We’ll pick you up and head over to the city´s civic center where we’ll begin an exploration of Medellín and its history, starting from the industrial revolution to the dark days of the 80’s and 90’s. This tour focuses on the importance of architecture and transit here and the roles they -- as well as the LGBTQ community -- have played in transforming Medellín into one of the world’s most promising and innovative cities.
You’ll walk through the brilliant Parque de las Luces and Parque Berrio/Plaza Botero, and visit the Museum of Antioquia, which is full of sculptures, paintings, and drawings donated by Botero to his home city. As you continue, you’ll be able to browse traditional handicrafts and souvenirs at a local market, and pass flowerlined streets and parks. Before enjoying a traditional lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll have the option to visit the government-funded LGBTQ community center for a quick tour of the facility, if available.
In the afternoon, you’ll get to know Medellin’s violent past, understand its bright present and promising future as you tour the infamous Comuna 13. This was the most dangerous barrio in what was then the most dangerous city in the world. There you’ll interact with the community, learn how community members used graffiti to tell their stories, and witness firsthand how public projects. like the electronic escalators on the mountainside, helped transform the neighborhood.
There is an option for a longer, 8-hour tour, which can include a visit to the House of Memory Museum, which recognizes the victims of the city’s armed conflict of the last 50 years. Be sure to ask about this impactful option!