It’s true what they’re saying — solo travel has become the new trend, and it’s taking off quickly. Whether you’re a slow-mad, digital worker, or simply backpacking around alone, the same question remains: where do I visit first?
As someone who has solo traveled extensively myself, I can really speak to the positive impacts traveling alone has. After wandering across the globe, one of my favorite destinations I visited as a solo traveler was actually in South America.
While there are certainly still safety concerns to be mindful of wherever you go, many travelers seem to share my views of the country and rank Colombia on their list of top places to travel solo in Latin America! Like any popular destination, sticking to the touristy areas is generally safe.
You’re Not In It Alone
Have you ever heard the saying ‘when you solo travel, you’re never really alone?’ Well, as someone who’s done it multiple times — it’s true! There are always new friends to be made, locals to be met, and fellow travelers along the way: and Colombia is no exception.
If you’re staying in Medellin, El Poblado is an excellent hub for digital nomads and solo travelers. One of the safest areas (and very close to the city), Poblado truly is a backpacker’s haven.
Nomad cafes, vibrant hostels, and quirky bars — it’s definitely worth a visit.
BUT, you don’t have to limit yourself to just staying here. The entire country has a huge digital nomad/traveler scene.
You’ll find that all major cities around Colombia have spaces for remote workers to spend their days and welcome bars for those who are alone.
Solo travelers flock to this culturally diverse country. Sign up for a couple of day tours, check out the nightlife scene in Medellin, or stay at a few hostels — you’ll 100% meet a few people in the same boat as you and make a new buddy or two!
Affordability Is Key
You know one of my favorite things about visiting Colombia as a solo traveler? The price tags!
Depending on where you decide to go, a meal with a drink can often cost under $8, and a bottle of wine is typically around $5 – $6 (what a bargain!)
Venturing around Colombia is also relatively cheap. If you’re traveling throughout Medellin, the train will typically cost around 2,880 Pesos ($0.73). Due to taxi-focused scams happening during my travels, I opted for Cabify during my time here (Colombia’s version of Uber, very affordable and safe for solo travelers to use).
If you’re on a budget, you’ll also find that accommodations are somewhat cheaper than you’d expect.
I stayed in a hotel off the coast of Isla Baru which was super affordable for its location along the beach, and also spent some time at Los Patios Hostel in El Poblado, Medellin.
While this hostel is definitely pricier than most, it also comes with a rooftop bar, weekly activities, and bar crawls with the locals. However, if you’re just looking to save money, there are many other options in Medellin and throughout Colombia.
Did Someone Say Non-Stop Flights?
Depending on where you’re flying from in the U.S., there are many non-stop flight options to Colombia, and most are under 4-6 hours! Like anywhere, it’s important to track flights to keep an eye on price-changes (especially during low and high seasons).
Here are some non-stop flight options from the U.S.
- Boston – Bogota – 6 hours
- Miami – Cartagena – 3 hours
- Miami – Bogota – 4 hours
- New York – Medellin – 5 hours
- New York – Cartagena – 5 hours
A diverse hub filled with history, amazing food, and friendly locals, Colombia is a cultural melting pot waiting to be explored by all! If you’ve ever thought about visiting — now’s the time.
Walking through the neighborhoods in Colombia, you’ll come across many different cultures, locals, and expats. That’s what makes the country so diverse and welcoming! There’s a place for anyone and everyone who visits and is looking for a home away from home.
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