On July 20, 2017, the Medellin Guru website was launched, with a goal to provide up-to-date articles about Medellín and Colombia. Our Colombia articles are very popular with readers.

In this article, we look at the 10 most popular Colombia articles published on the Medellin Guru website since launch of the site and also the 10 most popular new Colombia articles published so far in 2019.

Since the launch less than 2 years ago, Medellin Guru has published a total of 374 articles and quickly became the most popular English language Colombia blog with over 70,000 unique visitors monthly. Furthermore, we added over 15,000 followers on Facebook.

In addition, we hold the largest monthly events for foreigners in Medellín. And we averaged over 165 attendees for each of our last four events. Our May Medellin Guru meetup is on May 21 at 20Mission Cerveza in El Poblado.

Medellin Guru’s 10 Most Popular Colombia Articles Since Launch

Here are the 10 most popular Colombia articles published on the Medellin Guru website since the website was launched in July 2017. All 10 of these articles received over 33,000 views and the top two articles received over 60,000 views each.

Colombian National Police, photos courtesy of Colombia National Police

Colombian National Police, photos courtesy of Colombia National Police

1. Is Medellín Safe? Security in Medellín and Safety Tips – 2019 Update

Is Medellín safe to visit? Medellín is generally safe to visit if you follow some basic safety tips, as you will reduce your risk of being a victim of crime. However, security in Medellín is still a major concern for expats living in Medellín and also tourists visiting the city.

We typically update this very popular Medellín safety and security article at least once a year with updated crime statistics.

Ay Wey Bar & Grill, one of 6 popular sports bars in Medellín

Ay Wey Bar & Grill, one of 6 popular sports bars in Medellín

 2. 6 Popular Sports Bars in Medellín to Watch the Super Bowl

We look at 6 popular sports bars in Medellín, which are good places to watch major sporting events like the Super Bowl, World Cup, World Series or NBA finals.

Alumbrados Navideños - Medellín Christmas lights

Alumbrados Navideños – Medellín Christmas lights

3. Alumbrados: A Guide to the 2018 Medellín Christmas Lights

One event that Medellín is famous for is the annual Medellín Christmas lights display that is known as Alumbrados Navideños or El Alumbrado.

Note this popular guide to the Medellín Christmas lights is updated each year as a guide to each year’s Christmas lights in Medellín.

How to Get to Medellín from the Airport

How to Get to Medellín from the Airport

4. How to Get to Medellín from the Airport – 2019 Update

There are several ways to get to Medellín from the Airport. Medellín actually has two airports, so we look at how to get to and from both of Medellín’s airports.

In addition, this article was updated with 2019 fares for going to and from the Medellín airports.

Traffic, one of the downsides of living in Medellín

Traffic, one of the downsides of living in Medellín

5. 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, we look at 11 downsides.

Carnaval de Barranquilla, photo courtesy of Carnaval de Barranquilla

Carnaval de Barranquilla, photo courtesy of Carnaval de Barranquilla

6. Carnival de Barranquilla 2019: Second Largest Carnival in the World

We provided an insiders’ guide to Carnaval de Barranquilla 2019 in Colombia, the second largest carnival in the world, which was on March 2 to 5 in 2019.

Also, this popular article is updated each year before Carnival in Barranquilla.

Getting a Colombian Visa

Getting a Colombian Visa

7. How to Obtain a Colombian Visa – With Up-to-Date 2019 Info

Colombia offers many different categories of visas, which enable you to stay in the country for a year or more. In addition, Colombia changed its visa rules in late 2017.

Most noteworthy, 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.

In addition, this popular guide to Colombian visas is updated one or more times each year and was last updated in April 2019.

Feria de las Flores in Medellín

Feria de las Flores in Medellín

8. Feria de las Flores 2019 Schedule of Events and Expat Tips

Medellin’s biggest annual festival, La Feria de las Flores 2019 (Festival of Flowers), runs from August 2 – 11, 2019. We provide a guide with tips for visitors.

Furthermore, this popular guide to Feria de las Flores in Medellín is updated each year.

The grave site of Pablo Escobar in Medellín

The grave site of Pablo Escobar in Medellín

9. Pablo Escobar’s Grave: An Unfortunate Tourist Attraction

Pablo Escobar’s grave in Medellín has unfortunately become a tourist attraction due to the popular Narcos series. Pablo Escobar tours stop at his grave site.

