Medellin Guru 2021 – we had our four year anniversary last month and it’s time to revisit the most popular and most discussed articles of 2021 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 48 months, Medellin Guru published a total of 679 articles with well over 7,000 photos.

In addition, we are working hard to keep all this content up-to-date. In the past 131weeks up to August 12, 2021 we updated a total of 1,316 articles. Some articles were updated multiple times, as things change constantly in Colombia due to coronavirus.

Also in 2021, we reached over 17,000 followers on Facebook, which makes Medellin Guru the most popular Colombia blog in English about Colombia in four years.

Medellin Guru 2021 – Our 11 Most Popular New Articles

Here are the 11 most popular articles in 2021 on the Medellin Guru website. And each of these articles received over 15,000 page-views so far in 2021. 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 in 2021 with over 57,000 views in 2021.

Curfew and Dry Law in Medellín and Antioquia from March 25 to June 9

Curfew and Dry Law in Medellín and Antioquia from March 25 to June 9

2. Curfew and Dry Law in Medellín and Antioquia from March 25 to June 9

A curfew and dry law in Medellín and Antioquia was during Semana Santa and is extended to June 9 with nightly curfews due to an increase in ICU occupancy in Medellín and Antioquia.

However the restrictions in Antioquia ended on June 9 at 5 am according to Conexión Sur.

CR Test: How to Get a COVID-19 Test in Medellín

PCR Test: How to Get a COVID-19 Test in Medellín

3. PCR Test: How to Get a COVID-19 Test in Medellín

PCR Test: looking to get a COVID-19 test in Medellín? We provide advice and information on places and prices for COVID-19 tests in Medellín.

Coronavirus show no signs of going away in Colombia. Many Medellin Guru readers have asked about COVID-19 tests and particularly about PCR tests needed for international travel.

Note the U.S. will start requiring a COVID-19 test for travelers to the U.S. starting on January 26, either a PCR test or an antigen test.

Whether you need a PCR test for travel, arrived in Colombia without a PCR test and need a PCR test, have symptoms or have been in contact with someone infected, we provide information about obtaining COVID-19 tests in Medellín.

We also have articles about where to get a COVID-test in Bogotá and how to get a COVID-19 test in Cartagena.

How to Obtain a Colombia Resident Visa

How to Obtain a Colombia Resident Visa

4. How to Obtain a Colombia Resident Visa – 2021 Update

The Colombia resident visa is intended for foreigners who wish to live full-time in Colombia. We provide 2021 updates to the Colombia resident visa rules

Colombia changed its Colombian visa rules in late 2017, which went into effect on December 15, 2017. So, the previous resident (RE) visa in Colombia became an R visa in late 2017.

The visa agency we partnered with has helped 31 Medellin Guru readers obtain resident visas.

 
16 Traditional Colombian Food Dishes You Must Try in Colombia

16 Traditional Colombian Food Dishes You Must Try in Colombia

5. 16 Traditional Colombian Food Dishes You Must Try in Colombia

Colombia isn’t well known around the world for its cuisine and Colombian food. But there are a number of delicious traditional Colombian dishes that are worth trying.

Some countries are well-known for their cuisine. So, you can find Italian, Chinese, French and Indian restaurants in cities throughout the world. But you would be hard pressed to find a restaurant specializing in Colombian food in many cities around the world outside of Colombia.

Some foreigners in Colombia or visiting will tell you that traditional Colombian dishes are generally bland, overly fried, too salty and meat-heavy. However, some of the dishes in Colombia are actually packed full of flavor and not everything is meat-heavy.

Colombian cuisine varies regionally and is influenced by Spanish, African, Arab and some Asian cuisines.

We previously looked at 30 exotic tropical fruits of Colombia and 16 Colombian street food options you should try. And in this article we look at 16 traditional Colombian food dishes worth trying.

Does Colombia Require a COVID-19 Test for International Travelers?

Does Colombia Require a COVID-19 Test for International Travelers?

6. Does Colombia Require a COVID-19 Test for International Travelers?

In January, a COVID-19 test (PCR) was required to enter Colombia for international travelers. But in June 2021, a PCR test is no longer required to travel to Colombia.

According to El Tiempo, the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz, explained on Wednesday the guidelines of resolution 777 of 2021, which sets the criteria for the economic and social reactivation of the country.

In an interview with Caracol Noticias, Ruiz revealed that Colombia will no longer request the requirement of the PCR test from travelers, both Colombian and foreign, who enter the country. Also, the CoronApp requirement will be removed.

The bottom line is it will no longer be necessary for travelers to present a negative PCR test upon arrival in the country. This measure began to take effect on June 1, 2021, as confirmed by the Minister of Health, Fernando Ruiz.

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 in this article updated daily: how many COVID-19 tests are being done and compare to testing in other countries. On June 23, 2021, Colombia reported a record 127,955 COVID-19 tests were completed in one day.

Many Medellin Guru readers have asked about COVID-19 testing in Colombia. Also, we have seen many inaccurate posts about COVID-19 testing in Medellín and Colombia on the Internet including in several Facebook groups.

