My Problem With Medellin’s Nightlife

I’ve been living in Medellin for several months now, and while it’s an interesting city, full of friendly people, organized, fairly secure, one thing that I cannot fully get over is the nightlife.  Let me explain.

A year ago today, I was happily living in Rio de Janeiro.  I lived in Rio for 2 years, during the time I absorbed Brazilian culture, learned Português and trained Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  It was also the time in my life that I put it in the most energy into going out.  Of course, I went out before, but in Rio it became my religion; I was ruthless about going out and seducing my prey as much as possible.

New vocabulary entered my world: hunting, pulling, pegação, fica mais tempo.  My body language changed, and my whole world revolved around the hunt.  Hunting those that wanted to be hunted.  And boy did the girls loved to be hunted; they loved to be chased and eventually submit to the hunter.  The hunter always won.

Fast forward to present day when I arrived in Medellin after spending several months in the States.  Although I softened a bit after being in the States, which is prudent; as some of things that are acceptable in Brazil would probably result in a 911 call in the States, I hit the ground running and was ready to go out again.

My first night was cruising Parque Lleras with a couple of friends.  Parque Lleras is a nice, albeit small, park where locals hang out before hitting the bars and clubs.  It’s great for getting warmed up for the night ahead.  Having been to Lapa (the main nightlife/street party area in Rio) tons of times in my life, I felt at ease mingling with various people.

The next day, an American who’s been living in Medellin for a while took me to one of his favorites hangouts near Parque Lleras.  It was your typical bar with a long table surrounded by various chairs and tables with sufficient space to dance without leaving your table.

What struck me immediately is how closed off everyone was.  Everyone was in medium to large sized groups mingling among themselves.  When it came time to dance, people just revolved around the table, pretty much preventing others from encroaching on their personal space.

Eventually some mingling did happen.  You either break into a group and figure out who is who, or observe the crowd for a lone wolf female in each group.  There are always lone wolfs, which is why it’s important to be strategic about it.  A good friend here likes to chill for the first hour, and just observe, then eventually when alcohol gets going, and lone wolf separates from the pack, strike.  This has been working well for him.

This past weekend, I went out with a bunch of friends to a recently opened club with an American owner.  It was an awesome club, but with even less mingling.  Everyone was in big groups completely separated from one another.  Fortunately each one of us had dates, so it turned out to be an excellent night.  Had you not had the date, you’d been renegaded as a N-th wheel, as there was simply no opportunity for pickup.

If you view nightlife as an extension of culture, then what you get is a society that makes most of its social connections via other means: school, work, friends, etc.  It’s definitely a more closed society than Brazil or the United States.

In Brazil everyone is always trying to pickup the opposite sex, whether it’s at a beach, the bars, the street, or the nightlife.  At the clubs, the vast majority usually pares up by around 2am (club opens at 10-11pm), so if you get late to the club, you might be solo.  In Medellin, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone try to pickup a girl (via a cold approach) in the nighttime.  All I keep seeing is groups hanging out and having a good time.

To sum up Medellin’s nightlife:

  • Forget nightlife as a time to meet someone.  ESPECIALLY if you’ve been to Brazil before hand.  Many nights I’d rather stay in and work.
  • Meet someone at other times during the day.  Try coffeeshops, streets, restaurants.  People are friendly and will give out their numbers like candy.
  • Guys are very possessive so be careful if you strike up a conversation with a girl without confirming whether she’s single.  This was never an issue in Brazil.
  • The flip-side of that is if you have a date, you will have an absolute excellent night.  Get ready to dance though: girls absolutely love to dance to reggaeton, salsa, etc.
  • You can have fun on a budget.  I’ve had great nights with lots of drinks and all I spent was an equivalent of two dinners plus drinks in US.

The initial shock is slowly wearing off as I’m trying to give this place the credit its due, and stop making it into something it’s not.

One thing I’ve learned during my time in Brazil is that each city varies drastically from the rest.  I still want to explore Cali and the Caribbean Coast to see how they stack up.

Although if I could do it over, I would’ve come here before Brazil.

