Escape to Colombia

Escape to Colombia

A perfect climate… excellent healthcare… fresh, healthy food… lots to keep you entertained… and it's all very affordable…

You Heard it Here First: Colombia Will Soon Be the World's #1 Retirement Destination

Get in on the ground floor now

Dear Reader,

Where is the next big retirement destination?

The answer may surprise you.

Because knowing about what makes for a perfect retirement destination…

And knowing what happens when a market is "discovered"…

I'd say this: if you are looking for the next retirement "it" destination, go directly to Colombia. And get there as fast as you can.

Colombia has everything you could possibly want for a perfect retirement:

It's absolutely gorgeous and the climate is perfect year-round. In the majestically beautiful Andes Mountains, you'll need neither heat nor air conditioning—the climate is that perfect. From small quaint towns in the lush coffee-growing region to glorious palm-tree-lined beaches along the Caribbean and Pacific Coasts, you'll never tire of the beauty of Colombia.

It's close to home. In the same time zone (either Eastern or Central Time depending on the season) as the U.S., flights from Miami or Fort Lauderdale to Colombia take less than three hours and the flight costs about the same as a U.S. domestic flight. (Less if you're flying one of the budget airlines that are now offering service to Colombia.)

It's convenient. In Colombia's modern supermarkets and shopping malls, you can get all the high-tech products and all the familiar brands (especially food) you're used to finding at home, and at about the same price as at home.

Healthcare is excellent, rated by the World Health Organization as better than the U.S. or Canada and far more affordable. In fact, Colombia's healthcare system ranks as the best in all of the Americas… Four Colombian hospitals are listed in the top 10 in all of Latin America…. That's the most top 10 rankings of any other country in the region. With your resident visas, a couple can qualify for a Colombian health plan that covers just about everything… prescriptions included… for just $250 a month.

When all the stars align as they are in Colombia right now, the media take note.

We saw it happen in Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Ecuador. The more they shine the spotlight on the virtues of a place as a "perfect retirement destination," momentum builds. It's the law of supply and demand. While more businesses are created to cater to expat retirees, costs for some of these services start to rise, as do housing and rental prices.

There's still time for Colombia. The secret is not yet out. But let this serve as your warning call. If you're looking to get in on the ground floor, the time to discover more about Colombia is now.

The cost of living is extremely low. You can rent a two-bedroom apartment from $200 a month… a four-bedroom home for $300 a month… or an upscale apartment with a swimming pool and two parking spaces for under $500 a month. Utilities are ridiculously low in the perfect-climate of the Andes Mountains where you'll need neither heat nor air conditioning. Your electric bill may be just $40 a month. Natural gas for cooking and hot water will likely cost little more than $10. Amazingly, expats in Colombia report they can easily and comfortably live on as little as $1,000 to $2,000 a month, including rent.

You won't need a car, reducing your cost of living (and your stress levels) even more. In major cities, you'll pay less than $1 to take a local bus. You'll rarely spend more than $5 to $10 for a taxi, and that's for a trip clear across any big city. For cross-country travel, you'll spend about $30 for an 11-hour bus trip or as little as $25 for your airfare from Bogotá to Cali, for instance.

Cultural and leisure activities are plentiful. And they're so affordable that you'll go out and about more than ever. Movie theaters show first-run films in English. Many city orchestras regularly offer free concerts. Most major museums charge entry fees between $1.60 and $5 and offer free admission on Sundays. Fitness centers are affordable, too, and if you love to golf, you're in luck. You can play a round of golf on a Jack Nicklaus-designed course for just $12 on weekdays and $25 on weekends.

And yes, Colombia is safe. Safety policies implemented in 2006 have "dramatically improved" the security situation in Colombia, says CNN, and "led to a rise in tourism." Even the infamously troubled city of the 1980s is now referred to as the "Medellín Miracle" and called "a model of urban development" by The Economist.

Lonely Planet  named Colombia as one of its "10 Destinations You Cannot Afford to Miss" in 2017. National Geographic calls Medellín a "Must-See Destination" for 2015. So does The New York Times.

