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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.

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: The Real Pablo Escobar Tour

3. 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.

Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar Tour with Cable Car Ride

4. 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.

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.

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, 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: Private City Tour with Metrocable and Comuna 13

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

From Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar History Tour

9. 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: Private 3-Hour Pablo Escobar Tour

10. Medellin: Private 3-Hour Pablo Escobar Tour

Learn about a somber period in Medellín's past on Pablo Escobar tour of the city.  Rather than just a tour about the man himself, you’ll embark on a tour that will show you a broad, balanced picture of life in Colombia and Medellín in 80s and 90s. Understand the effect this figure had on the city of Medellín.   After choosing a hotel pick-up at 09:00 or 13:30, travel in a private vehicle around Medellín. Head to various sites around the city with an expert local guide, including to the site of Escobar's old home and place of worship. Ask your guide questions on this private tour to get an insider’s view on life in Medellín.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 506 reviews

Andres was an exceptional tour guide. We had a private tour. He was punctual, knowledgeable, funny and kind. The tour was interesting and definitely worth it if you’re in town for a few days. We ride to the top of this mountain to visit the prison that Escobar built for himself. The views you there are spectacular. The memorial put a lot into perspective as well. We enjoyed the tour. I highly recommend Andres and go private! You save so much time.

Ginna, our tour guide, was excellent. She explained everything very clearly and was extremely friendly. She managed the group extraordinarily. As for the tour company, communication was excellent and all went as planned.

Mateo and Veronica were excellent guides. They were always attentive and friendly. They let my friends and I take the best of Guatape. Highly recommended.

Excellent tour . Just me and the tour guide Andras who Excellent. Very informative and and good laugh

La organizacion y el carisma de las guias hicieron de esta experiencia un dia increible!