The DEFINITIVE Cost of Living guide – Medellín Colombia 2018

The DEFINITIVE Cost of Living guide – Medellín Colombia 2018

probably my biggest concern what’s a boob job gonna cost zip birthday this is a hybrid guava and Apple mix how’s that bill looking holy no today par settles I mean metazine not a bad-looking city right this is the top floor of the HQ the global Express where you can come and get done this is the team that won hope you find a place to live and an investment to generate some passive income but what about when you’re living in medicine how much does it cost to live so today we’re going to show you the definitive cost of living in Medici in Colombia alright so if you couldn’t tell rich is from Texas originally before we were in Colombia you spent 14 years in Florida yeah 14 years Naples Florida and then you came to Medici in kena meditating first time ago six and I moved here full time in 2007 bought my first place and that’s when you found that the company that’s my family can be one part that employee and now we’ve got a hundred employees in four cities getting really expanded for Rico so based off his 14 years in Florida we’ve got a very specific list of the differences of cost of living from health care transport restaurants shopping basic cost of living one of the things by the way that our concierge here in the global Express can help you out with co-working spaces by the way five dollars a day here one of the cheaper prices in town lunch in my opinion is the best deal of the day we do a lot of the lunches dinner at night typical lunch set up you’ve got the soup you’ve got a juice and a quiet a delicious main meal all I know there’s no sugar there’s no mate it’s big but every day it’s different phenomenal get a Big Mac Coco fries how many bucks is up just under four dollars a happy meal for your body that covers home owner is 24-hour security landscaper insurance reserve funds everything in fact they run their labor in their condos better here they did in Florida I think what are you looking at back home three hundred eight hundred a month how much does this apartment cost well I bought it in 2007 when the dollar was weaker and I paid about a hundred and thirty thousand dollars for about 1,500 square feet three bedrooms but if I sold the day on a peso price out of Dublin a 260 million it’s around five hundred million now but dollar-wise not nothing up that much 130 thousand then about 160 now because the dollar is stronger so right now the dollar rules I mean we devised great places here for you got dollars how much would it cost to rent this depends you’re running through the vacation rental market vacation rental market this one’s gonna rent for Oh $2,000 a month furnished but you do unfurnished a local market you’ll get it for maybe 800 $1,000 more oh you have a maid coming in almost 10 years now I found her back in 2008 and I pay her and I get I actually pay above the market I pay her like $25 a day she comes in once a week she does my ironing cleaning and cooking so my dry-cleaning bill I’m you know for the last 10 years here I believe I’ve done one coat twice it’s like nothing yep but she’s super doesn’t tremendous job to run the apartment what do you utilities cost it’s unbelievable you know coming from Florida electricity bills you can pay anywhere from $500,000 a month you know for your gas electricity utilities Internet everything it’s expensive here you don’t see any air-conditioning ducts you don’t see any heaters you don’t see any fans I’m yeah I had a fan my bedroom and I moved in another bedroom 18 months ago I brought it out the way that my temperature control is I have a sliding glass door that I opened if it’s if it’s a little cool I keep it close it’s moderately warm like up to 70 I’ll open a little bit if it’s really warm like 74 I’ll open it like this you talk about total utilities for everything you know for gas electricity garbage internet total 125 100 150 bucks a month everything in Florida might cost me 800 a month owning a car in metazine how much how much we tuck in floor car insurance yeah I move around $100 a month for the best best plan cover everything so how much does gas gonna cost you I spent about 30 to 50 dollars a month so on the motorbike costs about $15 for a tank that’ll give me about 300 kilometers yeah again about three weeks to a month so pulling into the hospital are you okay all right so health care 20 of the best hospitals out of seven Latin America’s top 14 hospitals are medicine yeah we’re gonna do a vlog dedicated to the health care in Colombia but for now a couple brief costs probably my biggest concern what’s a boob job gonna cost well I know a girl got one here for just over two thousand dollars from one of the best surgeries in that ‘change medical tourism is another type of tourism that is booming in Colombia I had a hernia surgery down here for $1,225 back home that’s gonna cost you four to eight thousand dollars ten ten thousand plus I just had my skin cancer done right here by my eye that wood around me ten to fifteen thousand States it was $1,200 here LASIK a couple thousand states for each eye is $350 and these are really top-flight hospitals I mean I’m talking about some of the best in all the Americas what about home care what if you won those seeing home care it’s so it’s so unexpected maybe you’re talking twenty bucks a day twenty-five dollars max you’re