C olombia may not be the first country you think of when talking about Digital Nomad hotspots. Indonesia, Thailand or Vietnam may pop-up in your head when you think about it. Sad, because I spent two months in Colombia and I did not know that the country is so innovative and impressive for Digital Nomads. It has good co-workings, it is easy to travel around and the Spanish culture is heart-warming. My journey through the cities of Cartagena, Medellín and Bogotá, brought me to places that I did not know existed.
Why Colombia for Digital Nomads?
Colombia has a lot of things in its favor for becoming a prime travel destination — from world-class diving sites to an impressive spread of cultural and historical sights. Digital Nomads flock here for beautiful beaches, affordable living costs, and the signature Caribbean flare. Colombia is becoming a digital nomad destination, mainly due to the popularity of Medellín, one of the world’s top trending Digital Nomad destinations. The country does not boast blazing internet speeds but big cities have a good selection of c-oworking spaces, and you will find free Wi-Fi access in coffee shops in most big cities.
Selina, the co-working and co-living hostel, has also noticed this growth and has invested in great accommodations for Digital Nomads. Colombia recent currency depreciation also greatly improved its value for money. The bottom line of it all is that Colombia is a spectacular country going through a positive transition and should not be missed.
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Medellín (*most popular in the region!) in Colombia is our top South American star. You might have heard of Medellín thanks to Pablo Escobar, or the Netflix series Narcos. But the city is far from what you would imagine. The city is a glowing example of how Colombia is changing, and fast.
Digital Nomads are swarming here to experience the latin “vibe” in a progressive and entrepreneurial city. Medellin “the city of eternal spring” is the only Digital Nomad hub which formed in Colombia, for various reasons. Firstly, the city enjoys good weather (nicknamed as the city of eternal spring), and has an inspiring transformation story from a Pablo Escobar drug cartel center to the most modern and successful city in Colombia (it even has a Metro).
Bogota, the capital of Colombia, offers a purely urban environment compared to Medellín. It is a big cosmopolitan city, Colombia’s cultural and economic centre, and a space of modern sophisticated cool.
The city has a lot of knowledge and educated people. The main capital is the place for doing business. The city is not as warm as Medellín and those working here will have to give up the t-shirt weather in favour of a larger selection of urban amenities: lots of coworking spaces, expats, business centres, and so on.
Cartagena the city at the Caribian coast; the beaches, rumba, and sun were sure to make for a fun trip. While the city can be amazing for tourism, many travelers find working difficult here. Beach cities are rarely made for crushing 10-12 hour days behind the computer screen. You’re not supposed to spend every waking hour indoors when the stunning Caribbean sea is right outside your front door. But the facilities and the upcoming co-working locations making it a bit easier.
Still, Cartagena is a travelers’ dream. From one of the best colonial cities to beaches to high-rise rooftop pools and pumping nightlife – it’s damn near impossible to get bored in Colombia’s biggest beach city. A fine environment that is fully equipped helps to minimize the temptation. Co-living and Co-working place Selina has a very nice location in the middle of Cartagena.
My favorite Digital Nomad spot in Colombia
Cartagena was my favorite city to live and work temporarily. Although Medellín is seen as the Nomad spot, I couldn’t find my peace in Cartagena.
The city is divided between the new skyline and the old town (which is also on the Unesco World Heritage List). In the old part you walk through a fairytale maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered with bougainvillea and massive churches that cast their shadow over the colored houses. There is so much to do and working close by, or on the beach, gives me a real holiday feeling. Even when I am working on my laptop.
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