Over the past ten years, Medellin has seen a steady growth in tourism. Today it’s one of the most popular South American cities for backpackers, travelers, and nomads to explore.
With lots of open spaces, safe neighborhoods, and opportunities to meet new people, Medellin has some great places for women to travel alone.
Is Medellin Safe for Solo Female Travelers?
Medellin has had a notoriously violent past. Decades of violence once shook the city to its core, shattering whole communities.
Today, with the popular Netflix show Narcos, a new interest in the cartel wars of the 1980s and 90s has resurfaced.
So you may be wondering, is Medellin safe now?
For the most part, yes. In the daytime, you can walk around most central parts of the city by yourself without any issues.
Being sensible and taking the proper safety precautions, like avoiding yellow taxis at night, not having your phone out on the road, or showing off too much bling, will help ensure a smooth time in the city.
While in Medellin, you must experience its nightlife at least once! Partying into the night can be perfectly safe for women. However, I don’t get too complacent and am always in control (don’t get too drunk).
Also, it’s better to get an Uber back to your hotel when it’s really late, even if it’s within walking distance.
Places to Visit as a Solo Woman
The city’s bustling neighborhoods have many fantastic places for everyone to explore. As a solo female traveler, Medellin is your oyster!
Comuna 13 Tour
Group tours are a fun way of meeting new people and taking the tedious planning part out of travel.
This neighborhood group tour is one of Medellin’s top attractions. Comuna 13 was once the most dangerous place in the city.
Today you can learn from an expert local about the troubling past and how it rose from the ashes to become a more peaceful and vibrant place.
The tour is great for everyone but especially exciting for solo travelers who want to interact with other tourists and locals.
Tours guides are usually bilingual and lead you through the steep and narrow streets that form Comuna 13. Here you will find street performers, businesses, and lots of incredible graffiti!
Bar Hopping Activity
If you’re itching for a taste of Medellin nightlife but don’t fancy going alone, a group bar-hopping experience may be perfect for you.
Clubbing in Medellin can be really fun, but like anywhere in the world, you’ll need to keep your wits about you and take precautions as a solo woman.
The group bar hopping activity is ideal for Medellin newcomers as you’ll be safely shown around Poblado’s party district by fun group leaders.
You’ll be with a group of like-minded people; the experience tends to be a favorite with solo travelers and foreigners.
The Malls of Medellin
Medellin has some of the best luxury malls I’ve been to, including my home city of London.
These spaces have mega cinemas, national and international brands, food courts, car showrooms, spas, and theme parks; basically, anything you could imagine.
It is a whole experience.
With 24/7 security and cool air-conditioning, it’s ideal for a relaxing weekday visit, even if you just come for some food and don’t plan on buying a car!