Best Travel Guide For Medellin, Colombia

“Kathleen, I am interested in visiting Medellin, but I really don’t know if I should set up my travel through a local agency or if there is one in Medellin that you would recommend?

“I’m not interested in city noise but am looking to possibly move to Medellin. Need to know about doctors, insurance, medical care, taxes, cost of food, utilities, etc., on an average. I’m 85 and my son who is 59 will be accompanying me. We will want to rent a small two-bedroom place for a week where we can prepare meals, and we will also eat out sometimes.

“Can you recommend a travel company that we will feel comfortable with? Many thanks.”

–Jean K., United States

Latin America Correspondent Lee Harrison responds:

For a great tour guide when you get to Medellin, contact William Zuluaga at I’ve toured with him many times, and he’s a great resource for getting to know the area. You can see his site at

For an apartment to rent while you’re here, get in touch with The Apartment Medellin. I’d say this is the best rental agency in town.

As to your questions about Medellin, I just finished a complete guide to living and retiring in Medellin that covers everything from the weather to health care, from immigration to buying and renting property. My report appears in this month’s issue of the Overseas Retirement Letter

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