Forbes called Colombia "One of the Top Ten Places to Visit in 2015," saying "JetBlue's new-ish five-hour flight from New York to Cartagena made Colombia more accessible than ever, a stable government made it safe, and a new breed of hoteliers and operators are making it luxurious. The country encompasses everything from pristine Caribbean coastlines, picturesque cobblestone streets in Cartagena, the exotic Amazon rain-forest, seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, the buzzing metropolis of Bogotá and some of the world's most vivacious people."

Even the U.S. State Department has come around, reporting "Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Colombia each year for tourism, business, university studies, and volunteer work. Security in Colombia has improved significantly in recent years, including in tourist and business travel destinations such as Bogotá, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Medellín, and Cali."

On a personal note: I feel safer in Colombia than I do in much of the rest of Latin America… or even in some areas of my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. Colombia is a country that understands the importance of security, and it shows. I have no concerns enjoying the nightlife or traveling anywhere in the country by bus, taxi, or private car with no worries.

For all these reasons and more, I believe Colombia is on the path to becoming the most attractive retirement destination on the planet.

My name is Suzan Haskins and I'm a senior editor for International Living. I've been researching and reporting about overseas retirement destinations for nearly 15 years now.

Latin America is my specialty. I know that what makes for a great retirement destination is a combination of beautiful scenery, great climate, and a low cost of living, among other things… It must be safe… and welcoming to foreigners. And the quality of life must be exceptional. There's no debating any of those.

In Colombia, you have access to exceptional, world-class healthcare and First-World infrastructure, including excellent and safe public transportation options and reliable high-speed internet and communication options. And more… much more

In fact, what you don't know about Colombia will surprise you. And once you discover what Colombia offers, I think you'll soon be planning a visit…

And when you visit… well, as the Colombian Tourism Department says, "The only risk is wanting to stay."

That's exactly what happened to many of the expats I met on my most recent trip to Colombia…

A Story of Three Expats: Care free and Content in Colombia

Larry, a retired school teacher from the San Francisco Bay area, was on his way to Ecuador when he decided to make a stop in Medellín . "I never left," he says. He fell in love with the city, the climate, and a Colombian woman who, as he did, loved classical music and the arts. Just five years later, they're now married, and Larry says, "I have no plans to ever leave here. This is a great city and I have a great family and wonderful life here."

By the way, he says, "If you like a city that is metropolitan-yet-friendly, with a European feel and perfect climate year round, you can find this and more in Medellín, just three hours away from the U.S."

Nancy has a similar story. She and her husband thought they might retire to Ecuador. But after 10 days in Medellín, the hook was set. They knew this up-and-coming city was the place where they wanted to invest and to live… where they also knew they'd enjoy a far more comfortable lifestyle than they would if they'd retire back home in Maine. They bought and remodeled a condo in Medellín 's popular Poblado neighborhood. Nancy's husband still works and Medellín is the perfect hub for him to travel as needed. Does Nancy have any concerns about being on her own in Colombia? Not at all, she says. "I feel very safe and I love my life here which includes more social activities than I ever had before."

Holly has been an expat for more than 25 years. She's lived and worked all over the world and traveled extensively. But no place feels quite like home like Colombia does, she says. A single woman, she, too, feels safe… and very cared for in charming Popayán, where she has lived for the last four years. She has lots of local friends and they really look out for her. She has everything she wants and needs, and as she says, "That's a good feeling." Not only that, but her monthly expenses—including rent—are less than $1,000.

You'll hear dozens of stories just like these in Colombia today, as more and more foreigners discover the charms and benefits of retiring there.

Economic security… investment prospects… or just a better overall lifestyle… the opportunities that exist in Colombia right now really are limitless.

Here's why:

This is a great time to be spending U.S. dollars in Colombia.

Even though the economy of Colombia is stable (the third largest in all of Central and South America and the fastest-growing big economy in Latin America in 2014) the strong U.S. dollar means that you now have 25% more purchasing power in Colombia than you did just one year ago… 35% more purchasing power than you had two years ago. And that's on everything from food and wine to restaurant meals to transportation, utilities, property and rental prices, and more.

If you are spending dollars, you're in luck.

Take, for example, an upscale 1,300-sq.-ft. two-bedroom/two-bath condo in the trendy El Poblado neighborhood of Medellín with an asking price of 300 million pesos…

Pesos Vs Dollars

The US dollar is the strongest against the Colombian peso than it's been since 2009, giving you hugely increased purchasing power.

