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 night:

Safety at night:Unsafe

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 transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

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 harassment:

Street harassment:Moderate

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 crimes:

Petty crimes:Moderate

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 water:

Tap water:Safe

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 Medellín safe to travel?

4 /5

Based on 21 experiences

Olivia

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United States

Solo travel experience

I had a wonderful time in this city! I did the free City Tour which helped introduce me to a couple of people and we all had dinner together that night. I walked around a ton on my own and felt very safe. The food and people were all absolutely wonderful

Posted: June 5, 2024Experienced: February, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I was a bit nervous traveling to Medellin by myself after reading about the safety issues. I have to say that I stayed for a month and didn’t have any issues but I was very careful and listened to the advice I received. I’m a big walker and I did feel frustrated that I couldn’t really walk around at night even in the safe neighborhoods. That was my biggest pet peeve. The other was the food is not great, especially for vegans. But other than that I think it’s a great city. I would definitely go back but probably not alone.

Posted: May 29, 2024
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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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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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Is Medellín safe for women?

You need to ask where to go and how. Not all neighborhoods are safe. Pickpockets as every major city. But the touristy parts are pretty much safe. The metro is safe but crowded, at night is better an Uber

Posted: May 4, 2024
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Is Medellín safe right now?

Before your visit to Medellín, it's essential to check travel advisories for Colombia, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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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 exercising a high degree of caution in Colombia due to high levels of crime. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 7, 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 due to the threats of violent crime and terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 5, 2024

Is Medellín worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 21 experiences

Solo travel experience

I loved Medellín. I stayed within walking distance from the metro station in El Poblado, which was nice. It's not the most interesting neighborhood, but I could take a solitary walk in the evenings. The downtown was fine during the day (lots to see), but I was advised to leave when the office workers started heading home. Guatapé is worth one or two days. The graffiti tour was great, and I loved taking the cable car to Parque Arvi. Language was not a problem, Uber was great for shorter distances (to the bus station etc.) and people were very friendly.

Posted: December 2, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Group travel experience

I went to Medellin on a group tour and had the best time there. We took the Comuna 13 Tour, went to Guatepe, visited lots of restaurants and bars in El Poblado, participated in a bicycle food tour (Medellin has great bike paths and this was probably one of the highlights) and visited a restaurant at a viewpoint to see the city at night. I stayed at Click Clack and really enjoyed it there.

Posted: July 18, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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