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61 Responses to My Problem With Medellin’s Nightlife

  1. Ryan April 5, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    Yea, what is up with these Medellin girls? Its like at night most of them are already in their circle and you really gotta have some suave moves to get anywhere. The best times to meet them does seem to be during the day, although getting their phone # can very often mean little.
    Good job, man… your post makes me want to go to Brazil. (surprise, surprise…)

    • mavtraveler April 6, 2011 at 11:47 am #

      Wait till you get to the *cough* other country *cough*

    • Somebody August 4, 2013 at 6:34 am #

      Hey bro, its simple to pick up in clubs, Colombian girls always party with family and friends so they cant be naughty in front of them.. however they WILL make eye contact and smile.. this means they want u to hang around until their alone for a moment or point out a table to meet her at quickly.. then u get the number ur in, any girls number u get at a club u then invite her out the next week and she says yes she will rock up with some naughty friends and get to business with you, same with street game, so yeh its not like USA where u fuck on the night, but In no time you will be lined up even having options, I bang all the time here minimal $ spent all u gotta do is be like a Colombian, drink cheap beer chip in for a bottle ask half the taxi fee, get cheeky and say u will pay the taxi if they buy u a beer 😉 hahaha allot of gringos here r money flashing dickheads who cant get shit ignore it there atm machines from their own choice…Medellin is A for woman.. so yeah but don’t forget this, when u get that number say hey when r your friends going come chill out with me or come to a bar for a drink after they are gone, fi she says no then go to the original plan.

      So yeah hahaa, its not like usa where u meet and fuck on the spot.. its goes like this.. Number – meet – bang

      • TOM November 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm #


  2. Gareth Leonard April 5, 2011 at 10:26 pm #

    Ah these Colombian women are a tricky bunch. They’re like pistachios… while it may be a little work to break ’em open, once you penetrate their hard outer shell, there’s a real tasty treat waiting for you inside. Keep hunting my man.

    • mavtraveler April 6, 2011 at 11:46 am #

      Nice analogy man :)

  3. Boogeyman April 17, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    All those girls in that pic appear to be surgically enhanced. Did u take it or did u find it? Fake smiles and fake tits (Though I can’t tell with the girl on the left so much)

    • Mav April 25, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

      Pretty fake, indeed.

  4. Kristin April 25, 2011 at 3:53 am #

    Great post. This is pretty true of Cali as well…in fact this has been my experience almost everywhere in Colombia. People go out with their friends and more often meet others through friends-of-friends or in other settings outside of the general nightlife. As an expat, I totally agree that this is extremely frustrating because part of living somewhere different is wanting to experience the culture firsthand! I say the best plan is to find some good Colombian friends and go with with their circles of friends….

    • Mav April 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

      Agreed. It’s just not an ideal environment for mingling for anyone new to the country.

  5. Andrea Despentes August 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    Colombia has been a very isolated country especially during the conflictive years back in the 80’s and 90’s.

    Sorry you didn;t like colombia, but if you’re expecting people to fall on their backs because you’re an American and you’re white and women to fight over you desperate for the pasty gringo like Brazilian women do, in Colombia you’re not gonna get that.

    they’re mountain people and proud of their culture…. you take them as they come or you can go back to Brazil where an American is a celebrity.

    I visited the US, NY, LA and the people weren’t exactly friendly, the women rather ugly, fake, all with fake blonde hair and enormous fake boobs and of course the fake American princess attitude that goes with it.

    NYC’s nightlife BLOWS, a self proclaimed world city in which they stop selling drinks after 2am???? hehehehee and then the people (Americans) are a very racialist narrow minded bunch.

    LA, what kind of place you cant even go down the street without needing a car? what a shithole!!!!

    I live in Europe now, in a city in switzerland that reminds me of medellin, (Geneva)… and here people are similar, closed to themselves, to their friends…. and no, swiss people dont bend backwards over americans either, so you might not like it.

    Colombia is a great country, very underrated and usually looked down upon by a lot of ignorant people… they have the authenticity Americans lack…. I’ve been in US cities the size of Medellin where the only thing to do is grab your car, get out of the depressing shithole suburbia is and then go to the shopping mall where you can look at overweight lard butt females wearing cloths 5times smaller than their actual body size!!! so medellin compared to MOST cities in the US is heaven when it comes to nightlife!

    • Anonymous December 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

      After sticking up for it so hard,I notice you choose not to live in Medellin though..     :)   …or anywhere in Latin America . 
      Why is that?

    • Ignorantbiasedcolombianwomen January 6, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

      American women may be fatter by my God at least they have
      brains. 90% of colombian women are prepagoes or prostitutas and you
      would have to take extra care of your bodies as what else is there for
      you? so don’t pretend your not falling at gringo’s feet because you are.
      All over the internet on colombian cupid begging gringro to pay for
      taxi’s or your fake boobs, yes we all know Medellin has become the
      plastic surgery capital!. And internet webcams.

      93% go check it
      out facts state high school students there no no English LOL, the worlds
      2nd most popular language, as more concerned with getting a gringo or
      pimp to buy there phones and material things, than education.

      for your 15th birthday and the most popular show in history based on
      it. What a sad state so please don’t pretend to be innocent little
      catholics, go to priest and confession and wash sins away then do it the
      next day.