In 2013, that condo would have cost you about $170,470. With today's currency exchange, your price for that very same condo is $127,235. That's a huge discount of $43,235!

The fall of the Colombian peso is largely due to falling oil prices around the world. And frankly, beyond oil exportation, this devaluation benefits the country's manufacturing and agricultural export sectors.

What does this mean to you?

Colombia is one of the lowest-cost retirement destinations on the planet, especially when you consider its First World amenities and infrastructure.

When the mainstream media catches wind of this, all bets are off. We've seen it happen before… in Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Ecuador… As more and more North American retirees move in, and as more and more Colombians who now live in the U.S. return home to take advantage of their increased spending power, demand will increase for retirement-type products and services, including real estate.

Make no mistake; the word about Colombia is getting out… in February of 2015, Forbes reported:

"Few countries have come farther on the retirement front than Colombia, which has shed its 1980s image as a dangerous hotbed of violent drug traffickers. The draw for retirees is outstanding weather and scenery, a low cost of living, good, cheap healthcare and tax-free status given to pension and Social Security payments."

My advice is: If you're looking for the world's best up-and-coming retirement destination…

Get to Colombia now to get in on the ground floor…

Now, I know what you may be thinking… When you think of Colombia, you may recall the "hardship years," as Colombians call them. The truth is that those days are long over. The days of Pablo Escobar, in fact, ended in 1993… that's 22 years ago!

Because of those long-ago troubles, no one outside Colombia was paying much attention to what was going on there. Tourists visited in small numbers, and for the most part, the mainstream media neglected Colombia, too. But not business people…

"My lifestyle in the United States didn't even compare to the life I live here in Colombia. I can't think of a better place to retire to."

—Clint, Colombia expat

They knew that Colombia harbored a huge amount of both natural and self-made resources. It's an oil-rich country, and also has large deposits of natural gas, coal, iron ore, nickel, gold, copper, emeralds, and more. It's the fourth-largest producer of coffee in the world and one of the world's largest exporters of cut flowers.

Its information technology industry is the fastest-growing in the world and the country has the longest fiber-optic network in Latin America.

In all but the smallest, hardest-to-reach rural town, you'll find reliable broadband internet, drinkable water, and reliable electric, telephone, and cell service.

What's happening today in Colombia is nothing short of amazing.

As I've mentioned, everywhere you look, Colombia is now grabbing the attention of the mainstream press that formerly ignored its progress. It is attracting the attention of new upscale hotel groups…

New airline routes are opening, including by U.S. budget airlines Spirit and JetBlue. (Fly from Florida in less than three hours.)

In 2013 and 2014, tourism numbers were higher than ever.

Today, international tourists are flocking to Colombia in booming numbers, nearly tripling in little more than a decade. In 2000, 600,000 visited Colombia and in 2012, that number grew to 1.7 million. In 2014, more than 2.5 million international visitors traveled to Colombia, making it one of Latin America's hottest tourist destinations. Nearly 24% of these foreign tourists in 2014 were from the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Commerce predicts that over the next five years, Colombia will see the greatest growth in tourism for all of South America—a whopping 72% gain over 2014 numbers!

But because this tourism boom is a relatively new development, the country's tourism infrastructure is lagging.

All these incoming visitors are looking for services… tours, transportation, hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, and more…

Open a tourism-related business in Colombia today and you're almost guaranteed to succeed, because this country is like a blank slate and just about every kind of business is needed.

For all these reasons and more, if you're looking for a comfortable and affordable place to live or retire… or you'd like to start a business with every opportunity for success… Colombia is the place for you.

Is Colombia On Your List as a Perfect Place to Retire? If Not, Put it There Right Now

Hopefully you now understand a bit more about what's going on in Colombia these days? But why do I believe it will soon earn the title as the " world's best" retirement destination?

"I really fell in love with Colombia. The lifestyle is excellent. The people really go out of their way to make sure you are happy—at restaurants people cook me samples of all their foods to try… they make you feel at home. And in the parks there are bananas and mangos just waiting to be picked."

—Larry S., Expat in Colombia

It fits all the criteria and more for a perfect retirement lifestyle.

