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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: Private Pablo Escobar and Comuna 13 Tour

2. Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar and Comuna 13 Tour

Discover the political, social, and economic context of drug trafficking in Columbia 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 Columbians whose strength and resilience turned this previously violent area around. Unpick stereotypes and discuss the importance of education.

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 Botanical Garden and other sustainable city projects such as the charismatic Park of Desires, and the iconic sculptures by Fernando Botero on Botero Plaza.

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.

Medellín: Comuna 13, Cable Cars and Botero Statues Tour

5. 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.

Medellín: 5.5-Hour Guided Private City Tour

6. Medellín: 5.5-Hour Guided Private City Tour

Learn about the past and present of Medellín on this guided private tour of the city. Your expert local guide will give you an in-depth look at the city's darker past and its brighter present. See the modern innovation that has helped transform Medellín into a cultural hub, with stops at the giant electric escalators and the Metrocable. Stop to take in the ambiance and admire the shops and street art in Comuna 13. Follow in the footsteps of The Godfather, Pablo Escobar, and learn about the darker history of the city's drug wars. Visit the Monaco memorial park, built on the site where Pablo Escobar's residence once was, now a memorial to the victims who died in the Medellín and Cali Cartel War. Then head to the church where his men blessed bullets for perfect hits. Enjoy a snack at Escobar's favorite eatery. Finally, visit the rooftop house where he died, and the cemetery where he lays.

Comuna 13 Neighborhood & Street Art Private Tour

7. Comuna 13 Neighborhood & Street Art Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, and then venture off the tourist trail to discover the street art of Medellín. Explore a different side to the city and learn how it has transformed from one of the most violent in the world to one of the most innovative. Travel to a local barrio (neighborhood) to see the graffiti walls of one of the most representative communities in Colombia. Encounter the urban art of Comuna 13, one of Medellín's poorest neighborhoods. Get a feel for a more authentic culture and explore public spaces for art that are changing perceptions about the city.       

Medellín: Comuna 13 and Exotic Fruits Day Tour

8. Medellín: Comuna 13 and Exotic Fruits Day Tour

Get a personal introduction to Medellín’s colorful neighborhoods by your English local private guide. Understand the relationship between the local residents, musicians, and graffiti artists that made Comuna 13 such a special place. Be mesmerized by the elaborate street art made by talented artists who went from dodging bullets to creating masterpieces. Also, meet the local community and learn about the positive transformation of this area that was considered one of the most dangerous communities in South America. Take a safe ride in the cable car and enjoy incredible views of the city and neighborhood from the top of the summit. Finally, delight your taste buds as you taste exotics fruits straight from the marketplace. Learn about their nutritional benefits before going back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Comuna 13

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 579 reviews

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.

Oscar the tour guide was very knowledgable and gave a fascinating insight into the history of Comuna 13, his English was very good and he was very friendly. I recommend this tour very highly, most of the locals seemed to know Oscar personally which made for a great experience.

Very informative. Includes information about the history of Comuna 13 as well as the street art. Excellent value for money.

Julián es un guía que deja una huella de Medellín en el corazón de uno. Conoce mucho de la historia y la sabe transmitir.

Definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting. It was an amazing experience.