      Sin tetas no hay paraíso    this is th emost popular show in Colombian history! without tits there’s no paradise. lol

      Get off your high and mighty pedal stool!


      easy peasy cheap and sleezy :)

      I wont be replying so jog on.
      Like Reply

      • Andres Despentes January 19, 2012 at 8:40 am #

        GREAT REPLY THERE…. but I am Swiss, not Colombian.
        And I still take a charming, naive colombian over some american feminist crazy psycho spoiled bitch!

        • dogsbrekky April 28, 2012 at 11:36 am #

          Swiss, sums it up. Maybe the coldest most boring race I have had the pleaseure to work with and “socialize with” are the Mountain Goats (Swiss)..I used to be a trader at 2 Swiss inv banks, bunc of fucking douches… most of you. However,  there are plenty of places in NY where one can drink AFTER 2am, like most places in the world you have to know where to go. I have lived in 23 major cities around the world, all continents, except Antarctica, my partner is a 52 yr old NY native and she is an all natural doll, uber successful, very beautiful and sweet

        • dogsbrekky April 28, 2012 at 11:43 am #

          BTW I am Australian. We generally love everyone and of the places I have lived New Yorkers are some of the most genuine.., they just don’t have time for bullshit and spivs like you sunshine.

          As for Medellin and other Central and South american towns/cities it is quite hard initially to work out the scene and the people. I just say be yourself and treat people the way you want to be treated. I am very outgoing and go out always by myself and I find plenty of people to befriend or who come to me

        • OntoAnalyst October 15, 2012 at 4:15 am #

          I agree with you there!

        • King of the Surf April 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

          I enjoyed reading the thread about Colombia and Medellin! Good postings by both of you guys as I enjoy (and like) both of your viewpoints! A book you gotta read is THE BACHELOR’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY! Written by Von Lars – it’s AWESOME and goes into depth about the American and International Bachelor Lifestyle. Shaken, not stirred…………..!

      • Gringo Kid January 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

         Wow you pegged it, but there are some good people in Colombia but very  hard to find period. As for Colombian woman every one with half a brain knows the real deal, money for fake love “PREPAGO” that is what ii is and will always be for gringos and old guys trying to buy a young womans love! There are good woman in Colombia but most will not date gringos for fear of  being labeled a prepago which is a nice word for prostitute!!!

        • King of the Surf April 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

          Hey nothing wrong with Colombian women being “prepagos”…….in actuality, I SUPPORT IT 1000%!! There is hope for all men out there….as I am first and foremost a MALE ADVOCATE! American men overseas are normally seen as Rock Stars anyway! So what if a middle-aged or older American businessman wants to go get some young curvy hispanic tail and have no “baby mama drama” that he would have here in the States or in Europe? People are just jealous because those Americans found the new “Fountain of Youth” which is young attractive and available women!

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      • Oceanchile April 20, 2012 at 11:28 am #

        Wow, you really are a hateful person.  90% are prostitutes?  Do you speak a second language?  What a schmuck

        • velascos September 25, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

          jajajaj i really want to hear If she at least speaks a second language, it seems that she cannot get even informed!

      • velascos September 25, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

        jajajaj ur just fat and smart, but we are beautiful and smart! and try to get veritable info!

      • velascos September 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

        is good you are not replying, so you dont write more stupid BS.

    • Dabian Linix August 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

      Im sorry to correct you about NYC. We drink and party till 4 am Officially and 630 unofficial due to some bars, clubs, hotels and lounges closed their doors and continue partying… just wanted to correct you on that, thank you carry on

    • OntoAnalyst October 15, 2012 at 4:13 am #

      I think the writer was talking about how it’s tough enough to approach a women, and harder if she’s with a friend or two, but if she’s with 10+ others that are comprised of other men as well? Who’s going to approach someone in that kind of situation?

      Your response shows a lot of biased resentment towards Americans.

    • April 3, 2013 at 2:24 am #

      I am Colombian, having returned recently from living abroad, an Ithink you are highly mistaken in your observations, and unnecesarily defensive.
      The publication is right,
      Colombians in general, as part of their customs for it was difficult to find traits of their long forgotten culture, Colombian are prejudice, mistrusting and snobbish, to say the least.
      Andreita, let me explain the mistrust issue first.