This bears repeating: the scenery is stunning, the weather is perfect, healthcare is excellent… There are modern amenities and a lively, colorful culture. At every turn, Colombia is a land of music, art, and literature—as you might imagine for a place that nurtured the likes of author Gabriel Garcia Marquez and artist Fernando Botero.

You can feel the positive energy in Colombia. The people are friendly, kind, and generous… and happy. As a recent Gallup study says, Colombians are the happiest people in the world. In fact, they're almost twice as happy as the global average.

They'll go out of their way to help you in any way you need.

Maybe they're so content because this place is home to the area's oldest democracy… or because some of the things that make us all happiest (flowers and coffee, for example) grow in abundance here, along with the plumpest, healthiest fruits and vegetables of all varieties.

(Don't even get me started on the delicious local seafood and the homegrown beef…)

And a very low cost of living…

All this natural beauty… these modern amenities… the cultured lifestyle and the happy people… all this can be had for far less than you might expect.

Most expat couples report that they live very comfortably on $1,500 to $2,000 a month, depending on whether or not they own their own home .

Holly, the single woman living in Popayán, tells us her monthly expenses are less than $1,000 a month… and that includes $300-a-month rent for her gorgeous newly renovated apartment in the historic center of that beautiful UNESCO-protected city.

Here's how your typical monthly costs might break down:

Just to give you an idea for a typical monthly budget, based on calculations for two people living in a mid-range, two- or three-bedroom home or apartment in the temperate Colombian highlands:

Expense ($)
Rent* (two-bedroom, two-bathroom house) $325
Utilities (electricity/ water/ gas) $70
Internet, phone and cable tv $58
Groceries $150
Maid (twice a week) $120
Cinema (once a week) $36
Dinner out (twice a week) $144
Local buses $70
Total $973

Your actual budget may be even less—rents are often less in smaller cities like Popayán, Buga, or Salento. And, of course, if you buy your home outright you can eliminate a rent payment altogether.

And yes, you can always spend more. An upscale furnished rental in Medellín's trendy El Poblado neighborhood can cost you $1,200 a month or more. If you enjoy the nightlife and like to eat out at expensive gourmet restaurants, your budget will reflect that.

Still, it would be hard to overspend in Colombia, where the cost of living is just so reasonable on nearly every level…

In fact, it's easy to see that even a very low budget affords a very comfortable lifestyle in Colombia.

There's Much More to Discover About Colombia—Including the Many Attractive Destinations for Comfortable, Affordable Living

There are so many wonderful options in Colombia for anyone looking to start a new, more comfortable and affordable life.

The Free Trade Agreement signed by the U.S. and Colombia in 2006 eliminates tariffs on goods and services traded between the two countries.

In Colombia, you can get your favorite food brands, your iPads and Smartphones, computers and more… and pay about the same for them as you will back home.

In Colombia, you really can have it all… from world-class, sophisticated cities full of galleries, theaters, museums and international restaurants where a night on the town might run you $40 and a taxi from one end of the city to the other is no more than $10… to comfortable mid-size cities resplendent with colonial charm as well as their fair share of culture, too… to picturesque small towns where it's not uncommon to see cowboys on horseback about their daily errands…

We'd like to introduce you to the "best of Colombia"… to the cities and towns we know that offer you the highest quality of life possible at tremendous bang for your buck.

We've compiled all this information and so much more into a comprehensive 141-page guide to Colombia—our all-new Escape to Colombia: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less.

If you're interested in finding your perfect place in the Colombian sun… where life is better than you ever thought possible… you need this manual at your side.

For instance….

