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From Medellín: Guatape & El Peñol Rock Trip with Boat Tour

1. From Medellín: Guatape & El Peñol Rock Trip with Boat Tour

Spend a day visiting the municipality of Guatapé, the city of many names: known variously as the interior sea of Antioquia, the Acapulco of Colombia, the interior Cartagena, Paraíso Paisa (paradise country), Remanso de Paz (haven of peace) and the heart of Antioquia's East, the city was actually named in honor of Cacique Guatapé, an inhabitant of this territory in the pre-Hispanic period. Spend a day visiting this growing and colorful city, made unique by the decorative tiles adorning the lower facade of the houses. For the third part of the day, enjoy a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir with crossover music. See panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol and the ruins of the Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Throughout the whole day, you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. Please note that the order of the itinerary may vary.

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From Medellin: Guatapé Full-Day Tour with Piedra del Peñol

2. From Medellin: Guatapé Full-Day Tour with Piedra del Peñol

Depart Medellin early in the morning. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Piedra del Peñol. You’ll have 1.5 hours to climb the 742 steps to the top of the historic rock and return to the base.  If you do not want to climb to the top, there is plenty to do at the base, with many shops selling local artisanal goods and many cafés as well. Enjoy a traditional lunch at the Piedra del Peñol or along the boardwalk in Guatapé. Take a guided tour of Guatapé, and then board a boat for a cruise on the Guatapé Reservoir. You will then start the return journey back to Medellin.

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Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar Tour with Cable Car Ride

3. Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar Tour with Cable Car Ride

Learn all about Pablo Escobar's life on a 4-hour guided, private tour in Medellín including three main stops: Inflexion Memorial Park, La Catedral jail, and a cable car ride to enjoy a panoramic view of the West side of the city for unforgettable photo opportunities. Hear interesting anecdotes as a knowledgeable guide presents Pablo Escobar's history on a sightseeing tour of the most famous locations linked to the drug lord, and how he affected Medellín and Colombia as a whole. Start your tour by visiting the Inflexion Memorial Park, built in 2019 on top of the lot of the old Monaco Building, a former property of the drug lord, to commemorate the 46,612 victims who were killed during his rule. Take a moment to walk through the moving space while your guide tells you facts of that time. Next, make your way to La Catedral, a personal prison Pablo Escobar built for himself — and where he spent five years — on top of a hill overlooking the city. It is said that he could choose who guarded him, and that the prison was built more to keep his enemies out than to keep him in. Drive on to visit the cemetery where Pablo Escobar is buried, as well as the neighborhood in which he spent his teenage years, and the house where he died. End your tour with a spectacular panoramic view of the West side of the city on a cable car ride before being dropped back off at your hotel.

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Medellín: Coffee Tour With Tastings and Lunch

4. 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.

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Medellín: Paragliding in the Colombian Andes

5. 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

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

7. 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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Medellin: Live the Nightlife Rooftop Pub Crawl

8. 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.

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From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

9. 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

10. 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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What people are saying about Medellín

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based on 470 reviews

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!

The tour was excellent!!! Me and my friend loved all the stops, the places are beautiful and our guide Marlon was very attentive and explained very well about the whole history of the place!

Geweldige tour! Echt vriendelijke mensen en je krijgt de beste uitleg over koffie. Aanrader, ook met kinderen.

Amazing tour with Ginna that was terrific in giving us great historical context of the area.

Great guide. Gonna. Sufficient time at each stop. Good decision to do the rock first.