      Though being friendly, Colombians trust noone, except for foolishly lies they choose to believe without hesitation. They have been raised by superiors and leaders with poor moral compasses( church, government, family….u name it), whose only reason to relate with others is with the intention to get something out of you.the colombian people has adopted this attitude smoothly.
      Basically, they live in what my professor and Colombian writer calls ‘a predatory attitude’. women only want money and status, nothing else.

      let’s move on with prejudice.
      being that poverty and social advancement are an nation-wide endemic issue and a limited opportunity, respectively. Colombians have figured out flawed ways to make themselves worth without actually making real efforts for self-improvement. leading them to demean themselves (prostitution 50% or plus of a university female body prepagos or sugadaddy’s their income) or .adopt generic means of interaction
      1. oucast everyone.
      Back in the states and some south american countries, you can easily find people from different backgrounds of cultural groups mingling together.
      such is not the case here in Colombia. I am an educator, and it pains me seeing my students literally unable to engage ina conversation with others before making crass observations of their cultural incompatability, or tastes, as if that matter on a lesson-driven class. and when they gather in groups, they just do so to talk badly of others.
      2. (showing off)
      Buy expensive items they can’t afford.
      the average Colombian makes less than one-fourth of the necessary income to live decently, but has a Iphone, ipad, nike shoes, motorcycles(all of them have one), items tHAT COST HALF OF THEIR ENTIRE MONTHLY INCOME, plus interest.
      while you have up to ten homeless crackeads lying on plain sight in one single street.

      3.they make fun of other people and their culture, but barely know their own, while allowing indigenous people lie hungry in the street. This is an exact example of a society that has no idea of where they came from, where they are, and what their culture is. they just do, and for them is enough to call it a culture.

      Now, snobbishness.
      Like most people around the wolrd, Colombians have absorbed an absurd idea of self worthiness and intellectual development.
      Colombians believed that basic staples are a privilege rather than a right.
      they pay sometimes ten times more than what they should and they feel pride.
      this is due to their lack of cultural development. instead, they simply assimilate, without reasoning, behaviours, beliefs of what they surmised a wealty, high class person would be like. breeding a legion of arrogant assholes.
      Men buy cars that do not fit on their streets nor their shambly crook-ridden neigbourhoods. but don’t have a computer or a single book. nd still live at home with their mothers.
      3 out of five women have implants, or want to have some work done, and they are deemed as attractive by guys all around the world. that’s not the mind set of a sound person.
      as an educator, my students often become embarass to speak in front of others lest it’s with the intention of arguing or putting up drama.

      there may be similar cultural flaws among countries, fake breast and apathy,among others, but what makes colombia truly unlikable in addition to their defects, it’s that unlike the UNited states or many other countries, you cannot escape its problems of defects.
      in the states they are many cultural groups one can associate with, and many home-grown traditions, here’s only one, drink shitty beer( pilsen, aguila…).

      PS: many countries currently suffered from social issues such as racial prejudice, and poor education,
      but what’s colombians excuse?
      they are racist against blacks, indigenous people and foreigners, though they imitate all their doings.
      Education disparity, though all of them are colombians.
      you have no real point of comparison

  6. AB August 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    how long ago were you in rio? rio has changed a lot in the last 2 years, since the announcement of the olympics and world cup. the women’s attitude has changed as well, a good friend of mine who has been in rio 2 years just got back from medellin and said the girls were much more approachable, but with a more american or english type of family values. as opposed to rio where they seem to differ a lot from standard american values. he is going back for a while to get some more qualifications but says the way things are he wont be back to rio unless things go back to how they were here a few years ago. right now he prefers medellin.

  7. Bruce 79 August 25, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    colombia is different from brazil because colombians are less impressed about Americans or whites in general than Brazilians.

    in Colombia if you want to land a good girl with good values, marriage material then you’ll need to work hard, just like you anywhere else…. the gringo white boy fact at times works against you as colombians seem to be attracted mostly to other colombians and unlike Brazil, lighter skin in colombia doesn’t mean wealthier.

    As for friendship colombians are nice, but standoffish if they don’t know you, people don’t really open up to you and embrace you like Brazilians do because that’s just not their character! in a way I prefer the way colombians interact because is more authentic, Brazilians are warm open and will call you friend within five minutes but the relationship you create with most of them is very shallow and lacking in real substance, it takes them five minutes to call you friend and it takes them other five minutes to forget about you.

    Colombian women:  the women are fantastic, I’ve never dated better women than colombianas…. faithful, caring, loving, romantic, feminine!

    Brazilians on the other hand, I find it that if you wanna land a good brazilian girl you have to go up the socioeconomic scale where you will deal with classism, sometimes even racism if you’re not white and so on.

    I think someone mentioned below that colombians are mountain people like the swiss, I agree, the mountains must close people off.

    • speakthetruthbaby January 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

      American women may be fatter by my God at least they have brains. 90% of colombian women are prepagoes or prostitutas and you would have to take extra care of your bodies as what else is there for you? so don’t pretend your not falling at gringo’s feet because you are. All over the internet on colombian cupid begging gringro to pay for taxi’s or your fake boobs, yes we all know Medellin has become the plastic surgery capital!. And internet webcams.

      93% go check it out facts state high school students there no no English LOL, the worlds 2nd most popular language, as more concerned with getting a gringo or pimp to buy there phones and material things, than education.

