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Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar and Comuna 13 Tour

1. Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar and Comuna 13 Tour

Discover the political, social, and economic context of drug trafficking in Colombia on an eye-opening tour. Learn about Pablo Escobar's life, death, and impact. Visit Comuna 13 to see the inspiring transformation of what was once one of the most dangerous places in the world with a local guide. After pickup from your hotel in Medellin, head to Cementerio Jardines Montesacro to visit Pablo Escobar's grave. Discover different perspectives and points of view on Pablo's history. Gain an understanding of the context in which Pablo Escobar grew up and what made him who he was. Next, see Los Olivos Antioquia, the rooftop where Pablo Escobar died. Discuss the political and economic context of Columbia in the eighties and nineties. Discover the impact the drug lord's legacy still has. Then, visit Parque Conmemorativo Inflexión, a memorial to the victims of narco-terrorism. Finally, explore Comuna 13 and its history. Marvel at street art and stories of Colombians whose strength and resilience turned this previously violent area around. Unpick stereotypes and discuss the importance of education.

Medellín: Botanical Gardens Half-Day Tour

2. Medellín: Botanical Gardens Half-Day Tour

Experience the exotic Botanical Gardens and the main hot spots of downtown Medellin on this private guided tour. Visit the old churches, learn the historical and artistic context of the magnificent bronze statues in Plaza Botero, and much more. Start with a pickup in a comfortable vehicle from your hotel traveling to the Botanical Gardens where you will walk and explore the gardens. Look at exotic plants, birds, animals, and lakes of this hidden treasure. Go to downtown Medellin and be mesmerized by the magnificent sculptures of maestro Fernando Botero, one of the world's most renowned sculptors. Continue on foot to really feel the vibe of the downtown area and experience old colonial churches, plazas, and the stunning Palace of Culture among other landmarks. End the tour with a transfer back to your hotel.

Medellín: City Tour by Electric Bike with Fruit & Coffee

3. Medellín: City Tour by Electric Bike with Fruit & Coffee

Get ready to explore Medellín in a completely unique way. Take a 4-hour (20 km) tour on an electric bike and be immersed in the city. Cruise safely through the city by bike lane, which will be followed for the majority of the tour. Start your tour in El Poblado and take the bike lane to Ciudad del Río, a modern and recently transformed area. Along with your expert guide visit some of the city's most iconic places, also places not often known by tourists. You will have the opportunity to climb a sacred hill (Cerro Nutibara), from here you can the see stunning views of the entire city. Whilst looking over the city, you will learn about the history and transformation of the city whilst enjoying delicious tropical fruits. On your next stop you will get to try some world class coffee. Visit Laureles, a traditional neighborhood, and enjoy a Colombian coffee experience. After a coffee break ride around the renovated City Stadium area and visit The City Hall and the iconic Plaza de las Luces.

Medellín: Coffee Shop Hopping Tour

4. Medellín: Coffee Shop Hopping Tour

Your experience will begin as you are picked up from your hotel and taken to the neighborhood of Laureles. It is an artsy and green area famous for its numerous parks, restaurants, design stores, and enormous trees. To start, you will taste a delicious tropical coconut frappuccino at a Mediterranean-style coffee shop that also offers Turkish preparation methods. If a frappuccino isn't your thing, Turkish coffee is recommended. You will continue walking through the neighborhood and make a stop at a coffee shop recognized for both its Aeropress coffee method and for working together with coffee farmers from La Sierra (a peripheral area of Medellin's Comuna 8). At this place, you will learn about the roasting process and the importance of the social project they are leading. Your next stop will be at a place specialized in making espresso, as according to them, the best way to taste a coffee's quality is in a freshly-made espresso. Finally, you will stop at a coffee shop-independent designer store to enjoy a delicious cold brew (a 12-hour brewing process that highlights coffee's flavor while producing a cold refreshing beverage). You will also be welcome to sample their fresh homemade ginger or watermelon soda instead of the cold brew. Following your tour's completion, you will be driven back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Laureles

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 30 reviews

Very good tour that more than justifies the price. Juan, our guide, drove us - 2 people - to the destinations in a comfortable car and designed the tour in such a way that we didn't reach Communa 13 at peak times, for example. So there was enough time and leisure to take pictures without crowds and also to drink a coffee. Juan explained - on request also in fluent English - factually, without glorification or trivialization. Data was ready, all questions were answered thoroughly and immediately. Since you are traveling in a small group, individual wishes regarding route, length of stay, etc. can be taken into account. Really recommended!

I has a great visit with my guide Veronica. We toured the gardens and she was super knowledgeable about plants and the history of the gardens. They have such a nice restaurant in the Gardens...we stopper for cappuccinos. Veronica waa very upbeat and lively and had a fellow passion for plants and birds. I recommend this tour.....fresh and invigorating for such a crazy busy city

Thank you Juan and this wonderful and honest tour! We can only recommend the tour and learned a lot, very authentically and appreciatively, openly and critically. The three of us tried everything that was offered, what was interesting was the history behind it and the knowledge of someone who grew up here.

The tour was very exciting and interesting. The private tour has a special feel. The guide (Mateo) was perfect. Very friendly, knows a topic and you can talk with him about any topic regarding the tour or Colombia in general. His English is very good. Big recommendation.

Juan was a fantastic guide and shared so much knowledge on our tour. We really enjoyed looking around the stop off spots, especially commun 13. I would really recommend joining his tour.