"Unravel the stories of Medellín's innovation on this in-depth tour following the traces of transformation in local coffee shops, museums, and the famous Comuna 13."
Come on this tour and discover what makes Antioquia’s capital a city of urban transformation and innovation and why, in 2013, Medellín was recognized as “The World’s Most Innovative City of the Year”, beating New York and Tel Aviv. Experience some of the innovative social and urbanism strategies that have brought positive change and transformation to many neighborhoods in the city.
After being picked up at your hotel you'll head to the tramway's Estación de Oriente to take the cable car for a ride over La Sierra neighborhood, once a very dangerous neighborhood due to armed group occupation and drug traffic during the early 2000's, but transformed through urban interventions such as the cable car that was launched in 2016. Then you'll ride through Ayacucho's electric tram where you'll observe impressive graffiti art displayed through the tram's line on your way to Estación Bicentenario. You'll stop and walk to The House of Memory Museum, a place where the memories of the armed conflict that Colombia lives, has a physical and symbolic place to act in the cultural transformation that Colombia is longing for.
After this visit, you'll take the metro to go to Comuna 13 on the west side of the city. This place, famous for its rough past during Pablo Escobar's time and during the early 2000's being the most violent neighborhood of Medellín, is perhaps one of the biggest evidence of social transformation and hope. In here you'll tour the place and learn through it's many graffitis about the changes that took place and the gruesome history of the neighborhood that is now seeing a brighter future. After this tour, you'll enjoy a traditional family-style lunch with an impressive view of the Comuna. Afterward, you will be taken back to your hotel.
If you are interested in urbanism and want to have a deeper experience, please contact us!
How this tour creates an impact
Medellín was once the world’s most dangerous city with drug cartels, guerrillas, and paramilitaries all fighting for control. Residents of the city decided they wanted to change the narrative to become a cutting edge environment with a thriving cultural scene. Travelers on the tour support the Comuna 13, which has become a prime example of how local initiatives use art and music to educate the youth and give them alternative opportunities to avoid the violence context.
This tour is part of our HEART experiences.
Changes on the tour may occur due to external factors. These changes will be notified to you with anticipation.
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