      Boobs for your 15th birthday and the most popular show in history based on it. What a sad state so please don’t pretend to be innocent little catholics, go to priest and confession and wash sins away then do it the next day.

      Sin tetas no hay paraíso    this is th emost popular show in Colombian history! without tits there’s no paradise. lol

      Get off your high and mighty pedal stool!

      easy peasy cheap and sleezy :)

      I wont be replying so jog on.

  8. Gine November 3, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    who cares if you odn’t like my hometown, I don’t like NYC either and personally think is an overrated shithole full of aggressive fat angry subway people.

    • OntoAnalyst October 15, 2012 at 4:28 am #

      I lived there for 8 years and you are right.

  9. Gine November 3, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    forgot to add….. if you hate colombia because you were expecting to fall on our arses and kiss your feet because you’re a gringo, then you can hate us all you want.

    Most colombians think american women are feminazi spoiled fat asses and american men are complete dorks that have to rely on their bank account to get laid overseas in developing countries because they have as much charm as a funeral!!!

    I live in Europe and here they also have that image of you americans

    OH I AM FROM NYC…. wow and? I’ve been there and thought it was a shithole, especially when rats the size of a dog pass by you on the subway, next to the screaming lady that is threatening you becuase you glance at her!!!!

    • King of the Surf April 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

      bahahahahahaha!!! love it………..the screaming lady who is pissed off because you “glanced” at her……VERY TRUE AMIGO!! HAHA………TYPICAL Amerikan Bitch!!

  10. Gringo Kid January 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

      Well if you like prostitutes come here there is a endless supply and cheap partying and tons of thiefs as added  bonus looking to rob and scam gringos,  “TRULY A CHARLIE SHEEN PARADISE” just with a huge danger factor and lower price tag.. Girls here love money and tha is why they love gringos. All the prepagos with gringos must be the money, never seen so many prostitues in one city very sad cause it is like hitting the lotto finding a normal girl here in Medellin Colombia.

    • King of the Surf April 23, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

      A “CHARLIE SHEEN PARADISE” sounds pretty good to me!!! :) Grow a pair of balls and have some fun gringo! I think American wives love money too and that is why they are with the gringo men over in Amerika. It is my express goal when I am 60 years old to be an expat and to have a nice young 25 year old sexy curvy chick on my arm because when I am 60 I’ll still be banging her, and most other guys will have a beer belly in America, sitting in the back yard, unable to get it up!

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  11. daniel April 23, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    let me guess….you’re American?? women don’t always fall over white men so easily. Men in their own country have money too and are as good or better looking….however I still thinkg women in South America are not closed off, on the contrary, I found them extremely open.
    Come to Europe and you will know what being closed means!!!  even a smile or eye contact may be considered too much…and I’m not even talking about nightclubs.
    But I agree, Brazilian women are very open and attractive….a shame more countries can’t be like that!

  12. daniel April 23, 2012 at 3:40 am #

    Also, I have seen this picture countless times on the internet….are they even from Medellin?!? stereotypical picture with fake tits and faces…many girls are not like that! !!

    Rio de Janeiro is a great place for beautiful women….even if youre an skinny nerd its great to look at for awhile!  ps im not a skinny nerd, but their culture is based so much on physical appearance that you may feel slightly inadequate sometimes, especially on Ipanema beach.

  13. Artspider79 May 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    Well I’m a Colombian who lived in NY many years and I can tell you new yorkers are cold. Cold and racists.  Besides, they always seem to be angry. Whenever I went to a supermarket I found a female shouting to their kids for some reason.  So I supposse you must be from another state. But getting to the point, is truth that Medellín can look like a very closed society, but once you get t0 know someone, you’ll see is just an impression.  Truth, in general , people from the andean region tend to be more reserved than people from the atlantic and pacific regions, the so called costenos. As a matter of fact, I cannot bear costenos, they are always making noise, shouting and laughing and bothering people with their loud music. They are very happy people, but I cant tolerate them, they won’t let you sleep.

  14. Caseyfile June 24, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    That pic isn’t of Colombian girls! Those chicks were made famous on the Internet back around 2006 for dreessing like hot cowgirls during FSU Football games (and were caught on tv), they are just former fsu sorority chicks.. Just google FSU Cowgirls and those same 3 pop up… Lol they aren’t from medellin

  15. World Lover August 11, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    fuck you all I love thailand and most of asia… where I am a GOD….LOL

  16. velascos September 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

    jajajajaj who is the one staying you have a brain? and saying 90%colombian women are prostitutes? jajajajaj i think you have no brain to be at least able to get informed!

  17. Carlo November 14, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Most of the things I read hear happens only to americans……as italian I never faced all this problems…..of course, somethimes happens to meet girls trying to get some advantage , but ppl are friendly and nice girls can be found as well.

