Medellín Culture & history

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From Medellín: Guatape & El Peñol Rock Trip with Boat Tour

1. From Medellín: Guatape & El Peñol Rock Trip with Boat Tour

Discover the city of Guatapé on a guided tour from Medellín and learn about this colorful city from your guide. Board a sightseeing cruise to the breathtaking Piedra del Peñol followed by lunch. Start your morning with pickup from your accommodation in Medellín and travel to the vibrant city of Guatapé. With your guide, explore the colorful streets with their artistic tiled facades and fascinating history. Then, board a boat and sail through the reservoir. Enjoy panoramic views of Casa Museo, La Cruz, Piedras del Marial, Piedra del Peñol, and the ruins of the Pablo Escobar's vacation home. Learn about the sights from your guide. Disembark and visit the imposing Piedra del Peñol. Explore your lush surroundings with plenty of great photo opportunities, particularly if you choose to climb this impressive monument. After, regain your strength with a delicious lunch. Make one more stop at the Plaza de Zocalos and admire the colorful murals and the history behind them. After the tour, be returned to where you were picked up.

Medellín: The Real Pablo Escobar Tour

2. Medellín: The Real Pablo Escobar Tour

Begin your tour by visiting the site of Escobar’s former home, where he hid his family and had enemies plant bombs to kill him. Learn about the transformation of this site into a memorial park for victims of Colombia's drug war. Next, head to “la cathedral”, a jail Escobar built for himself in an agreement with the government, from which he later escaped. Afterward, visit the soccer field Escobar built, known for its visionary design, where he gave speeches in an attempt to make a foray into Colombian politics. To cap things off, make your way to the cemetery, where Escobar is buried along with his family and other members of his gang, including Griselda Blanco.  By the end of the day, leave the tour with a better understanding of the negative impact that Escobar had on the country and the lives of the Colombian people.

Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar Tour with Cable Car Ride

3. Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar Tour with Cable Car Ride

Learn all about Pablo Escobar's life on a 4-hour guided, private tour in Medellín including three main stops: Inflexion Memorial Park, La Catedral jail, and a cable car ride to enjoy a panoramic view of the West side of the city for unforgettable photo opportunities. Hear interesting anecdotes as a knowledgeable guide presents Pablo Escobar's history on a sightseeing tour of the most famous locations linked to the drug lord, and how he affected Medellín and Colombia as a whole. Start your tour by visiting the Inflexion Memorial Park, built in 2019 on top of the lot of the old Monaco Building, a former property of the drug lord, to commemorate the 46,612 victims who were killed during his rule.  Take a moment to walk through the moving space while your guide tells you facts of that time. Next, make your way to La Catedral, a personal prison Pablo Escobar built for himself — and where he spent five years — on top of a hill overlooking the city. It is said that he could choose who guarded him, and that the prison was built more to keep his enemies out than to keep him in. Drive on to visit the cemetery where Pablo Escobar is buried, as well as the neighborhood in which he spent his teenage years, and the house where he died. End your tour with a spectacular panoramic view of the West side of the city on a cable car ride before being dropped back off at your hotel.

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.

From Medellín: Pablo Escobar’s Hacienda Nápoles Private Tour

5. From Medellín: Pablo Escobar’s Hacienda Nápoles Private Tour

Experience a private tour of Hacienda Nápoles (Spanish for Naples Estate), the grandiose estate built and owned by past drug lord Pablo Escobar that’s now a theme park and zoo. Enjoy a safari drive and see the animals from all over the world that Pablo imported. Get a chance to walk through the areas of the theme park and see items from Pablo’s life. Spot his private car collection that was incinerated by a feuding cartel during the war. See where his mansion once stood and visit the museum with several rare photos from his life. One of the main attractions you’ll see are the famous hippos that Pablo brought from Africa. Witness them in their natural habitat. Then, head to another spot to see Vanessa, a docile female hippo that eats carrots from your hand.

Medellin: Museum of Antioquia Skip-the-Line Ticket

6. Medellin: Museum of Antioquia Skip-the-Line Ticket

Located on the Botero Plaza, the Museum of Antioquia houses a large collection of works by Medellin native Fernando Botero. Enjoy skip-the-line entrance to the museum and make full use of your time there. Considered “the most Colombian of Colombian artists,” his acclaimed signature Boterismo style is internationally recognized and is housed at some of the most high profile locations across the world. Discover his most successful pieces of art and learn all about his fascinating life.

Medellín: Half-Day Private Colonial Towns Tour

7. 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.

Colombia: Official Pablo Escobar Meet the Family Museum Tour

8. Colombia: Official Pablo Escobar Meet the Family Museum Tour

Learn the secrets of his rise to power, the operation, truths and myths regarding his treasure vaults, family life, wars, daily habits, how he ruled, and personal family anecdotes that you can't get anywhere else. Be up close and personal to his real-life siblings who endured bombs, massacres, seizures, hiding in bunkers and tunnels with Pablo. They will share with you their personal, intimate stories like no documentary or series could ever do.

Medellín: 6-Hour Botero City Tour

9. Medellín: 6-Hour Botero City Tour

Discover the art and life of one of the greatest characters in Medellín’s, the artist Fernando Botero. See the extensive collection of sculptures the artist donated to his hometown. Marvel at his stunning paintings in the Museum of Antioquia. Start this wonderful tour with pickup at your hotel. Head to San Antonio Park to see its church and the sculptures by Botero there, then continue to Barrio Boston. Visit La Playa Avenue and the Palacio de Bellas Artes, donated by Botero to create access to art in the city). Walk through Botero Square, passing the Palace of Culture, and enter the Museum of Antioquia. See the wonderful exhibition showing satires of Colombian society, revealing the artist’s passion for bulls, and his tributes to the classics. Get dropped off back at your hotel after a fascinating tour.

Medellín: 5.5-Hour Guided Private City Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Medellín

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 571 reviews

Marlon is the best!! Viaja Meddelín Tour… Big bus breakfast and lunch. It start with Peñol and then guatape and it ends with boat trip with a really nice view!

Really great day out. Professional, courteous, helpful. Right balance between being guided and allowed to explore. Really enjoyed

Great trip. communicates well. From getting on the bus, breakfast, sightseeing, lots of interesting and fun information.

El tour fue muy bueno con un Guia de excelente conocimiento. La historia fue muy excelente lo recomiendo

Excellent, definitely one of my Columbian highlights.