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    BBVA ATM's have been giving me competitive rates and charge no fees for withdrawals with my Wells Fargo debit card.

  2. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by Kazeu  [View Original Post]
    I had a bad experience with Davivienda ATMs recently and my Schwab ATM card. The cash was taken from my account but I was not given any cash from the ATM machine. This happened twice on 2 different Davivienda ATM machines.
    Had that problem twice last year in Barranquilla and again this month in Medellin. The older software only seemed to give a max payout of 600,000 and no problems. Been using the same ATM at Berrio Station for 3 months. Yesterday they upgraded the software so I can withdraw 2,000,000 and it stole my money saying some kind of error. My belief it is because I chose "NO" to the conversion rate.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by SoloOperadas  [View Original Post]
    Well guys this is an important issue in Colombia, to withdraw big amounts of money.

    Personally always used Davivienda, they apply international rates and no fees. I withdraw 2 times 2 million pesos (which is the max at the cajero) 4 M a day in general with no fees and at the best rate. Do not know is there is a way to withdraw more with in Davivienda.

    Will try at the end of October and will let you know.

    Bancolombia apply fees as well as city; Few years ago the best deal was city with like 10.000 pesos fees for 2 M pesos withdraw.

    Now it is clearly davivienda, international rate and no fees.

    Do someone have other experience with other banks?
    I'm not sure what you mean by "international rate". I usually compare to the mid market rate on currency exchanges. Which is generally around the mid point between the buy and the sell rates. I have found that I am always charged a commission against that rate. No matter what bank, what ATM, or whatever.

    There is another rate out there that is some sort of interbank daily exchange rate. I don't know what it is called, but I've heard it described, and I think it tends to lag the currency markets by about a day. So comparing to that rate some days you may get a break, other days pay extra, if you're comparing it to a "live" market rate.

  4. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Kazeu  [View Original Post]
    I am pretty sure this is not true or may have changed recently as during my transaction the Colpatria ATM explictly told me that its limits were 4. 500.000 per day and 900.000 per transaction.
    This morning, the Scotiabank Colpatria ATM showed that message. It is in small print at the bottom of the display. The price of oil is dropping, so I don't understand the value of the dollar dropping so much in the last month, almost 8% and still dropping.

  5. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Kazeu  [View Original Post]
    Great info! I never realized there was a difference between Colpatria / Scotiabank vs Colpatria vs Scotiabank.
    I think they are in the process of making them all the same. Scotia bought out Colpatria, Citibank (Colombia), and a few others and is consolidating locations, systems, etc.

  6. #20

    Davivienda ATMs still not working

    Dumbass that I am I tried to withdraw again from a Davivienda ATM today thinking that the withdrawal problems from early October might have been resolved. The ATM took money from my account again and did not dispense any cash to me. This is the last time I try that.

  7. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMorgan  [View Original Post]
    So listen CAREFULLY. You want to use the Colpatria / Scotiabank ATM. NOT the Colpatria ATM. Not the Scotiabank ATM. They are different. You want the Colpatria / Scotiabank ATM. It is different. A combination of the two. I THINK it will say on the front that you can take out 2,700,000 pesos each day. I take out 900,000 3 times. Works best for me. Any other use of ATMs in Colombia is dumb. Search around and you will find the 'good' Colpatria / Scotia ATMs. Don't get fooled!
    Great info! I never realized there was a difference between Colpatria / Scotiabank vs Colpatria vs Scotiabank.

  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMorgan  [View Original Post]
    One more time. Don't listen to what these other guys are talking about. If you follow my instructions the Schwab info is useless because there will be no ATM fees. And any other info is worthless as long as you use the correct Colpatria / Scotia ATM. Your limit with be 2,700,000 pesos per day whatever Schwab says. The ATM limit in Colombia is a COUNTRY limit.
    I am pretty sure this is not true or may have changed recently as during my transaction the Colpatria ATM explictly told me that its limits were 4. 500.000 per day and 900.000 per transaction.

  9. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by SoloOperadas  [View Original Post]
    Well guys this is an important issue in Colombia, to withdraw big amounts of money.