    I’m sorry for the yankees :)

  18. Bill January 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    Yes indeed in Colombia the only way I was able to meet women is when I made friends with guys who were working at the hotels I stayed at. If you get someone to intruduce you to girls then once you talk with them and if they like you it´s pretty easy to bang em. But at the clubs if you don´t take a date with you you are going to be alone all night. Even the local guys don´t try to hook up. It´s weird.

    • Maverick January 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      That’s very true, Bill.

      You can pretty much forget nightlife for hooking up.

    • King of the Surf April 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      That’s the same thing that happens in the USA, Europe and elsewhere. People now like “groups of influence”. Most women years ago in the clubs “welcomed” men “being aggressive” and trying to penetrate their “cow circle” on the dance floor or by the bar…… Nowadays, they call guys who hit on them “creepers” and are ready to dial 911 or the equivalent no matter what country you live in. The chicks have become more psychotic and weird…..sometimes, it’s just not worth it. That’s why the American men just hop on a jet like the European guys and fly out where the girls are “more friendly” whether it’s Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, or Argentina or Asia…….It’s hard to “break into that” unless you are “vouched for” and “properly introduced” by other made men which is really THE WAY TO GO……

      Read the new book “THE BACHELOR’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY!” by author Von Lars……you’ll learn a lot from this International Man of Mystery.

  19. Sal May 5, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    Man, all these generalizations are killing me! On both sides. I’m an American and been in Medellin for a couple months. While I prefer the charm of say a Mexico, it’s been a great time and every single paisa I have met has been incredibly friendly. It is a bit difficult at times because people go out and groups, but once you meet some locals they’ll show you a great time and introduce you. My spanish isn’t great either but they are patient and try english as I try spanish. Frankly it saddens me that people have such a negative view of Americans.. most of us aren’t arrogan,t, loud, nerdy, lacking in personality or whatever the generalizations are. I think people who say this haven’t met many Americans. I have met people here from many countries and all have been great experiences. Why? Because I don’t define ANYONE by where they were born and raised. I base my decision on the person and am open minded to different ideas, cultures, foods, etc. I invite those who have bashed another country or culture to do the same! The world will be a much better place and that’s a promise.

  20. Ty Parker June 12, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    LMAO….who said American women are smarter above!!!!

    You made me laugh!!

    American women date losers with no futures and cry when they end up in their crappy apartments with 2 kids, single later in life. They Euro saying, American women are out to get F’ed short term and not to find “life” partner is too true! LOL, very smart girls, NOT.

  21. Highland Park Gringo July 17, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    You’re judging all of Colombia by a night in Poblado? My dear, Poblado is not where to go out in Medellin if you are Paisa, it’s where you go out if you are tourist or foreigner working in Colombia. Yes probably the Colombians in Poblado don’t want to be with you unless they are working because the Paisas know that the gringos just want one thing as you make clear in your post so of course the ones with brains will avoid you. It’s sad that you spend so much time traveling but your mind is so closed. Paisas are some of the kindest, generous, friendly people on the planet.

  22. secret August 4, 2013 at 5:47 am #

    Medellin is as easy as any other city, Medellin woman are a gift from God lol so sweet effection fun and beautiful love em xD I’ll explain the game!
    Allot of the shit talk is from dickhead probably ugly tourists with no game or Spanish and rely of money to attract woman and wonder why they get used.. them comes onto blogs like this and talk shit
    Nup, Same game as everywhere else, I get as much attention in Medelin as anywhere else I actually get more! cuz of the blue eyes and built etc
    How to pick up? simple
    Colombian woman got reputation, and almost all the time are partying with cousins and friends so they wont go home with u in front of them allot of torusits don’t know this and get upset hahaha, however if interested they will 100% stare u in the eyes or smile (which if ur at least decent you will get allot).. but this in Colombian culture means come talk to me when my friends aren’t here or im gonna walk away for a minuet so quick come to me, allot of tourists go right up and get rejected and the friends will eye you off.. so yeah do that get the number and your in, you ask her if she wants to catch up at another club later, or wants to meet the next week
    (always happened the next week) 😉
    Day game, woman everywhere in Medellin any girl who looks smiles check u out or u can ask for directions go for it
    Now u got the number? good your looking like a Colombian guy.. everything’s in private she’s keen.. now invite her out on the weekend and like in most pickup story’s she will arrive with some naughty friends go to a reggaeton club get frisky then off to the love dungeon!
    Note and Enjoy.. and besides the woman… Medellin is the bomb! and the ppl there are awesome.. im friends with lots of locals their so good to me, and throw woman at me too haha.

  23. saywhat October 10, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I just would like to say that I met a lot of Colombian women when I was studying in the US (I’m Asian who grew up in Australia). Almost all of them are very nice and friendly, some of them I still keep in touch even after I went back to Australia.

