Put on comfortable shoes and enjoy a tour in an area that was once considered the most dangerous neighborhood of Medellín and meanwhile has changed into a still poor but lively neighborhood with beautiful street art and boiling social innovation.
What to Expect
Your expert guide will share his wide knowledge with you, point out important places of changes and tell you about what made Medellín the world’s ‘Most Innovative City of the Year' 2013. The tour starts at your hotel from where you take a taxi to the closest Metro station and then ride the Metro to San Javier, or Comuna 13.
Boarding the Metrocable, once developed as an alternative form of public transportation for local residents, you will get to see San Javier from above. While floating up the hill and enjoying the view you learn about how much easier it became for locals to get to work and how much time they can save nowadays because of the Metrocable.
Back at the platform hop on a bus that takes you near the electric escalators that were built in 2011. They replaced 530 concrete steps and reduced the time for getting up 384 m (1,260 ft.) immensely. Thanks to this, the complicated social dynamics of what once was another slum gradually turned into a brighter panorama.
The electric escalator will take you up to a platform from where you get another stunning view at Medellín from above. Taking a closer look, you notice amazing street art everywhere: colorfully painted roofs and drawings on the walls, from professionals as well as from children.
While you climb up the narrow streets a bit further to have a look at the side streets, you may get a chance to talk to people on the street and ask them how their lives changed during the last few years and if it was caused by the electric escalators and other projects of the neighborhood.
As you walk your way back down the electric escalators and head to your final destination, the library of San Javier, you will see how Comuna 13 became a remarkably good neighborhood for children, inspiring them to be creative in arts and sports and encouraging them to study. The San Javier Library Park is known as a place that brings families together to partake in literary, cultural and musical activities. After your visit of the library you walk back the short distance to the metro and make your way back to your hotel.
- Taxi ride from your hotel to the nearest metro station and back
- Tickets for public transportation
- English speaking guide