like when I had my hernia gal come over a couple days that was part of my cost so it’s very inexpensive what are the drugs gonna cost you about one-third one-fourth of the United States most that’s covered under your insurance here but and then have a lot of generic drugs so it’s very inexpensive very inexpensive plus you don’t need a prescription you can walk in the pharmacy get antibodies if you want them you go viagra it’s not a prescription not that I would ever use it who’s my gym $20 a month okay rollercoaster we’ve got an electronics store no electronics they’re not so cheap in Colombia right it’s about the same as the states now used to do more expensive but prices are dropping and they change the taxes with the free trade agreement we’re about the same pull clothing appliances if it’s local it’s cheap if it’s imported it’s probably more expensive but this is one of the nicest anywhere in the world these kind of you like st knows langostinos one of my favorites I love them I got to get so we get the oranges we got the granite Eva with God why Java sapote this is a hybrid of guayaba and Apple mix my all-time favorite blueberries in general if you’re shopping trolley is gonna cost you 250 dollars in the States it’s around 150 dollar mark here in Columbia could be even cheaper if you go for very local products well I’ve had crowns here before under dollars for thinking root canals for $200 general fillings 35 40 bucks maybe keep cleaning 2530 dollars but this is the most expensive dentistry and medicine you can get it for half the price but one curl is the best dentists ever done in my life and I’ve had 20 of those states we’re now social so in general what are the costs here in medicine as opposed to the u.s. about a third of a price I would say and considering I mean we use the state of the art laughs state of the art materials so depends of we who you compare us to yeah but if you compare us to the same tears same specialties and materials the high quality yes top quality up top the best of the best tell quite a third of the price are you are you seeing new people come to moseyin specifically to get done yes but I think they’re the best type of patient that is actually there people who come here often so they will there know so skeptical about the medical and dental because like for people who are just kind of doing their grapes research for the first time so they think we are parking Public Square area and they’re very skeptical of like can you send me a few leaves of the people you have seen in America just to make sure you are good you’re fine right so people who have already been at the office for a simple cleaning or whitening so they already trust us right since what we call Emax is like ceramic press very good technique they won me the apartment well if you talk to people United States is still just don’t have any clue what a good deal is places actually get center better care and rational price better healthier happier all right so a carrot cake and a cappuccino in the nicest possible Aegean in a trendy digital nomad cafe without $3 50 for the log so see how that’s a good you know pregame bar about 54 beer all right so it’s Monday night so I doubt we’re going out to a club but if we were the cover would be between ten thousand and thirty thousand pesos or $3 to $9 covers on as common once you’re inside a beers gonna cost you know $3 to $5 bottles of liquor in a club anywhere from $30 to $50 so worried which is one of the best parts of meta-gene and these the best restaurants in Provenza at MIT Aegean what a while what are the main meals in this part of town gonna cost you dinner drinks twenty thirty dollars [Music] so once you’re above the $10 range that’s when you’re in the Appa upper prices of Maine meals yeah miniature good lighting over here yeah 80 bucks for Boulevard a good Fowler oh yeah [Music] how’s that bill looking holy no Jordan forty thousand faces it’s like about seventy dollars thirty five dollars please bottom line one of the best restaurants the best part of town all right so 15-minute taxi ride about $3 50 so there is a day-in-the-life in Meridian trending towards the higher end trending towards someone paying in dollars obviously incredible value right now especially with three thousand pesos to one dollar whether it’s for investment or daily living expenses spending dollars in Columbia is a good thing right now I’m gonna finish the blog with this apartment right here a one-bedroom brand-new furnished apartment in Laurel is very close to LA setenta all of the new restaurants popping up in Laurel is this place about $60 per night obviously cheaper for monthly rentals link in the description by the way if you’d like to book this please let me know if I missed anything in terms of cost-of-living comparisons with the US my first six years in Columbia I was living on less than $400 a month and still having the time of my life there are very cheap ways to do things here and there’s slightly more expensive but really comparatively not that expensive ways to do things here your dollar goes so far here in Columbia it’s a reason why so many digital nomads are choosing medicean partly because it’s in this same timezone but also because they have a lot of purchasing power here there has never been a better time in the history of this planet to embrace a life afar and you see you guys in the next video you [Music] you