    I recently moved to Medellin as now I have a fiance who is from Medellin. We met back when we were studying together in San Francisco. At first I thought I was gonna do long distance relationship but then I figured it’s not worth it. So I decided to drop everything and give it a try in Medellin at least for a year. It is true that they party in a close group but once you get in that group and start to know the people, you can have a lot of fun. I guess I’m lucky that I have my fiance who is a local and I also have friends I met back in SF.

    I completely agree that Colombians tends to go for another Colombian, but somehow I managed to get one myself. The women (at least my fiance) are very loving, caring, faithful, romantic, etc. The best I have ever met. You just have to work at it if you want to land yourself a paisa who will be with you for the long-run.

    And yes Medellin is awesome. I have lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sydney, Australia, and San Francisco, USA. All of this cities are great but there’s something about Medellin that’s different, good different.

  24. DonWand October 21, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    I don’t care what country the woman is from it all comes down to having balls. Yes you may look exotic to some if they haven’t seen many of whatever race you are, but most women will still not act. They will expect the man to make a move. Some may give bigger signals for you to approach them but you still need the balls to make the approach. Women are great at spotting who they want and can hide it well. I’ve approached women that gave me no signals at all and have had success. It might only be a 20% connect rate but it’s still better than 0%. You can approach women in groups too. No matter what, I say take your time to survey her surroundings and actions to see if she is with somebody or not. Even then, I have a buddy that stole a girl away from her boyfriend. They were arguing and my friend swooped in and started talking to her. Boyfriend yelled but left and she left with my friend as if they had arrived together.

  25. Paul December 27, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Well from this it looks like i will either be visiting Medellin never or with a girl already. Not a fan of trying to snag a girl at a bar or club. To each’s own, i guess.

  26. mari December 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    just because in brazil there are more S**ts doesn’t mean they should be everywhere else. People in medellin just like to have nice clean fun. they are just happy people and approachable if approached the right way! get it straight!!!

  27. Sandman January 4, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    It is always interesting to see peoples perspectives of a culture after brief 1-2 week visits to a foreign country. You should give it some more time and really get immersed in the Paisa culture.

    I lived there for 5 years and found it very easy to meet girls. I don’t think I was ever refused a dance in a club even when they were with someone. I met girls in clubs, banks, restaurants, stores, at events like Feria de Las Flores, bull fights, parades, parks….well, everywhere!

    I also lived in Rio for 2 years and while the women were sexually more active and easier to meet, the Paisas just require a slightly different style that accommodates their more conservative culture…..but approachable they are. Get an e-mail, get their cell phone numbers, take them for coffee or a drink and get to know them.

    Of course, if you don’t speak some Spanish, you will be SOL!!

    And, yes, they like nice things like women in any other country. Yes, they will work their wiles on you to get you to buy things for them. That is pretty universal.

    When you get them behind closed doors, you will find them as passionate as any women anywhere in the world. You will certainly find them more open than their frigid gringa counterparts and you will never see them go out in a pair of baggy sweat pants, without makeup, hair mussed, or nails not tended to perfection. They care about their appearance and other peoples opinions of their self worth.

    If you are just looking to get laid, there are casas all over town where prostitution is perfectly legal. You can have sex with an 18-25 year old for about $35-$40. Many are single moms supporting their kids because they have dead beat dads, no education or job skills to get work anywhere else and even if they did, basic minimum wage is so low they could not pay their bills.

    I find the claim preposterous that 90% of the Medellin girls are prepagos. There are at least 40% that no one would even want to have sex with in the first place! Many girls that are not prepagos will on occasion have sex with a man for money. When they need a little extra cash to pay their bills, pay for tuition, pay for cell phones, need money to party during special events etc. It is widely accepted as a part of the culture even though they don’t exactly publish the fact they are doing it.

    Many guys will line up dates before even arriving in Medellin on sites like Colombian Cupid and many others. Many are prepagos but many are not. I’ve seen guys have as many as 10-20 girls lined up for dates before they ever set foot into Colombia. If you are not comfortable meeting girls in a club, try this tactic. You will already have them separated from their circle of friends.

    Lastly, if you are planning a visit to Medellin, do a little homework on more than lining up girls. Learn about their culture, their history, their economy, their styles of dress in public (leave your shorts and flip flops at home) and for god sakes, don’t start your conversation off talking about Pablo Escobar. There are lots of web sites with tons of information on Medellin and Colombia in general. There are even culture grams that will give you insights on what to expect, do’s and don’ts if you do happen to meet a girls family, friends and co-workers.

    Happy Travels!

