How can I stay longer in Colombia?

¿Cómo puedo quedarme más tiempo en Colombia? (Tipos de Visas)

How can I stay longer in Colombia? This is a very frequent question from foreigners, who normally enter the country with a passport as tourists, obtaining a limited stay in terms of time (90 days) and activities to develop (only tourism). Now, how can they extend their stay? If you are one of those foreigners … Read more

Barrios of Medellin – How to choose the right neighborhood for your home?

View of the urban buildings of the city of Medellin Colombia on a beautiful day with the mountains in the background.

Choosing the neighborhood you’re going to live in a city you don’t know is hard, isn’t is? So let us make it simple for you: some neighborhoods are better than others to live in as a newcomer. That’s why we’ll give you information on the neighborhoods of Medellín where VICO has a greater presence because … Read more

5 reasons for living in a shared housing in Medellín

Aerial View of the Poblado neighborhood in Medellin Colombia during sunset with the mountains on the backgroung

1. Avoid loneliness – You arrive alone but you don’t stay alone You may not have considered the option of a shared housing for your accommodation in Medellin. Living alone sure has its advantages! But here’s why you should at least think about living with roommates. Because of all the opportunities Medellín has to offer, … Read more

VICO vs Airbnb in Medellín – What option suits you best?

Modern and beautiful interior of a living room with a big window allowing the light to enlighten the whole room during sunset

Airbnb and VICO satisfy very different needs. We suggest which option to choose according to your profile. One of the coolest aspects of the collaborative economy is finding furnished apartments in Medellín at low cost. Airbnb is very popular and we all know how useful it can be, especially if you travel the world changing … Read more


One guy on a bed and a girl at the desk in a beautiful studio with modern decoration

Indie Studio is the most colorful building in Laureles. Designed for independent creators, it occupies 80% of its beautiful studios, while the hospitality sector in the city does not exceed 2%. Creative universe, rainbow of laurels and coliving of creators are just some of the most used names to refer to INDIE STUDIO. It is … Read more

Urgente: Como podemos enfrentar el coronavirus juntos.

Coronavirus prevention Medellin VICO

El coronavirus es un tema que nos preocupa a todos y aún no podemos decir con certeza cuáles implicaciones tendrá o cuánto tiempo va a durar esta crisis. Desde nuestra parte en VICO les aseguramos todo el soporte necesario para poder pasar por esta situación juntos. En lo siguiente les queremos dar unas recomendaciones general y … Read more

15 things we learned this year building a company

Funder of VICO in a 500 startups event in Mexico in 2019

Hey there! The year 2019 is almost over and has been a very exciting one for us in every sense. In the following we want to share some of our learnings and aspects which we want to make better the next year. Before we start:A big thank you to all of our friends, families, co-workers, … Read more

7 reasons why Co-living is the future

que es un coliving o vivienda compartida

No more than two years ago we were surprised by the term co-working, a shared work space, with everything you need to do your day-to-day work. But the shared economy brings us another concept, Co-living. Here we will give you 7 reasons why co-living is the future. Co-living is not a new issue, student residences … Read more

Feria de las Flores 2019 – Program and Highlights

Locals of Medellín carrying colorful flowers for the Silleteros Parade during the Feria de las Flores in Medellin Colombia

Feria de las Flores: Tradition and actuality. The Feria de las Flores in Medellín is one of the most anticipated events by the paisas in Antioquia. It’s a way of celebrating this culture of entrepreneurship, happiness and colourful traits that characterizes us. In addition to all of us, Antioqueños that live for this fair, thousands … Read more

Find your perfect internship in Colombia with Paisa Internship

Plaza de las luces by night in the center Medellin

Colombia has become a popular destination for international university students to do an internship. The leading agency that specializes in connecting these students with Colombian companies is Paisa Internship. We had the chance to interview Tom who gave us a better insight into what it is like doing an internship in Medellin. If you have … Read more

VICO becomes part of the 500 Startups Accelerator Program.

VICO becomes part of the 500 Startups Accelerator Program. Team VICO

VICO becomes part of the 500 Startups Accelerator Program VICO is excited to announce that we became part of the latest batch from 500 Startups’ Seed Accelerator based in Mexico City. The 500 Startups’ Seed Accelerator program provides mentorship for early-stage companies based in Latin America. After reviewing over 1,400 applications, 500 Startups LATAM started … Read more

Packing for Colombia – 10 objects you cannot forget

Traveler packing his suitcase before going on a trip: open vintage suitcase with clothes, sunglasses, camera and vintage record player

You may have already finished packing, but it never hurts to go through the “must-bring” list one more time to see if any of these things are missing in your luggage. As the saying goes, “better safe than sorry”. We asked several students who were in Medellín last semester for their suggestions on things that … Read more

VICOs: Shared housing as a business

Businessman working in the real eastate business showing the profit of the shared housing business with a calculator

Shared housing: a promising business With the increase of foreigners arriving in Colombia and Medellin, the housing sector is one of the most benefited, thanks to shared housing as a business. Whether it’s the friendliness of the people, the landscapes or the academic opportunities, people from all over the world come to Colombia and help … Read more

