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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: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

2. 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.

Medellín: Private City Tour with Metrocable and Comuna 13

3. 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

4. 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: Half–Day Private Nature Tour & Waterfall Hike

5. Medellin: Half–Day Private Nature Tour & Waterfall Hike

The city of Medellin surrounded by green hills is perfect for experiencing Andean nature just a few minutes outside of town. On this half-day activity, head to the eco-trail to the La Miel waterfall. Enjoy a hike that takes about 90 minutes, following a small river to reach the impressive 20–meter high waterfall through dense Andean cloud forests. Take in this ideal nature activity to experience Andean flora and fauna in the nature reserve of La Miel. This activity requires a good physical condition. Part of the walk is on a path and part of it by a river. You will cross the river on several occasions and some rocks may be slippery.

Medellín: Half-Day Private Colonial Towns Tour

6. Medellín: Half-Day Private Colonial Towns Tour

Discover the quaint beauty of 3 different colonial towns outside of Medellin. Visit El Retira, La Ceja, and Rionegro, all places significant in the history of Colombia. The first stop is at El Retiro, a town built in the 18th century. Wander around the central park, see an old church, and traverse pretty streets. Pick up insights into the town's past from your guide. Make a pit stop at a remarkably beautiful waterfall on the way to La Ceja. Explore another town built in the 18th century. Marvel at its historical Spanish architecture. Cap off the half-day experience with a visit to Rionegro, the largest municipality outside Medellin, founded in 1541. This was one of the most important cities during the independence struggle in Colombia, and is home to a museum that highlights this history.

Medellín: Paragliding Experience

7. Medellín: Paragliding Experience

Experience an adrenaline rush on a paragliding experience alongside an experienced certified instructor. Only an hour away from the city of Medellín, this experience offers breathtaking rural views combined with a magnificent view of the city. Get picked up in Medellín, then set out to where your paragliding experience will take place. Next, gear up the top of a mountain high in the Andes and strap into a paraglide for a tandem 20-minute flight with your instructor. After landing back to earth, stop for an optional quick snack before heading back to the city to get dropped off.

From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

8. From Medellín: Private Guatapé Tour with Boat Ride

After being picked up from Medellin, drive for an hour and a half to the eastern Antioquia municipality of Guatapé.  Enjoy a guided tour through the town, where you will pass by the Casa Museo panorama, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol and the Ruins of the Hacienda La Manuela by Pablo Escobar. Discover a world of color among its streets, adorned with baseboards that tell stories of the town and its people.  Take a 1-hour boat tour through the reservoir. Visit Marinilla where you will see the Church of Mary Help of Christians, and the town of Zócalos. Climb the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé or Piedra del Peñol, a monolith which reaches 220 meters high.

4-Hour Medellin, Envigado & Sabaneta Three County Tour

9. 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.

Medellín: Guatape Village with Coffee and Fruit Tasting Tour

10. Medellín: Guatape Village with Coffee and Fruit Tasting Tour

To start with, the tour guide will pick you up from your hotel before you head to the east area of the region, enjoying the beautiful landscapes on the way. The total transfer time is 90 mins.  The first stop is the replica of el Peñol, a little town that was flooded in the late seventies to build the Dam in this region. Then you will have an amazing and informative coffee experience. Learn about the history of the coffee, collect coffee like a farmer, learn about all its processes, taste coffee, and learn how to differentiate between good and bad coffee.  After enjoying a delicious coffee, you will have the energy to climb up Peñol Rock. When you get to the top, you'll be able to enjoy the best panoramic views of the region. The last stop will be Guatape, which is a beautiful colourful town and a site that, due to its uniqueness, has become one of the must-see destinations for those who travel to Antioquia.

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What people are saying about Medellín

Fabian's coffee farm is just outside of Medellin and is of a good size, so that the entire tour can be made quite compact and still very personable and extremely interesting (about 3 hours). Fabian is a second-generation coffee farmer and is full of enthusiasm for coffee and explains/shows the entire process from the plant to the ground beans (tasting included, of course) very clearly. By the way, he speaks very good English. Our tour guide, Lina, was great too. She picked us up in Medellin and not only knew a lot about coffee herself (her parents grow coffee themselves), but generally spoke a lot and openly about life in Colombia and Medellin. Conclusion: We were traveling with two children (3 & 6 years) and can only recommend this tour!

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.

Mateo was an excellent guide who knew perfectly what we wanted to see. His personal touch - taking us to a coffee shop and for an extra ce cream - was really appreciated. We highly recommend him as a guide

Excellent service Manny was an incredible guide and has an incredible knowledge of the Pablo Escobar history. Recomended 100%

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