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How to Spend 1 Day in Medellin

How to Spend 1 Day in Medellin

Modern Medellin, the capital of Antioquia and home of the late Pablo Escobar, sits in a verdant valley surrounded by jagged peaks, with springlike weather throughout the year. This modern metropolis packs plenty of cultural appeal as well. Here’s how to make the most of your 24 hours in the City of Eternal Spring.

Morning: City Sightseeing

There’s a ton to see and do in Medellin, so get your bearings with a sightseeing tour around town. Options are plentiful; opt for a general tour on foot, by metro, and via aerial cable car to see the city’s colonial churches, plazas, and public art, or choose a tour that caters to your particular interests—anything from street art to the sculptures of Fernando Botero. To get a sense for just how naturally beautiful Medellin really is, treat yourself to a morning helicopter flight high above the city.

Afternoon: Pablo Escobar

This afternoon, walk in the footsteps of Medellin’s most infamous son, Pablo Escobar, with a guided excursion to some of the drug lord’s most notorious haunts. See the soccer field Escobar built for the local community, the Monaco Building where a rival cartel tried to assassinate his family, the family home where he was killed on the roof, and his unassuming gravesite in a local cemetery. Hear stories of the cartel kingpin while learning more about how his legacy has impacted modern Medellin.

Night: Salsa Dancing

After your busy day of sightseeing, let loose with a favorite Colombian pastime, salsa dancing. Join a local for an evening of drinking and dancing at salsa clubs wherepaisas (Medellin locals) go for a night out on the town. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more low-key, opt for a food tour of a local neighborhood (Sabaneta or Envigado) to sample specialties such asbuñuelos (cheese balls),chicharrón (pork belly), and locally made sausage. 

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Half day private Medellin city tour

Half day private Medellin city tour

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Enhance your experience of Medellin—known as the ‘City of Eternal Spring’—on a private, full-day custom tour of the beautiful city. With the help of a knowledgeable guide, devise an itinerary that includes only the sights you wish to see. Choose to visit Pueblito Paisa, a miniature replica of a typical Colombian village, and admire the disproportionate sculptures in Plaza Botero. Learn about the history of areas such as Comuna 13 and Parque de las Luces, and receive undivided attention from your guide throughout this private tour.  
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$54.00
Price varies by group size
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US$54.00
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Private Half-Day Pablo Escobar Godfather Tour in Medellin

Private Half-Day Pablo Escobar Godfather Tour in Medellin

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Get an insider’s look at the life of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar during this 4- to 5-hour private excursion in Medellin. Learn the true stories behind this mythical figure from a local expert, visiting key locations like the soccer field he built for the community, the house where he was murdered on the roof, and the cemetery where he’s buried, plus much more.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$79.00
Price varies by group size
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US$79.00
Price varies by group size
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Medellin City Private Tour

Medellin City Private Tour

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Get a personalized look at some of Medellín’s top attractions during this private sightseeing tour. Explore the downtown area using a mix of car, walking, metro, and aerial cable cars, then ascend to Pueblito Paisa—a replica of a colonial Colombian town—where you enjoy panoramic city views.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$81.03
Price varies by group size
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US$81.03
Price varies by group size
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Pablo Escobar and Comuna 13 Small-Group Half-Day Tour

Pablo Escobar and Comuna 13 Small-Group Half-Day Tour

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Learn the true story of Pablo Escobar on a half-day, small group tour of Medellin and Comuna 13 that explores his early days, time in prison, dramatic escape, and death, as well as the impact of drug cartels on the local community. You'll hear stories from the years when drug cartels ruled the city, visit the grave sites of the Escobar family, and see the extraordinary recovery and street art of Comuna 13, with all transport by climate-controlled minivan.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$34.00
Price varies by group size
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US$34.00
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Medellin Helicopter Flight