  1. Eamonn Wright555 says:

    Well done lads ; but you left out the beautiful women of Medellin Magnifico . What area is your apartment ? What’s Belem like ?

  2. FREE RADIO says:

    Anyone interested in partnering up on real estate purchases in Medellin?

  3. The Thunderides Co Nepal Enduro Tours says:

    que panico de ciudad….guacala

  4. Fred O'Reardon says:

    I could live well in any country in the world, plenty of countries close to there for 20% of the price with the same quality of living, if your worried about dental jump on a $200 plane for 2 hours and get it done…

  5. tizfrreecharm says:

    A very enthusiastic thumbs-up, mostly because my wife is native to Medellin and told me about what you and Rich narrated before I ever saw this posting.
    How do you think the influx of a million Venezuelans into Colombia will impact Medellin?

  6. Amara Zuluaga says:

    Disfruten el paráiso
    Eso de tercermundistas es una mentira…los servicios públicos los mejores y la calidad

  7. Celtic Jay says:


  8. MMOVING COINS says:


  9. Andy Roo says:

    Much Cheaper dentists in Mexico.

  10. DeepScubaDiver says:

    $100 a month for car ins? That is more than the states.

  11. Kristofer Milhauser says:

    So it's much more expensive than Thailand I'm hearing?

  12. William Gonzalez says:

    good video lots of información

  13. JEB says:

    Housing costs are MUCH LESS in the United States

  14. long distance 808 says:

    Nice video

  15. Devon Lee says:

    I need to ask you something and I need your help I want to come to Medellín colombia and spend a week or two there. What do I need to enjoy myself and how much do I need for renting the apartments and simply eating dinner and going out to bars and clubs

  16. Noe Bonilla says:

    Viviría en Medellín o Cali las dos son ciudades bellas ,Colombia mi segunda patria,saludos de Puerto Rico.

  17. Mr. Kamil says:

    Not a bad video grasshopper!!! VERY informative!?

  18. Realife2019 says:

    To expensive the same I pay here in Miami,but I think there are many other place in Medellin that yo pay less ,I mean more cheaped.

  19. Adrián Betancur Gómez says:

    Muy agradable el video sobre mi. Hermosa ciudad. Sin embargo, ninguno de esos valores es económico para las personas locales.

  20. Stephen Ho says:

    Where do you get a good rate at? My bank gives me roughly 2800 peso for 1000 usd

  21. Judge Dredd says:

    This video is exactly, precisely what I wanted to see. Very awesome.

  22. Miguel Torres says:


  23. MRBADASS says:

    Gasoline is like $11.50 a gallon in Colombia, yes?

  24. 777dingo says:

    I like the idea of no A/C or heat needed because the climate is comfortable

  25. CheapToad says:

    I'm moving

  26. CheapToad says:

    How can I get in touch with Sam?

  27. Patriciu Popescu says:

    HQ? There is a place that helps you invest your money to start making a passive income?

  28. JJ says:

    I bet coke is super cheap there

  29. EVO X says:

    I live in Cape Coral, Florida

  30. Neil L says:

    This video should be titled: Cost of Living if you're ballin' in Medellín. Lol

  31. John Perez says:

    No es por nada pero Colombia tiene de todo

  32. Lngshirt says:

    That housing isn't cheap at all. That's two time what it is in the midwest. I would like to know what the middle-class costs would be.

  33. Dabour's Garage says:

    I love the video, I love medellin, I disagree with the electronics it's much more expensive in Colombia

  34. Gera K says:

    Man such a great video, so informative, I’m ready to come down there and roll with you guys!

  35. Item69 says:

    Thanks for the info, very interesting. Will be interesting to see what cost of living is like in about 20 years when I could expect to retire.

  36. Kirk Wilson says:

    So you seriously went to a guy who makes a living off selling real estate to get real prices of living? A FUCKING SALES MAN? What a joke.

  37. Patrick Strong says:

    What is the name of the dental practice ?

  38. Jake Sneed says:

    These costs are absolutely on the high side.

  39. JisusLap says:

    Y eso que el viejo vive en un lugar caro de Medellín, la floresta o muchos barrios de clase media son mucha más barato.

  40. Trublu tsunami says:

    What about crime? Older folks safe?

  41. Redd Hott says:

    Cover charges at clubs in Colombia keep the weirdos out !!! I bought a bottle of Aguadente and gave everyone in the bar multiple shots in Bogota across the street from the Parque 97 hotel…. 11$. USD !!!!!!

  42. Igor Vrdoljak says:

    Thank you for sharing these infos with us. You make great videos

  43. amadou camara says:

    I’m going retire in Colombia

  44. Tom Tapp says:

    Who the fook would want buy ?

  45. Tom Tapp says:

    Your cost is same as Florida

  46. Tom Tapp says:

    Whose paying for that dinner? I think I know!!

