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 anywhere you like in town and finally take a walk through the local graffiti scene on the outskirts of the city, while we visit a series of electric escalators help people in the barrios get, home fast and safe. It is very interesting to see: an example resilience.
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 about 8. 000) to a nature reserve where we will visit the station and surroundings. 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 (or cab), and visit the electric escalators and the graffiti artists in Comuna 13. Back to the hotel by metro or cab.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Suggested by Guide: If the traveler chooses to meet at a different location than a hotel or address, we should talk before the tour date, to specify the exact location.
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection
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. Please note that during Mondays or a week day following a hollyday, Parque Arvi and the cable are closed for maintenance. We will ride a different cable instead to get a nice view of Medellin,
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
100000 COP - º Lunch in downtown or anywhere else will be about COP $30.000 to $45.000 (US$10.00-$15.00).
° The cost of the local park guide for the Orchid and Bromeliad trail is COP$25.000 (US$8.50)
- Personal Expenses
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My partner and I toured the Medellin area with Juan for two days. He is one of the best guides we have ever had the pleasure of touring with. He is a consumate professional, highly skilled and knowledgable, considerate and flexible. He worked to understand our needs, customized the tours to accommodate our wishes and delivered. If you are considering a trip to Medellin, you will be in good hands with Juan.