  • Historic Popayán, one of Colombia's oldest cities. Walking through its historic district, you might mistakenly think you've entered a giant museum. In every direction you look, as far as the eye can see, there are impeccably preserved white colonial buildings (hence it's nickname "The White City"). Popayán has everything you could want for a comfortable expat life… shopping malls, hospitals, plenty of cultural events… great restaurants and great real estate prices. Rent a two-bedroom apartment from $300 a month.
  • Buga is another of Colombia's oldest cities—a university town with a young, bohemian vibe, where you'll enjoy film festivals, jazz and chamber music festivals, and much more. At the expat-owned Holy Water Ale Café… not far from the town's iconic pink brick cathedral…a personal pizza and a couple of home-brewed beers will set you back about $11.
  • The small village of Salento is in the heart of Colombia's coffee-growing region. You won't find a better climate or a more bucolic, picturesque setting, with rolling green hills, babbling brooks and trout-filled streams, and cowboys on horseback. Nearby Los Nevados Natural National Park encompasses 225 square miles of mountains, valleys, and rainforests. You can easily walk from one end of town to the other… and when you need a shopping fix, hop a bus to the big city of Pereira, about an hour way, for just $3.
  • And if a larger city is what you're after, don't overlook Pereira, home to around 600,000 people and to 10 institutions of higher education, including one of Colombia's most important schools, the Technological University of Pereira, which educates future engineers, doctors, chemists, computer scientists, and philosophers. You'll find everything you need for a comfortable lifestyle here, including an international airport. And in Pereira's best neighborhoods, rentals start at around $250 a month.
  • Just an hour north of Pereira, the mountaintop city of Manizales sits like a jewel atop a crown. Often referred to as the "San Francisco of Colombia" for its steep hills, Manizales is the capital of the Caldas department and in many ways the quintessential Coffee Triangle city. Rich green carpets of coffee fields surround the city, which offers all the amenities you would expect (including six universities) in a city of 450,000 people. In 2010, the World Bank ranked Manizales the number one Colombian city in which to start a business.
  • Villa de Leyva was founded in 1572, and it retains its colonial charm, with clay tile roofs, whitewashed facades, thick wooden pillars, and more. If you dream of retiring to a fairytale town, where you can cast open the windows and feel as though you've stepped back in time, look no further than this perfect-climate charmer. Nearly 1,000 expats live in the area, including repatriated Colombians, Europeans from Germany, Holland, Sweden, and France, and a handful of Americans and Canadians. The mix of cultures has led to Villa de Leyva's evolution as a truly international community.
  • Bucaramanga is called "The City of Parks" and "Colombia's Beautiful City," but is also known for its educational institutions, sophistication, and safety. A center for technological research, the city is quickly becoming a major player in the medical tourism industry. Outdoor sports of all kinds are popular here. At the Ruitoque Golf Country Club, you can play a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course for $12 to $25.
  • And then there's Medellín, Colombia's quickly rising star. Tourists and expats alike are discovering this beautiful city in growing numbers. A beautiful, cosmopolitan city that feels like a small town, you can't go wrong here if you're looking for big-city amenities at an unbelievably affordable price. There aren't many world-class cities where a couple can live on a budget of just $2,000 a month, including rent, and Medellín is one of the best.

As you'll discover, Colombia may very well be the world's best "value destination" right now. But as we all know, there is far more to life than economics.

Imagine… being able to do away with winter parkas and snow boots once and for all… to never deal with snow again… in a place where the only ice you'll see is floating in the cocktail you're sipping at the sidewalk café in your new neighborhood in pretty Medellín or Bucaramanga…

Or think what it might be like to live behind the walls of a centuries-old mansion in a UNESCO-protected centuries-old city like colonial Popayán or Cartagena… or in the historic "National Monument town" of Villa de Leyva that looks just like a Zorro-themed movie set…

Or maybe you'd prefer to be the owner of a finca… be a gentleman farmer… in Colombia's extraordinarily beautiful coffee-growing region, resplendent with rolling green hills and quintessentially babbling brooks… also like something ripped from a movie set…

And there are always those gloriously sultry and sexy Caribbean and Pacific Coast beaches where life moves to a hot salsa beat…

All This, And Amazingly Low Real Estate and Rental Prices, Too

Colombia didn't experience a real estate bust as the U.S. and the rest of the world did back in 2008. Instead, thanks to conservative lending practices, prices have been steady over the last decade. That is, until now.

As I mentioned, the recent decline in the value of the Colombian peso against the U.S. dollar makes this the best time in the last decade to be purchasing real estate in Colombia. (Or to be renting there, for that matter.)

Your dollar buys you 25% to 35% more today than it has in recent memory.

  • A five-bedroom, three-bathroom house on a in a quiet residential area near downtown Salento, one of the most picturesque towns in Colombia's gorgeous "Coffee Triangle" is selling for just $72,000.
  • A 1,055-square-foot apartment with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in historic Popayán is priced at only $66,000.
  • In a San Peregrino area of the Manizales (called the "San Francisco of Colombia") an two-story country house on a 3,320-square-foot lot with mountain views, a terrace and more is selling for just $78,100.
  • In the trendy Provenza neighborhood of the pretty tree-lined city of Bucaramanga, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with a gym and a balcony with sweeping views is on offer for $70,800.

