1. Colombia
  2. Antioquia
  3. Medellín
  4. Pueblito Paisa

Medellín: City Essentials and Historic Tour

Product ID: 266000
See the essentials of Medellín, explore its historic districts and be fascinated as the city comes to life through stories, explanations and urban legends. Learn about the history, culture and people to understand the dynamic transformation of the city.
About this activity
Duration: 6 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Spanish, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • See incredible 360 degree views of Medellin and the Aburrá Valley
  • Hear the history of Medellin while exploring the city
  • Get off the beaten track neighborhoods
  • Admire murals and graffiti showing the city's urban transformation
  • Walk around Medellin’s downtown (El Centro)
  • Discover some of Medellin’s most traditional parks, squares and streets
Full description
Meet your guide and begin the tour in an air-conditioned bus as you head to your first destination, Cerro Nutibara and Pueblito Paisa. Here you will have incredible 360 degree view of the city and the Aburrá Valley. Sitting at the top of this hill is a replica town square commonly found in towns all over Antioquia. Learn about the architecture, culture, and daily life in town squares of the Paisa region.

After taking in breathtaking views you'll travel by bus to Medellin's downtown. Here you will learn about the rich history and culture of Medellinas as you walk through Botero Plaza, Park Bolivar Plaza, Parque Berrio, the pedestrian street of La Junin, and San Antonio. Visit the sculpture garden of Colombia's most renowned artist, Botero, and take in the energy and vibrant street life of the downtown area. Browse the thousands of shops and street vendors and take the opportunity to try some exotic Colombian fruit and local food from street vendors.

Next you will board the train and travel through some of the oldest, most representative neighborhoods of Medellin, such as Buenos Aires. Leave the train for a guided walking tour and witness how the public transportation system in Medellin transformed this area into a vibrant, middle class neighborhood teaming with cafes, eateries, shopping centers, and bakeries. Along this route you will see the outdoor gallery of more than 30 murals and graffiti that the city of Medellin commissioned to tell the urban story of transformation and change the city has seen.

Take the cable car to the very outskirts of Medellin to areas that were inaccessible to outsiders until recently. You will learn the violent history of these neighborhoods and how the cable car system, the first ever of its kind to be used as mass transportation, transformed violent, lawless areas of Medellin into tranquil, beautiful neighborhoods integrated into the greater Medellin area.
  • Transportation from the meeting point
  • Public transportation fares
  • Spanish and English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel insurance
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

El Parque del Poblado. Meet your guide on 9th Street at the side of the park. The tour guide will be holding up a sign that says, "Discover Medellin." The tour guide will be wearing a red shirt and blue pants.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
Know before you go
• Parts of this tour require walking
• Please bring your ID or passport
• Please bring sunscreen, comfortable shoes, and an umbrella as the weather can change without notice
• Tour operates in all weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 78 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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I took a tour with Iv. It was supposed to be a group tour but because of the pandemic, I was the only one that showed up. But they still fulfilled the commitment and went ahead with the tour, so it was a private tour for me! The tour started of with us driving to a couple of spots in the city. Iv was born and raised in Medellin and very knowledgable answering all my questions. She showed pictures of how the city looked in the past compared to how it developed currently, very interesting. Then we walked all around mural-lined streets in different neighborhoods of the city while Iv talked about the history, explored plazas, and stopped at a famous pastry store in Junin St. and tried delicious chocolates. We then made our way to a cable car station and took it up to a town in the mountains with great views. It was a great tour with an even greater guide. Well worth it, 10/10 would recommend!!

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20 March 2020

The tour is good. You must be prepared to walk and visit some places in no time. The only bad thing is that the meeting place for the departure is not the same for the return and that complicates the transfer to where you go. In general I liked it.

26 January 2020

Yvette was an excellent guide, her passion for her job and Medellin was immense. She gave us a lot of information about the people and the culture. It is very impressive the way the Colombian people have recovered so far from the bad old days. We felt safe wherever we went in Medellin.

25 January 2020

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Product ID: 266000