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Stay Busy with our Upgraded Coffee Tour in Medellin

Stay Busy with our Upgraded Coffee Tour in Medellin

If you would’ve asked me two weeks ago, horseback riding and coffee together was probably last on my bucket list.    

The idea of riding a horse, I felt could’ve been done anywhere and being in the city of Medellin wasn’t going to make a difference.

Little did I know that there existed a tour where one could enjoy the countryside, disconnect from city life and learn about the world’s favorite drug (I’m talking about coffee).

Coffee Tour in Medellin  + Horseback Riding in Medellin

Horseback riding in Medellin

Our horseback riding in Medellin tour is an activity for those looking to see the Medellin countryside, listen to traditional Colombian music, see a real life family-owned coffee plantation and sip back a freshly brewed cup of coffee (made right on the farm where the horses live).

Here’s the itinerary for the tour:

  • 10am – Pick up at your hotel or apartment in SUV or Sprinter Van
  • 11am – Traditional Colombian Breakfast on the way
  • 11:30am – Arrival to Coffee farm and introduction to coffee picking
  • 1pm – Lunchtime at the coffee farmer’s house (bandeja paisa, the traditional dish of the region wrapped in banana leaves) followed by a freshly brewed cup of coffee you picked.
  • 2pm – Once uniforms are on (traditional Colombian sombrero and a poncho) the horses are saddled and you’re ready to head up the mountain.
  • 4pm – (optional) Depending on your pace, there is a waterfall and a creek up the mountain that if you bring a bathing suit you may swim in.
  • 5pm – The tour is finalized and this guided tour comes to an end.
  • 5:30pm – Pick up to take back to your hotel or vacation rental.

The farm is owned and operated by a family that’s been picking coffee for generations. Here you are taught the fundamentals of Colombia’s top exports as well as the history of the soil you’re standing on.

You also get a tour of the region on one of their majestic horses. The experience of living like a coffee farmer (going as far as dressing like them) coupled with riding your horse up the mountain really helps you get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.  

It’s a full day’s experience and it is run by a man that’s had coffee in his blood for 3 generations. The passion with which he refers to coffee will have you appreciate the art and hard work it takes into every cup, every Venti cup of coffee you have before work.

What other tour would you like to see us implement?

An Overview of a Girls Trip to Medellin

An Overview of a Girls Trip to Medellin

When you think of Medellin you think of everything except a place for girls to visit on their own. The negative connotation the country garnered in the 80s and 90s made this country a no-go for female globetrotters. But here we are in 2017 and the tables turned.

Colombia is on the map thanks to multiple Wall Street Journal articles, Anthony Bourdain visits and dozens of accolades cities like Medellin, Bogota and Cartagena have won in the last 5 years.  

What does this mean for female travelers? Allow us to demonstrate.

Girls Trips to Medellin

About 50% of our clients are males looking to engage in adventure tours during the day and nightlife excursions. But once in a blue moon we happen to come across a group of young American women looking to see the real Medellin.

Girls Trip to Medellin

This real Medellin is the combination of its people living their day to day, culinary scene, cultural tours and overall quality of life.

East to West RMS & Co.

Last week we were privileged enough to host 3 young ladies from New York City. An avid traveler and two of her college friends that had never been to South America. Needless to say, there were some safety concerns.

The group wanted to jam in almost a dozen locations in just one and a half day. Something unheard of at the time. Here was the tentative schedule:

  • Tuesday – Guatape Excursion complete with the climbing of the rock followed by tour of the town and a boat ride down the lake to Pablo Escobar’s estate.
  • Wednesday – Pablo Escobar Tour, Comuna 13 Tour, City Tour

All of these locations are a day in their own so many had to be cut short in order to complete.

Guatape was a walk in the park as the beautiful scenery driving in makes even the most finicky traveler excited about what’s to come. From the climbing of the rock to the 30 minute tour of the villa Escobar built for his daughter, the town enchanted the two that didn’t know what to expect while the third analyzed and took pictures.

Wednesday the first part of the day was spent visiting two of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. Places where government funded social projects have helped the youth stay out off the streets and where gondola lifts that allow these people to commute daily have allured thousands of visitors to see the Medellin locals see.

The next part of the day was just as interesting and as much as locals will hate us for perpetuating the Pablo Escobar story, it is important for people to know the truth. That the Medellin you thought you knew before visiting, is long gone.

We visited the infamous Monaco building that was bombed in 1985 by Escobar’s enemies while he was inside with his family, the cemetery where he and Griselda Blanco (the white widow) are buried and saw the influence he had in building what we now know as El Poblado.

Rachel, Rebecca and Amy all had mixed feelings towards visiting neighborhoods with some pretty big scars but coming to Medellin and not riding the metro cable or visiting Comuna 13 would have been a mistake.

Conclusion

Our job for the week was to be the face of the city and the people responsible for creating an experience this group of young professionals won’t soon forget.

