A close look at the transformation of Medellín
This tour takes the traveler inside the deep social and urban transformation of Medellín in the past 20 years. The movement called "Social Urbanism" has an anchor in this city. From a stigmatized troubled town to a model of social inclusion, the transformation of Medellín must rank as one of the most remarkable change projects in Latin America's modern history. Here we are proud of many things, however, the rapid positive change in the last decade is perhaps the greatest achievement of this city and the new generation. We will visit a few interesting places that show the evidence of the social transformation caused by sensitive urban planning. We will use only public transportation to visit a nearby peri-urban natural reserve, have lunch at a traditional bohemian place in downtown and finally take a walk through the local graffiti scene on the outskirts of the city, while we visit a series of escalators that help people in the barrios get home fast and safe. It is very interesting to see.
After picking you up at the hotel we will get to the nearest Metro Station either walking or by cab. We will go all the way to Acevedo Station and transfer to a Cable Metro that will take us to Santo Domingo Station. We will transfer to another cable and go to a station high on the oriental side of the mountain to a peri-urban nature reserve where we will visit a short trail full of orchids and learn about their conservation. The cable ride back to the city (20 minutes) is amazing and fun. At station Parque de Berrio, we will get off the system and visit 23 of the most famous 'fat' sculptures by world famous artist Botero. Nearby there is a beautiful mural made by a local artist about the history of Antioquia and Medellín. Then we will walk a couple of blocks to have lunch at a traditional bohemian meeting place or go to a restaurant of your choosing. Get on the metro again and visit the electric escalators and the graffiti artists in Comuna 13. Back to the hotel by metro or cab. Flexible timing.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet at the hotel or place where you are staying in the city. From there we will take a cab to the nearest metro station or walk, if it is close and you prefer the stroll before we start the tour.
End location: I will drop you at your hotel or any other place in town, if you decide to continue your explorations. I will provide explanations on how to return to your hotel safely.
Duration: 8 hours
Traffic can be an issue at rush hour, however we will accommodate using both cabs and the public transportation system to move as efficiently as locals do. Rain is alway a possibility in the tropics so I suggest you take a light rain coat with you.
This tour is exclusively made on public transportation that includes Metro, Cable Cabins (Metro Cable) and perhaps a cab if we hit rush hour. We will also walk, but not too much unless you decide otherwise.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50000 COP - Lunch in downtown is about COP $16.000-30000 (US$6.00-12.00).
You can buy souvenirs in Station Arvi and the cost of a local guided Orchid and Bromeliad tour is about COP$10.000 (US$3.00)
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Juan was a very knowledgeable guide. Showed up exactly on time. Know this town extremely well. Really gave me the information I was looking for and very flexible about our itinerary. This is my first time ever in Colombia and Medellín. I very much wanted an orientation to the area so I wasn't floundering on aimlessly. And he certainly provided that. I can't recommend him enough. When I return to Medellín, and I will, I will certainly engage him again.