Cisneros Square in Medellin, Colombia
Cisneros Square in Medellin, Colombia
Cisneros Square in Medellin, Colombia

Retire in Medellin, Colombia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: Retirees share their experiences living in Medellin, Colombia. What are the challenges and rewards of retiring in Medellin?

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What is it like to retire in Medellin?

"Medellin is a beautiful city, and it is very easy to live here. We can walk to at least 200 places to eat from our apartment. We have access to the metro train or a huge amount of buses that can take us all over the city and all over Colombia. One of my favorite activities is walking Poblado Avenue Sunday mornings. Half of the Avenue is shut down to all motorized traffic. Thousands of people walk, skate, ride bicycles, etc. You wouldn't believe the number of people who walk their dogs - every kind of dog. I pass three different Zumba sessions on that walk," explained a retiree in Medellin.

"Colombian's are friendly, hospitable people eager to show you their excellent life style and culture. Tons of activities for everyone and beautiful sites to visit. Whether relaxing in my hot tub enjoyed the mountain views of attending a family barbecue, life is beautiful," explained one retiree living in Medellin.

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