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Medellín: The Real Pablo Escobar Tour

1. Medellín: The Real Pablo Escobar Tour

After pickup from your hotel in Medellín or the meeting point, depending on the option chosen, begin your 4-hour tour by visiting the site of Escobar’s former home, where he hid his family and had enemies plant bombs to kill him. Learn about the transformation of this site into a memorial park for victims of Colombia's drug war. Next, head to “la cathedral”, a jail Escobar built for himself in an agreement with the government, from which he later escaped. Afterwards, visit the soccer field Escobar built, known for its visionary design, where he gave speeches in an attempt to make a foray into Colombian politics. To cap things off, make your way to the cemetery, where Escobar is buried along with his family and other members of his gang, including Griselda Blanco. By the end of the day, leave the tour with a better understanding of the negative impact that Escobar had on the country and the lives of the Colombian people.

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Medellín: Paragliding in the Colombian Andes

2. Medellín: Paragliding in the Colombian Andes

Start with pickup from your hotel located in the El Poblado neighborhood or the meeting point in Parque Lleras. Drive 45 minutes to arrive at the launching pad where you will have a great view over the Medellín region. Rely on high-quality gear and instructions from professional and reputable staff. Receive an introductory lesson, and then fly out over the Aburra Valley over the beautiful scenery. See spots such as the Medellin River, the El Quitasol hill, the Garcia barrage, and the Picacho hill, with the spectacular backdrop of the mountains. After your flight, return to the city of Medellín.

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From Medellín: Hacienda Nápoles Theme Park Day Trip

3. From Medellín: Hacienda Nápoles Theme Park Day Trip

Enjoy Pablo Escobar's former farm that has been transformed into a theme park to be enjoyed by everyone from kids to adults. When entering Hacienda Nápoles, you will encounter a world of fun with pools for the family, lazy river, Safari with wild animals, Dinosaur replicas, bird world, African museum, and much more. You will also be shown Escobar's main house, known as La Mayoría. Visit the Memorial Museum, where you will learn about the life of the drug lord and see the first airplane he used to send drugs abroad. Explore different wildlife habitats and be amazed as you encounter tigers, elephants and other creatures from the wild. The tour will last throughout the whole day as it is a long way from Medellin, but expect lots of fun! There will be breakfast included and plenty of places to eat lunch at the park.

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From Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar History Tour

4. 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. Next, head to the Barrio Pablo Escobar, a neighborhood founded by Escobar himself to offer free houses to the homeless and the poorest in the city of Medellín.  Finally, arrive to the west of the city and witness the house where he died in its dilapidated state. You can also opt to include a visit to Comuna 13, an area with the most graffiti in Medellin and the largest open-air gallery in Latin America.

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Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

5. Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

After being picked up in Medellin, drive for 1.5 hours to the eastern Antioquia municipality of Guatapé. Once there, take a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir. Soak up panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Marial Rock, El Peñol Rock, and the ruins of Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Then, climb the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol, a 220-meter (722-foot) high monolith surrounded by abundant water and vegetation. At the summit, delight in magnificent 360-degree views of the spectacular landscape and Guatapé Dam, built in the lands of the old municipality of Peñol in the 1970s. Next, visit Guatapé, a growing and colorful city made unique by the decorative tiles adorning the lower facades of the houses. Replenish your energy with a lunch of rice, beans, fries, salad, and a choice of pork, chicken or beef, with a refreshing drink included. Return to Medellín after and be dropped off at your hotel.

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Medellin: Guided Tour to Guatape & 1-Night Lakeside Glamping

6. Medellin: Guided Tour to Guatape & 1-Night Lakeside Glamping

Enjoy the lakeside in Guatape and spend the night glamping on this excursion from Medellin, which just opened. Meet up at Park Poblado early in the morning and take a bus tour of the valley to the picturesque colonial town of Guatape. Stop at the famous Penol rock along the way and climb up 740 steps for the most incredible views (optional). Visit Guatape, where your tour guide will explain the history behind this vibrantly colorful town. Have a lunch stop in town before embarking on your own personal speedboat for a brief tour of the lake. Enjoy a 4x4 ride instead if the weather doesn't allow for the boat ride. Set up camp at your fabulous glamping location on the lake and take some free time to do whatever you want. Go on a boat tour to interesting local spots, try some wakeboarding, tubing, or kayaking, or just relax on the beach and go swimming. Go hiking atop Paradise Mountain for breathtaking views of the sunset before enjoying a delicious traditional dinner. Wake up early the next day for the morning hike and enjoy the clean mountain air, or sleep in and have breakfast in bed. Get a speedboat ride back to Guatape at the end of your tour, where you'll be transferred back to Park Poblado in Medellin.

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From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

7. From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

After being picked up from Medellin, drive for an hour and a half to the eastern Antioquia municipality of Guatapé.  Enjoy a guided tour through the town, where you will pass by the Casa Museo panorama, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol and the Ruins of the Hacienda La Manuela by Pablo Escobar. Discover a world of color among its streets, adorned with baseboards that tell stories of the town and its people.  Take a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir. Visit Marinilla where you will see the Church of Mary Help of Christians, and the town of Zócalos. Climb the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol, a monolith which reaches 220 meters high.

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Medellín: Comuna 13, Cable Cars and Botero Statues Tour

8. 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 Medellin.

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Medellín: ATV Quad Tour

9. Medellín: ATV Quad Tour

Hop into a van in Lleras Park and drive from Medellín into the mountains. Once arrived, warm up first in a parking lot with your 550cc ATV quads take a short test over an obstacle course. Receive instruction and safety tips from an experienced guide throughout the activity.  Enjoy a ride in the majestic mountains of Antioquia, in a natural reserve surrounded by pure Colombian nature, various trees, flowers, and fauna. Stop at a couple of view points to take amazing photos. Return to Medellín after an exhilarating day exploring the countryside.

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From Medellín: Paragliding and Rafting Combo Tour

10. From Medellín: Paragliding and Rafting Combo Tour

Combine spectacular views with adrenaline and excitement on this combo tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to a canyon where you can enjoy a 25-minute paragliding flight surrounded by huge mountains and waterfalls, followed by a delicious lunch. After lunch, enjoy a 3-hour rafting experience on the Calderas River, a Class IV river. As well as experiencing the thrill and excitement of white water rafting, you will have the unique opportunity to journey into the heart of Colombia's most untouched rainforest. After a full day's excitement, get dropped off back at your hotel in Medellín in the afternoon.

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What people are saying about Medellín

This was the highlight of our trip to Medellín! The flight was far more beautiful than it was scary. The pilot and I laughed and chatted the entire flight as he pointed out destinations in the area. I felt completely safe, comfortable and relaxed. Andes was my pilot and he was incredible! Ask for him if you can! Highly recommend!

Highly recommend this tour! Especially with Manuel. Wow the man is extremely knowledgeable and professional. It was interesting to learn of a different side of Escobar experience. From someone who is a local and lived during the times of Escobar.

Manny was fantastic with his local knowledge and know how for maximizing the experiences. I was very impressed and found myself saying WoW throughout the day. Combining Comuna 13 with Pablo Escobar's Medellin was the perfect 6-hour tour!

The story behind the rock is very interesting! Recommend to visit la Pierda! David, our guide, is very nice and knowledgeable.

This tour was awsome, and the tourguide was excellent and new everything we asked him. Highly recomended.