In this article, we look at the facts of COVID-19 testing in Colombia including the number of tests Colombia has actually completed and compare to other countries, We also look at how many labs in Colombia are currently doing tests and how many daily tests.

How to Obtain a Colombian Visa

How to Obtain a Colombian Visa

8. How to Obtain a Colombian Visa – With Up-to-Date 2021 Info

Colombia offers many different categories of visas, which enable you to stay in the country for a year or more. We provide updated for Colombia’s visa rules for 2021.

In addition, Colombia changed its visa rules in late 2017. The new visa rules went into effect on December 15, 2017. So, it’s important to understand the new visa rules before applying for a Colombian visa.

The visa agency we partnered with has helped 525 Medellin Guru readers obtain Colombian visas, renew U.S. passports and obtain tourist visa extensions.

Scopolia plant, from which scopolamine is made, photo by Jorge Láscar

Scopolia plant, from which scopolamine is made, photo by Jorge Láscar

9. Scopolamine: The Realities of Devil’s Breath in Colombia

Scopolamine, also known as Devil’s Breath, is a drug used in Colombia for the purpose of robbery. But there are a number of urban myths circulating about Scopolamine.

The bottom line is that there are some urban myths circulating about scopolamine and it’s been sensationalized. But the use of drugs like scopolamine to incapacitate and rob victims in Colombia can and does happen.

Also, most of the scopolamine incidents happen to people at night at bars and nightclubs. So, take care and don’t leave drinks or food unattended or accept drinks or food from strangers.

Exotic Tropic Fruits of Colombia

Exotic Tropic Fruits of Colombia

10. 30 Exotic Tropical Fruits of Colombia a Fruit Lovers Paradise

Colombia is a fruit lover’s paradise with many delicious and exotic tropical fruits that can be difficult to find in North America or Europe.

In Colombia, you can find the typical fruits that are easy to find in North America and Europe like apples, bananas, pineapples and strawberries. But one of the benefits of living in Colombia is the tropical fruits, which are delicious, inexpensive and plentiful.

Colombia is the second most bio-diverse country in the world after Brazil. The country benefits from its geographic diversity with two coasts, mountain chains, open savannas and tropical rainforests. So, the country is reportedly home to nearly 10 percent of the world’s species. The country has over 56,000 plant species registered. There are more birds and more orchids found in Colombia than are found in any other country.

So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Colombia has a tremendous number of tropical fruits available. During my over eight years living in Medellín, I have been able to try many exotic tropical fruits that I never found while living in the U.S.

How to obtain a Colombia retirement visa

How to obtain a Colombia retirement visa

11. How to Obtain a Colombia Retirement Visa – 2021 Update

Colombia’s retirement visa is intended for retired persons receiving a retirement income. This retirement visa is relatively easy to get with a low-income requirement and only a few documents needed. Medellín in particular in Colombia is gaining a reputation as a top foreign retirement location.

The Colombia retirement (pensionado) visa was previously known as the TP-7 visa in 2017. This TP-7 visa was valid for only one year and needed to be renewed each year. However, Colombia changed its Colombian visa rules, which went into effect on December 15, 2017.

The visa agency we partnered with has helped 154 Medellin Guru readers obtain retirement visas.

Note the most popular articles on Medellin Guru have changed dramatically from pre-pandemic times in 2019.

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Update on Medellin Guru Services for Expats in Colombia

Update on Medellin Guru Services for Expats in Colombia

Medellin Guru 2021 Services for Expats

Moving to a city in a foreign country is complicated. Medellin Guru offers services for expats in Colombia. In 29 months we helped over 1,000 clients.

Medellin Guru starting offering services in March 2019. Since that time with our partners we have helped over 1,000 clients with visas, insurance, expat consultations, real estate services and Spanish classes.

We helped over 115 new clients in December, January and February! In March, April and May 2021 we helped over 110 new clients. And since March 2019, we helped over 1,000 Clients in 29 months.

Many Medellin Guru readers have been asking for services to help with relocation. So, we offer a number of services.

Also, our services can be used not only in Medellin but throughout Colombia.

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

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.

In 29 months, we already helped over 1,000 clients with our visa servicesinsurance servicesreal estate servicesapartment rentals and expat consultations.

We want to thank our partners and clients and subscribers! We now have a total of over 1,900 clients and paying subscribers.

The Bottom Line: Medellin Guru 2021 – Our Most Popular Articles in 2021

We are celebrating our four year anniversary of Medellin Guru.

We want to thank to everyone who read Medellin Guru in the past four years, which helped us become the most popular blog in Colombia. Also, we thank our over 17,000 followers on Facebook, our thousands of email newsletter subscribers and our Patreon subscriber and our clients.

We have many new and interesting articles planned for our fifth year. Also, we look forward to continuing to keep our readers informed and bringing you many more popular articles.

In addition, we are always looking for feedback and suggestions. Are there any topics you would like us to cover? Please share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below. Or you can always contact us via our contact form.

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