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Medellín: Private City Tour with Metrocable and Comuna 13

1. 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 iconic sculptures by Fernando Botero along the Botero Plaza and take a walk in the Parques del Rio.

Medellín: Comuna 13, Cable Cars and Botero Statues Tour

2. 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.

Medellin Metro: Private Tour

3. Medellin Metro: Private Tour

See the evolution of Medellin as a global city. First, meet your guide and take the metro downtown to Botero Plaza to see the famous 23 statues by Fernando Botero. Take some pictures before continuing to the botanical gardens, where you'll discover a variety of local flowers, birds and butterflies. Continue to botanic garden to appreciate the beauty of nature as you ride the metro. Get back on the metro and continue to the library of Santo Domingo Savio, a donation from the Kings of Spain to improve the local quality of life.

Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar and City Tour

4. Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar and City Tour

Following your pick-up at your hotel at 9:00 am go to the metro station to take a smooth ride with pleasant views of the city, river and surrounding Andes Mountains and valley. Head to downtown Medellín to marvel at the magnificent sculptures by Fernando Botero. Take souvenir photos with the help of your guide. Then, continue on foot to experience the true vibe of the city and learn its rich history from your native English-speaking guide. Get information about the old colonial churches, city plazas and the Palace of Culture. Next, board the Metrocable for an aerial ride to Spain Library Park in Santo Domingo Savio. Donated by the King of Spain, the modern edifice provides breathtaking panoramas of the city. Continue to the picturesque town of Pueblito Paisa to discover what Medellín looked like in the past at a replica of an Antioquian settlement. Get more captivating views of the city from the top of Cerro Nutibara. Admire Pueblito Paisa's lovely church, charming museum, cute shops, and handicraft items for sale. Taste the succulent cuisines of Colombia during your lunch break, and sample savory dishes from the Paisa region in one of the many restaurants. End your Medellín experience by exploring the life and times of Pablo Escobar. Hear about real-life events involving the notorious drug lord, who went from being a common car thief to the second richest man during his lifetime (after the Sultan of Brunei). Revered by many as the "Colombian Robin Hood" for building hospitals, schools, churches, soccer fields and a barrio (neighborhood) for the underprivileged, he was equally hated by rivals such as the Cali cartel and "Los Pepes" ("Persecuted by Pablo Escobar"). Investigate the facts behind the myths and mixed messages from expert guides who will provide true information and some stories that you won't hear anywhere else. Learn the story in a non-biased manner so that you can formulate your own opinion. Then, benefit from a drop off at your hotel or accommodation at the end of the day.

Medellin: Violence History & Memory Museum Educational Tour

5. Medellin: Violence History & Memory Museum Educational Tour

Plot twist alert! Pablo who is a tour designed to bring to light the B side of the story that was never told by Narcos, grounded in actual facts of the story of the narco phenomenon of Colombia. This tour is not like the regular Pablo Escobar tours. The narrative and the stops that are visited focus on bringing you on a journey through the whole context of the narco era, the impacts on the environment and society and how that deep wound has been defining for the resiliency and the whole social transformation that has made Colombia internationally known for. This four-hour tour will take place in the center-east of Medellin. We will walk through multiple stops that will help us show different narratives of the story, use the cable car system to visit comuna 8 and then the tram to reach Medellin’s Memory Museum. This institution has collaborated in the design of the narrative and research of the contents of this tour, and through its interactive exhibitions, visitors will gain a new perspective from multiple voices about the struggle and resilience of Colombian people.

Medellin: Barrio Transformation Tour

6. Medellin: Barrio Transformation Tour

In a city known for its troubled past, the neighborhoods of Moravia Barrio and Comuna 13 are some of the most notorious. Discover how the people living in these areas have worked towards overcoming difficult circumstances over the years and see evidence of their incredible resiliency. Learn about the history of Medellin from the perspective of the communities that have traditionally been its most disadvantaged. Start by visiting Moravia Barrio, a neighborhood that was built on a mountain of trash. The most densely populated community in Colombia, Moravia is a maze of zigzagging streets that are easy to get lost in and packed with stacked houses. Learn how the inhabitants of this barrio survived by making use of recycled materials, seeing the promise in their situation rather than the difficulty. After visiting Moravia Barrio, hop on the San Javier cable car which offers stunning views of the city spread across the valley and head to Comuna 13. Known to be the most dangerous neighborhood in Colombia, Comuna 13 was controlled by gangs loyal to drug lord Pablo Escobar in the 80s and 90s. See firsthand how this over-populated and under-privileged part of the city has begun to transform itself through music and art. Discuss the many examples of urban graffiti you come across with your knowledgeable guide and hear stories about life in this community in the past and present. Benefit from the intimacy of a private, guided bilingual tour that includes pickup and drop off at your hotel. Enjoy free time to buy souvenirs, grab a snack, or take breathtaking pictures of the cityscape below. By taking part in this tour, you contribute to the improvement of these neighborhoods as part of the proceeds are dedicated to urban renewal projects. 

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Touring with George was like hanging out with a friend. The trip went really well and smooth, I highly recomend touring with him if you want a stress free hassle free tour. George offered to give me coins for the restrooms although I didn’t need it that was very kind of him to do. It started to rain a little and he went to the store and got us some rain panchos. He carries shades in the car incase we needed them and overall the trip went great. Highly recommend George, he goes above and beyond!!!

Great, Mr sergio guided us through detailed since the very beggining, very close to answer every single question we had, he gave us time to stop and take a look when needed, always providing background history. I have taken some trips with you guys, by far, he has been the best guide tour. best one by way far, positive escalation to him, great person you guys work with, 10/5 stars.

We loved the personalized tour and thought our guide Jorge was the best. We felt he had just enough commentary and allowed us the right amount of free time. I highly recommend the tour and Jorge!!

Andres was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable and exuded pride for his city. I particularly enjoyed our cable car ride and venture into Botero Plaza. I highly recommend this tour.

He was a fabulous tour guide!! He was full of great Information and stories. Highly recommend him!!!