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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 about Medellín, interesting stories from the guides, meet locals and learn about the library that works as a community center before returning to Poblado metro station.

Medellin: Comuna 13 History & Graffiti Tour & Cable Car Ride

2. Medellin: Comuna 13 History & Graffiti Tour & Cable Car Ride

The tour starts and ends at the Poblado metro station. You will take three main types of transportation: metro, cable car and bus. You will walk through the graffiti district and take the escalators. After taking the metro, you will enjoy riding the metro cable, you will see the houses on the mountain tops, visit a spectacular viewpoint and learn about the evolution of the city's transportation system. Then you will take a bus to the graffiti district, from where the walking tour will begin. You will be amazed by all kinds of art expressions, such as graffiti, oil paintings, graffiti printed clothes, music shows and dance shows. You will visit a very authentic neighborhood, full of art, music, food and friendly people. During the tour, you will see spectacular graffiti, which are painted by local artists. The guide will explain the meaning of the main graffiti and answer any questions you may have. You will also enjoy street performances such as break dance, rap or trova (traditional musical genre). You will also be able to see multiple options of snacks and traditional Colombian street food. In addition to all of the above, you will visit the best viewpoints of the neighborhood, from which you can see much of the city. During the tour the guide will explain the historical events related to the time of violence in the neighborhood, such as the military operation that liberated the neighborhood from the guerrillas in 2002 and how through the union of the community, the graffiti, the investment in the metro cable and the construction of the escalators, the neighborhood is a clear example of transformation and social development, becoming the most visited place in Colombia and one of the most visited in the world. Finally, the guide will take you to a bar with the best viewpoint of the neighborhood, where a drink is included and you will be able to get to know the other travelers in more depth. Join us, explore the most authentic neighborhood of Medellin and meet other travelers!

Medellín: Coffee Tour With Tastings and Lunch

3. Medellín: Coffee Tour With Tastings and Lunch

Head out to San Sebastián de Palmitas, just 45 minutes from Medellín, to begin your unique coffee tour. After hotel pick-up, set off for a coffee-making farm and enjoy listening to a brief history about the origin of the coffee and how it was first brought to Colombia. Take the chance to dress in the typical costume of the paisa muleteer, including hat, poncho, paruma, and the tail of a rooster. Later, move on to a coffee plantation to carry out the coffee harvest, reducing the mixture to a pulp and finally, drying it. After these activities, sit down for a refreshing drink of musilago (coffee juice) and a tea made from the coffee pulp. Savor a typical dish from the region made of banana with honey and cheese. Hear your guide explain some techniques on how to prepare and drink coffee and have a short tasting of different coffees and servings. Later, try a typical dish of the paisa muleteer consisting of rice, yuca, ground beef, boiled egg, sausage, and banana. Try preparing your coffee to your own taste with the information you have just learned from your guide. Finally, receive a pack of coffee as a gift and have the chance to buy farm products at the shop. If the option is chosen, also experience a 2-hour horseback ride through the farm to some viewpoints. All instructions will be given to inexperienced riders.

Medellín: Private City Tour with Metrocable and Comuna 13

4. 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.

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 Medellin.

From Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar History Tour

6. 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.

Medellin: Live the Nightlife Rooftop Pub Crawl

7. Medellin: Live the Nightlife Rooftop Pub Crawl

Discover the famous nightlife of Medellin with 5 options from Wednesday to Sunday. Experience the different rhythms of the city from salsa to techno, to the popular reggaeton. Depending on the day you chose, enjoy different activities such as dance classes, drinking games, entrance to clubs, rooftop Jacuzzis, and free drinks. Be accompanied by a local guide who will make sure the whole experience is full of high energy in non-touristy places. Techno Thursday:  Be greeted with a welcome shot and indulge in some drinking games to break the ice. After leaving the meeting point, make a short stop in a games bar where you will have free games for 10 minutes. Continue to 2 rooftops got more welcome shots, 2 for 1 cocktails, 10% off bottles, and hookah. End the night at 1 of 2 clubs you decide on along with the fellow participants of the tour. Reggaeton Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays:  Be greeted with a welcome shot and indulge in some drinking games to break the ice. Continue to 2 rooftops for more welcome shots, 2 for 1 cocktails, 10% off bottles, and hookah before finishing the night off in a popular reggaeton club with entrance included. Wet Sunset Sunday:  Be greeted in a rooftop bar with a welcome shot and free use of the jacuzzi (towels will be provided) and play beer-pong. Continue to 2 rooftops for more welcome shots, 2 for 1 cocktails, 10% off bottles, and hookah, before finishing the night off in a popular reggaeton club with entrance included.

