Plaza Bolivar in Medellin
A New Life in Colombia?
By Dean LaCoursiere
Expat Dean LaCoursiere gives an overview of several pueblos (communities) in or near the coffee country that are little known outside of Colombia and are even off the radar of most expat magazines.
About the Author
Dean LaCoursiere has lived in or visited 12 Latin Countries. Fluent in Spanish and familiar with the cultures he is constantly seeking out places less or undiscovered with expats in mind. Finding low-budget retirement locations is his mission. [email protected].
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Great article, thanks.
I've spent some time in Jardin and watching your youtube presentation brought back many memories as I saw some familiar faces and places.
One thing I love about this place is that you never know quite what to expect when you look at the many doors. The buildings join to form a solid wall along the streets but often when you open a very common looking door the home behind it is huge with open courtyards and kitchens.
One thing that I would add is the beauty of some of the woodwork that rails balconies and bars windows.
It is a beautiful place filled with beautiful friendly people.
Outstanding report and the photographic presentations so nicely done.
share the degree of safety~Manizares
I have recently relocated from the States to Cartagena. I have done my share of international travleing and from what I have expierinced so far in this city I don't see myself leaving anytime soon. It has the Old City charm, the newer sections of Bocagrande and Manga, the mass of developments going in north of the city, some with golf course and you also have the Rosario Islands that are a quick forty minute boat ride from Cartagena. Anything you want to know about this area of Colombia feel free to ask.
Medellin is great, but like any developing country lacks air pollution control. not the worst by far, some dont notice it but if your walking on main streets a while you will feel it.
Medellin is the cleanest of the big cities, temperature wise absolutely perfect.
Thank you Dean, I was sooo excited to have stumbled across your site and absolutely appreciated your review of the areas that I have had my eye on - so to speak - for Some months now and can't wait to arrange a visit. Some towns, I hadn't heard of before and I will definitely put them on my list to visit when I am down there. Looking forward to finding out how one can live there without having the requisite amount required by the Colombian Govt (coming from another country each month) - which I believe for Colombia is $2,000 month. Can you shed any light on this?
I look forward to hearing more about this area and the logistics.
Great article. I visited a friend in Cartagena a couple of years back and really enjoyed it. But your comment about the heat there makes sense.
Thank you so much, the article is very informative and the videos are very nice. We are looking for a very nice town to retire in Colombia and one of these towns could be.
Thanks for your well-researched article and tips on some of the best places to live in Colombia. I've been an American expat for more than 15 years, having lived and worked in many regions of Asia and the Middle East, and have been in Latin America for the past 18 months. I've recently settled in Guatapé, one of the small towns you mention in this article. Guatapé is a very beautiful and safe place to call home, and has an extremely reasonable cost of living. There are signs, however, that development may destroy some of the best aspects of the town in the near future, but I'm hope I'm proven wrong. I do, however, still recommend visiting to see if it's the right fit for you. Singles with lots of varied interests would be greatly welcomed since most of the expats here are married couples and, in addition, it's difficult to merge into the small town family structure of Colombians here. I'm a writer and love the outdoors so I can handle a bit of isolation, but if you need more intellectual stimulation and nightlife options, this likely would not be the place for you. Feel free to contact me for any further info. You can also check out my culture notes on https://myquest.blog