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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore an Urban Renaissance in Medellín

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4. Insider’s Tip


Bypass the cafés and try an authentic cup of coffee from local street vendors.  

Colombia is one of the world’s coffee-producing powerhouses, and the prime growing region is just a few hours from Medellín, so at least one taste is a must. Skip the ubiquitous Juan Valdez Cafés and take your java like most locals do: from roving street vendors who sell tiny cups of tinto (sugary black coffee) from thermoses. In addition to a more authentic experience, you’ll pay only a quarter for your morning brew. And don’t worry about the language barrier: In 2010, nearly one hundred vendors received English training to encourage tourism.


Published on Jan 6, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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