So whether it’s a girl’s trip or guy’s trip, Medellin has something for everyone and coming here will have you leaving with a whole new interpretation of life outside of home.

Planning a girls trip to Medellin? What would you like to see?

Private Chef Services in Medellin

Private Chef Services in Medellin

As much as locals will say otherwise, Colombian food is not the reason why thousands of travelers visited Colombia in the past 3 years. In fact, food might not even crack their top 5.

Colombian food is great but lacks originality. It’s heavy, carb based and locals aren’t too open to try new flavors.

For that reason, we here at Medellin VIP offer a service that will allow even the fussiest traveler to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal by an International chef in the city of eternal spring.

Private Chef Medellin

One of the first services we’ve offered in Medellin has been the use of an expert chef for pool parties, home-cooked breakfasts and full course meals.

This service has been quite popular as it allows our groups to keep the party going without having to stop for a two hour trip to a restaurant.

Private Chef Medellin

Recently, we had the privilege of catering to an important group of Hotel magnates living in Turks and Caicos.

This group, was a mix of older Americans mostly in their 40s that are used to nothing but the best food and service wherever they go.They chose Medellin as the city to celebrate a 50th Birthday and were skeptical about what to expect in terms of food.

We brought John Herrera, our local celebrity chef and we asked him to put together an 8-course chef’s tasting using local flavors and a wine pairing.

Catering in Medellin

The menu was an eclectic mix of beef, pork, seafood and dessert. Here is what was featured on the menu:

  1. Seared scallops w/ Lemon asparagus and caper butter paired with a Chilean Chardonnay.
  2. Mahi Mahi w/ Coriander and Jalapeño Chutney paired with a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc
  3. Country Pate (Chicken and pork liver wrapped in bacon) in a red wine reduction paired with a Luigi Bosca Malbec from Argentina
  4. Yellowfin Tuna Tartare paired with a Rioja from Spain
  5. Black Truffle Risotto accompanied with Porcini mushrooms topped with thin slices of black truffle paired with a Pinot Noir from Argentina
  6. Filet Mignon accompanied with baked potatoes with rosemary and olive oil paired with Rioja from Spain
  7. Roasted Lamb chop served with hummus, toasted almonds and coleslaw paired with a carmenere from Chile
  8. Chunky brownie bar made with highly baked dark chocolate accompanied with gourmet Vanilla ice cream paired with our local aged rum.

 

The meal was highly acclaimed and the birthday girl even went as far as to say it was the best meal they had ever had.

In addition to full course meals, we also offer an assortment of different types of meals to make your trip to Medellin even more memorable.

Want to learn more about private chefs in Medellin? Contact us today.

A Blast from the Past: Playing Tejo in Medellin

A Blast from the Past: Playing Tejo in Medellin

When you think of Colombia you think of a nation full of soccer aficionados, rivaling city teams and children of all ages and social statuses playing for fun. However, contrary to popular belief, Soccer or futbol is not the country’s national sport. In fact, over 500 years ago, there was a practice performed by the Muiscas (indigenous group) known as Tejo that permeated into the country’s culture to become Colombia’s pastime.

What is Tejo?

For a more accurate idea, Tejo is a sport where players must throw a metal disk (a tejo, weighing in at 680 grams), similar to a hockey puck from one side of a court to another. The court is roughly 8 feet by 60 feet and at the end of the court is a 2 x3 box made of clay. Sounds like a game of ghetto horseshoes, right? Wrong.

The tejo must be tossed and hit a metal ring (known as a ‘bocin’) lodged in the clay. Here is where things get interesting. The bocin has one or two pieces of paper around it filled with gunpowder. These triangle shaped pieces of paper, also known as ‘mechas’ ignite when hit with the tejo causing them to explode and awarding you additional points.

Where to Play Tejo in Medellin

How to Keep Score in Tejo

There are 4 ‘plays’ to keep in mind to keep score and if you want to seem like an expert before you play.

Mano – The closest tejo to the rim of the bocin – 1 point

Mecha – Hitting the mecha directly causing the gunpowder to ignite – 3 points

Embocinada – Lodging the tejo into the bocin – 6 points

Moñona – Landing in the bocin and making the mecha explode – 9 points

Where to Play Tejo in Medellin

Might not seem as interesting as sitting in front of a TV and watching two men beat the crap out of each other but after a few beers and multiple failed attempts to speak Spanish, this game is awesome.

Playing tejo in Medellin is the best way to become immersed in paisa culture while getting a fun daytime activity out of it. At Medellin VIP we have multiple daytime tours ending with a crash course in tejo where you can test your skills and go home with memories of having practiced Colombia’s national sport.

Tejo is as old as time in Colombia yet hasn’t gotten the recognition from the general public as it should. In fact, due to the fact that there is heavy drinking involved, the sport has received criticism at the amateur level.

