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Where to Stay: Medellin

Tourism in Medellin is booming; that much is obvious. But many tourists are turning into residents. With the delightful climate, beautiful people, high quality of life, great public transportation, and excellent fine dining and nightlife options, it's not suprise that many foreigners are looking into Medellin as more than just a vacation stop.

Tourists and backpackers invariably gravitate towards Medellin's centrally located El Poblado neighborhood. With its trademark Parque Lleras, delicious restaurants, numerous nightclubs, and a mountain of hostels and hotels to choose from, it's an attractive choice for all budgets.

It's also very easy to get to. With its own metro station, El Poblado, it's just a twenty-five minute ride on the metro from Medellin's northern bus terminal, and it's located right next to Medellin's southern bus terminal. It's very close to Medellin's domestic airport, Enrique Olaya Herrera, and just a forty-five minute taxi ride from Medellin's international airport, Jose Maria Cordova.

Our personal favorites at Colombia Backpacking are Tiger Paw and Casa Kiwi, both just minutes from Parque Lleras.

Another choice for lodging in Medellin is the up-and-coming Laureles neighborhood, located in the northwestern part of the city, right along the western line of the metro, and not far from the stadium.

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