It's hard to go wrong at these prices. That's why so many investors (in addition to incoming expats and Colombians returning home after living abroad) are so bullish on Colombia real estate.

And yes, it is perfectly legal for foreigners to buy real estate in Colombia, where you will hold title directly just as you do in the U.S. or Canada.

Inside your copy of Escape to Colombia: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less, you'll discover all you need to know about where to find the best real estate bargains in Colombia today.

What's more, you'll be introduced to the reliable resources (real estate professionals, attorneys, tax experts and more) that can help uncover the best investments and make them yours.

And if you prefer to rent, you won't go wrong in Colombia. Two-bedroom, two-bathroom houses near the university in Popayán—located just a few blocks from the historic district—rent for around $300 per month. In the most upscale neighborhood of the sophisticated city of Pereira, a modern apartment in a high-rise building with a doorman can be rented for just $400 a month. The same types of prices hold true for the thoroughly modern cities of Manizales and Bucaramanga…

And what about healthcare?

Healthcare is a critical issue that you definitely need to consider when choosing a retirement destination.

National Public Radio (NPR) reports that foreign patients are flocking to Colombia "to get the same quality services that they'd find in the U.S., but with a more caring approach and at a fraction of the cost.

"One patient said a heart surgery he needed would have cost as much as $286,000 in Houston. In Colombia, it was only $26,000."

Need a total knee replacement? In the U.S. the cost is $30,000 to $50,000. But in Colombia, you'll spend just $10,000. A dental crown or a root canal that costs $1,000 in the U.S. will cost just $300 in Colombia. And these prices are for procedures performed at the country's best-quality facilities.

You'll be happy to discover that Colombia is making a huge effort to become the top medical tourism destination in the western hemisphere. To do that, they need world-class medical facilities staffed by the world's best-trained doctors and other medical professionals.

Even in mid-sized cities you'll find modern, top-quality and well-outfitted hospitals and clinics. And in the major cities you'll find the levels of service and amenities even higher. New hospitals and clinics are popping up all over the country, usually with affiliations to big-name hospitals in the U.S.

By the way, you'll find three medical facilities in Colombia that have earned Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation.

And these facilities are only the beginning. Throughout the country, other facilities are working on international accreditation and bringing standards up to international expectations.

As I mentioned earlier the World Health Organization (WHO) ranks Colombia's healthcare system as better than that of the U.S. It's the best, in fact, in the entire western hemisphere.

It's true. The WHO has ranked Colombia highly—22nd out of 191 countries—in their overall ranking of global healthcare systems. This ranking includes factors such as health level of the population, speed of health services, choice of doctors, and quality of amenities. For comparison, the U.S. ranked 38th in the same assessment.

You should, of course, learn at least basic Spanish when you live in Colombia… But don't worry: most of the healthcare professionals who staff Colombia's outstanding medical centers studied or did residencies in the U.S., Europe, or elsewhere, and many of them speak excellent English.

In your Escape to Colombia Manual, we've got you covered when it comes to healthcare in Colombia. Everything you want to know… all in one place.

Colombia takes healthcare seriously and makes it easy for everyone to get health care coverage, even foreign residents. Despite having the best healthcare system in Latin America, costs are so reasonable that many young, healthy expats pay cash for services. Those who choose to get coverage pay an affordable premium, low co-payments, and receive top-quality care for their money.

Your Escape to Colombia Manual explains what your options are…where to find the best hospitals and clinics… how much various procedures and treatments typically cost… the going cost of medications and what you may or may not expect to find… how to qualify for the national healthcare plan… how the tiered-cost health plan system works, so you know exactly how much you might expect to pay for your coverage… and much, much more.

No exclusions/no waiting period: By the way, there are no exclusions and there is no waiting period for the national health plan, so you're free to seek medical attention as soon as your provider enters you into the nationwide database

As you can see, this section alone of your Escape to Colombia Manual is worth its weight in gold. This is the kind of comprehensive in-depth information that is unavailable anywhere else. It can quickly put you on the right path to living your dream life in Colombia.

