Medellin to Tolu by night bus and hotel in Medellin
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Oct 23, 2012 10:06 AM Last Post By: polarbearstopen...
Oct 15, 2012 3:44 PM
Medellin to Tolu by night bus and hotel in MedellinWe will be in Colombia and Panama about six weeks November-December 2012. I have two questions - if anyone can help:
My daughter and son (29 and 31) want to take an overnight bus from Medellin to Tolu. Is this safe and advisable?
Also. I'm debating two hotels in Medellin -- The InHotel on Carrera 34 #7-109 near Park Lleros and Casa Molicie B&B on Calle 54 in "Los Colores", near Park Bolivar. We don't know the city, my husband is older and needs an area convenient to restaurants, metro lines, etc. and of course a SAFE area.
Any thoughts or ideas? Thanks!
Oct 15, 2012 7:02 PM
Oct 15, 2012 8:43 PM
2I was in Medellin in Feb.....I stayed near the stadium in a perfectly lovely neighborhood....centered around "70th" and right on the metro line....perfect for everything....
i would not stay near Park Bolivar - nice place to visit during the day. enough said there.
Park Lleros is nice but too commecial for my tastes, might as well stay in Santa Monica.
Lovely country and Medellin is a striking sophisticated city - I loved it!
Oct 16, 2012 2:51 PM
3Los Colores is a good neighborhood near the stadium area. Parque Bolivar is downright dangerous at night, but it is located downtown and not near Los Colores. Anywhere along "70," Laureles, el Estadio, La Floresta... are all very nice areas and perfectly safe. Night buses are safe too, they won't have a problem.
Oct 17, 2012 4:28 AM
We completed this journey vice versa (tolu > medellin) about 2 years ago. It too was a night bus, lasting around 8-9 hours, stopping for some food and a quick toilet break.
The only threat with this journey is the potential for the driver to play a badly dubbed action movie...
In Tolu we stayed in the only backpacker hostel at the time, Villa Babilla. Brilliant place, with a great rooftop terrace. The coach from Medellin isn't likely to go into Tolu (as it is small) but to drop your family off on the highway interchange, from where they can grab a bici-taxi to accomodation.
They have to visit the Islas de San Bernaardo whilst in Tolu. Complete paradise! Whilst in Medellin stay at Palm Tree hostel, which is a 1 minute walk from Exito supermarket and 5 mins from metro stop.
Oct 23, 2012 10:06 AM
5Thank you all for responding to my questions. Everything was very helpful and we are more comfortable in making some decisions. I even received information in my inbox recommending a spectacular apartment alternative. The problem is, as often happens, our itinerary and timing has changed for the moment -- but we WILL get to Medellin and Tolu! When we traveled from the Arctic to Antarctica in 2004 - 2007 (polar bears to penguins), we did not spend time in either Colombia or Brazil -- so we MUST go! Muchas gracias todos!
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