From Medellín: El Retiro Private Tour with Food Tastings

8. From Medellín: El Retiro Private Tour with Food Tastings

Following pick-up from your hotel in Medellín, drive towards the Andes mountains and get panoramic views of the valley from a mountain top. Taste classic dishes from the northwest Paisa region and make your way to El Retiro for lunch by the scenic waterfall. Continue to Llanogrande and San Antonio de Pereira to sample a selection of traditional desserts. Get amazing views of the evergreen forests and mountain landscapes, visit colonial churches and spot some of the opulent villas of Colombia along the way. Benefit from an itinerary that can be customized to your interests and get the chance to explore at your own pace. Use the time to learn more about the culture, cuisine and history of Colombia. Return to Medellín along a route that cuts through the jungle, where wildlife can be spotted at the edge of the road.

Private Tour Palmas Culinary Adventure from Medellin

9. Private Tour Palmas Culinary Adventure from Medellin

You'll experience exquisite hors d'oeuvres and sample savory authentic Paisa dishes in this one-of-a-kind four-hour culinary adventure! This tour takes you to several locations to sample our succulent cuisine while learning the cultural aspects of the gastronomy and much more! The friendly and professional tour guide will pick you up at your hotel at your scheduled time. From there, you will be transported in a comfortable and private vehicle with air-conditioning and tinted windows to the top of the Andes Mountains. There will be stops at different locations, such as the Mirador, where you will delight your eyes with a panoramic view of Medellin from a precipice. Your taste buds will be stimulated while you sample tantalizing food with gusto, as you are driven from place to place to experience the richness and tradition of delectable dishes and finger food from the region. All of the delicious food on this tour is included, come on an empty stomach and enjoy! Guests will be dropped off at their hotel or place of stay after the tour.

From Medellín: Paragliding Flight and Guatape Tour

10. From Medellín: Paragliding Flight and Guatape Tour

Combine spectacular views with nature and culture on this combo tour. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to Cocorna where you can enjoy a 20-minute paragliding flight surrounded by huge mountains and waterfalls. After your flight, pay a visit to Guatape, one of the world's most colorful towns. Admire unique panoramic views of the town from atop the Stone of Guatape and stroll around the vibrantly painted houses and streets. After a full day's adventure, get dropped off back at your hotel in Medellín in the afternoon.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 158 reviews

What an amazing tour! I enjoyed every second of it. The Comuna 13 portion of it was to die for. I hope to come back one day and spend more time at every place that I visited. The tour guide (Hector Gaviria) was phenomenal. What a pleasant gentleman he is. It felt like I knew him all my life and he is also very knowledgeable. Great job Hector.

Oscar the tour guide was very knowledgable and gave a fascinating insight into the history of Comuna 13, his English was very good and he was very friendly. I recommend this tour very highly, most of the locals seemed to know Oscar personally which made for a great experience.

we really enjoyed the tour, Mateo was our guide he was very knowledgeable & explained the process of making coffee, what makes a good coffee, best practices for buying & preparing coffee. the lunch was also good, quite tasty & filling.

Carlos Valle is such an exceptional teacher and coffee guru. Not only he was punctual and professional - his finca and the way he teaches coffee to the general public is worth of filming a documentary series.

Very informative. Includes information about the history of Comuna 13 as well as the street art. Excellent value for money.