What you Need to Know About Medellin, Colombia

Last year, we added Colombia to our trip roster because it crosses everything off our checklist: incredible destinations, amazing food, exhilarating adventures, and a ton of culture!

We kick off the trip in the city of Medellin. We only spend two nights here, but there’s so much to see and do that it’s the perfect start to the trip.


Before you head to Medellin, here are some things you need to know.

1. Medellin has a super complicated history. You may have heard some negative stereotypes about Colombia, that it’s unsafe and dangerous for foreigners to travel to. While the country (and city of Medellin) does have a dangerous past, it couldn’t be further from the truth now! The people of Colombia are extremely resilient and happy. The city of Medellin has come a long way since it was once the most dangerous city in the world.


Photo by FnEZ trip member Larissa Gruen.

2. Walking tours are a must in this city! You will learn so much about the history and current affairs of Medellin and Colombia that you may otherwise never know! On our 20-day Colombia trip we do a downtown walking tour as well as a Comuna 13 walking tour, which offers insight into what it was like to live in these areas versus what it is like now.


Photo by FnEZ trip member Alex Steven.

3. The tap water is drinkable! Cut back on your plastic waste and refill a reusable water bottle with the tap.

4. It’s pronounced Med-ah-gene, not Meda-yeen, or Medal-in, like many foreigners assume.

5. The city is a major exporter of coffee and was once known for being a major drug trafficking domain.

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