Open an office in Medellin?

Hello Expat Community,    My name is James and I am thinking of living in Medellin for awhile. I have a Social Enterprise in Denver Colorado that helps people teach each other English and Spanish, and part of the dream is to start a program in Medellin while I'm there.  I'll need to find a place to live, and an office, and a lawyer, and maybe even a partner, and make some connections there...  Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much.

Good afternoon James, I have some thoughts for you. Will try to send an email. David

The ‘price of entry’ to Poblado sector is reasonable by North American standards .. and this is the natural venue for your enterprise, based on what you told us.

There’s no shortage here of what you listed that you’d be looking for.

The best areas of Poblado are classy and beautiful, with solid infrastructure -- a draw for Gringos .. and for Colombianos on the way up.

The Gringo-friendly group Inter******* holds its monthly meetings in Poblado.  This is the home of the Milla de Oro -- the Golden Mile, home to top hotels, shopping malls, most of the city’s casinos, the famous Parque Lleras (JEH-rahss) and Parque la Presidenta.

cccmedia from Poblado, Medellin

Thank you for the response cccmedia - I am also looking at an office in Quito.   I should be stopping in there before the end of the year as well.   Do you live there permanently now?  Do you have the same insight into the Gringo communities in Quito, Cuenca, Baños ??

SoyJames :

Thank you for the response cccmedia - I am also looking at an office in Quito.   I should be stopping in there before the end of the year as well.   Do you live there permanently now?  Do you have the same insight into the Gringo communities in Quito, Cuenca, Baños ??

I own a condo in Quito which is my primary residence.  I will be back in Quito late this month.

The 9350’ altitude of Quito has become more of a challenge, which is one reason I have been spending more time in Colombia in recent months -- in Medellin and Eje Cafetero.

I don’t recommend anyone move permanently to Quito without living there at such altitude for a good while, to be sure of the adjustment.

Medellin and the cities where I stayed in Eje Cafetero are at an altitude four or five thousand feet lower than Quito, and that seems to make a major difference in terms of my energy level.

As for “Gringo communities” in Quito, I think the term Gringo-friendy or Gringo-ready would be more appropriate, since Gringos are a small slice of the population anywhere in the capital.  (There is even a smaller percentage of Gringos in Medellin.)

In Quito... Mariscal and the upscale Gonzáles Suárez are sectors that would fall into the Gringo-friendly categories.  The business center of north Quito is another possibility, although I consider pollution to be unacceptably high near the major avenidas up there.


As for Baños, it’s not recommended -- at least by me.  The volcano on the edge of town was active as of last year, and scientists have said that Baños could be destroyed if Tungurahua had a major eruption.  Given the El Niño flooding, the coastal earthquakes and the volcanic activity that have all menaced Ecuador since last year, I wouldn’t gamble on safety in Baños.


There’s a Cuenca forum of ... There could be some advice available to you over there about that much-loved city which is outside the Ring of Fire and volcano zones .. and at about 12 percent lower altitude than Quito.  I imagine that Nards and the gang would be glad to advise you.


Since this is technically a Colombia thread, please post any additional comments or questions about Ecuador at the Ecuador forum or the Cuenca forum, or start a new thread in an Ecuador section.

cccmedia, from Medellin, Colombia

Good Morning - than's for the detailed reply.  Very helpful.   Medellin is the first priority but I truly appreciate the insight on Ecuador also.  I'll switch over to the other forums for any more Ecuador questions...


I can probably connect you with a few people that have that info, but no on Expat.
I have been living in Medellin for 6 years and 25 years of traveling in Colombia.
Im retired and living a good life here.

Awesome - thank you soprano77.  I can also be reached at XXX  if that is easier.

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Hello saludos desde Venezuela también quiero irme a medellín a trabajar aunque aún tengo empleo, creo necesitará personal, si puede contratenme por favor please ayúdeme estoy aprendiendo inglés y quiero. Me den oportunidad de mejorar mi entorno etcétera. Mi Phone ***

@ Vennezolanita > Please note that you are on the Medellin anglophone forum, can you please post in english so that everyone can understand please?

Thank you :)


Thank you Julien.  I am still figuring out  Sorry for the transgression.

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