Medellin Helicopter Flight

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Glide over the spectacular city of Medellin in a powerful helicopter during an exhilarating helicopter ride. Soar over lush green mountains, sparkling skyscrapers and rushing rivers as an experienced guide directs your attention to significant sights. Return to the ground and choose to set out on a captivating tour of the city, personalizing your itinerary depending on how much time you want to spend at each attraction. Convenient round-trip hotel transportation is included in the tour.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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US$124.00
Price varies by group size
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US$124.00
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Medellin Street Art Tour

Medellin Street Art Tour

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Medellín is known for its flourishing street art scene—see it first hand on a 3-hour tour. Your bilingual guide will take you to view some of the city's best street art and graffiti while sharing stories about local artists along the way. Learn how Medellín has transformed into one of South America's coolest cities, and visit Comuna 13, a now-hip neighborhood that was once Medellín's most dangerous. Ride in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle en route.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$34.00
Price varies by group size
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US$34.00
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Medellin 4-hour city Sightseeing Tour with Plaza de Botero and Antioquia Museum

Medellin 4-hour city Sightseeing Tour with Plaza de Botero and Antioquia Museum

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Meet Medellin, Colombia’s most intriguing and incredible city, on a comprehensive half- or full-day sightseeing tour. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, wander through the colorful streets while learning about the controversial yet captivating history of the City of Eternal Spring. Discover the enthralling exhibitions of the Museum de Antioquia, home to the world’s largest collection of Fernando Botero paintings; and admire the towering sculptures of Parque de Bolivar. For a truly complete tour, choose the full-day option and enjoy a traditional lunch, a ride on the Metrocable gondola and visit significant sites like the Parque lleras and El Pueblito Paisa.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$119.00
Price varies by group size
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US$119.00
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Medellin City Walking Tour plus Metro Cable Cars

Medellin City Walking Tour plus Metro Cable Cars

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Tick off more of Medellin’s unique attractions in less time on a walking tour including Metrocable tickets. In a small group limited to 14, you’ll visit Plaza Botero, home to 23 gigantic, disproportionate sculptures designed by Fernando Botero, and admire the colonial churches and leafy squares of downtown Medellin. Plus, you’ll take the modern Metrocable to Santo Domingo Savio Library. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$79.00
Price varies by group size
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US$79.00
Price varies by group size
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Medellín Food Tour

Medellín Food Tour

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Immerse yourself in Medellin’s culinary landscape on a half-day food and culture tour of the City of Eternal Spring. Opt to take your tour during breakfast, lunch, or dinner time, and visit four food joints favored by locals. Depending on the option selected, sample ‘arepas’ (corn bread) and ‘pan de yucca’ (yucca bread) smothered in honey for breakfast, or feast on traditional lunch and dinner dishes such as ‘mondongo’ (tripe stew) or ‘ajiaco’ (chicken stew). This small-group tour is limited to nine people and includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$54.00
Price varies by group size
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US$54.00
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Medellin Salsa Experience

Medellin Salsa Experience

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Discover Medellín’s legendary salsa dancing clubs on a half-day salsa tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off, cover charges, and transport between clubs. Get beyond the tourist neighborhoods to see the venues where paisas, or Medellín locals, come to dance, drink, and party. This small-group tour is limited to 15 participants for a personalized experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$59.00
Price varies by group size
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US$59.00
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Botero Walking Tour: experiencing Medellin through the eyes of an artist

Botero Walking Tour: experiencing Medellin through the eyes of an artist

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Discover the life and works of one of Colombia's best-known artists, Fernando Botero, on a 3-hour guided tour through Medellín. Explore the Museum of Antioquia, where more than 100 of Botero's paintings are on display, and visit the Plaza de las Esculturas, home to over 20 Botero statues. A highlight of this art tour is Botero's Pájaro de Paz statue, which was destroyed by a bomb and later replaced with an exact Botero replica. The remnants of the original and the newer version now stand side by side.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$36.00
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US$36.00
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