So there you have it, if you don’t plan on cancelling your wedding to pursue a career in professional tejo, we have found a sport where you can drink all day while seeing who’s the best out of your crew at hurling rocks at gunpowder.

Interested in Playing Tejo in Medellin? Contact us today and let us incorporate tejo into your bachelor party in Medellin.

6 Reasons Why you Need Medellin VIP

6 Reasons Why you Need Medellin VIP

Let’s cut to the chase, what can Medellin VIP do for a bachelor party in Medellin that you can’t do for yourself? From airport pick ups to lavish pool parties in Medellin, the sky’s the limit. But why do you need us?

We’ll make it as easy and as simple as possible with these 6 Reasons Why you Need Medellin VIP:

Say Goodbye to Thinking and Planning

Planning a trip is fun but time consuming for guys in charge of vacation trips for picky friends. So forget about sitting for hours researching what to do in Medellin and let us create a custom package that will keep you entertained for the duration of your trip.

A flawless itinerary with the bachelor party seal of approval from every group that we’ve ever hosted.

Safety and Security Every Step of the Way

Within your group you’ll always find a few guys that are concerned about safety and really don’t know what to expect. These guys aren’t wrong, even if the city is no longer as dangerous as the 90s, you can still run into pickpockets and robberies at gunpoint if you don’t steer clear of certain areas.

We know what groups of guys need to look out for and groups that book our all inclusive package also get a VIP host with you at all times.  

Almost 10 years in the Industry

Being around for as long as we have has allowed us to correct the many mistakes a company can make in their early years. We now have a network of drivers, tour providers, properties and all sorts of bachelor party personnel to ensure your peace of mind before you fly out.

Think of us as concerned members of your group that want be known as the go-to guys for all things Bachelor Party in Medellin.

From a Local’s Perspective

It’s one thing to have an American in Medellin taking you guys around the city but it’s another thing to have an English speaking local with you every step of the way. This is why our host selection process is important, all of our staff members are Colombian born that have lived in the US for 10+ years.

We know what you want even if you don’t know and your best chance at an epic weekend in Medellin is local with prior knowledge of this.

Knowing what to Expect

If you were left in charge of planning this shindig, you know planning is best done months in advance. That way, every group member is in the loop and is prepared as far as luggage, cash and expectations.

With us, instead of researching multiple services on a cornucopia of websites you choose from tailor-made package options. All you have to do is pick your travel dates and book your flights and after a brief phone call, our staff will get to work on planning your trip so all you have to do is say yes.

Dozens of Positive Reviews

Still not sold on the idea? Read and hear what others have to say about us. Check out our Youtube channel, follow us on Instagram and read our Google Reviews.

Bachelor parties can be a hit or miss and there is no hearing the end of it if your planning skills are sub-par. Contact us for a quick quote and we promise you that this will be the bachelor party to which future ones are measured.

 

A Returning Customer is a Guaranteed Blast

A Returning Customer is a Guaranteed Blast

Returning to the city of eternal spring less than one year after visiting for the first time is a luxury not all men can afford. Not because the trip is expensive (on the contrary, these trips are rather inexpensive to say the least) but because there are very few excuses a group of bachelors can use to re-visit.

We all know travelling is about seeing places and learning about cultures but when all’s said and done, most people would much rather go somewhere new than visit a city for a second time (in one year). Be that as it may, Medellín VIP had a group this past weekend that were brave enough to return for a second trip and not only were the stakes raised but to their surprise, the second time was just as good, if not better, than the first.

Background

As usual, we’re not going to reveal any details but we will say this group visited Medellín in mid 2015, they stayed at one of our lavish penthouses and were part of a group of 12 gentleman that at the time were scared of the city. This time, a few of the guys from the original group managed convince one of their friends to have their bachelor party out here. Whether or not they used this as an excuse to plan a return trip, we’ll never know.

We’ve been talking to these guys since about October and they wanted the works, multiple apartments, a luxury airport transportation, the same VIP host and an activity set for every day from Thursday to Sunday.

Wednesday, Day 1

Now that you have enough context, allow me to begin. We started the week the way we usually begin our bachelor party weeks, with lots and lots of calls and planning making sure everything runs smoothly. There were 12 guys in total staying in a whole apartment building about 3 blocks away from Parque Lleras.

We used our luxury Mercedes-Benz sprinter van to pick them up from the airport and filled the bus with champagne, ciroc, scotch, beer and Aguardiente (a local spirit). Once the few returning customers recognized a few familiar faces they knew they’d hit the ground running. On the van we had a great sound system, a few friends we invited over and 45 minutes of music and alcohol to catch an early buzz. Once we reached the apartment and realized how close they were to the action, we all decided an apartment was just a place to have breakfast, sleep and pregame.

