Medellin Travel Guide is part of the Punxsutawney TPOL Trip Report, where TPOL leaves the basement. It’s finally happening despite inconsistent policies, interruptions, and human stupidity as explained in these posts:
- 11 Reasons Why I Still Don’t Want to Travel
- North Korea – Level 4: Do Not Travel
- We’re All In This Together, So Long As You’re Miserable
- Air TPOL Retiring From Travel
- Kayak Answers, “Can I Travel to…?”
- Don’t Route Via Panama
- Breakthrough Infections: Another Reason Not to Travel
- COVID Test for Return Travel Is Stupid
TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works – A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.
Despite visiting Medellin two times, I have not done everything I would like to do. I didn’t gather enough information about the city the first time, which was not my fault (see below). The second time I was there for work (see IQKhameleon in Medellin for the Final Stretch). Since the objective of Guns & Butter Travel isn’t to be comprehensive, I can still present this Guns & Butter Travel Guide.
Avoid going to the hospital in Medellin. It will ruin your time. The best way to do this is to not drink aguardiente (see There’s Such A Thing as Too Much Aguardiente & Travel Advice: Mistakes in Medellin)
And more importantly, do not drink aguardiente with strangers. I later learned that I was the victim of a hyoscine drugging (see Mystery Solved: TPOL’s Disappearance in Medellin).
Before checking in or after checking out of the hospital, head to Parque Lleras. Though I had trouble there, I would still recommend it.
The first time I stayed at the Four Points. I have no pictures to prove it. The second time I stayed at my friend’s house (see Hostel v. Hotel v. Friend’s Home). Here is a picture of that wonderful place.
The Provenza neighborhood was recommended as was the Envy Roof Top bar.
Stick to Uber. It’s illegal at the airport (see Uber Is Illegal in Medellin Airport, Unless Your Brother Is Picking You Up) but it’s safe.
If You’re Into Microfinance
Popular investment firms include:
- La Isla
- Loutron Medellin
TPOL’s TIP: Prostitution is legal in Medellin but only in government-sanctioned brothels.