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?
I’ve been living in Mexico for almost a year. And, while I don’t claim to be an expert on Mexican culture, norms and mores, I have picked up on a few things that can make adjusting here as a foreigner a whole hell of a lot easier.
Basically, these tips are aimed at helping prevent foreigners – particularly young ones – from offending any locals, or becoming a stereotype.
I’d imagine that most of these tips should be common sense, but I’ve seen enough foreigners trip up on them while they’re here, so I figured it was worth composing a cheeky little list.
What will it cost you to rent a stylish one or two bedroom apartment in Mexico? Here’s housing prices in 10 major Mexican cities.
(Hint: it’s much less than in the United States).
I’ve compiled a list of what I believe to be the best cities for a tourist to visit in Latin America. The list is based on the criteria outlined on my cities guides, so you’ll want to click on the link to the city to get a thoroughgoing breakdown on the destination to find out why it ranked the way it did.
Mexico City has an obscene amount of bars – you’ll never go thirsty here.
And although that’s a good thing, the abundance of choice can be overwhelming for first time visitors.
But not to worry.
There is a handful of bars that welcomes tourists with open arms (and legs) and most of them are located within walking distance of one another.
Now, before I give you the list, a quick disclaimer:
After about 7 weeks of searching, I’ve finally managed to rent an apartment in Mexico City. And I’m here to help you do the same…if you’re so inclined.