We had lunch and started dancing with some friends that stopped by while the newbies were given the itinerary of the upcoming activities that were going to take place. They were as follows:

  • Wednesday– Meet and greet followed by dinner, strip club excursion and a possible party back at home.
  • Thursday– Chef was coming in to cook breakfast, paragliding at 12, dinner at Hatoviejo Restaurante and Ladies night at Club Luxury.
  • Friday– Breakfast from chef, Medellín City Tour and Pablo Escobar Tour, Dinner at Carmen, play by ear.
  • Saturday– Breakfast at home, ATV off-road adventure trip, Private chef at home, farewell party at strip club.

This seems to be a pretty standard itinerary but remember, we plan each of our itineraries per client so if you’re not about that life, we’ll work around all of this stuff.

Anyway, after the meet and greet, we decide to take a walk around Parque Lleras and scan the area for potential activities for the night. We had a plan to hit up the Charlee Hotel for the live salsa night but unfortunately the guys didn’t enjoy salsa as much and decided to try their luck at a local watering hole, Fase Dos Strip Club.

Strip Clubs in Medellin

The place was not just packed but it was also pretty lit. The bouncers advised the dj of the large crowd of Americans that were walking in and it was almost if he knew they were going to get even more turnt whilst listening to Drake.

Thursday, Day 2

Day 1 was tiring but mostly due to jet-lag and the pre-gaming that went on at home prior to the strip club. They awoke on Thursday to one of our chefs cooking them a chicken stock that gave them just enough energy to get up and ready.

At about 11am we headed up to Saint Felix which is a small town just outside of Medellín. Saint Felix is known for being one of the area’s best places for paragliding and this was what was on the list for day 2. After heading up there and seeing how even 10 year old kids were doing it, we managed to convince all but 1 of the guys to take flight (turns out he was scared of heights or something).

Paragliding in Medellin

Being suspended 20 minutes up in the air can give a man quite the urge to quench his thirst which is why the guide was waiting for them at the bar with a few six packs Club Colombia, the city’s most popular brew.

We headed back to the apartment where after a nap, our guide brought them over some Colombian food for lunch. Plenty of carbs to absorb all of the alcohol that was soon to come.

We had reservations at Hatoviejo which is one of the city’s oldest and most respected traditional Colombian platters with an assortment of other international plates. The decor is just stunning and the food is amazing. When you think Colombian food, rice, beans and chicharron come to mind but this place will have you going home looking for that Colombian experience to show your friends just how good our food really is.

Anyway, after dinner we had reservations at Club Luxury which is one of Parque Lleras most poppin’ night clubs for young people. You’ll find big groups of females all mingling on the first floor while the bigger parties are in their own little world on the second floor. The second floor allows you to see everything that’s going on downstairs, also.

Sometimes there is just no point in organizing and making reservations for nocturnal activities because in the end, all roads lead back to the strip club….

Friday, Day 3

Day two actually ended pretty late and these guys probably weren’t expecting going to bed at around the same time the chef was ringing the doorbell to come upstairs.

We had a city tour programmed for that day that had to be moved up to about 1pm and even then the guys still weren’t all ready (it’s like trying to discipline a group of cats). When they were finally ready, the tour was a mix of a Pablo Escobar Tour as well as a Medellín City Tour.

Funny thing about this group is that they actually decided to bring all of their alcohol on the tour, thus basically warning the guides and driver that only a few were going to do the actual sightseeing.

Long story short, half of the group got drunk on the tour (sadly, this happens more times than you’d think) and had to be escorted back to the apartment to wait while the rest of the interested crew learned about the city.

Not exactly the best start of the day but this is just the beginning. Dinner that night was at Carmen Restaurant and if you’ve read our previous posts you’d know we absolutely love this place and get our clients VIP seating every time we head up there. After a few rounds of old-fashioned drinks and multiple bottles of Carmenere, the guys were ready to go home.

These guys weren’t really used to 4 day party weekends so on day 3, i’m afraid that Medellín VIP has to admit one of our group wanted to hit the sack early. Day 3 concluded rather abruptly.

Saturday, Day 4

Hitting the sack early on Friday was probably the best thing the gang could’ve done. They had an early pick up for a 3 hour ATV trip Saturday morning and take it from a guy that’s been on these tours before, you’ll need to have had a good night’s rest in order to function on one of these things.

It was a rainy Saturday morning and I forgot to mention these guys originally had a boat party scheduled in Guatape (in my opinion, the better of the two options) but it was raining a little, therefore the ATVs were a great option.

the tour is in Rionegro, a few minutes away from the airport and given that most of these guys had never driven an atv, a 20 minute lesson was in order.

Long story short, the ATV tour goes through swamps, mud, concrete, the highway and you even get to stop in a small village where beers and chorizo are the best fuel for 2 hours on the road.

After the tour, we were waiting at the apartment with a couple of boxes of pizza and a half a dozen pitchers of Sangria. Pre-gaming was in order for one last night before they headed back to reality and back to work.

