I read a great post by Maverick Traveler that reaffirmed what I’ve always known about Colombia’s second largest city, but have been too afraid to say.
It’s HIGHLY overrated.
The city lacks personality. There’s no beat to it. The food is inescapably average (you’re much better off in Bogota, Cali or the coast if you want good food). People aren’t particularly easy to connect with. Nightlife is good, but no better than other cities of its size and often difficult to infiltrate. The cityscape is orderly but unremarkable. The cost of living — while not high — was not as low as I was lead to believe.
All of this begs one question:
Why do so many travellers, particularly backpackers, fall madly in love with Medellin, Colombia?