Top Ways For Expat Visitors to Keep Cool in Medellin

The mercury is rising to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, or 32 Celcius, again today in the one-time City of Eternal Spring.

Medellin (elevation 4,900 feet or 1,500 meters above sea level) has a lot going for it, but don’t blindly buy into the nickname containing the words Eternal Spring.

After spending over a week here, I now submit my Top Ten Ways For Expat Visitors to Keep Cool in Medellin....

10.  Plan your visit to avoid the hottest months such as June-August.

9.  Don’t overdo it with outdoor activities on hot days during the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. hours.

8.  Take advantage of the many trees and tall buildings in Poblado sector for shade when walking or resting outdoors.

7.  Take taxis.  They’re cheap.  More on finding air-conditioned taxis in my next post below.  The buses I took this week did not have air-conditioning.  Plan your transportation accordingly.

6. Don’t plan your trip during El Niño periods that heat up the city and that reduce rainfall.

5.  Stay at a higher elevation within the city or the valley.  The Milla de Oro and lower-basin points can be schvitz central during the hottest hours of the hottest days.

4.  Don’t believe Internet posts that claim Medellin has 75-degree F. high temps every day year-round.  That era has ended.  Also, forget the posts that include the fact that average temperature in Medellin is 72 degrees F.  That bit of info is meaningless because it includes the cooler overnight hours -- look for average high temperatures instead at Internet weather sites,  google:  Medellin monthly average high fahrenheit (or celsius) ....

3.  Anything that you can do after dark, plan to do it then.

2.  Stay hydrated and don’t over-expose yourself to the sun.  Use sun protection and take advantage of beach-type umbrellas.

And the number-one way for Expat visitors to stay cool in Medellin....

1.  Stay at a place with a swimming pool. :)

-- cccmedia from Medellín

cccmedia posted earlier: 

Take taxis.  They’re cheap.  More on finding air-conditioned taxis in my next post below.  The buses I took this week did not have air-conditioning.


Now, about air-conditioned taxis in Medellin:

In spite of the fact that it gets hot here sometimes, the consensus among taxi drivers in the city is that only 20 percent of the taxis have air conditioning.

The best strategy to find one is not looking for taxis with their windows rolled up.  That won’t work.

Better you should have your hotel / restaurant / cantina / casino / other venue call a taxi for you and you specify that it be an air-conditioned taxi.
con aire acondicionado = with A/C   ...   EYE-ray ah-kohn-dee-syon-AH-doh

Be wary of older vehicles that may have dashboard indicators showing air-conditioning symbols but which are, in reality, schvitz boxes whose vents blow hot air on hot days.  You’ll just end up rolling down the windows anyway and still sweating.

Another idea is to get business cards from taxistas you have used whose vehicles are air-conditioned, and phone them or use taxi-aps to contact them for future rides.

cccmedia from Medellin

You don't mention anything about renting an apartment with air conditioning.  That's what I had to do in Cali on my last visit.  When I lived there for 6 months I suffered with no A/C in their 90+ degree weather.  We sweated it out with fans, but if I had to do it again I would pay extra for AC.  I even toyed with the idea of buying a window AC unit at Carrefour or Exito for about $300, but we didn't think we could get it installed and wired into the apartment.

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