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From Medellin: Guatape El Peñol with Boat, Breakfast & Lunch

1. From Medellin: Guatape El Peñol with Boat, Breakfast & Lunch

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.

Medellin: Comuna 13 History & Graffiti Tour with Cable Car

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

Discover the transformative graffiti art of Columna 13 on a guided tour in Medellin. Ride the metro, climb up to the houses on the mountain top with the metrocable, and take the public bus into the graffiti district for a walking tour full of art, music, food, and friendly neighborhood vibes. Start at the Poblado metro station and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Jump on the metro train to reach Medellin's cable car the metrocable and ride all the way up to the mountaintop. Enjoy the spectacular viewing point and learn about the city's transportation system. Continue on with a bus to the graffiti district where your walking tour will begin. Let your guide lead you through the streets filled with expressive art including graffiti, oil paintings, and graffiti-printed clothes. Encounter good food, music, and dance shows in this traditional neighborhood. Learn about the meaning of the graffiti created by local artists and how this area has been transformed over time. Try some traditional Colombian street food before heading to a bar with the best views in the city for a drink to get to know your fellow travelers.

Medellín: The Real Pablo Escobar Tour

3. Medellín: The Real Pablo Escobar Tour

Tour is in English, Begin your 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. Afterward, 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. ..and for a Limited Time: This tour Also Includes a Free Night Stay at the new Amazing: Adrenaline Hostal!! ..just ask to claim your free night!

Cartagena: Rosario Islands Catamaran with Lunch and Snorkel

4. Cartagena: Rosario Islands Catamaran with Lunch and Snorkel

Set sail for the Rosario and San Bernardo Corals National Natural Park on a full-day tour from Cartagena. The catamaran departs from the Muelle de la Bodeguita pier in front of the walled city. After your welcome drink, enjoy the journey to the Rosario Islands, sailing and motor sailing on the catamaran. The vessel is equipped with comfortable seats, where you can sit both in the shade and in the sun. There is a bar service on board, so you can enjoy a variety of soft drinks throughout the excursion.  Experience paradise with a stop in front of an idyllic beach of turquoise waters and white sands, where you can swim and play with fun inflatables. Practice snorkeling, if you wish, and admire the fascinating underwater life with colorful tropical fish and various types of coral. The crew will prepare a delicious lunch for you to enjoy on board while you sail back to Cartagena at the end of a relaxing day.

Cartagena: 5-Stop Island Hopping Tour with Lunch & Snorkel

5. Cartagena: 5-Stop Island Hopping Tour with Lunch & Snorkel

This is the original island hopping tour that delivers the complete island experience at a fair price with professional vetted guides, featuring a fast-paced itinerary with five total stops that include 2 beach clubs. It's important to note that not every stop is an island; there are only three accessible islands for public visits: Rosario, Cholon, & Baru. Other listings may promote snorkeling activities (Coral Reef & Escobar's Plane) as island visits, but they are actually water-based activities. Lunch and snorkeling gear are included, but there is a tourist port tax cash fee that must be paid at the pier before boarding (27,000 COP). Itinerary: We'll meet near the Historic Center where we'll board a large passenger shuttle boat that will take us to the channel of islands, 45 mins away. Upon arrival, you'll snorkel at a coral reef in a place known as Laguna. Afterward, you'll snorkel at Pablo Escobar's sunken plane. We then make our way to Playa Libre's beach club in Rosario island for a Caribbean lunch and relaxation. You'll then proceed to Cholon party island, and finally visit another beach club in Baru until departure. Return to Cartagena at around 4:45 PM. NOTE: This activity requires some physical activity. Boat rides are bumpy and not suitable for injured persons. Expect Cartagena's nearby islands to be touristy. Island vendors are persistent and can be bothersome. Cholon is a busy party island and may not be enjoyed by all. Businesses on the islands have markups, higher prices apply. Ask for prices beforehand and check receipts. Cards are accepted, but cash is recommended. Beach and swim attire is a must.

Medellin: Guatapé Tour, Lunch, Cruise, & Piedra del Peñol

6. Medellin: Guatapé Tour, Lunch, Cruise, & Piedra del Peñol

Discover Guatapé on a day trip from Medellin. Take in views from the top of Piedra del Penol, discover the Zócalos area on a guided tour, try traditional, locally made Colombian food, and enjoy a boat ride of the Penol-Guatapé hydroelectric reservoir. Enjoy the green landscapes and rolling hills and mountains as you journey from Medellin to Guatapé. Ascend 742 steps, as you make your way up to the top of the Piedra del Penol for sweeping views of the area. Explore the colorful Zócalos of Guatapé on a guided tour of the resort town. Enjoy a typical Colombian dish made by natives of the small pueblo. Tour a large section of the Penol-Guatapé hydroelectric reservoir on a boat cruise and enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscapes.

