Is Medellín Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Medellin, Colombia is considerably safer than it was several years ago, with improvements in security and a keen interest in tourism. That said, as with any big city, it is important to stay alert and be aware of your surroundings; avoid deserted areas especially at night. Local people are generally friendly and are happy to provide assistance if needed. Particular caution should be taken when using public transportation and in less touristy areas, where the risk of pickpocketing and petty theft can be higher.

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How safe is Medellín?

Safety at nightUnsafe

While Medellín has made substantial improvements over the years in terms of safety, it is still advisable to exercise caution, especially during the nighttime. Walking alone at night is not recommended in certain areas, due to localized crime. As a solo female traveler, utilize reputable taxis or ride-sharing apps when moving around the city after dark. Stay in well-lit areas and avoid isolated places. Always trust your instincts and remain aware of your surroundings.

Public transportationSafe

Public transportation consists of the Metro system, MetroCable, buses, trams, and taxis in Medellín. It's relatively safe, especially during the day. However, like in any big city, you should stay vigilant, keep your belongings close to you, and avoid travelling late at night to mitigate potential risks. The Metro and MetroCable are particularly safer and reliable, and they connect various parts of the city. If you opt for taxis, it's better to call for a licensed cab rather than hailing one on the street.

Street harassmentModerate

While Medellín is generally considered a welcoming and friendly city, street harassment can occasionally occur. Women, particularly solo female travelers may experience catcalling or unwanted attention when walking alone, especially in less touristy areas or after dark. However, most locals are respectful and it's worth noting this does not reflect the attitude of everyone in the city. As a solo female traveler, it's always important to stay alert, aware of your surroundings and dress modestly.

Petty crimesModerate

Medellin, Colombia, has undergone significant improvements in terms of safety and crime rates in recent years. However, petty crimes such as pickpocketing, bag snatching, and minor scams occur quite regularly, particularly in crowded areas and on public transportation. Therefore, while traveling, it's advisable to take precautions like not displaying valuables openly and being watchful of belongings, especially in busy areas.

Tap waterSafe

In Medellín, tap water is generally regarded as safe to drink. The city is known for its high-quality water supply, thanks to efficient treatment processes which allow most residents and even tourists to consume it directly from the tap without fear. However, if you have a sensitive stomach, it is advised to stick to bottled water to avoid any potential health risks.

Is Colombia safe right now?

Travelers planning to visit Colombia are advised to exercise a high degree of caution due to potential risks of crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and kidnapping. There are certain areas with higher risk, hence it's necessary to stay alert and informed about the area's safety status. Both the U.S and Australian governments highlight a significant risk of violent crime and terrorism, while the Canadian government stresses high crime levels. It's recommended to reconsider travel plans, stay vigilant, maintain a low profile, and monitor local news sources for updates.
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United States Travel AdvisoryReconsider your need to travel

The United States Government advises reconsidering travel due to crime and terrorism. It suggests exercising increased caution due to civil unrest and kidnapping. Certain areas possess a higher risk. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: January 2, 2024
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises to exercise a high degree of caution in Colombia due to high levels of crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 19, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Colombia overall due to the threat of violent crime and terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: February 8, 2024

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Overall rating

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Things to do

4.7/5

Safety

4.3/5

Food

4.7/5

Budget-friendly

3.6/5
Chrissy

Chrissy

United States

Solo travel experience

I go to Colombia every year and fall in love with the country every time. Colombia is literally my second home away from home where I live. I feel super safe in Colombia, the people are very sweet and welcoming, food is amazing, and definitely cheap. This was my second year and it was nice to explore and come back as a solo traveler. Lots of beautiful things to see and do and great to book through the airbnb app for things to do. You can also Uber around and take a taxi which is also cheap. I can’t wait to go back again!

Posted: January 21, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I think that as a tourist/solo traveler, the best way to explore Medellin is by walking tours. I've done such tours in the city center and Comuna 13 and felt safe and confident, walking with a group and a local guide. I probably wouldn’t go there myself, as it’s easy to turn down a wrong street, and downtown Medellin is a perfect place for pickpockets.

Posted: May 1, 2023
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I stayed in Poblado, a neighborhood with many other travelers. I booked a walking tour of the city center and Comuna 13 through my hostel. I learned a lot about the city and met other travelers. I was outside after dark in Poblado every night and I felt safe.

Posted: May 1, 2023
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I traveled alone to Medellin and ultimately stayed there for 6 months. I loved every moment spent there. I used the metro, even at night, didn't live in touristy areas, used Uber, and partied alone. I never felt unsafe, but I met people who had bad experiences.

Posted: November 26, 2022Experienced: October, 2021
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I was there in August, I stayed in Laureles. I walked alone at any time and I had no problems. There are less safe areas, but Poblado and Laureles are nicer ones. Uber is a great way to get around. Only 4% of Colombians speak English, so it's good to know a little Spanish. Buy a local Claro sim card, take a walking tour of the Real City right after arrival, buses are very cheap if you want to leave the city.

Posted: November 5, 2022
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Daniela

Daniela

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Hola! Me llamo Daniela vivo en medellin hace alrededor de 6 meses, aun me falta mucho por conocer pero me encanta la ciudad y puedo recomendar algunos sitios que son un must, me encanta apreciar el arte en todas sus formas , sobre todo la musica, la naturaleza y explorar siempre lugares nuevos

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Mariel

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Mariel

Medellín

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Manu

Medellín

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Hi, in a colombian girl following the dopamine and wanting to make a big step and become a traveler of a long trip without finish date. Im a pshycologist and filmmaker and my dream is to experience to be a digital nomad and make videos all around the world while also healing. I want to get to know people from different cultures and countrys and be able to have deep and meaningful conections. Also wanna have fun and as many new experiences as posible.

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Hello I’m Chrissy and I work in Veterinary Medicine I’m a nurse. On my free time I enjoy traveling and amusement parks.

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