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  • Medellín: Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour with Local Guide

    1. Medellín: Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour with Local Guide

    Meet your guide in the metro station to begin the tour and experience Medellín like a local. Learn all about the stations and key points in the city as well as how the metro system helped shape the new Medellin. When arriving at the connecting station, hop on a cable car up the hill. As you go, admire the panoramic views of the city and find out about its evolving history and troubled past. At the top, stop to sample local snacks and take a short ride on the bus toward the Comuna 13 district. At the Comuna 13, the real fun begins. An enthusiastic guide will explain all the positive changes made to transform what was once one of the most dangerous communities in South America into a symbol of the new Medellín. You will have time to take in all the amazing street art and ride the electric outdoor escalators to the top observation deck, which offers incredible views. Listen to insights a...

    Nuestro guia llamado John es una excelente persona y un excelente guia , nos iso sentir como en casa nos mostro todoo y nos explico paso a paso la historia de la comuna 13 , recomendado al 100% por si alguien tiene en mente agarrar este tour la gente es muy amable y te tratan de lo mejor.

  • Medellín: Private City Tour with Metrocable and Comuna 13

    2. Medellín: Private City Tour with Metrocable and Comuna 13

    Get an insight into Colombia's troubled past on a private guided tour of the formerly dangerous district of Comuna 13 in Medellín.   Discover a replica of an old village at Pueblito Paisa on Nutibara Hill, and get stunning views over the rooftops from one of the city's few conserved ecosystems. Make your way to Comuna 13 to learn how the most notorious neighborhood in the country has reinvented itself. See stunning examples of street art and graffiti that puts the political and socio-economic story of the area into context. Once the center of the gang wars and guerilla activity, the area has been transformed by the local community with the help of government projects such as a giant escalator that runs up the hill. Visit the Botanical Garden and other sustainable city projects such as the charismatic Park of Desires, and the iconic sculptures by Fernando Botero on Botero Plaza.

    We had gone to the botanical garden and the Pueblito Viejo had access issues so Mauricio took us first to Parque Arvi by cable car. The view of Medellin was phenomenal! The park is gorgeous and there was an awesome market for breakfast and arts & crafts. On the way back we took the Metro to Plaza Botero - the Botero sculptures juxtaposed with the checkered building are cool, though it’s not the nicest area of Medellin. Finally we drove to the Comuna 13. Mauricio told us about the history of the place and the stories behind most graffiti. Comuna 13 was the highlight of the tour and well worth it with an awesome guide. We had late lunch at the top of the Comuna in a neat house. We took the best pictures around Comuna 13 - so colorful!

  • From Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar History Tour

    3. From Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar History Tour

    Learn about the dark times suffered by Medellín at the time of Pablo Escobar Gaviria. Gain an understanding of the difficulties, which both the city and its inhabitants strove to overcome to become an example of resilience. Discover the troubled past of the city, and the painful and bloody legacy left behind by the famed drug trafficker. Start the tour in the El Poblado neighborhood, visiting the new Parque de la Memoria, a former Monaco building which was demolished on February 22, 2019 to make way for a renewed space that aims to reconstruct the area's history through art and culture, vindicating the city of its unfortunate reputation of a place of drug trafficking. Then, visit the ruins of the Cathedral Prison, located in the municipality of Envigado, which Escobar built through an agreement with the then-government. After, continue to the grave where the remains of this dark charac...

    El guia llamado Jhon mojica es una de personas mas amables y buena persona que emos conocido en esta gran ciudad, su conocimiento sobre la historia de pablo escobar es increible, nos iso sentir como en casa enseñandolos todo lo relacionado con escobar muy recomendado por si tienen en mente tomar este tour

  • Medellín: Private Comuna 13 Street Art Tour

    4. Medellín: Private Comuna 13 Street Art Tour

    Start your day with convenient hotel pickup. Meet your guide and begin your tour to experience Medellín like a local. First, you'll be introduced to the graffiti and their meanings on the Poblado neighborhood's walls, which you might have walked by and never noticed. From there, you'll be driven to the downtown area of the city to experience a vibrant part of town. There, see the street art that transforms the gray walls into colorful spaces with stories, and start to learn about some of Medellín's evolving history and troubled past. After downtown, head toward a parking lot close to the Comuna 13 district to park the car before your private group takes the famous cable car up the hills. Make sure to take in the fabulous panoramic views of the city on the way up as your guide tells you more about the surrounding area and its history. At Comuna 13, the real fun begins. Your enthusiasti...