Party in Medellín – Top 5 party zones to go out

silhouettes of a crowd during a concert in front of bright stage lights, everyone has his hands raised in the air dancing

If you were planning on partying during your stay in Colombia, you choose the right city. There are 5 principal zones to party in Medellín: Lleras, Barrio Colombia, La 33, La 70 and Las Palmas. The most popular is Lleras. They correspond to different budgets, so whatever the state of your bank account, you’ll find somewhere to party … Read more

Bus in Medellín – The 2020 guide to use the bus in Medellín

Motion blurred morning buses riding in the city of Medellin

How to use the bus in Medellín: routes, prices, apps… The bus system is one of the oldest transportation systems used in Medellín. Therefore, the bus network is very rich and developed. Over time, a large number of bus companies and routes have developed across the whole city. Indeed, you can move very easily in the center … Read more

Uber in Medellín – What you need to know before using Uber in Medellín

Woman holding her phone with a ride sharing app open to book a ride with Uber in Medellin

Uber in Medellín Good service. Direct competition for taxi and undefined legal situation. Registration with cellphone number and credit card. Payment with credit card and cash. Variable rate depending on the demand and supply (on rush hour is expensive). App gives you an estimated rate. Uber arrived to the city of Medellín at the beginning … Read more

Lookouts in Medellín – Top 5 of the best spots to admire the city

A couple is looking at the mountains of Medellin and the lights of the city during sunset at Las Palmas, one of the best viewpoints of Medellin

Here are the best places to see the incredible panorama of the Aburra Valley and how to get there Medellín is geographically attractive since it is located in a valley. Thanks to that great location, the city offers a lot of impressive high lookouts from where you can admire the incredible landscape. The most popular lookouts … Read more

Room near EAFIT in Medellin- What you need to know

Beautiful sunset in Medellín Colombia seen from the south part of the city on December afternoon with the buildings of the Poblado neighborhood in the foreground and the mountains of Medellin in the background

Are you thinking of studying at EAFIT and looking for a room near the university? Here is all you need to know to find a room near EAFIT: The EAFIT university is located in the commune 14 “El Poblado“. However, there are multiple neighborhoods within this area. So the neighborhood you are looking a room in … Read more

Parks in Medellín – Top 4 of the best parks in the city

Aerial view of the buildings and the parks of the neighborhood El Poblado in Medellin Colombia during a sunny day

Medellín is a city with spaces for everyone, either locals or foreigners, partiers or dreamers, big spenders or big savers. In the particular case of the parks, you will find the perfect one for you, whoever you are. Medellín has one for everyone. You’ll find from urban environments, classic, traditional and full of history, to … Read more

Barrios in Medellín – Get to know the story of your barrio

View of the buildings of Medellin, Colombia during a sunny day with the mountains in the background

Have you ever wondered about the history of the neighborhoods (barrios) of Medellín? Why are the names so different and how was their constitution? Today VICO helps you to know more about this city. Medellín is a city of 2,508,452 inhabitants (2017). They split in 20 institutional areas (universities, parks, etc.), 249 official urban barrios. In … Read more

Museums in Medellín – The 9 most interesting of the city

A girl and a woman looking with interest at art objects under glass in a museum in Medellin using guidebook

Get to know the most interesting cultural spaces and museums in Medellín! The cultural offer in the Aburrá Valley is as wide and diverse as the ways to say “yes” in paisa. Therefore, we want to show you the most outstanding museums in Medellín that are definitely worth visiting. For example, have you ever been … Read more

Carnival of Barranquilla – One of the world biggest carnivals

Carnival of Barranquilla - Women dancing during a carnival dressep up with colorful costumes with rhinestones

The one who lives is the one who enjoys it. The next big Colombian party is coming. The Carnaval de Barranquilla will take place in the Colombian Caribbean coast, in the Golden Gate of Colombia, Curramba, la Bella: Barranquilla. The Carnaval de Barranquilla will take place from February 10 to 13. Due to its variety and … Read more

2017 Christmast lights in Medellin: A show you can’t miss!

Big house decorated with lots of colorful lights for the Christmas Alumbrados show in Medellin Colombia

About the 2017 Christmas lights: When, where, what? This year marks 50 years of the Christmas history with the lighting of the city. EPM is the company responsible for the assembly of the lighting. Each year the lighting has a specific theme, this year will be: “The family”. The Christmas lights decoration are pride and … Read more

What to do on your first days in Medellin?

Young hipster girl with bright backpack enjoying the panoramic view of the mountains of Medellin, using a map to know where to go and what to do uring her first days in Medellin

Your departure to the city of the eternal spring is getting closer and closer? You already see yourself walking down the streets of Medellín? But are you sure you’re ready for your arrival? Don’t worry, VICO put together a list of things to visit but also to keep in mind while arriving in Medellín. -The … Read more

EnCicla – The free bike system in Medellín

Encicla free bicycle station in Medellin Colombia with some bicycles parked in front of a park

Move around the city for free and the easiest way thanks to Encicla Public bikes for the city Encicla is the public bike system of the Aburrá Valley, inaugurated on 2011. It is a proposal to position the bike as the sustainable, healthy, eco friendly and economic transport method that it is.For this reason, it is part of the SITVA sustainable … Read more