Make When Visiting Colombia

Colombia is an up-and coming travel destination in the world with tourism increasing each year until the coronavirus pandemic hit. We look at 14 top mistakes tourists make when visiting Colombia.

If you are planning a trip to Colombia, congratulations, Colombia is travel destination growing in popularity for a very good reason with an amazing diversity of beaches on two coasts, mountains, the Amazon and much more.

In this article, we look at 14 top mistakes tourist make when visiting Colombia. Note, my Colombian wife helped create this list from what she and her friends have seen.

Carnaval de Barranquilla: Second Largest Carnival in the World is cancelled in 2021 - one of our most popular articles in 2020

Carnaval de Barranquilla: Second Largest Carnival in the World is cancelled in 2021 – one of our most popular articles in 2020

Our 20 Most Popular Articles in 2020

The following list is the 20 most popular articles on Medellin Guru in 2020, including all of our articles that were originally published in 2020 and in 2017, 2018 and 2019

  1. Coronavirus in Colombia: Myth vs Reality – Current Status
  2. International Flights Return to Colombia Starting in September
  3. Colombia Quarantine: Nationwide Quarantine Extended to September 1
  4. Carnaval de Barranquilla 2021: Second Largest Carnival is Cancelled
  5. How to Obtain a Colombian Visa – With Up-to-Date 2020 Info
  6. 30 Exotic Tropical Fruits of Colombia a Fruit Lovers Paradise
  7. Mercado De La Playa: A New Gastronomic Market in Medellín
  8. Humanitarian Flights from Colombia to the U.S. and Other Countries
  9. How to Obtain a Colombia Resident Visa – 2020 Update0
  10. How to Obtain a Colombia Retirement Visa – 2021 Update
  11. Tourist Visas: How to Extend a Tourist Visa in Medellín – 2020 Update
  12. Cuts of Beef: A Comprehensive Guide to Cuts of Beef in Colombia
  13. How to Get to Medellín from the Airport – 2020 Update
  14. Scopolamine: The Realities of Devil’s Breath in Colombia
  15. Pico y Cedula: Grocery Shopping Restrictions During Quarantine
  16. How to Obtain a Colombia Marriage Visa – 2020 Update
  17. Is Medellín Safe? Security in Medellín and Safety Tips – 2019 Update
  18. 11 Downsides to Living in Medellín: An Expat Perspective
  19. COVID-19 Testing in Colombia: Reality About Coronavirus Testing
  20. Colombia Holidays: A Guide to the Many Festivos in Colombia

In 2019, the two most popular articles on the Medellin Guru website were

  1. Is Medellín Safe? Security in Medellín and Safety Tips – 2019 Update
  2. How to Get to Medellín from the Airport – 2020 Update

These two articles have moved down the list and have been replaced at the top by articles related on coronavirus.

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Popular Premium Articles About Visiting and Moving to Colombia

Renting Unfurnished Apartments and Casas (Houses)

Buying, Selling and Investing in Real Estate

Choosing a Neighborhood in Medellín

Choosing a City in Colombia to Live in

Choosing a Foreign Retirement Location and Comparing Cities

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Medellin Guru 2020: Relocation Services

Moving to a city in a foreign country is complicated. Medellin Guru offers services for expats in Colombia. In less than two years we helped over 640 clients.

Medellin Guru starting offering services in March 2019. Since that time with our partners we have helped over 640 clients with visas, insurance, expat consultations, apartment rentals, real estate services and Spanish classes. We helped over 35 new clients in December 2020!

We have partnered to offer visa, health insurance, real estate, furnished rentals and Spanish school services to foreigners to help with relocation:

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When I moved to Medellín over eight years ago there was little help available for foreigners. And our goal with our relocation services is to make it easier for foreigners to move to Medellín.

The Bottom Line: Medellin Guru 2020 Year in Review

Thanks to everyone who read Medellin Guru in 2020. We have many new and interesting articles in work for 2021. 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 2021? Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below.

Also, you can see our article about our 2019 Medellin Guru year in review where we looked at our most popular articles and accomplishments in 2019.

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