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Medellín: Safe Solo Women's Travel Guide

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December 20, 2023

Going on adventures as a solo female traveler in Medellín is a journey of self-discover and boundless possibilities. In this article, we’ll navigate the unique experiences that make Medellín an empowering destination for the fearless female explorer.

As a solo female traveler, I landed in Medellín for the first time two years ago, and let me tell you, it’s a one-of-a-kind city. I’ve explored over 10 countries in South America and Europe, but I keep coming back to Medellín as my home base.

What I love about Medellín is the friendly community of travelers you’ll discover here. Even if you’re more of an introvert, connecting with like-minded people, especially fellow women, is surprisingly effortless.

This year, one of my goals was to connect more with other ladies because, as a traveler, this is something I never had; it was always easier for me to connect with men. It was in Medellín where I had the possibility of creating my small solo female traveler community. I feel great now that I have my “Solo Girls Crew”.

Here’s a list of the aspects of Medellín that makes it a good city to explore and even relocate as a solo female traveler.

1. Safety 

Medellín, known as the City of Eternal Spring, warmly welcomes solo female travelers. While it’s important to practice standard caution in any urban setting, Medellín stands out for its friendly locals and a strong commitment to ensuring a safe environment for travelers. 

The city’s recent transformation reflects its dedication to inclusivity and empowering women. Not even in comuna 13 you will be in danger. I used to live in Laureles Campestre which is less than 15 minutes from comuna 13 and I went on a few walks there (No to the touristic area) and I feel safe, of course you have to be always careful anywhere, I always went there during the day.

2. Hidden Gems in Laureles

As a solo female explorer in Medellín, make sure you don’t miss the charm of Laureles, a neighborhood that combines local authenticity with a laid-back atmosphere. You should Stroll through tree-lined streets, discover hidden coffee spots and bars. Whether you’re into yoga classes, trendy boutiques, or simply enjoying the local vibes, Laureles offers a variety of options to make your experience unique.

3. Dance, Art, and Culinary Adventures!

One of my favorite places is “Parques del Río,” where you can join one of the multiple dance classes that some people offer. You will find salsa and bachata, among other classes. Yes! There is so much you can do in Medellín.

Here is a list of the activities that you can find in the city:

  • Pole Dance classes 
  • Twerk class 
  • Free walking tours
  • Spiritual retreats 
  • Meditation meetups
  • Bachata Classes
  • Yoga Classes  

And so much more, you can even immerse yourself in the local art scene by participating in a volunteer project, or embark on a culinary adventure exploring traditional Colombian flavors in Envigado or Sabaneta. These activities will not only enrich your journey but also provide opportunities to connect with you with like-minded locals and other solo female travelers.

4. Nature Retreats 

Are you more into nature and weekly resets? You can escape the city with a day trip to Parque Arvi, Guatape or Santa fe. Antioquia is a nature haven. Even if you don’t want to travel out of the city you can explore one of the natural parks that are inside the city and go on a morning hike and enjoy the views.

I personally enjoy nature a lot more than being in the city, so I appreciate that medellín is a green city and has so many options to go on a weekend or day nature retreat, I feel that as women my body and my nurturing soul enjoys these resets and allow me to go back to the city recharged and ready to connect with more people, work hard and engage in more fun activities. 



Karin Mendez originally from the coast of Colombia now residing in Medellin. Karin enjoys writing about technology and Culture; When she’s not writing she enjoys nature walks at the park.

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