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From Medellin: Guatape El Peñol with Boat, Breakfast & Lunch

1. From Medellin: Guatape El Peñol with Boat, Breakfast & Lunch

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: Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour with Local Guide

3. Medellín: Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour with Local Guide

Discover Medellín's Comuna 13 district on a guided tour with a local. Enjoy stunning views of the city from a cable car, learn about the local street artists, and hear how this formerly dangerous area has evolved. 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, take a short ride on the bus toward the Comuna 13 district. At 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, hear 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: Coffee Tour With Tastings and Lunch

4. 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.

From Medellín: Hacienda Nápoles Theme Park Day Trip

5. 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 City Tour with Metrocable and Comuna 13

6. 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.

Medellin: Bike City Tour with Local Food and Drink Tastings

7. Medellin: Bike City Tour with Local Food and Drink Tastings

This four-hour bike tour grants visitors the chance to see the best sights of Medellin in a fun and relaxed way. Ride through the city in the company of a local guide, who will shed light on the history, legends, art, and gastronomy of the area. Choose a regular bike for a classic ride or an electric bike for an even more relaxing time.  Get acquainted with Medellin's most popular destinations, including the city center, local parks, and historic squares. Enjoy several stops along the way to hear more about the locations and to snack on regional food and tasty coffee to keep your energy high.  Pass through colorful neighborhoods, experiencing the city as local people do, feeling its energy and marveling at spectacular views. Conclude the tour with a visit to Pueblito Paisa, the best viewpoint in Medellin, where you can enjoy a local beer and snap some great pictures.

From Medellín: Private Pablo Escobar History Tour

8. 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: Half-Day Private Colonial Towns Tour

9. 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.

From Medellin: Private Envigado Coffee Tour with Tastings

10. From Medellin: Private Envigado Coffee Tour with Tastings

Delve into Medellin's rich coffee culture on a guided tour of a plantation. Get an in-depth view of the production process with detailed commentary from your guide. Admire the beautiful landscapes with an authentic Colombian coffee. Start with pickup from your Medellin hotel in the morning. As you drive, your coffee guide will share details about Colombia’s long tradition of coffee production and consumption. Head into the mountain and take in the views of the surrounding mountains and lush landscapes. Keep an eye out for a cute sloth or an adorable ant eater. Continue to a secluded part of Envigado town and arrive at the coffee villa. Embark on a coffee tour covering everything from the seed to the cup. At the end, sip on a fresh batch. Next, visit a coffee plantation close to the city and explore one of Colombia’s most famous crops. See coffee cultivation up close and admire the plantation's exotic flowers and lush greenery. Pick your own coffee beans and learn hands-on.

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What people are saying about Medellín

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 179 reviews

A well-organised trip, great guides (we had Marlon). Guatape was one of the highlights in our Colombian trip. My only suggestion is to spend a bit less time for breakfast if possible (although the breakfast was tasty and authentically Colombian which was a nice touch)

Great guide with Walter and great tour! Definitely pack a raincoat or umbrella to be safe. Transportation does take a while especially the bus so be prepared but still worth it overall to see the local neighborhood and art.

One of the best tours I’ve taken around the world. So many things packed in one day . Breakfast and lunch were delicious at restaurants with beautiful views. Gonna was a fantastic guide

It’s really great to explore the city by bike - you see so much more than if you just follow the known tracks of your travel guide.

Good with some climbing. If not a cyclist get an ebike.