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Medellín

Experience Colombian's bustling culture surrounded by a backdrop of picturesque hills and coffee plantations.

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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.

Medellin: Comuna 13 History & Graffiti Tour with Cable Car

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

Discover the 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 public 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.

Medellín: Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour with Local Guide

3. 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.

From Medellin: Guatapé Full-Day Tour with Piedra del Peñol

4. From Medellin: Guatapé Full-Day Tour with Piedra del Peñol

Depart Medellin early in the morning. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Piedra del Peñol. You’ll have 1.5 hours to climb the 742 steps to the top of the historic rock and return to the base.  If you do not want to climb to the top, there is plenty to do at the base, with many shops selling local artisanal goods and many cafés as well. Enjoy a traditional lunch at the Piedra del Peñol or along the boardwalk in Guatapé. Take a guided tour of Guatapé, and then board a boat for a cruise on the Guatapé Reservoir. You will then start the return journey back to Medellin.

Medellín: Coffee Tour With Tastings and Lunch

5. 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: Football Tour with Match Tickets and Pre-Game

6. 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: Paragliding in the Colombian Andes

7. Medellín: Paragliding in the Colombian Andes

Start with pickup from your hotel located in the El Poblado neighborhood or the meeting point in Parque Lleras. Drive 45 minutes to arrive at the launching pad where you will have a great view over the Medellín region. Rely on high-quality gear and instructions from professional and reputable staff. Receive an introductory lesson, and then fly out over the Aburra Valley over the beautiful scenery. See spots such as the Medellin River, the El Quitasol hill, the Garcia barrage, and the Picacho hill, with the spectacular backdrop of the mountains. After your flight, return to the city of Medellín.

Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar and Comuna 13 Tour

8. 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: Hacienda Nápoles Theme Park Day Trip

9. From Medellín: Hacienda Nápoles Theme Park Day Trip

Discover a theme park suitable for everyone's enjoyment, from children to adults on a full-day tour to Hacienda Napoles. Encounter a world of fun with family-friendly pools, lazy river, dinosaur replicas, bird world, an African museum, and more.  Explore different wildlife habitats and be amazed to encounter tigers, elephants, and other creatures of nature. There will be breakfast included and plenty of places to have lunch in the park.

Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

10. Medellín: Private Guatapé with Peñol Tickets and Boat Ride

Sail across the reservoir of Guatapé to see sights like the ruins of Pablo Escobar's vacation home on this day trip from Medellín. Hike the Rock of Guatapé for stunning panoramic views. Explore the city of Guatapé and savor delicious local lunch.  Be picked up in Medellin and board an airconditioned van for the drive to the Guatapé region. Board a comfortable boat for a cruise through the reservoir. Pass by Casa Museo, La Cruz, Marial Rock, El Peñol Rock, and Pablo Escobar's old home. Go up the 740 steps to reach the top of the Rock of Guatapé (Piedra del Peñol), a 220-meter (722-foot) high monolith. Delight in magnificent views of the spectacular landscape and Guatapé Dam which was built in the lands of the old town of Peñol in the 1970s. 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. Return to Medellín by van after lunch and be dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Medellín

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4,070 reviews

La mejor experiencia que he tenido en un viaje, desde el momento en el que reservé hasta el momento en el que partí . Todos fueron muy amables y atentos , me hicieron sentir como en casa. El dueño Sergio siempre muy interesado en cuanto a mis necesidades, el conductor Oscar siempre atento y con una sonrisa , hasta la guía Ginna que tenía todo el conocimiento ,todas la ganas y alegría de enseñarnos y compartir todo lo hermoso que tiene para dar Colombia . Una ves más gracias por la gran experiencia y por el maravilloso recuerdo que me llevo de ese hermoso país . Michelle

This tour was absolutely incredible! Katherine greeted us with a warm welcome and provided the most exciting, interesting and memorable experience. She was super informative and had a beautiful way of communicating the details about the history and the various pieces of graffiti art. We loved that Katherine was our tour guide and will definitely request her next time. This is a must! Don’t miss this tour! We highly recommend it.

This tour to Guatapé was amazing!!! You have plenty of time to take photos and appreciate everything. Ginna is the best tour guide!!! She explained everything in Spanish and English and even cooked typical Colombian food for all of us. Definitely, I would book another tour with her.

I strongly recommend this tour! Laura was an excellent guide - she is clearly passionate about what she does, and has tons of information about Comuna 13 and Medellin. This tour was a highlight of my trip to Colombia!

had a great trip. Sergio the English translator was awesome, please make him an official guide