The Centro Historical District in Medellin is know as Barrio Prado which has long been abandoned by wealthy families and the political elite and has been take over by prostitutes, junkies and homeless vagrants sleeping on the streets. Over the past few years, the National Historical Society has designated almost 300 homes as National Heritage Landmarks as it works to revitalize the neighborhood once home to the wealthy industrialists who built luxurious mansions in Barrio Prado, the only historical district in Medellin. We are excited to announce the Barrio Prado in Medellin.
SCHEDULE: 10:30am and 2:00pm
The tour in Medellin's La Sierra barrio provides travelers with a unique and honest understanding of the violent and troubled history of Communa 8. It demonstrates the social problems many of the cities poorest barrios have been plagued with over the past twenty-five years, at the same time being very informative about the cultural, social and economic transformation that Medellin has undergone with the help of many private and public investments, particularly in public transportation throughout the city.
This is one of the most interesting city tours which covers many different neighborhoods in the city of Medellin. The tour is not scripted, no bike tours are every alike,and can be hosted as a private tour or a group tour. The bike tour is a great opportunity for first time visitors to get a good lay of the land as we ride bikes across the city witnessing the good, the bad and the ugly side of Medellin. We host daily bike tours at 10:00am every day, in addition to providing private tours at any time of the day. The host of the bike tour meets guests in El Poblado neighborhood.
Join us on the daily coffee tour in Medellin and discover the history of this magical bean and taste some of the best coffee in Colombia. The Urban Coffee Tour in Medellin was developed for travelers with a limited time in Colombia who are interested to learn more about Colombian coffee without having to take a 2 hour bus ride out of the city to visit a coffee farm.
The best way to start the walking tour is with a shot of "tinto" the popular drink that many local residents enjoy with their morning breakfast.
Private Salsa Dance Lessons in Medellin
Whether you have never danced salsa before or simply need to improve your dance skills, your own private salsa dance instructor in Medellin will teach you how to be comfortable, composed and confident on the dance floor. We introduce students to the language, technique and basic concepts of this popular dance. The private salsa instructions are custom-tailored to meet student’s specific goals. Our private dance lessons can be scheduled for anytime. You’ll be ready to impress your Colombian friends with your dance skills after your first private lesson.
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Volunteer Opportunties in Medellin
Angeles de Medellin is a volunteer program, founded by Mark Kasemen, which was developed to help poor children and families in the rural village 'Regalo de Dios' one of the many neglected hillside communities throughout the city. The majority of the residents come from families who have been displaced by the country's civil war and the violent drug wars that have plagued Colombia for decades. The volunteer program offers children and adults who attend the center a safe environment to learn English, develop computers skills and interact with foreigners from around the globe.
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"The very industrious locals, affectionately known as Paisas, have transformed Colombia's second city of Medellin into one of South America's most modern & affluent cities with an aggressive campaign focusing on urban renewal and public education. The guided tours made me feel like a local during my travels in Medellin " -Tom Sullivan NYC
GUATAPE AND THE ROCK TOUR
This is the most popular travel destination for local residents especially on weekends. The vibrant buildings in the town are all covered with various styles of art known as ‘zócalos’. On weekends, you will find the crowded square with locals welcoming Colombian families, tourists and backpackers looking to get out of the city. One of the most popular attractions is the famous 70 million year old rock of “El Peñón.” It’s only 659 steps to the top, scaling the rock is exhausting but the views of the surrounding lakes, lush green hills and mountains from the top are spectacular.
The town of Santa Fé de Antioquia was the original capital of the state of Antioquia, founded in 1541. It is affectingly described as ‘Cudiad de Madre’ by locals residents who declare this town as the birthplace of the paisa’s reputation of being warm, kind and full of life. This charming town is full of cobblestone streets, well-preserved colonial homes, historical cathedrals and museums. Its architectural beauty can only be compared with that of its people and its history. The friendly locals are always happy to welcome foreign travelers into their small town.
PARAGLIDING ADVENTURE TOUR
A bird’s-eye-view of Medellin. The spectacular scenery of the ‘city of eternal spring’ from high above the Valley of Aburrá makes for an unforgettable and thrilling adventure. All paragliding tours in Medellin are done in tandem with experienced and bilingual pilots. There is no age limitation for paragliding tours but all minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. We can carry passengers up to 275 lbs. A typical flight last about 20 minutes but passengers can choose to fly 30 minutes.
SCHEDULE: Daily - Weather Permitting
What is Tejo? Tejo is a traditional Colombian game where players throw a heavy metal disc, known as a tejo, at a target to make it explode. The player throws the tejo at a wooden box filled with clay. At the center of the box are four triangle targets filled with gunpowder which explode on impact. The game of tejo is a popular past time for many Colombians across the country, but it is also recognized as Colombia's national sport, with hopes of one day having the sport of tejo included in the Olympics. The tejo tour in Medellin can be reserved group of friends or for a private event.
SCHEDULE: Daily - Advanced Reservations
Pablo Escobar was born the son of a peasant farmer and a school teacher. His criminal life began as a teenage car thief in the streets of Medellín, but he would one day become one of the richest men in the world. "I was born poor, but I am not going to die poor," declared a young Escobar. In 1989, Forbes Magazine listed him as the 7th richest men in the world, worth $25 billion dollars. In a display of wealth, Escobar purchased Hacienda Napoles, a 5,500-acre resort for $63 million dollars to host lavish parties for friends and family. The estate is now a popular museum and family theme park.
DURATION: 1 Day - Overnight Trip Optional
The heart of the city is located in the center of Medellin. It is the busiest district with over 1,000,000 daily pedestrians walking through the crowded streets each day. The walking tour will expose travelers to the diversity of ‘el centro' which is on exhibit from one street corner to the next; its rich in history, culture, exposing the grotesque, beauty, chaos, wealth, poverty, homeless beggars, street vendors, religious activists and young street hustlers trying to take advantage of anyone who drops their guard forgetting that they are in ‘el centro’ de Medellin.
SCHEDULE: 10:00am and 2:00pm Daily
Over the last 21 years, the city of Medellin has worked vigorously to shed its violent reputation by aggressively focusing on urban development and social programs, inspiring several bold and innovative contributions in urban planning, public transportation and public spaces throughout the city's poorest neighborhoods. The walking tour starts with a ride on the metro to the San Javier metro cable cars before hiking up the steep hillside to the electric escalators taking guests to the top of Comuna 13 where you have the opportunity to take some memorable panoramic photos of the city.
SCHEDULE: 10:00am and 2:00pm Daily