  47. Temistocles Pimentel says:

    Bueno tu le llamaria a eso barato cheap..$60.00 dollares diarios x ese apartament de 1 habitacion. Y cuanto serian al mes $ 1800.00 dollares bueno eso seria bastante dinero x solo un mes no crees…!!!

  48. AussieTV says:

    Just remember to consume less but live more.

  49. Mario Hernandez says:

    Hey bro great vlog I just subscribe into you channel greetings from Memphis Tennessee ??

  50. s says:

    Prices are not that low, but women are of a better quality than the US

  51. sr says:

    Who would want to pay rent $2000 a month in Colomobia. Thats a mortgage in California. Absurd !
    $750 a month for a maid. These are not Colombian prices These are just a business man writing off expenses in Colombia 🙂

  52. Timmy1380 says:

    How can I get a VISA to live in Medellin permanently? What options are available? Do I need to invest in order to obtain a VISA?

  53. Mr 232172 says:

    Healthcare in Colombia is first class. Even though I live in Boston that probably has the best hospitals in the world, I know of many people that go to Colombia for medical treatments that they can afford or are not covered by insurance. Most of these people go to Colombia for DENTAL care.

  54. Ana Maria Martinez says:

    I am Colombian born but raised in Connecticut, U.S. Due to the political climate in the U.S., I've been contemplating moving back to Colombia. This is helping motivate me to make my decision. Thank you!

  55. boldandcourageous 41 says:

    Living on the very high-end a lot of other articles and videos that I've watched prices are much lower

  56. tilitila88 says:

    10 out of 10 expats do not know how to pronounce M E D E L L I N…
    Good info though…Hint: ALL pronounce it like Argentinians would….NOT…

  57. Billy Nunya says:

    life a far is a big business. all they / sam is doing is selling you something.. a free video with nice scenery but all in all a long advertisement. I moved to colombia over a year ago. I called life a far, they wanted minimo 1100usd for a shit apartamento. i rented one without the gringo pricing for 256usd, strata 4 barrio. 3 hab 2 bano, new tile, very nice and clean, $800mil un mes.. so dont get tricked into this lifeafar crap.. and sam, go back to london or whereevr you crawled out from

  58. David Roland says:

    Im planning a trip to Columbia, would like to check out some of the areas you mentioned. do i fly into Bogata to reach areas in Satendar?

  59. jdareyah says:

    Those are not average prices, those prices are "baller" High end prices. $2000 a month rent in Colombia is like millionaire status in the USA (Beverly Hills).
    The average income in Colombia is only $692 dollars per month

  60. Sick Slick says:

    Lol you guys do realize the reason it's so cheap is because there using US dollars. Pesos in Colombia are worth less then the dollar

  61. Manuela Baez says:

    Ese señor. Es tu padre?

  62. Ismail Abdur-Rahman says:

    I will be visiting you guys next month

  63. Guadalupe Lopez says:

    Me encantan tus vídeos. ??

  64. Rilly Jo says:

    What company did rich start over there

  65. Edgar Quintero says:

    7:40 not true… laptops, phones, tablets are much more expensive in Colombia compared to the US. Also you gotta comment that you are talking about Poblado prices, that's the area where the peoples with good moneys live at, if you move out of that part more towards other "estratos" 3, maybe 4 and below, I'm sure the prices drop.

  66. JINX says:

    Great video on educating everyone & including me on the cost of living in colombia! I'm from Hawaii & it's beautiful like colombia but the cost of living here is too expensive! I'm thinking of moving there soon! Mahalo's sam for all your help & amazing videos of colombia! Aloha's.

  67. leonard morris says:

    I’m living in the Philippines currently in the peso is 52.30 to the dollar. How are you able to calculate what something should or should not cost when the peso can be as ridiculous as Three or 4000 pesos to the dollar or something like that.

  68. J K says:

    what is the property tax for that old guy's condo?

  69. Gentlemans Pattaya says:

    Holy cow. I live in thailand in a reasonable size apartment withmy AC running 24/7. and I pay 31 USD a month fo everything, elec/water/internet….. Wow.

  70. Mimitos Mimitos says:

    Your videos are so realistic and profesional. Not even me that's I living in USA for 19 years know that. Thanks again. Don't stop showing the positive of my city, because the negatives you're going to find it everywhere.

  71. Mimitos Mimitos says:

    Your videos are so realistic and profesional. Not even me that's I living in USA for 19 years know that. Thanks again. Don't stop showing the positive of my city, because the negatives you're going to find it everywhere.

