Where to stay in Medellin as a backpacker is a slightly more complicated question than visiting as a regular tourist. As a backpacker, you’re travelling on a strict(er) budget and want to avoid expensive areas and hotels. El Poblado is by far the most popular area to stay in Medellin among regular tourists, however, it’s also the priciest one. In this article, we cover the best areas to stay as a backpacker while taking the budget aspect as the main factor. With that being said, let’s jump straight to the results.
.
where to stay in medellin backpacker
.
.
.

In short:
.

Where to stay in Medellin as a backpacker?


The best areas to stay in Medellin as a backpacker are Laureles, Envigado and La Candelaria. Here, you find the majority of the hostels, which are located a little bit outside the popular touristic area called Poblado. All these recommended backpack areas are considered safe but are quite different from each other. In the next paragraphs, we dive deeper into each recommended area.  
.
.
.

The best areas to stay in Medellin as a backpacker are: 

 

1. Laureles


One of the all-time favourite areas in Medellin is Laureles. For many tourists, it’s either Poblado or Laureles, of which Laureles is the more laid-back version. Why is that? First of all, many ex-pats tend to live in one of the residential areas as it’s safe and clean and plenty of leisure venues and activities are nearby. Another great thing about Laureles is that you have good access to public transport. The metro system in Medellin is the only one in the country that is completely operational and it gives you as a traveller on a budget all the possibilities to travel easily to each part of the city. Lastly, the local nightlife scene, which is located on La 70 (which is pronounced as la Setenta), is a perfect spot to enjoy the city’s nightlife on a budget. Most foreigners tend to party at Provenza (Poblado) and end up in one of the nightclubs in Las Palmas. If you do want to end in a nightclub, head over to La 33, which is a street near Laureles where most Colombians head to party until the early morning. 

For food recommendations, check out our article about the best restaurants in Laureles
.
hw
.
hw
.
.
.

2. El Poblado


Now, as said in the introduction, if you're on a strict budget, it wouldn't be smart to stay in one of the most expensive neighbourhoods of Medellin. Besides, this is where most of the regular tourists stay in general. But even backpackers tend to stay where the action is and there are hostels and boutique hotels under twenty dollars to be found in this area. Just keep in mind that you can find cheaper accommodations somewhere outside El Poblado, where it's easier to catch up with fellow backpackers. 

For food recommendations, check out our article about the best restaurants in Poblado.
.
.
hw
.
hw
.
hw
.
.
.

3. La Candelaria


While La Candelaria would not be our first choice, the number of hostels is increasing rapidly. The reason why it becomes slightly more popular is because of the location: it’s near some of the city’s highlights including Plaza Botero and Parque Del Rio and close to the popular district of El Poblado. But there is a downside to this area, namely that some parts are known for pickpockets. There is a golden rule: where there are lots of tourists, there are pickpockets and this applies to La Candelaria as well as El Poblado. Walking alone in the dark on the streets is not recommended, but that is something I would not recommend to anyone anywhere in Medellin. 

For food recommendations, check out our article about the best Colombian restaurants in Medellin.
.
hw
.
hw
.
.
.

Alternative: Envigado


Envigado is a large residential area right under Poblado. It's slowly turning into a more tourist-friendly area but is by far not on the same level as Poblado. There are, however, some affordable hotels available nowadays, which are perfect for backpackers. Envigado is the perfect area to witness how the daily life in Medellin, but there are plenty of good restaurants and coffee shops to be found. For exciting (local restaurants), head over to la calle de la buena mesa. Here you can also find local bars and other venues that offer cheap, local foods and drinks. There are more exciting areas in Medellin to stay in, but Envigado is still an alternative option.

For food recommendations, check out our article about the best restaurants in Envigado.
.
hw
.
.
.
As you’re travelling on a budget, there are two articles that we recommend you to read. First of all, the article about the best cheap eats in Medellin. This gives you a good idea about what you can eat on a budget and where you can get it. Secondly, in our article about the best free things to do in Medellin, we’ve come up with a good list of activities that don’t cost anything. Lastly, for those who are interested in exploring the typical gastronomy of Medellin, have a look at our article about what to eat in Medellin, which covers some of the must-eat dishes in this beautiful city. In the next paragraph, there is a map of Medellin including all recommended areas and some of the city’s highlights. 
.
.
.

Map of the best areas to stay in Medellin for backpackers

.
where to stay in medellin backpacker
.
.
.
There you have it, our recommendations to your question about where to stay in Medellin backpackers. If you’re planning to stay in Medellin, make sure to check out our app called TopTravelFoods. It's a food recommendation app that let you find the best food during your travel in Colombia. The app is completely free and helps you decide what to eat by recommending the best dishes and other specialities of (local) restaurants. Especially when you have no (or not enough) knowledge of the local cuisine, the app is a handy tool. 
 

Download TopTravelFoods App Banner Colombia

Download TopTravelFoods iOSDownload TopTravelFoods Android

 
TopTravelFoods Official
5 (1)