Get an insider's perspective on Medellin's transformation from one of the most notorious cities in Latin America to one of the safest, most vibrant, and most visited destinations in all of South America. This tour takes you to outdoor mural galleries in the neighborhoods of Las Indepencias and San Javier, allowing you to hear the city's story through its artwork. Travel like a local on the metro and the bus along with your guide, and taste local favorite snacks, too.
Medellin outdoor art tour
Learn about the history of Medellin through social transformation
My visit to Comuna 13 to view the street art and daily lives of the inhabitants of one of the poorest areas of Medellin, was, by far, the best experience of my vacation. This turned out to be a very personal tour as I was the only participant along with my guide Santi. Santi himself was the most awesomely knowledgeable, caring and erudite student and teacher of all the past and present history of the area that encompasses Comuna 13 as well as it’s inhabitants. We had simply wonderful conversations about the the politics and socially relevant circumstances that went into creating such a uniquely vibrant and artistically creative atmosphere that arose even amongst the chaos and turmoil that has been Colombia’s past. Santi is like the mayor of Comuna 13 because he knows everyone and everyone knows him. You can just tell how well liked and respected he is and their good will towards him makes for an even more genuine and unique experience while you accompany him. He also made sure to introduce me to some of the simplest and best of the local cuisine such as potato empanadas, frozen mango pops with lemon and salt, and dragon fruit. The graffiti art was first rate and Santi knows many of the artists personally so he is very good at relating the meaning and intent behind their work. All in all, this is an amazing tour that really teaches you something about the real inhabitants of Colombia, their struggles, their artistic expression borne from those struggles and their unstoppable resilience and perseverance in the face of hardship and oppression. All lead by a compassionate and knowledgeable guide who both walks the walk and talks the talk. First rate!!!