Uber Is Illegal in Medellin Airport, Unless Your Brother Is Picking You Up

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Uber Is Illegal in Medellin 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:

Like it used to be in Puerto Rico, Uber is illegal at Medellin airport. I learned this upon arriving and waiting downstairs for a driver to come, who never came. Just as I was Googling, ‘Uber pickup Medellin airport,’ my driver called and I was able to ascertain from my Spanish abilities that Uber picks up at the departures. I took the escalator up and there he was, my estranged brother.

Riding in the front, I wonder if I would have dealt with the undercover hassle had I had my Schwab card (see TPOL Forgets How to Travel) and the ability to take a taxi.

TPOL’s TIP: Per my friend from Medellin, take the white taxi from the airport. It should not cost more than 60k pesos ($16) to the city center. This information is helpful to avoid what I hate most about travel, taxi scammers (“Taxi my friend?” The Worst Places to Hail a Cab).

TPOL’s TIP: Uber must have been legal at one point, given that the app lets a rider designate at which exit door he is located.

Cross the street right away to avoid the scammers waiting right outside the arrival terminal.

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