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    Nice article, but I would like to add some clarification. As someone from the Northeastern United States, the weather in Bogota really isn’t as “shit” as you make it out to be. Additionally, I would say that how one perceives Bogota depends quite a bit on the culture and climate that one is most familiar with (ie, I’d expect quite a few people from Northern European countries to prefer Bogota to Medellin).

    For one, while the more laid-back attitude of Paisas makes one feel somewhat more comfortable, if you’re a career-driven professional, this may be frustrating. In addition, for someone who has lived most of their life near NYC, the cultural offerings in Bogota are far more impressive. If you’re not quite used to the cosmopolitanism that exists in the cities in the Northeast US, this may not be such a big deal, but I’ve definitely felt more at home with the culture in Bogota than in Medellin.

    Also, the best nightlife in Medellin seems more party-oriented (because the people who patronize these places are usually gringos and tourists), whereas there a number of great dining experiences in Bogota where you’ll meet more people who just want to enjoy the finer things in life without going overboard.

    As far as pollution goes, I believe Bogota is definitely worse, but the heat in Medellin can exacerbate the effects of pollution.

    • NomadicJake

      I must respectfully disagree. The weather in Bogota is simply awful if you like sunshine, as it rarely is sunny past 1 PM. Plus, it rains often in Bogota and can get in the low-50s often.

      Medellin, on the other hand, tends to sit around high 60s to low 70s during the afternoon – with a solid amount of sunshine. I wouldn’t call low 70s “heat” even with a lot of sun. More like pleasant.

      That being said – I, personally, found the vibe of the people in Bogota to be fantastic. It’s nice to live in a city in Latin America with relatively high education levels and where many individuals have professional jobs. So, we agree in that regard.

      I also prefer the nightlife in Bogota over that in Medellin, especially the nicer clubs in Zona T.

  • Purplewawa

    Great review! I think I’ll check out Medellin. Gracias!

    • NomadicJake

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. You’ll definitely love Medellin!