Here's More of What You'll Discover in Your Escape to Colombia Manual

If you want to stay in Colombia more than 180 days, you must get a residence visa. There are five popular visa options, one of which is best-suited to your individual needs. In Chapter 5 of your Escape to Colombia Manual, you'll learn what these specific visas are and how to qualify, including a step-by-step guide to applying for your visa at the Colombia immigration office known as the Cancillería. And of course, contact information is provided

  • Location, location, location. You'll learn about the top destinations in Colombia for expats… many of which you may have never heard of, including an artsy university town in the Valle de Cauca (with all the amenities you need) where you can live… more than comfortably… on $1,000 a month or even less, including your rent. (Chapter 3)
  • Contacts, contacts, contacts. From expat organizations in Colombia to those people who can help you streamline your move… You'll get names and contact info, so you'll have both business and social circles in Colombia before you ever leave home. (Appendix A—The Colombia Rolodex)
  • How much you can expect to pay for things like telephone, Internet, cable TV, groceries, movie tickets, and more, including how to inexpensively travel about the country when you go for your exploratory visit. (Chapter 6)
  • The full details about healthcare in Colombia: where to get medical insurance, how to qualify and how much it costs, how to get your prescription medications, where the country's best medical facilities are located, and more. (Chapter 7)
  • What about taxes? Income tax, sales tax, capital gains tax… business taxes for you entrepreneurs. All your obligations, exemptions, and benefits are fully explained in Chapter 8.
  • When you travel to Colombia, you'll want to make the most of your time and money. We've outlined, where to go, how to get there, how much it will cost… from hotels to restaurants to shopping… and we explain how to save big time on all your travel expenses. Chapters 10.
  • In Chapter 9, you'll learn about things you may not love about Colombia. It's not all roses, of course—few places are. Understanding the challenges and how to deal with them is invaluable input and will set you well on the course to having a more favorable experience in Colombia.
  • And of course, in Chapter 4, we provide detailed information about real estate in Colombia. What the buying process is like… what today's market trends are… what construction in Colombia is like… what the closing costs are… Importantly, you'll learn about the Colombian "estrato" system and what that means. This information can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

Reserve Your Escape to Colombia Manual Now…

The all-new comprehensive manual, Escape to Colombia: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less, is the best resource available to help you get to know the "Land of Opportunity" that is Colombia. From choosing the perfect community… to finding a property… to obtaining your residence visa…. You'll learn how to invest, travel, live, retire, and start a new business in Colombia. With the Escape to Colombia Manual as your guide, you'll save time, money, and hours of frustration…

Keep in mind… this special guide to "all that is Colombia" is the result of years of research by International Living editors and correspondents and months of follow-up research and consultations with expats in Colombia, immigration attorneys, offshore banking experts, real estate agents, and developers. If you were to try to get this information yourself, it would take years and thousands of dollars to compile. I can guarantee you won't find anything like it on the Internet or in a bookshop.

In fact, I will guarantee it… more about that in a minute.

Try it out, explore everything Colombia has to offer… and certainly, make use of the information when you're in Colombia pursuing your dreams of a more comfortable, more affordable life. With all the pointed information and contact details in this report, you'll be glad you did.

Colombia's most exciting and livable city…

It's referred to as the "Medellín Miracle" and called "a model of urban development" by The Economist.

It's, arguably, Colombia's most vibrant and exciting city, where you can go to the opera or ballet… watch a first-run movie (in English) in a VIP theater…. spend time in one the city's gorgeous tree-lined parks or plazas… or enjoy a fun-filled nightlife in Parque Lleras or another of the city's fine restaurant and entertainment districts…

You'll find ultra-modern shopping malls and supermarkets and big box stores to rival anything back home. And of course, there are those excellent hospitals you'd expect to find in a city of 3.8 million people.

Known as the "City of Flowers," thanks to its eternal Spring-like climate that facilitates year-round growth of orchids, roses, carnations, sunflowers, and more that bloom in splendor year-round on balconies and terraces and in ubiquitous city gardens.

Medellín is also well known for its art and music, museums, nightlife and more.

In 2013, it was chosen by The Wall Street Journal as the most innovative city in the world, beating out Tel Aviv and New York.

