Medellin Free City Guide

Salsa in Medellin

Colombians love of salsa is famous. Whilst more popular in Cali, salsa culture is still pretty strong in Medellin and sharing this appreciation of salsa is a not only a great way to interact with the locals it’s also a fun night on the town. A large number of bars and clubs play salsa music but don’t worry dancing isn’t a requirement to enjoy them. However after a few drinks and once you get over that first momentary awkwardness, you may find it can be an amazingly rewarding experience and a great way to make new friends.

The most famous area for salsa is La Setenta (La 70). There are a plethora of bars to choose from and drinks can be found for relatively inexpensive prices. La 70 is also located a tad south of the Estadio Metro, which makes it a relatively safe and easy to get to with public transport or taxis. A taxi, anywhere from the popular places of Medellin (like Poblado), should cost no more than 15,000 COP.

On Tuesday nights, many tourists head downtown to Eslabon Prendido for a night of great salsa with a live band. It’s a legendary salsa club that consistently pulls crowds. It’s not the safest part of town so remember to use common sense and catch a cab to and from the venue.

Toucan Tip: Where to Learn Salsa?

There are several Salsa Schools in Medellin. Santo Baile are one of the highest regarded salsa schools and conveniently based in Provenza. Students of Toucan Spanish School enjoy a free weekly class there. If you buy a package of lessons the price is very reasonable.

Another popular option is Dancefree who teach various styles of dance and they have free salsa classes on Thursdays and Saturdays, but best to check their Facebook page.

Salsa in Medellin
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8 Comments on “Salsa in Medellin”

  1. Really??? Where to party and all you have is la 70??? How about Calle 33? Rio de Sur? Parque Lleras? Calle 38Sur en Envigado? Las Palmas? Can’t find any places worhty in those areas….

  2. I really liked Salsa Classes Medellin, They are a community of independent dance instructors offering the best prices in town and yet great quality since they literally handpick the best instructor for you out of a group of 20 professionals. My schedule is pretty busy so I loved that they could come to my home for classes, but also had classes near my work (in Poblado) as well as near home (Laureles). Particularly on Sundays! Great group that I’m still friends with — they are very good about taking students out dancing to feel part of the community. Couldn’t recommend Salsa Classes Medellin more!

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