  72. Sebastian says:

    Hi Sam – I just booked a LifeAfar apartment for 10 days in Medellin. Your apartments are very stylish and modern and your prices are not bad. This is my 2nd trip to Medellin, for getting to know the city. My wife and I are moving there in May (retired). What is the name of the mall in this video? Thank you for delivering great videos on LifeAfar in Colombia. You are basically doing all the leg work for folks who are in search of a place to live if one is relocating. Blessings!

  73. chris butler says:

    I would like to retire to Colombia, like others, but what we need to do is come together and pool our resources and do it together ? anyone ?

  74. Yasir Barton says:

    I have been following your page and I find it very interesting. I just spent 97 days in Colombia and just came home. I am starting to put some of videos on YouTube. Any advice?

  75. David Ortiz says:

    It's actually way cheaper than this. You chose to live the expensive lifestyle

  76. Mary Freedom says:

    hermosissimo Madellin, mas no tiene Mar…………………..

  77. Ray Montes says:

    Thanks for replying to my perspective with simplicity and respect. That's why I erased it. I respect the business man that respects the consumer voice. ?✌

  78. Odett Gonzalez says:

    Meh-de-yin that’s how is pronounced. Not mi-de-Jin.

  79. honestlythatsbull says:

    Very nice i had no idea it was so nice down there, looks like you can live your life there without getting financially strangled as we do here in the uk…… and great vid by the way?

  80. Claudia Adler says:

    i pay seven dollar for small bag of blueberries in new york or florida

  81. Cedric Smith says:

    I love this video.

  82. mario josa says:

    para el colombiano promedio los costos presentados en el vídeo suelen ser muy altos, preferiría otras opciones más económicas para ahorrar dinero

  83. Kyanpepper92 Teller says:

    1800 per month.. thats not that cheap for a 1 bedroom ???

  84. Ray Montes says:

    so $300.00 USD per month is the average monthly salary but car insurance is $100 per month? This older gentleman seems to be so wealthy that he has other people doing everything for him and doesn't really know the cost of living on a grass routes level. I would buy everything local. the idea would be to use less than 1/4 Of your monthly income to live, travel and explore. once you pay 50% or more of your income on basic living, then your paying too much.

  85. andres arbelaez says:

    Hay que ver a todos esos gringos jubilados sentados con chicas que parecen las nietas de ellos dizque invitándolas a tomar licor y solo es para aprovecharse de ellas.

  86. Tropic-Al says:

    Retiring abroad is my plan. Never thought about Colombia, even though I'm a cachaco. Been 47 years since I left Colombia. Maybe it might be time to go home.

  87. RedSauce says:

    I’m about to move here

  88. Matthew Mauro says:

    But Blink Fitness and Planet Fitness is only $10/Month in NYC tho. lol

  89. Fabio Lobo says:

    sam te cuento que yo tuve la oportunidad de recorrer mi pais por todos los puntos cardinales y no me canso de decir que colombia es la octava maravilla pero tu eres una persona maravillosa al descubrir citios unicos en mi pais como decimos los colombianos me le quito el sombrero

  90. Bada Boom says:

    I never hear anyone talk about creditworthiness to rent. Is there such a thing there?

  91. Bada Boom says:

    I want fireplace and air conditioning

  92. thebarcodestv says:

    Looking to move to Medellin in the short future…. been in Manizales but it seems Medellin is THE city to be… Will contact you shortly…. thanks for the great video

  93. osomaury says:

    Rich. Saw the Longhorn stuff. Go Horns! Thinking of moving to Colombia. Will contact you when I need info. Great video.

  94. malthus101 says:

    I want a nicely furnished studio or 1-bed for $500 per month. Need excellent internet. Can you do it?

  95. Daniela Galdino-Jolly says:

    With how much privilege and power comes with the dollar one must give back in some way to the country and not just profit from the luck of not being a citizen

  96. Very Curious says:


  97. Inés Cardona says:

    ????????????????god bless

  98. John Smith says:

    So what does an actual monthly budget for a high end lifestyle look like? $1500 apartment, 300 utilities, 500 food, 100 insurance, 400 car payment/depreciation, $1500 eating out everyday, 200 maid, 2000 fun money. Around $6500 a month and I can play baller is what you are saying correct? That is basically what I make in retirement now; the problem is I don't want to retire and have to spend 100% of my income. I retired at 43 and then went back to work in another job, I plan on retiring for good when I can pull in 8-10K a month. Maybe another 6 years I am 47 now, I want to be able to live baller and still save 30% or more of my retirement.

  99. Rosa Alfonso says:

    Que nice, voy para Medallo ya!!!

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