Cartagena: Historic Center and Getsemaní Shared Walking Tour

7. Cartagena: Historic Center and Getsemaní Shared Walking Tour

Cartagena, a city that bewitches, welcomes you to the best tour of the beautiful and magical city of Historic Cartagena full of stories, sayings and fascinating myths of its walls, streets, convents and houses of the walled downtown and San Diego that transcends the city limits. Discover the secrets, customs and legends of the tradition inherited from the Spaniards and popular from our Caribbean miscegenation, among which Gabo (Nobel Prize for Literature) accompanies us through his writings, such as his book "One Hundred Years of Solitude", one of the most read in the world. We start, at the agreed time, the shared tour, in the Camellón de Los Mártires - Plaza de Cervantes where we will learn about the indigenous people who were before and during the arrival of the Spanish. We move to the "Golden Key of Cartagena" or Clock Tower entering the Plaza del Ecuador, before the Plaza del Esclavo, a prelude to continue part of the enslavement route through Porto Carrero and Candilejo streets. But first, Pedro de Heredía welcomes us. We continue to the Portal de Los dulces, a symbol of female activity in times of slavery and that their descendants still continue their traditions. The process of commercialization of merchandise, including that of the enslaved, in the old "Plaza de la Aduana", has been historically important. In "Plaza de la Aduana" we will see important buildings such as the Municipal Hall. Of course, art is no stranger to the tour, the Museum of Modern Art, an exponent of Caribbean and Latin American art from the 50's, the Gold Museum opens its doors with samples of indigenous pieces from the Colombian Caribbean and the Emerald Museum, stones of beautiful considered the most beautiful in the world, worn by celebrities. Religion is present with San Pedro Claver, Slave of the Slaves, we will see the Architecture of the Church and Museum-Monastery that bear his name and is the Headquarters of Human Rights. Then we go to the San Ignacio Bastion which was built to defend the "Bay of Souls" from any pirate attack. On this tour we will see the history behind the walls of Cartagena. Do you like the feats of pirates and corsairs? We count them when visiting a Bastion, as a sample of Spanish military constructions and strategies, we continue to Plaza Bolívar, in homage to the precursor of Independence, a place to refresh ourselves. Do you know the sloths, the squirrels, the iguanas? You will see them in one of the most important Lungs of Cartagena, Centennial Park, former Railway Station, which is a relic of the Tropical Dry Forest where we refresh under the shade of beautiful trees. We will enjoy one of the most important and colorful cultural corridors of Getsemaní, due to the umbrellas (symbol of the advertisement), the graffiti and the unique architecture. Finally, we enter the Callejón Ancho, to reach the end of the route at Calle San Juan to the sound of salsa and the African champeta.

Bogota: Bicycle City Tour

8. Bogota: Bicycle City Tour

See Colombia’s capital city from a unique perspective on this cycling tour of Bogota. Ride your bike to traditional food markets, a coffee factory, the bullfighting stadium, the Central Cemetery, the historical center and through Bogota's many plazas, parks, and neighborhoods. The exact route varies depending on the day, weather, and whether or not there are special events going on in the city, but you’re always guaranteed and eclectic mix of fun and culture. Gain an insider’s view of Bogota and Columbia as you meet local people and visit sites off the beaten path. The terrain is mostly flat, and there are plenty of stops, but this is an urban tour so expect some traffic and a decent level of exercise.

Medellín: Comuna 13 District Tour with Cable Car Ride

9. Medellín: Comuna 13 District Tour with Cable Car Ride

Discover Medellín's Comuna 13 district on a guided tour with a local. Enjoy stunning views of the city from a cable car, learn about the local street artists, and hear how this formerly dangerous area has evolved. 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, take a short ride on the bus toward the Comuna 13 district. At 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, hear interesting stories from the guides, meet locals and learn about the library that works as a community center before returning to Poblado metro station.

Medellín: Small Group Guatapé Tour and Luxury Boat Ride

10. Medellín: Small Group Guatapé Tour and Luxury Boat Ride

At 8:30 am, our journey begins, filled with anticipation and excitement. To kick off the day with the best energy, we'll indulge in a traditional breakfast at 9:45 am. Then, we'll venture through the charming town of El Peñol, making our way to its famous replica by 11 am. This scale replica of the old town square offers a majestic view of the reservoir and showcases the colonial charm of its architecture. But wait, there's more excitement ahead: the Penol Rock! Picture yourself climbing the 740 steps that lead to the summit of this colossal batholith. Upon reaching the top, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking 360º view of the surrounding landscape. It's an experience like no other, allowing you to marvel at the sheer magnitude of nature as you ascend this towering granite rock. You'll have approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to conquer the climb. Are you up for the challenge? After a satisfying typical lunch, at 2:30 pm, our adventure continues with an exclusive boat ride along the reservoir. Prepare to witness islands emerging from the water and behold stunning landscapes and properties dotting the area. Our final stop is the picturesque town of Guatapé. Here, your guide will lead you through the highlights, including the malecon, the iconic umbrella street, the zócalos square, the memory and trade street, and its main park and church. Then, you'll have 1 hour and 10 minutes to explore this charming town at your own pace. Embark on this unforgettable tour and discover the magic of Guatapé. It's an experience you'll cherish forever!

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The tour was such a wonderful way to spend the afternoon in Medellín. Our guide Adrian knew everyone! And helped us learn how to navigate the metro system and taught us about the transformation of the comuna 13 on the graffiti tour. We learned so much and felt like we were supporting the community vs exploiting it. Wear comfortable shoes and bring small bills for tipping/purchases.

Karen was an amazing bilingual guide. She has a great energy and warm personality that makes you feel like family. Our driver Andres was very professional as well. I was very impressed with the entire experience. Highly recommend Beyond Colombia tours!

it was amazing, Ana was our tour guide and she made the whole tour worth it, we learn more about Comuna 13 history and got the chance to take great pictures in the best viewpoint of medellin. totaly recommend 👍

Our guide was informative but it’s hard to follow some things because of all the people trying to sell you stuff

Incredible. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide. Must do with Adrian. Brilliant.