If you want to see Medellín’s finest dancing and don’t mind being
completely demotivated to even consider taking up dancing, one of the
city’s viejotecas are would be perfect night out.
A viejoteca offers you the possibility to loudly hear the finest of porros, cumbias, vallenatos, salsas and merengues, while looking at experienced dancers doing their moves on an 80’s style mirror ball, numerous colored lights and a classic black and white dance floor.
The viejotecas are frequented by a mixed group of people; you’ll see gorgeous girls in their finest of outfits with their slick latin male date, old couples wanting to loosen the legs for a few hours, groups of people celebrating birthdays on aguardiente and rarely a lost gringo, looking bedazzled, intimidated and embarringly foreign.
Don’t think you’ll be able blend in, even if you’ve had half a year of salsa classes. Because you’ll still not know what to do with the porros and cumbias. They’re all danced differently, they’re all impossible to learn and they all look intimidatingly spectacular.
Be smart and be a good gringo. But half a liter of rum or aguardiente, drink it and enjoy the spectacle before you and the incredible sounds blasting from the huge speakers.
You’ll go home smiling and will understand you will never be as cool as the Colombians.