A few bottles of Jack and Ciroc later and before we knew it, it was already 11pm. It’s funny how being a Saturday night, you’d expect them to want to meet their reservation at one of the city’s best nightclubs but nope, the gang opted to visit the strip club they didn’t get the chance to visit the night before, La Isla.

La Isla is just about the same size as fase 2 but nowadays it’s hard to say which of the two is better. Both have a similar lineup, same amount of girls but the only difference is, La Isla is a lot darker and allows for a little more privacy. La Isla is also a bit further so in the end, we recommend hitting up both places at least once before you leave.

On this night, however, the guys felt they had a better experience and already got to know the lineup at fase dos so after a bottle of Grey Goose and a few beers we took a few cabs down to the promiseland.

Immediately after entering the girls recognized our group and paid extra attention to us. They knew we were ballers and were going to go all out on this last night.

It’s funny how used to drinking Aguardiente (the local spirit) the gang got and were actually chugging this stuff like nothing. The guys were drinking, the girls joined in and all in all the night unfolded and ended up being a memorable last night (and morning).

Sunday, Day 4

We actually hung out with these guys until sunrise and being that their flight was late, we had the chef come in for one last big breakfast. He made protein shakes, waffles, crepes and an assortment of fruits to give these guys the added boost before they said their goodbyes.

It was a fun last night and it really showed us as a company what our strong points are and why we’re the best at what we do. Our customer service, honesty and hookups when it comes to activities allows us to exceed customers expectations. So if it’s your first, second or even third time down here, there’s always something we can help you do and do it better,

They ended having more fun on this trip than they did the first time and i’m sure word will spread within that group’s group of friends and word of mouth will make sure that this won’t be the last time we’ll hear of these guys down here. In fact, the best man just hit us up this week telling us he’s in the works to head over for at least a weekend and pick up where he left off. Goes to show you, Medellin is the place to be for action-packed weekends and a returning customer is always a happy customer with Medellín VIP.

 

What are the Best Restaurants in Medellin?

What are the Best Restaurants in Medellin?

The restaurant scene is constantly being upgraded in Medellín and this is in no small part thanks to the many tourists that come down and end up staying. These tourists (now turned residents) discover the opportunities all over the city and end up bringing with them recipes from their country of origin, something unheard of 10 years ago.

Just walking the streets of Provenza and Parque Lleras you’ll stumble across Italian, Greek, Tex-Mex, Thai, Indian, Japanese, Colombian, Peruvian, Argentinian and Arabic cuisines, just to name a few. You’ll also walk by a street food carts and all of this just adds to the always growing food scene.

Every group we have will always be looking for the best places to eat and drink and it is for that reason that we asked ourselves “What are the Best Restaurants in Medellín?” So sit back and let us go through our favorites.

Colombian Cuisine

Colombian food is known to be exotic, starchy, filling and as varied as any other countries’ cuisines. When in Medellín you’ll discover plates such as The Bandeja Paisa (white rice, pinto beans, fried pork fat, ground beef, Colombian sausage, fried plantain and blood sausage) which is a dish you must try before you leave, Mondongo (beef tripe stew) trust me, it’s good, Sancocho (Colombian stew with potatoes, yuca, plantain, ribs, chicken, carrots and cilantro) and as an app, you have to try the chicharron (fried pork fat).

Medellín’s best Colombian restaurants are:

Hatoviejo

Known for its eclectic menu and traditional Colombian decor, Hatoviejo serves up some tasty Colombian dishes. With 3 restaurants in the city, tasting the best local food the city has to offer is fast and easy.

Hatoviejo is known for being the restaurant that feeds the city’s creme de la creme along with many tourists that wish to see what Colombian cuisine is all about. For some, restaurants like this don’t have the authentic feel but since it’s grand opening in Las Palmas (you’ll see the restaurant on your way down from the airport) more than 30 years ago, Hatoviejo continues to be the most visited restaurant serving ‘paisa’ food.

LOCATIONS

Las Palmas (across the street from the Intercontinental Hotel) – Calle 16 # 28 – 60

Oviedo Shopping Center – Calle 6 sur #43A – 227 4th floor

Center of the city – Carrera 47 # 52-17

Cost – An appetizer, entree and soft-drink will run you $25 usd.

Mondongos

Known for their public cafeteria-like ambiance, gargantuan-sized portions and Miami restaurant, Mondongos is a great place to try all of the aforementioned Colombian plates in a much more informal establishment.

Mondongo’s is named after a beef tripe stew that is quite common round these parts and although it might not sound like something you’re interested in (beef tripe is cow stomach) when in Medellín, be sure you try this restaurant and if you do manage to visit, try the stew, you won’t regret it.

There are 2 Mondongo’s in town, the first opened more than 2 decades ago in Laureles (an upscale Medellín neighborhood) and the second is the conspicuous Mondongo’s on 10th street, across the street from the entrance to Parque Lleras. The third is their critically acclaimed Miami spot.

