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 make a graffiti tour 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 Acvedo 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. 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.
• English Speaking guidance
• All public transportation tickets including Metro, Tranvia and Metro Cable, except for the Cable to parque Arvi (about $US/person)
• Taxi fares
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50000 COP - Lunch at "Versalles" in downtown is about COP $16.000 (US$6.00) if you order the daily menu. Other dishes are between COP $30.000 to $35.000 (US$12.00). You can buy souvenirs in Station Arvi and the cost of a local guided Orchid and Bromeliad tour is about COP$7.000 (US$2.00)
Lunch is not included, but if you see a local fruit or snack that you will like to try, please let me know.
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Juan was one of the best guides I have ever had anywhere.As a native of the city,he knows Medellin and all its complicated history, and the particularities of its neighborhoods, thoroughly.He took me through the recent history of Medellin and demonstrated for me the ways in which the city has changed,grown and improved from the 1970's till now.Medellin is truly a wonderful and amazing place and I am fortunate to have had the services of Juan to show me his city.He is a charming,intelligent,an expert guide