Which is the better place to live in? Medellín vs Pereira vs Bucaramanga

Which is the better place to live in? Medellín vs Pereira vs Bucaramanga

10. 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.

Medellin Guru’s 10 Most Popular Colombia Articles Published in 2019

So far in 2019, we have published 71 new articles and the following are our top 10 new Colombia articles published in 2019.

Downsides to living in El Poblado: living in Medellín's most expensive neighborhood

Downsides to living in El Poblado: living in Medellín’s most expensive neighborhood

1. 8 Downsides of El Poblado: Living in Medellín’s Expensive Neighborhood

El Poblado is the most popular neighborhood for foreigners living in or visiting Medellín. But it’s not perfect and there are downsides to living in El Poblado.

This article about the downsides of living El Poblado is the most popular article published on the Medellin Guru website so far in 2019 with over 16,500 views.

Furnished apartment rental costs in Medellín – 2019 survey

Furnished apartment rental costs in Medellín – 2019 survey

2. Furnished Apartment Rental Costs in Medellín – 2019 Survey Results

In 2019, we surveyed 750 furnished apartments in 6 popular neighborhoods in Medellín for expats to find out current furnished apartment rental costs in Medellín.

The El Barco restaurant - a hidden gem in Itagüí with good seafood

The El Barco restaurant – a hidden gem in Itagüí with good seafood

3. El Barco: A Hidden Gem Restaurant in Itagüí with Good Seafood

El Barco is a hidden gem restaurant in Itagüí near Medellín with very good seafood. It’s located above a fish market so it has its choice of fresh seafood.

12 Downsides to Living in Bogotá: An Expat Perspective

12 Downsides to Living in Bogotá: An Expat Perspective

4. 12 Downsides to Living in Bogotá: An Expat Perspective

Bogotá is the largest city in Colombia and it has many expats living in the city due to job opportunities. But there are many downsides to living in Bogotá.

Some of the best burgers in Medellín

Some of the best burgers in Medellín

5. 13 Best Burgers in Medellín: Best Burger Places in the Aburrá Valley

Burgers are popular in Medellín and we look at 13 of the best burger places in Medellín and the Aburrá Valley with very good hamburgers.

Which is the better place to live in? Medellín vs Santiago, Chile

Which is the better place to live in? Medellín vs Santiago, Chile

6. Medellín vs Santiago: Which is the Better City to Live In?

Medellín vs Santiago, Chile. We comprehensively compare the two cities in 21 categories to see which is the better place to live in for expats.

Which is the better place to live? Medellín vs Buenos Aires, Argentina

Which is the better place to live? Medellín vs Buenos Aires, Argentina

7. Medellín vs Buenos Aires: Which is the Better Place to Live?

Medellín vs Buenos Aires, Argentina. We comprehensively compare the two cities in 21 categories to see which is the better city to live in for expats.

Food at some of the best restaurants in Sabaneta, Colombia

Food at some of the best restaurants in Sabaneta, Colombia

8. 14 Best Restaurants in Sabaneta, Colombia – 2019 Update

We look at 14 of the best restaurants in Sabaneta, Colombia. Sabaneta is the smallest municipality in Colombia and is located south of Medellín and Envigado in the Aburrá Valley.

Cannabis plants at Clever Leaves in Colombia, photo courtesy of Clever Leaves

Cannabis plants at Clever Leaves in Colombia, photo courtesy of Clever Leaves

9. Colombia Cannabis: A Guide to Recreational and Medical Cannabis Laws

Cannabis is illegal in Colombia for public consumption and commercial sale. But there are exceptions for medical cannabis and personal use.

Gringo Pricing: The Realty of Gringo Pricing in Medellín and Colombia

Gringo Pricing: The Realty of Gringo Pricing in Medellín and Colombia

10. Gringo Pricing: The Reality of Gringo Pricing in Medellín and Colombia

Is there gringo pricing found in Medellín and Colombia? We look at the reality of gringo pricing and what you can do to avoid being taken advantage of.

The Bottom Line: Colombia Articles – 20 of the Most Popular Articles on Medellin Guru

Thanks to everyone who reads the Medellin Guru website! The above are lists of the 10 most popular articles on the website since launch and the top 10 new Colombia articles published so far in 2019.

Also, we have many new and interesting Colombia articles in work for the rest of 2019.

In addition, we are working hard to keep all the content on the Medellin Guru website up-to-date. Since launch over 140 articles out of 374 published articles have been updated due to things changing or to address readers’ comments. And some articles have been updated multiple times.

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.

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