    What an utterly amazing tour! The private tour with Epic Tours Medellín is the way to go! Today’s tour was of Comuna 13. Manny was my guide and took me through the city of Medellín explained the history of the city, their on going social programs, and with the bonus of sampling local cuisine along the way. Next up a ride on the metro cable which was thrilling and then on to Comuna 13. It was like exploring with an old friend. Comuna 13 was the crown jewel of this experience. Finding out about the violent past and the significance behind the artwork in the murals and listening to the explanation. How the people of the community embraced change and created a “new Medellín”! It is something I will always treasure. Also, being able to interact with the residents was a fabulous treat. This is a tour you must undertake if you come to Medellín. When I come back I will certainly do this tour again.

  • Medellín: Comuna 13, Cable Cars and Botero Statues Tour

    5. Medellín: Comuna 13, Cable Cars and Botero Statues Tour

    Start with a pickup at your accommodations in Medellín, where you’ll meet a private guide with a new, comfortable vehicle. The first stop of the day is El Centro in Medellín: visit Botero Plaza to see a series of 23 sculptures by the local artist Fernando Botero, and tour the historic center on foot. Take in Medellín’s gracious plazas, colonial-era churches that were built in the 1600's, and architectural highlights. Jump on board on an aerial cable car that hovers over the neighborhood and see one of a kind panoramic views from the top. Next you get to experience the most magnificent street art that Medellín has to offer at the Comuna 13 barrio on the far west side of town. Check out the colorful graffiti and landmark outdoor escalators. Guests will have fun and be safe, as we know the residents, artists, and neighborhood well. Last guests will be dropped of at their hotel in Medelli...

    Communa 13 was awesome daniella was amazing could not have asked for a better tour guide she made my experience really special and memorable From london with love

  • Medellín: Comuna 13 and Exotic Fruits Day Tour

    6. Medellín: Comuna 13 and Exotic Fruits Day Tour

    Get a personal introduction to Medellín’s colorful neighborhoods by your English local private guide. Understand the relationship between the local residents, musicians, and graffiti artists that made Comuna 13 such a special place.

    Be mesmerized by the elaborate street art made by talented artists who went from dodging bullets to creating masterpieces. Also, meet the local community and learn about the positive transformation of this area that was considered one of the most dangerous communities in South America.

    Take a safe ride in the cable car and enjoy incredible views of the city and neighborhood from the top of the summit. Finally, delight your taste buds as you taste exotics fruits straight from the marketplace. Learn about their nutritional benefits before going back to your hotel.

  • Medellín: 5.5-Hour Guided Private City Tour

    7. Medellín: 5.5-Hour Guided Private City Tour

    Learn about the past and present of Medellín on this guided private tour of the city. Your expert local guide will give you an in-depth look at the city's darker past and its brighter present. See the modern innovation that has helped transform Medellín into a cultural hub, with stops at the giant electric escalators and the Metrocable. Stop to take in the ambiance and admire the shops and street art in Comuna 13. Follow in the footsteps of The Godfather, Pablo Escobar, and learn about the darker history of the city's drug wars. Visit the Monaco memorial park, built on the site where Pablo Escobar's residence once was, now a memorial to the victims who died in the Medellín and Cali Cartel War. Then head to the church where his men blessed bullets for perfect hits. Enjoy a snack at Escobar's favorite eatery. Finally, visit the rooftop house where he died, and the cemetery where he lays...

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What people are saying about Comuna 13

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 294 reviews

We had a really great time on this tour! We learned so much and enjoyed a breathtaking VIEW of Comuna 13 and other parts of the city! Not only did Manuel show us around, he also told us about the history of Comuna 13 and his own experiences living there. What we liked most is that he was friendly, open and willing to share his personal experiences with us. It didn’t feel like a tour guide was showing us around but a friend. We would definitely recommend! 10/10. Thank you, Manuel. — Denshir y Joy

Our guide was great! Loved all the information and personal stories, he had a lot to tell. He knew everybody in Comuna 13, which made it very nice, friendly and safe to walk there. It was great to see all the graffiti. Nice comuna!

It was a great tour , very interesting and fun. the guide was the best . Totally worth it the money . Overpass my expectations.

excellent visit with manuel, he really knows the history of this town, pablo and its consequences. I recommend!

We enjoyed the tour, many thanks to our guide and the driver