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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Explore an Urban Renaissance in Medellín


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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