A Quick Weekend in Medellin for Bachelors
Last weekend we played hosts to a group of 4 guys from NYC. Cornell graduates looking to get away from their boring real estate and finance jobs and indulge in Medellín.
Their trip was planned a few months ago and the original group of 7 ended up being a group of 4. Between the excuses of safety concerns and avoiding issues with the wives back home (quite frankly only the latter is valid) the remaining 4 were the chosen ones.
We found a 5 bedroom penthouse (see vacation rentals in Medellin) just a stone’s throw away from Parque Lleras in a building known for its Tuscan style interior and amazing rooftop Jacuzzi.
The group was immediately thrilled with the idea of having a bachelor pad with a Jacuzzi that was walking distance to the city center.
Considering this crew was a bit pickier in terms of food than our usual clients, we decided to create an itinerary that featured an eclectic restaurant list.
We took them to La Chagra, an Amazonian Restaurant located in the heart of Via Jardin. The restaurant is owned by a Colombian that lived 4 years in the Amazon and wanted to recreate his entire experience here in Medellín.
La Chagra features a 16 course tasting menu with everything from the fruits to the cutlery coming directly from a tribe in the amazon. All handmade and all adding to make the experience unique.
After we finished at La Chagra, walked to Provenza and discovered a bar called El Social that happened to have some of the most beautiful women any of these guys had ever seen. These women embodied Colombia’s diversity. Tall, blonde, fair-skin and on the other hand there were short, petite and curvy.
Once we left El Social (a little buzzed), we went to a Lleras club called Bendito Seas where a line of women greeted us. Well, not us but they happened to be in line to get into the club.
The DJ is a good friend so he facilitated the entrance for us and even got us a table next to his booth.
The music, I will admit, isn’t what your typical group of American Bachelors are used to but after a few drinks, don’t be surprised if you build up the courage to showcase your salsa skills (or lack thereof)
We had a blast at the VIP section where one of the guys happened to build up enough courage to use his 10th grade Spanish to bring a girl over to the table. This girl brought a girlfriend over, as well as a friendly demeanor which came from semi lethal doses of Colombian Sambuca (Aguardiente).
Our next stop on this this night was one of our favorite strip clubs in Medellin (so this is where these two girls called it a night).
The strip club is called La Isla and on any given night it can be the happiest place on earth. With flocks of beautiful girls walking around waiting for their turn to dance on stage, this is a place you don’t want to miss.
After a lot to take in on day 1, the group was woken up to the smell of Banana and chocolate chip pancakes courtesy of our VIP Chef. We needed to get up early because day 2 is usually our Guatape Excursion (see tours in Medellin).
With the Sprinter waiting outside the apartment, we packed our cooler and loaded the guys on the bus where a 2 hour journey was underway.
We stopped a few minutes before at this traditional Colombian breakfast spot for coffee and chorizos, a great snack before our arrival in Guatape.
For those that have never heard of Guatape, it is a small town a few hours outside of Medellín. The town is colorful and features Colonial cobblestone floors, a monolith and a lake where 40 years ago, there was a town right below it.
That’s right, the town was evacuated and flooded in order to build a hydroelectric dam that provides 30% of Colombia’s electricity.
Our Guatape Tour consists of walking these colorful streets, climbing this monolith (700+ stairs) and taking a pontoon out on the lake for an epic daytime experience.
This 8 hour day is the best way to see the real Colombia and stray from the beaten path that is Parque Lleras. The van picked us up at 4pm where within minutes everyone (including the guide) was passed out.
Once in Medellín, the 2 hour power nap in the van served as the perfect pick me up for what was ahead.
We made reservations at Carmen which, to many, is the best restaurant in Medellín. Owned by Colombian American, Carmen Angel and her husband, Chef Rob Pevitts, Carmen is lauded by critics from all over. Featured in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, Carmen is one of the city’s most famous establishments and a must for traveling foodies.
The best way to enjoy Carmen is through their chef’s tasting. A 9 course meal (paired with wine) that mixes Colombia’s rich flavors with modern cooking techniques. Enjoy a great meal and a premium selection of wine for $100.
After a 2 hour long meal, the crew decided it was time to get off the premium wine and jump back on the local Medellin rum.
We walked to Parque Lleras and not unlike night one, the streets were packed and pretty girls lit up this already bright area. With dozens of bars and clubs to choose from, we opted for a bar crawl to start off right.
We settled on a new club called La Oculta which is a rather interesting place. It’s located on the third floor of a restaurant in a sector known as provenza. The club is in the back of a restaurant where a hidden bookcase separates Belisario from this amazing hidden gem.
La Oculta is a place where Medellín’s elite spend their weekend nights and the crowd is definitely high-end. The music is once again, reggaeton and some EDM.
This is the place to be if you have a few girls you want to impress because the pick up game has to be flawless in order to score numbers.
A few bottles of Goose and shots of Aguardiente later and these guys had that look on their face. The look that a host knows is code for, let’s head back to the strip club.
We took them back to La Isla and their faces lit up when they saw that the one that got away last night was back.
Our recommendation is to order a bottle at the strip club because individual drinks are pricey and this way, you can give the girls a drink without being overcharged.
A few hours later, the crew was ready to call it a night.
The next morning was met with a traditional Colombian breakfast, the best way to carb up before a last minute ATV Tour.
This is a traditional weekend in Medellin with Medellin VIP. Two nights where you’re exposed to Medellín nightlife and daytime excursions that keep your days as action-packed as your nights.