They serve larger than average plates, multiple bananas, copious amounts of cilantro and enough avocado to satisfy even the most avid avocado eater. This is our preferred Colombian restaurant when looking for a big meal before or after a trip to the massage parlor.

LOCATIONS

Poblado la 10 (across the street from the entrance to Parque Lleras) – Calle 10 # 38 – 38

Laureles – Carrera 70 # C3 – 43

Miami – 3500 NW 87th Ave, Doral Fl 33172. (305) 718-4977

Cost – Appetizer, entree and a drink will cost you roughly $15 usd.

La Hacienda

Last on our list of restaurants that serve up Colombian cuisine, we have La Hacienda. Serving up traditional Colombian plates in locales with traditional decor, La Hacienda has two restaurants, the first of which opened up 25 years ago in the center of the city while the second is in the heart of the financial district, in La Strada shopping center.

Upon entering, the locales depict houses and neighborhoods that existed more than 50 years ago in the department of Antioquia. Staff use uniforms which are the clothes Medellín grandparents used in their youth which gives the whole restaurant more of an authentic feel. Go for the Bandeja paisa and you’ll have before you a dish that looks big enough to satisfy a family of dinosaurs.

LOCATIONS

Center of the city – Carrera 49 # 52-98 Balcon de Flores de Junin

Carrera 43A #1 sur – 150 Milla de Oro, La Strada

Fine Dining

We may not have the recognition Bogota has as far as food is concerned but Medellín is growing, and growing quickly. Our neighbors to the South and capital, Bogota is the business capital of Colombia meaning they have more people, more variety and of course, more restaurants. The term more might not mean better but that topic is up for debate.

Medellín will eventually replace Cartagena as Colombia’s most visited city and that is a prediction we do not carry lightly. We want to have great restaurants that will satisfy the needs of not just someone looking for traditional Colombian cuisine but also, fine dining as well. Here are our top contestants.

Carmen

Coming in at #1 we have Carmen, a restaurant that is always praised by critics and often named Medellín’s best and one of Colombia’s best restaurants. Responsible for helping Medellín take a leap forward and opening its doors to the world, Carmen has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and has seen personalities the likes of Andrew Zimmern, Anderson Cooper, Steve Wozniak among others not just walk in but also enjoy a great meal.

Owned and operated by California and New Mexico natives chef Robert Pevitts and Carmen Angel, Carmen is just a few blocks over from Parque Lleras and is labeled as contemporary cuisine with Colombian and International influences. With dishes such as Pork Bahn Mi (best pork i’ve ever had) Korean tacos on flour and cilantro tortillas and amberjack fish with a plantain crust on coconut risotto as a few of their options, you know you’ll have an amazing experience here in the city of eternal spring and in no small part thanks to Carmen.

Looking for great cocktails? Carmen also has a wide array of cocktails that are sure to amaze even the pickiest of cocktail connoisseurs.

LOCATION

Carrera 36 # 10a – 27

Telephone number – 311-9625

Ocio

Next on our list we have, Ocio. A restaurant that since it’s opening back in 2013 has since garnered praise from the city’s creme de la creme. Ocio might not have the recognition Carmen has but this Afghani/Asian/Colombia/Contemporary cuisine restaurant provides an experience like no other. From their decor to the music they play, for the duration of your experience you’ll most likely forget you’re still in Medellín.

Ocio has been serving up delicious plates and cocktails for only 3 years but with dishes such as leg of lamb (slow roasted for 6 hours) accompanied by fresh local grown vegetables and a roasted pepper sauce with almonds as well as pork fat (cooked for 6 hours) over mashed ripe bananas and brown sure along with stir fried cassava beans sauteed with beans and onions.

Also, be sure and try their desserts, you’re not going to want to miss out on homemade ice-cream sandwich crumbled caramel and macadamia ice-cream.

LOCATION

Carrera 33 # 7-21 Poblado, Medellín (4 blocks north of Parque Lleras).

Herbario

Last on our list of fine-dining eateries in Medellín, you’re going to want to hit up Herbario. Known for their use of fresh herbs and spices, Herbario is a typical restaurant you would find in New York or LA but with local flavors. The perfect place to bring a date or share a reasonably priced meal and a glass of wine or scotch.

With plates such as suckling pig slow roasted with oranges served with baby vegetables and corn puree or crunchy prawns with finely chopped vegetables, sauteed in a tamarind sauce food like this will easily cost you $50 per plate out in NYC but expect to pay half the price for the same plate plus an appetizer.

LOCATION

Carrera 43D 10-30

Now, there are tons of restaurants in Medellín that are the best in the category so here is a short list of places that have exceeded our expectations. So next time you’re out here and the question what are the best restaurants in Medellin? comes to mind, be sure to hit up any of the places that made our list.

Naan – Indian Cuisine with a great setting and location owned and operated by local chef, Maria Teresa Velez.

