Get out of the Poblado bubble (Belén: safe, central and relatively affordable) #Colombia

You will all hear of Laureles and Poblado maybe Envigado and Sabanetta as the places to set up on arrival.

I can also reccomend Belen, at least the parts of it that are really peaceful, full of greenery and yet centrally located and well connected to Metro stations.

The Unidad Deportivo of Belen (Belen Sports Centre), has several Olympic pools and boasts everything from basketball to bowling and even archery (not at the same time!). It’s a world class facility right on the doorstep (also an attraction that would make the area a good bet for familes with children).

The area is also plugged into the cycle network, so it’s handy and safe to get around by bike.

It’s also waking distance to the Pueblito Paisa in El Cerco de Nutibarra. A green steep hilly park that lets you enjoy clean air and escape from the rush of the city.

The commercial heart of Belen around the Plaza de Belén is bustling with a myriad of small businesses and eateries, then there is the shopping Mall Los Molinos.

With the central immigration office also based in Belén, it’s handy when you need to process your visa.

Otherwise I think if you are on a budget and can’t afford (don’t want!) to pay gringo price El Poblado or want an alternative to Laureles, whilst still being a short taxi drive from the action then it’s a good compromise.

We had a morning stroll around the neighbourhood of Belen Fatima and enjoyed the peace and quiet as you can see from the photos of the Sunday service.

For relocation and real estate investment Belén isn’t flashy as it’s better known more popular expat areas, but offers good value and has gated communities, with all the services amenities and security you could need.

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