    Personally always used Davivienda, they apply international rates and no fees. I withdraw 2 times 2 million pesos (which is the max at the cajero) 4 M a day in general with no fees and at the best rate. Do not know is there is a way to withdraw more with in Davivienda.

    Will try at the end of October and will let you know.

    Bancolombia apply fees as well as city; Few years ago the best deal was city with like 10.000 pesos fees for 2 M pesos withdraw.

    Now it is clearly davivienda, international rate and no fees.

    Do someone have other experience with other banks?
    I had a bad experience with Davivienda ATMs recently and my Schwab ATM card. The cash was taken from my account but I was not given any cash from the ATM machine. This happened twice on 2 different Davivienda ATM machines.

    Today I used a Colpatria ATM where I made a max withdrawl of 900000 COP. I looked at my bank account after and 234.16 was charged to my account, meaning the exchange rate was 3843.5 COP / USD.

    XE.com lists the rate at 3849.04 COP / USD. Not bad.

  10. #16

    Big withdraw in Medellin

    Well guys this is an important issue in Colombia, to withdraw big amounts of money.

    Personally always used Davivienda, they apply international rates and no fees. I withdraw 2 times 2 million pesos (which is the max at the cajero) 4 M a day in general with no fees and at the best rate. Do not know is there is a way to withdraw more with in Davivienda.

    Will try at the end of October and will let you know.

    Bancolombia apply fees as well as city; Few years ago the best deal was city with like 10.000 pesos fees for 2 M pesos withdraw.

    Now it is clearly davivienda, international rate and no fees.

    Do someone have other experience with other banks?

  11. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Questner  [View Original Post]
    Thanks, ScotiaColpatria and BBVA worked great; always have couple of locations in mind as they run out of cash from time to time. If you arrive at the ATM and it says it was temporarily out of order, still try as it may work since the last announcement appeared. ScotiaColpatria has a choice of making a donation to a good cause on your withdrawal.
    I was always trying to max out my withdrawals to minimize the impact of my fee per transaction back home. ScotiaColpatria has or at least had a month ago a max of 900 K I think. Which worked out the best for me. But often the machines would not do it. Don't know why because they don't say. But the larger malls with machines inside were the most likely to have cash. During weekday working hours and next to an actual Scotia Colpatria bank.

    A lot of locations on google don't exist anymore. The merger of Scotia and Colpatria and Citibank have resulted in redundancies and many closed locations. Locations were sometimes originally Colpatria, or Scotiabank. But are generally rebranded with the both showing.

  12. #14
    Thanks, ScotiaColpatria and BBVA worked great; always have couple of locations in mind as they run out of cash from time to time. If you arrive at the ATM and it says it was temporarily out of order, still try as it may work since the last announcement appeared. ScotiaColpatria has a choice of making a donation to a good cause on your withdrawal.

  13. #13

    Scotiabank

    Quote Originally Posted by Questner  [View Original Post]
    Please post banking links on to how to locate the nearest ATM to Colpatria / Scotiabank, Davivienda and Pichincha branch ATMs.

    If the posted search engine can identify the ATMs on VISA Plus that will be great.
    https://www.scotiabankcolpatria.com/oficinas/medellin

  14. #12

    Find nearest ATM

    Please post banking links on to how to locate the nearest ATM to Colpatria / Scotiabank, Davivienda and Pichincha branch ATMs.

    If the posted search engine can identify the ATMs on VISA Plus that will be great.

  15. #11

    Details LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMorgan  [View Original Post]
    One more time. Don't listen to what these other guys are talking about. If you follow my instructions the Schwab info is useless because there will be no ATM fees. And any other info is worthless as long as you use the correct Colpatria / Scotia ATM. Your limit with be 2,700,000 pesos per day whatever Schwab says. The ATM limit in Colombia is a COUNTRY limit.
    It would help if you could say where it is LOL.

    Is it the one in la candeleria next to parque berrio metro station "colpatria multibanca del grupo scotiabank"? That is the only one that shows up on maps.

    And you didn't mention if they charge any withdrawal fees?

    Right now banco Pinchincha seems like the best option, there are a bunch of them and I can withdraw a week's worth of play money at once without fees.

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