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Medellín: Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour with Local Guide

1. Medellín: Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour with Local Guide

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, stop to sample local snacks and take a short ride on the bus toward the Comuna 13 district. At the 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, 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: Coffee Tour With Tastings and Lunch

2. Medellín: Coffee Tour With Tastings and Lunch

Head out to San Sebastián de Palmitas, just 45 minutes from Medellín, to begin your unique coffee tour. After hotel pick-up, set off for a coffee-making farm and enjoy listening to a brief history about the origin of the coffee and how it was first brought to Colombia. Take the chance to dress in the typical costume of the paisa muleteer, including hat, poncho, paruma, and the tail of a rooster. Later, move on to a coffee plantation to carry out the coffee harvest, reducing the mixture to a pulp and finally, drying it. After these activities, sit down for a refreshing drink of musilago (coffee juice) and a tea made from the coffee pulp. Savor a typical dish from the region made of banana with honey and cheese. Hear your guide explain some techniques on how to prepare and drink coffee and have a short tasting of different coffees and servings. Later, try a typical dish of the paisa muleteer consisting of rice, yuca, ground beef, boiled egg, sausage, and banana. Try preparing your coffee to your own taste with the information you have just learned from your guide. Finally, receive a pack of coffee as a gift and have the chance to buy farm products at the shop. If the option is chosen, also experience a 2-hour horseback ride through the farm to some viewpoints. All instructions will be given to inexperienced riders.

Medellin: Comuna 13 History & Graffiti Tour with Cable Car

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

Discover the incredibly 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 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.

Medellin: Football Tour with Match Tickets and Pre-Game

4. Medellin: Football Tour with Match Tickets and Pre-Game

In Colombia, people live soccer as if it were more than a sport — and Medellín is the best city in the country to see the excitement fans feel for it. Experience the complete football culture as you master the songs, pre-game, paint your faces, and cheer on the home team, surrounded by dedicated fans. To make the experience as real as possible, go with the locals and feel the excitement of the crowds. Have fun talking to the guides who also love football and know teams from all around the world. Learn about the football culture, the social things involved in the sport, and the history of the clubs and players. Watch the game the safest way possible, from a place in the stand where the most enthusiastic fans sit. Enjoy an experience in groups of around 25 people to have a real-life look into Colombian football while meeting people from different places.

Medellín: Private City Tour with Metrocable and Comuna 13

5. 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.

From Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar History Tour

6. 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: Live the Nightlife Rooftop Pub Crawl

7. Medellin: Live the Nightlife Rooftop Pub Crawl

Discover the famous nightlife of Medellin with 5 options from Wednesday to Sunday. Experience the different rhythms of the city from salsa to techno, to the popular reggaeton. Depending on the day you chose, enjoy different activities such as dance classes, drinking games, entrance to clubs, rooftop Jacuzzis, and free drinks. Be accompanied by a local guide who will make sure the whole experience is full of high energy in non-touristy places. Techno Thursday:  Be greeted with a welcome shot and indulge in some drinking games to break the ice. After leaving the meeting point, make a short stop in a games bar where you will have free games for 10 minutes. Continue to 2 rooftops got more welcome shots, 2 for 1 cocktails, 10% off bottles, and hookah. End the night at 1 of 2 clubs you decide on along with the fellow participants of the tour. Reggaeton Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays:  Be greeted with a welcome shot and indulge in some drinking games to break the ice. Continue to 2 rooftops for more welcome shots, 2 for 1 cocktails, 10% off bottles, and hookah before finishing the night off in a popular reggaeton club with entrance included. Wet Sunset Sunday:  Be greeted in a rooftop bar with a welcome shot and free use of the jacuzzi (towels will be provided) and play beer-pong. Continue to 2 rooftops for more welcome shots, 2 for 1 cocktails, 10% off bottles, and hookah, before finishing the night off in a popular reggaeton club with entrance included.

4-Hour Medellin, Envigado & Sabaneta Three County Tour

8. 4-Hour Medellin, Envigado & Sabaneta Three County Tour

Many people who visit Medellin don't get to experience the neighboring counties due to the length of their stay or they are simply unaware of the other places. With this in mind, this tour incorporates Envigado and Sabaneta on this tour., the two surrounding counties adjacent to Medellin. After your guide picks you up from your hotel or apartment, the tour will start at El Pueblito Paisa in central Medellin. This delightfully charming town is reminiscent of how Medellin looked like in the past. You'll experience captivating panoramic views of the city from above. The town contains a lovely little church, a charming museum, cute shops with handcrafted items and exquisite restaurants with savory paisa dishes from the region. The tour continues in Envigado, a city with expansive growth in recent years. There, you will visit the beautiful plaza with its 300 year-old colonial church and walk around downtown Envigado to really feel the vibe of this city. Lastly, your tour guide will drive you to the town plaza of Sabaneta, home to its famous plaza where numerous movies have been filmed. This is a great place to taste the succulent giant-sized buñuelos and other delectable appetizers from Antioquia. This is a 4-hour private tour in a comfortable, new vehicle with a fluent and certified professional tour guide. Guests taking the tour with the "Exotic Fruits" tour option will be dropped off a little later than stipulated.

Medellin: Private City Tour

9. Medellin: Private City Tour

Explore Medellín from a local perspective on a private guided tour tailor-made to your likings. See the main attractions of the city, explore downtown, and take the metro or the metro cable to park Arvi. Your guide will happily suggest the most famous routes that vary according to tastes but feel free to suggest adaptations. The most common trails include a day to see the Botero statues, Museo de Antioquia, and a walk along the downtown area followed by a visit to Pueblito Paisa to have the most amazing views of the city. Another very common route is riding the metro to Botero park, the botanical garden, and the library of Santo Domingo Savio followed by a cable car ride up to Parque Arvi for a nature adventure. Coordinate the construction of the tour with your guide or get in touch before hand. Every tour will include suggestions of local dishes, handcrafted arts, goods or other things you are looking for.

Medellín: Comuna 13, Cable Cars and Botero Statues Tour

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 158 reviews

If you are going to visit Medellin you need to do this tour! The cable carts are well worth it for taking great pictures of the view of Medellin and our tour guide Sebastian was incredibly knowledgable and helpful before, during and after the tour! The history behind Communa 13 is something that will interest anyone!

Absolutely amazing tour! Highly recommend this to everyone! Our tour guide was incredibly pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet her and go on this wonderful journey with the group!!!

Very good guide and very helpful for large group. Talking to everyone as a group and individually. Not going too fast or too slow.

Walter was great and super knowledgeable. Definitely recommend this tour if Walter is your tour guide.

Muy completo, con buenas recomendaciones sobre cada lugar, la historia de cada lugar súper bien.