That same year, Medellín's Urban Development program won Harvard University's Urbanism Award. Also in 2013, Medellín won a spot as host of the United Nations 7th World Urban Forum.

And if, despite all this, you still associate Medellín with the days of Pablo Escobar, well… that's just wrong.

As Canada's The Globe and Mail recently reported, "There's much to love about Medellín, and in fact, there is a large and growing population of English-speaking expats who'd love to tell you all about life there.

"The city's richest neighborhoods are leafy and posh, full of boutiques and bookstores and sidewalk cafés. But its poorest are equally welcoming of strangers these days, humming with commerce and people on their way to work and school."

To give you the full picture about this stunningly beautiful city and the opportunities it offers to expats, we've just put the finishing touches on a special report called Medellín: City of the Future and the Next Great Retirement Destination.

This Special Report has a value of $29.97… but it's yours FREE when you reserve your copy of Escape to Colombia: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less.

If you've ever wanted to live in a truly world-class city, with high culture but low prices… a city that's fun and welcoming and teeming with enthusiastic life (not to mention gorgeous), then you'll want to get this report in your hands as soon as possible.

There are dozens of attractive neighborhoods in metropolitan Medellín, Each has a different atmosphere and feel…. In Medellín: City of the Future and the Next Great Retirement Destination, we'll introduce you to the best of them.

You'll learn about the best areas for expat life… as well as how to connect with fellow expats. We'll explain how the estrata system works in Medellín and why this is important to you.

We'll showcase sample real estate properties, share typical cost-of-living data, point you to your best healthcare options, and introduce you to our favorite hotels and restaurants in the city, to English-speaking drivers and more who can help you plan your own discovery tour of this fabulous city.

Medellín: City of the Future and the Next Great Retirement Destination (value $29.97) is yours FREE when you reserve your Escape to Colombia Manual here now.

Not Available Anywhere Else

Your Escape to Colombia Manual and this special report, Medellín: City of the Future and the Next Great Retirement Destination, are not available in bookstores, resource libraries, or anywhere else on the Internet. They are available in an online downloadable form only. That's how we can keep the information as up-to-date and reliable as possible. It also allows us to get this information in your hands as quickly as possible.

  • New, critical information—not available anywhere else
  • The country's best destinations, covered in-depth
  • Rolodex of reliable contacts
  • Digital features including photos, click-through websites, e-mail links, and more.

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed or your money back!

Travel to Colombia just once to obtain all this information yourself and you'd expect to spend $2,500 or more. (The time and efforts of attorneys and other experts who worked to compile this information is worth that much alone.) But when you act now and reserve your copy of the Escape to Colombia Manual, you'll pay just $129.

And you'll also receive our special free bonus report, Medellín: City of the Future and the Next Great Retirement Destination.

And the best part is that we publish these electronically… so they are much more useful, colorful, and interactive than ever before. Plus you'll have access to them as soon as your order has processed.

Discover Colombia Risk-Free

I'm so confident that the Escape to Colombia Manual will help you realize your dream life in Colombia that I'll offer you this guarantee: If, for any reason, you're not completely happy with this manual, just let us know. You have our 30-day no-hassle money back guarantee…

We'll refund your $129, no questions asked… and you can keep your copy of Medellín: City of the Future and the Next Great Retirement Destination.

Think about it. Escape to Colombia: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life For Less and your free Special Report. All for just $129.

And a no-question money-back guarantee if you're not 100% satisfied.

If you've been considering a move overseas… full-time or part-time, you owe it to yourself to learn as much as possible about this small, friendly, opportunity-rich country—and now, thanks to our money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose… but so much to gain!

Please note, this format is a downloadable PDF. If you would like to purchase a printed version, go here.


Suzan Haskins

Suzan Haskins
Editor, International Living

P.S. The comprehensive and all-inclusive Escape to Colombia Manual and Medellín: City of the Future and the Next Great Retirement Destination are not available anywhere else…at any price. If you're interested in getting the inside track on Colombia… gaining a foothold in the country I believe will soon be known as the "World's #1 Retirement Destination," then Escape to Colombia: Everything You Need to Know to Retire Better, Invest Well, and Enjoy the Good Life for Less must be in your library.

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