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Pros and Cons of Living in Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jun 07, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Colombia include its diverse culture, vibrant cities, and beautiful landscapes. Colombia is also known for its friendly people, delicious cuisine, and affordable cost of living. Additionally, the country has a strong economy and is home to many world-renowned universities. On the other hand, the cons of living in Colombia include its high crime rate, political instability, and inadequate infrastructure. Additionally, the country has a high rate of poverty and inequality, and the healthcare system is not as advanced as in other countries.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Colombia?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Colombia responded:

"Great climate, many outdoor recreational activities, beautiful landscape and friendly people. Dislike: Poverty and related crime levels, badly planned and overall ugly city, bad traffic and drivers," wrote one expat in Pereira.

"I do not live in the city, I'm about an 1:15 outside of Cali in the mountains where it's much cooler. Cali can be quite hot much of the time and the traffic, crowds, and pollution are too much for me. I do drive into Cali about one a week for shopping or medical reasons. I find these day trips quite tolerable but prefer to back home by 7pm," explained one expat living in Cali.

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Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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