Location – Carrera 35 # 7-75

La Pampa – An Argentinian steakhouse with a wide selection of great wines and live music Thursdays and Fridays.

Location – Mall Interplaza, Provenza and Las Palmas Mall.

What are Finca Parties and what Makes them so Special?

What are Finca Parties and what Makes them so Special?

If you’ve only just recently discovered our blog, you’ve probably heard the term “finca parties” thrown around more than once. We mention them on nearly all of our blog posts and you might be asking yourself, “what’s a finca and why do they offer this option to everyone they talk to?” The answer is quite simple, because they’re awesome.

Finca is the Spanish word for estate and it actually refers to a piece of land usually located outside of the city, in layman’s terms, villas. These fincas are basically summer homes owned by the wealthy that rent them out to the and are used for leisure time with family. Medellín VIP, however, takes a different approach and uses these fincas to provide you with a day trip you won’t soon forget.

Finca Party Outline

When we have groups of bachelors with little time on their hands yet wish to have a true VIP experience while being pampered, they usually contact us for our finca parties. We start by organizing the logistics which include renting out the finca usually located about an hour outside of the city of Medellín. We then talk to our chef to provide us with a detailed menu which includes hors d’oeuvres, a main course that’s made up of both chicken and steak along with potatoes and a side salad. We also organize transportation to and from, pre-stock the finca’s fridge with alcohol, invite a few friends over, hire a DJ with light shows and send over a concierge to make sure everything is in place. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to ask about our masseuses and private massages.

Why Book a Finca Party?

Finca parties are often considered the best activity in Medellín for bachelor parties and it is in no small part thanks to the fact that it isn’t available to the general public. Not every company has the contacts or handles the logistics to orchestrate said activity which makes it more exclusive.

Another reason why we deem it as the #1 activity in Medellín is because it makes your average hard working group of bachelors feel like rappers and rock stars (even if it’s just for a day). While the friends that didn’t want to come to your bachelor party are stuck in the North East enduring what seems to be another incredibly cold winter, you’re down here in tropical Medellín, sipping back Hennessy poolside with a stunning view of the Andes mountains while you watch some of your friends get a deep tissue massage, others in the living room getting drunk, eating hot wings and listening to mixes by our DJ. It’s definitely going to be the central point of any bachelor party and the wow factor that will usher in the desire to want to not just return to Medellín but to retire here.

How much is a Finca Party?

Finca parties are without a doubt the priciest activity on our activities list but the exact cost depends on the number of people that will be assisting, the type/size of finca and the add-ons we provide. Every one of services can be upgraded or downgraded to make sure we cater to every and all budgets. Our VIP service includes transportation to the finca on a limo bus, gourmet meals by a team of chefs, a bartender serving up all sorts of different concoctions, a larger more exclusive more luxurious finca, two masseuses on the clock with full-equipment ready to pamper you, DJ with light show and a view that’s worth a thousand words in it’s own.

If you’re interested in learning more about finca parties or have more specific questions, be sure you contact us today.  

 

Medellin Bachelor Party Planning Steps

Medellin Bachelor Party Planning Steps

As the city’s #1 entertainment and hospitality group, we want every bachelor party in Medellin to be successful and epic. Regardless of whether or not you decide to take on the arduous and rather annoying approach of figuring things out on your own or if you’re smart and decide to let us do the planning for you, we want you to have a good time. That is why we’re prepared to give you a few tips to ensure your bachelor party in Medellin will go down not only flawlessly but you’ll have more fun than you possibly imagined.

Whether you’re the best man, most qualified to plan or the groom himself, the following tips we recommend you please keep in mind in the early stages of planning a Medellin bachelor party.

Give Yourself Enough Planning Time

The first tip we can give you to ensure the bachelor party in Medellin you’re putting together is successful would be the lead time you give your friends and yourself to organize the whole thing. Impromptu activities are sometimes the most fun but will you really rely on chance to have a good time thousands of miles away from home?

Medellin is a big city but the best places to stay are rather limited and knowing that everyone is looking to come down should be enough to have you worry about booking the best accommodations. Poblado is the preferred area for tourists and although there are hundreds of listings available, very few offer guests the possibility to hold parties at the property and even less offer the wow factor you’re looking for.

In order to ensure your group stays at the very best penthouses and villas, be sure to contact Medellin VIP as soon as you’ve chosen Medellin as your bachelor party destination.

Assemble your Team and Figure out a Budget

After you and the groom have selected Medellin and you know at least a tentative date, the next step is to handpick the exclusive group of guys that will be accompanying you on this journey. Many travel with a small group of only 3 guys while many more elect the daring path of a group of 15+ guests. We recommend groups of less than 10 because this way it’s easier to get into nightclubs, commuting and group activities will be a lot more meaningful.

