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Getting Around in Medellin Colombia Without Internet

Let’s face it, if you’re traveling to an unknown city, a few things might start to scare you. We’re not in the 90s where you can carry a Thomas Guide or carry a large map brochure of the city. We will be using Google and learn how to get around Medellin, Colombia.

Here are the Pros and Cons of taking your phone with you:

The Pros

  1. Your phone can help you locate where you are.
  2. You’ll most likely take photos or videos with your phone
  3. You can use Google Maps OFFLINE (what the article is about)
  4. Download your guide books via Kindle App or iBooks or PDF
  5. You might want to use an audio guide
  6. If you plan on carrying a selfie stick, I don’t have to tell you all the Pros
  7. If you choose not to have a prepaid service plan, there are plenty of WiFi spots in Medellin you can use:

Where can I find WiFi in Medellin?

The Cons

  1. Your phone might be the most or one of the valuable items you’re likely to carry, something could happen
  2. Might get pulled over by a motor bike and they might steal your phone (Always back up your phone)
  3. You might drop it (have a case!)

How to Download Medellin Map on Your Phone (Offline Mode)

If you’re using an Android device, you already have Google Maps on your phone. If you are using an iPhone you will need to download the app.

Once you open up Google Maps, you can click on the Menu button

How to download google maps offline

Next, you will want to click on the Offline areas.

Google maps offline for medellin

You’ll want to click “Custom Area” so you can select the area you’ll want to review when you’re on the road.

create your custom downloadable area

A snapshot will appear and you can move around the map to where you want to download the map located on the border.


Google maps offline for medellin download the area

You’ll need about 225 MB or so on your phone to be able to download the offline map. If you rather download a specific neighborhood, you can!

offline google maps

You will notice that the map will expire in 29 days. If you open your maps without the internet, you will still see streets and location. If you go outside of the area that wasn’t downloaded, Google won’t show the street and location. There’s nothing else you need to do, just simply open your Google Map and enjoy the convenience.

NOTE: Location is only determine via GPS compared to cellular data and WiFi. It might be as accurate as having cellular data and WiFi to help determine your correct location


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