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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.

Medellin: Comuna 13 History & Graffiti Tour & Cable Car Ride

2. Medellin: Comuna 13 History & Graffiti Tour & Cable Car Ride

The tour starts and ends at the Poblado metro station. You will take three main types of transportation: metro, cable car and bus. You will walk through the graffiti district and take the escalators. After taking the metro, you will enjoy riding the metro cable, you will see the houses on the mountain tops, visit a spectacular viewpoint and learn about the evolution of the city's transportation system. Then you will take a bus to the graffiti district, from where the walking tour will begin. You will be amazed by all kinds of art expressions, such as graffiti, oil paintings, graffiti printed clothes, music shows and dance shows. You will visit a very authentic neighborhood, full of art, music, food and friendly people. During the tour, you will see spectacular graffiti, which are painted by local artists. The guide will explain the meaning of the main graffiti and answer any questions you may have. You will also enjoy street performances such as break dance, rap or trova (traditional musical genre). You will also be able to see multiple options of snacks and traditional Colombian street food. In addition to all of the above, you will visit the best viewpoints of the neighborhood, from which you can see much of the city. During the tour the guide will explain the historical events related to the time of violence in the neighborhood, such as the military operation that liberated the neighborhood from the guerrillas in 2002 and how through the union of the community, the graffiti, the investment in the metro cable and the construction of the escalators, the neighborhood is a clear example of transformation and social development, becoming the most visited place in Colombia and one of the most visited in the world. Finally, the guide will take you to a bar with the best viewpoint of the neighborhood, where a drink is included and you will be able to get to know the other travelers in more depth. Join us, explore the most authentic neighborhood of Medellin and meet other travelers!

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.

Medellín: Comuna 13, Cable Cars and Botero Statues Tour

4. 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: Private Pablo Escobar and Comuna 13 Tour

5. 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.

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.

Medellín: Comuna 13 and Exotic Fruits Day Tour

7. 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.

Comuna 13 Neighborhood & Street Art Private Tour

8. 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.       

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What people are saying about Comuna 13

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 42 reviews

Great, the friendly guide, calls you before the activity, introduces himself, takes you through the entire route and gives you good information not only about commune 13, but about the city itself. Commune 13 itself is worth the entire walk. From the graffiti, the presentations, the palettes, the escalators in the middle of a neighborhood, its history, its yesterday, its now. It is a monument to the desire for transformation and the hope of an entire people.

Excellent guide and unique experience. Loved what was included in the tour - seeing Communa 13 from a distance via the cable car before going into the communa definitely made it an even better time. Highly recommended!

This tour with this particular guide was exceptional. We received, what seemed to be, and honest look at the neighborhood, past and present.

Gran servicio, puntualidad y basto conocimiento de la historia colombiana. Excelente guía turístico Daniel C.

Excellent activity I recommend it 100%. Our guide Daniel SPECTACULAR. Unique experience. Very grateful.