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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

Discover the city of Guatapé on a guided tour from Medellín and learn about this colorful city from your guide. Board a sightseeing cruise to the breathtaking Piedra del Peñol followed by lunch. Start your morning with pickup from your accommodation in Medellín and travel to the vibrant city of Guatapé. With your guide, explore the colorful streets with their artistic tiled facades and fascinating history. Then, board a boat and sail through the reservoir. Enjoy panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol, and the ruins of the Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Learn about the sights from your guide. Disembark and visit the imposing Piedra del Peñol. Explore your lush surroundings with plenty of great photo opportunities, particularly if you choose to climb this impressive monument. After, regain your strength with a delicious lunch. Make one more stop at the Plaza de Zocalos and admire the colorful murals and the history behind them. After the tour, be returned to where you were picked up.

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.

Medellín: Paragliding in the Colombian Andes

3. 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.

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.

From Medellín: Hacienda Nápoles Theme Park Day Trip

5. 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, dinosaur replicas, bird world, an 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.

Medellín: ATV Quad Tour

6. 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.

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.

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.

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

9. 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.

Medellín: Paragliding Experience

10. Medellín: Paragliding Experience

Experience an adrenaline rush on a paragliding experience alongside an experienced certified instructor. Only an hour away from the city of Medellín, this experience offers breathtaking rural views combined with a magnificent view of the city. Get picked up in Medellín, then set out to where your paragliding experience will take place. Next, gear up the top of a mountain high in the Andes and strap into a paraglide for a tandem 20-minute flight with your instructor. After landing back to earth, stop for an optional quick snack before heading back to the city to get dropped off.

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What people are saying about Medellín

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 470 reviews

What a great day! Pick up was nice and punctual. The boat tour was beautiful. El Penol was stunning although was heaving with people, especially by the end. And then the crown jewel was Guatape. Maybe the most beautiful town I've ever seen. Really liked how the tour gave time to do our own exploring. Marlon and Andreas were awesome throughout

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.

Tour Guide went above and beyond with our experience. He recommended places for the free time and helped us get the best of the tour.

Very well organized tour, the only negative thing is the food, breakfast and lunch were very bad

Fantastic sights and delicious food. We had a wonderful time!