The idea behind this tour is to show the social and cultural transformation that Medellín has experienced. Throughout its history the dark chapters of a war left a feeling of deep fear planted in the heart of its inhabitants. Nevertheless they eventually decided to leave that behind, and their wish for a better life made them move from fear to hope and to an effort for a new start and a united community.
This half-day shared tour begins near the place where you happen to be staying. Towards the south of the city we will first visit one of the buildings that witnessed the violence during the war between the drug cartels of Cali and Medellín: Edificio Mónaco, which was the former residence of the main mafia boss of the Medellín Cartel, Pablo Escobar.
We carry on our tour with a visit to the cemetery with the grave of this sinister character. Here we can find out more about him and his end, and the history of how the city began its transformation.
Then we will head for the west of the city to pay a visit a special place to understand the Medellin transformation and finally to the Comuna 13, a district famous for being one of the most dangerous places not only of Colombia but probably of the whole continent. It is now a completely transformed neighbourhood. A good part of it was built by the late mafia boss and it is the place that produced some of his most famous killers and hired assassins who spread terror across the whole country.
Nowadays, after having suffered the horrors of the war, the residents of the area are proud of their district and can talk without fear about the difficult time they went through and how different their life is now.
- Half day tour (4 hours) From 9 am to 1 pm
- Meeting point: Lleras park. In front of Lleras Green hotel
- Edificio Mónaco
- Grave in Jardines Montesacro
- San Antonio Park
- Escalators to the hills
- Graffiti tour