One thing that still comes up with my friends and family is the safety in Medellin and Colombia. Honestly, I couldn’t comment on anything other than the city and suburbs of Medellin. I’ve been here for almost eight months, and I haven’t really traveled.
I can say with 100% certainty that Medellin is a safe city. I am from a small town in Idaho, and I feel safe here in Medellin. So, I’m not even comparing it to other big cities.
Here are some of the most insightful or common questions I have gotten since I’ve been here.
Can I walk the streets at night? Absolutely! As long as someone in your group knows where you’re going.
Alone? Only if you know the neighborhood and are comfortable there.
Are the buses safe? Yes. You will run into people playing music, selling things, or just begging. None of them care if you give them money or not.
Is the metro safe? Absolutely! If there’s any sort of problem there are guards at every station and they respond very quickly to the alarms.
Are the taxis safe? Yes. I’ve even gotten into the habit of hailing them off the street most of the time. They all use meters, and the drivers are really fun to talk to.
Will I get robbed? It’s definitely possible. It’s never happened to me.
Will I get hurt/assaulted/ect.? Again, possible, but only if someone is drunk or high, and you pissed them off.
Will I get kidnapped? No. Not in the city.
Will I be a target if I’m wearing nice clothes or business attire? If you are in the main parts of the city, no way. The majority of the people here care about their looks and nice clothing and business attire are extremely normal if not expected. In the smaller neighborhoods you may stand out. In fact, in the main parts of the city dressing in shorts and a t shirt may make you more of a target.
Will people try to rip me off because I’m a gringo? Maybe. I don’t think it’s ever happened to me. Most things have prices clearly marked, but haggling is common here.
Are drugs (especially cocaine) easy to find? No, it’s not just out on the street, but if you’re really looking for it you can find it. Just remember, there are new drug laws, and you can no longer posses any street drugs in any amount…none!
If you have any more questions, please ask! If I know, I will be happy to answer it!
Post by Holly. Currently living in Medellin, Holly is getting to know the Colombian culture through music, language, and base jumping!