£59 4 Hours
Comuna 13 Medellin Tour
A Medellin Tour Full of Colour, Community and Hope
Comuna 13 is a special neighbourhood on the outskirts of Medellin, Colombia. Once known as one of the most dangerous area of an already crime-ridden city, Comuna 13 is now a shining example of resilience and community empowerment.
During this Medellin tour, you will learn about the area’s dark past centred around the drug-trade and the impact on neighbours. Hear about government and community efforts to improve Comuna 13 and its future. Artist flock to this neighbourhood to create graffiti murals that pay homage to the community’s struggle. Learn about various pieces and the meaning behind the art. This Medellin tour is ideal for visitors who want to understand Colombia’s complex past, appreciate art and see an authentic community nestled above a valley.
Departure Time: 9 am Monday - Sunday
EXPERIENCE TYPE Culture, Art, History
Comuna 13 Tour Details
In the morning, your local guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Comuna 13, which is located in the western part of the “City of Eternal Spring” and overlooks the rest of Medellin. Your guide will provide context to the area and explain why Comuna 13 is so unique. You will get to ride a few of the of the escalators that were installed around 2012 so the area’s 3,000+ residents could have an easier time moving around the neighbourhood. Once you begin walking around the steep Comuna 13, you’ll understand how these elevators really improved the quality of life for residents.
This tour in Medellin isn’t just a history lesson. Along with facts about the past and plans for the future, your guide will tell you about the beautifully intricate graffiti adorning the walls and buildings in Comuna 13. Artist lovers will really appreciate a Comuna 13 tour because it’s a chance to learn the significance of many of the pieces and speak to some of the local artists. Comuna 13 also hosts graffiti festivals and competitions that draw artists from all over South America.
Visiting Comuna 13 will give you the chance to see how Colombians live. You will learn how and why Colombian cities are separated into a strata system and where Comuna 13 falls within that system. Comuna 13 is a humble area, far from the chic neighbourhoods in more touristic parts of Medellin. People living in Comuna 13 are accustomed to visitors and are welcoming to foreigners. Take some time on this tour to interact with locals and learn more about their day-to-day routines. At the end of the tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel or other pre-determined location.
- Private transfer to and from your hotel
- A professional tour guide, fluent in English
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- Tips and other discretionary expenses