Next, it is important to figure out a budget (per person) for this trip. It is important to mention that these two items go hand in hand because not everyone can afford to spend the same amount. Which means selecting a group of guys that will all get along and that can all afford the trip will be crucial.

When are the best Times to fly down?

See here Medellin Travel, When is the Best time to Visit?

Have the Bachelor Party at least 3 months before the Wedding

Arriving to your own wedding depressed because you still have the Medellin blues is not a good way to get there. Those won’t be tears of joy and your best man will know it. Ok, this might be hyperbole but there really is no plus side to having your bachelor party so close to your wedding date. Instead, opt for having it a few months in advance, that way, you and your boys can go all out during your Medellín bachelor party weekend and be ready to go for another fun weekend weeks after at your wedding.

Let Medellin VIP Steer you in the right Direction

By the time you get to this tip you’ll probably already have done enough research to know this is going to be a pain to plan successfully. Too many details that will make or break your trip and there are too many people relying on you to have this trip be epic. Why not leave the heavy lifting to a company that knows logistics and entertainment in Medellin like no other? Give us enough lead time and we’ll work with you from step 1. We’ll get you that lavish penthouse, we’ll send you a VIP host that will make sure you only hit up the best places and spend every minute of the day entertained and we’ll take you to the city’s best clubs where all you have to do is have fun.

Too many people come out here not knowing what to do, which is normal, but don’t waste a day or two out of your 4-day weekend figuring out what to do.

Don’t Waste time with Guesswork

To reiterate on our last tip, many of our clients are groups of guys who want to figure things out on their own, explore and say they stumbled upon their own amazing Medellin experience. This is rarely the case. You need someone who is up-to-date with the best places to party and not just that but someone who will recommend and plan things for your group during the day. You need a local that knows how you think and what you want. Someone to anticipate your next move and someone that always has a backup plan.

Once you’ve secured flights, handpicked attendees, figured out a budget and left the work to Medellin VIP, you’re ready to learn about what’s in store for your group. What will you get out of the package you booked with us? What can you expect from a weekend as Medellin VIP’s guests? On our blog page we have dozens of articles that are written accounts of client’s experiences with us. From celebrities to large groups at our signature villa parties, check-out our blog and learn why Medellin VIP makes medellin bachelor parties a lot easier and fun.

 

Respected TV Host Causes Outrage at Miss Universe Pageant

Respected TV Host Causes Outrage at Miss Universe Pageant

The Miss Universe Pageant, previously owned and sponsored by real-estate mogul Donald J. Trump made headlines last night for all the wrong reasons. This time, it wasn’t a contestant confusing the audience with ridiculous answers or Trump himself with his usual asinine comments but instead, this year’s competition was hit by hurricane Harvey, Steve Harvey.

That’s right, Mr. Blue Cheese himself

Harvey, a television personality known for having hosted multiple tv shows over his 30 year television career, made a faux pas on national television last night when he announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner, only to then recant and name Miss Philippines, Pia Wurzbach as the winner.

Colombians were outraged in no small part because earlier this year, Paulina Vega from Barranquilla, Colombia had brought the title to the South American nation after more than 50 years.

Upon announcing that Miss USA, Olivia Jordan was the third runner up, Harvey made the announcement that 45 million Colombians were waiting to hear, that the title is staying in Colombia where Paulina Vega had brought it in January.

But after Arevalo was crowned, after the swarms of photographs, tears and hugs from fellow contestants, Harvey asked for everyone’s attention as he explained he had made a “human” mistake, that Arevalo was not the winner. The announcement came about 2 minutes after, which was more than enough time for Wurzbach to be making her way away from the center of the stage thus accepting her second place title.

Millions of Colombians in outrage, watched as Paulina Vega (the current Miss Universe and Colombia native) had to remove the crown from Gutierrez head and place it on a baffled Wurzbach who was both excited and shocked with the result. The show then concluded and as usual, the tweets followed.

Immediately after the show, Harvey tried to apologize for his blunder but instead made matters worse with this tweet: “I want to apologize emphatically to Miss Philippians and Miss Columbia this was a terribly honest human mistake and I am so regretful.” The host of Family Feud and the Steve Harvey Show misspelled both Colombia and the Philippines adding to his already tainted relationship with Colombians.

Harvey went on Twitter to apologize but made matters worse when he misspelled both ‘Colombia’ and ‘Philippines’.

The country is outraged and although the mistake was likely to happen to anyone, more was expected from a man with a career in television that spans more than 3 decades. Was this a “human” mistake as Harvey so blatantly called it? Or was this perhaps a publicity stunt to increase ratings? We will never know… One thing is certain though, Steve Harvey should avoid Colombian restaurants in the near future.

Consecutive Miss Universe titles would have been perfect to attract more people to this beautiful country that yearns for worldwide attention but even if we didn’t win, I’m sure the millions watching at home can honestly say Ariadna was not only more beautiful but also comes from a place where more beautiful women per capita than anywhere else.

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