  28. Joker January 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

    I have to say I desagree with some of you 100% and I also agree with some 100%!!…I have been to Medellin twice, why twice?? becuase my first trip was SOOO AMAZING that I had to go again!…in my second trip I had alot more fun cuz I new people already from my frist trip. To make it simple, yes the women there are amazing, extremely gorgeous and so kind and respectful.. the issue of them being in groups is true…but, like someone above said..if you approach them the right way, your all in. I had many times where I have met girls that where in groups and ended up getting there numbers, and later at night meeting them or the next day. Some girls even told me that they’re with family and friends and to meet her at the restrooms or outside. The first day I arrived there I arrived alone cuz my friends where coming the next day, so I decided to go out in el poblado alone to check out the scene, let me tell you…I had a BLAST!!! , I met women in bars and it was simply amazing. we stayed in contact and the other day we all went out, my friends that had just arrived and alot of her friends and she invited it was a party all night long with these beautiful women!!, throught your stay you’ll meet women everywhere…they will notice your not from there and if your well dressed and groomed they will smiled at you and give signals for you to approach. The person that said you have to have game, well it is kinda true…it is farly easy to meet women but there not completely EASY, if you know what I mean…I would say that of all the appoaches I did, I at least got neglected once…YOU CAN’T STRIKE EVERYTIME YOU KNOW!!…but to conclude this, go to medellin and experience it for yourself I will be going again soon. I LOVE MEDELLIN!!!!

  29. Veni Vidi Vici January 17, 2015 at 11:13 pm #

    So true when it comes to meeting decent women for dating I would rather be in Columbia then the USA period.
    We are far more into cliques them Columbia but I do agree Day Gaming is the better route in Columbia Try walking up to women in the USA with the hopes of getting a date and see what happens…School/work and Friends are pretty mush the only way to meet women in the USA and I have never seen so many single lonely men in any other country…

  30. Veni Vidi Vici January 17, 2015 at 11:18 pm #

    Maybe but she is correct the US is one of the worst dating scenes for men in the world…There are many sites that show this.

  31. Jose February 10, 2015 at 1:14 pm #

    Hello everyone!
    For starters, Brasil can not be compared to Colombia. The population is much greater, the country is much larger and Brasil is rich in culture, history, and diversity. Yes, there are female and male prostitutes in every country but no one has an exact ratio. With this in mind- it would be accurate to beleive Colombia has a high rate, as well as other smaller countries with high poverty rates. Brasil too has its share of poverty but no where near Colombia. I do think the women/men of Colombia are good looking and yes it is true most is not natural beauty as in Brasil but who cares? Beauty is beauty. As for the comments on “American women” one can not sum up a whole country based on limited information. Unless, ofcourse, you have dated every American woman. It is transparent that most of the males commenting here are… one put it “hunters of women” wich mirrors the mentality of them. The American women I have met would never go so low. The American women are educated and self supporting. A strong woman would not work out with a “hunter” because in the end he would be hunted and that only a strong man can handle. Womanizers are weak- weak self esteem, insecure, and either broke poor or just dont want to spend/invest in an American woman. The classic “loser” or “wh#re” is the guy who wants sex easy and cheap from a woman who had a 3rd world education and mentality because he doesnt have the “balls” to work it out with a smart American woman because he feels threatend. I love my girlfriend and I plan to ask her to marry me this summer. I love the United States and I would not trade my girlfriend for anyone back in Colombia. I know that when I get old or ugly she wont leave me for the first guy with more money or better looks because she has VALUES that are embeded in her by her American culture that can not be bought with all the money in the world.

  32. San June 14, 2015 at 10:38 am #

    Ive been coming to medellin for 7 years. I dated a woman for 3 years on and off, after 1 year I paid for her ass then 1 year later her tits. No big deal, cheaper then a prada purse the an American woman would want. I’m no longer with her and honestly didn’t mind buying her stuff because its expected by women anywhere in the world. I ended it wife her, felt like she was playing other men too, no big deal. Dating a prepago now but who cares, many are lol. At least here they have a headache and I have fun. Just know that american women can be worse. And know that every woman wants tge bulge in your back pocket, not front pocket. I’m 45, great shall, no trouble getting women, I choose this lifestyle :) I live in Cartagena half the year now. I wouldn’t change a thing. Each his own. Enjoy life. Have fun. I get bored with a woman fat a while, actually they all change in the end, so I like to keep them fresh and move on lol

    • Rodney August 2, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

      HAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHA clearly written by a chick! American women are the WORST, fat, rude, manly, slobs that can’t cook, clean, or take care of their men in any way. They suck as wives, and get rewarded for screwing over their men. Privately ask any American, Canadian, or Brit man why they came here in the first place. Once you get down to the heart of the matter, they were first attracted by the sound of GORGEOUS FEMININE WOMEN. LOTS OF THEM. . If you are a dude you are a beta male suckers. Guys reading this, this chump above is exactly who you should never become!

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