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Medellín vs Mazatlán Mexico: Which is the Better Place to Live? - Medellin Guru
Medellín vs Mazatlán, Mexico. We comprehensively compare the two cities in 20 categories to see which is the better place to live in for expats.

Medellín vs Mazatlán Mexico: Which is the Better Place to Live?

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7 thoughts on “Medellín vs Mazatlán Mexico: Which is the Better Place to Live?”

    1. Sam Underhill August 6, 2020

      I just joined Patreon and am very disappointed. I simply want to view the article “Comparing Living in Mazatlan to living in Medellin”. Patreon doesn’t appear to recognize that I am a paying member and keeps asking me to join. I joined just today, so maybe it takes time to do…whatever is needed to recognize me. How can I resolve this?

    2. Dennis Heidenis February 21, 2020

      Jeff. great article. I lived in Maz for 2 years and you were pretty much spot on. One of the major issues is the constant worry about water safety and potability. The infrastructure for water and sewer are old and frequently get contaminated and the water has to be boiled before drinking quite often.

      Question…. a Medellin native told me that Sabaneta has poor air quality due to its southern position in the valley. He claims that the air currents run north to south which keeps the pollution in Sabaneta at a higher level than the rest of the valley. What is your take on this as you live in Sabaneta.

      I love your Guru and it has been a great source of info for me to get my ducks in a row so I can move there this year. I have signed up to donate a few bucks and I will have my friend signed up this week. Thanks for all you do………….Dennis

      • Hi Dennis. Thanks.

        The air currents in the Aburrá valley more typically blow to from the south to the north . Currently at Olaya Herrera airport which has wind monitoring the winds are to the NE at 9 mph with gusts to 25 mph. You can look on this site at the wind directions at Olaya Herrera, it is normally north – here is yesterday – https://www.windfinder.com/report/medellin/2020-02-20

        Also, the rain typically starts in the south of the valley and travels north. I see this all the time.

        I use the Ciudadanos Científicos mobile app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.gov.siata.ciudadano_cientifico&hl=en_US to track pollution levels at sensors in the valley. Recently when pollution levels were red in many locations in the lower part of the valley like in Laureles and El Centro it was yellow in Sabaneta.

    3. J Mathews February 18, 2020

      One item left out is food and water safety. In most of Mexico, consuming the tap water will get you a case of the infamours “Montezuma’s Revenge”. You need to watch the source of lettuce etc. My wife was sick some years ago, in Mexico City after a lunch at one of the city’s most famous restaurants. No tthanks no Mazatlan for me.

      • Thanks, we did include be careful of tap water in the article, will update to add food safety.

        “be careful of the tap water in Mazatlán unless you want a case of ‘Montezuma’s Revenge’. Many foreigners living in Mazatlán told me they recommend drinking bottled water and not the tap water. In Mazatlán, the water pipes in-between the plant and a home may be old and highly suspect. Most people in Mazatlán drink bottled water, and restaurants universally serve purified water from the standard 5-gallon containers and serve ice delivered from an ice company that uses purified water as well.”

    4. Thanks for this article. Lie and Invest Overseas is at it again ranking Mazatlan as the #2 retirement location in the world.

      Beware of Lie and Invest that publishes a fake best retirement location list every year. Mazatlan as #2 what a joke. Hot climate, no best hospitals and even a level 4 travel advisory.

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