TJulio and his team were amazing. Julio set up transport in Medellín, a city Tour, a flower tour in Santa Clara, a hiking trip in Parque Arvi, a visit to Communa 13. In Cartagena he set up our transport, a city tour. […] If you plan to go to Colombia I give Julio and his team my highest recommendation.
Do Not Say That Name Tour
Private half-day tour - our most popular!
Perfect for history lovers
Only tour of its kind in the area
Travel back in time to Medellín in the 1980s
The 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s were a harsh few decades for the nation of Colombia. As is common knowledge, drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and his crew wreaked havoc on the country during this time, largely shaping this period in Colombian history. This tour, however, goes beyond Escobar’s reign and provides you with a larger overview of the nation’s development.
What you'll see
The former location of the Mónaco Building (destroyed February 2019), home of Escobar, soon to be a memorial park constructed in honor of the victims of Colombia’s drug war
Jardines Montesacro Cemetery in Itagüí, where Escobar is buried
Bomb sites in the center of Medellín
Comuna 13, the neighborhood once deemed the most dangerous in the world
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All prices are per person and in USD
1 person $143
2 people $72
3 people $59
4 people $46
5 people $36
6 people $31
7 people $29
8 people $27
9 people $25
10 people $23
11-14 people $21
15-20 people $17
Hotel pick-up & drop-off anywhere in Medellín
Year-round, every day (unless otherwise indicated)
4-hour tour: 1 – 20
8-hour tour: 1 – 15
Note: if your group is larger than 15, please let us know upon booking so that we may arrange to have another guide.
• Private transportation and driver
• Bilingual guide
• Medical insurance
Personal expenses & tips
What to bring:
Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
Note: we recommend bringing a raincoat or poncho if rain is in the forecast.
Overview of your tour
This tour goes above and beyond a standard Pablo Escobar-centric tour and is unique to Colombia Travel Operator. Our primary focus with this tour is to understand how Medellín became the most dangerous city in the world and how, decades later, it is one of the most innovative cities around the globe. We will take you back in time to late century Medellín when it all began and work our way to present day.
Mónaco Building, famously known as Escobar’s long-time home, is our first stop on the tour. The structure will stand tall until early 2019, when it will be razed to the ground to make way for a memorial park honoring those that lost their lives to the drug war in Colombia. We’ll proceed to see a cave with a statue of the Virgin Mary, a symbol that Escobar and his men prayed to for guidance and protection before many of their missions. Exploring Comuna 13 is one of the most pertinent aspects of this tour. This neighborhood was once frightening — residents were at great risk even stepping outside their front door. Things have come a long way since then; this part of town was saved by community effort and a dose of creativity, and is now safe and a joy to visit.
This tour is about much more than Escobar… it is about Colombia.
Good to know
Lovers of history and those looking for a more complete experience of the 70s-80s in Colombia are an ideal fit for this tour
This tour is private and safe so that you feel comfortable roaming around the city
Our guides are local and have been precisely trained to know their way well around the city
The knowledge and stories that our guides are armed with far surpass any expectation you may have
Medical insurance is included in the price of all of our tours, so we have you covered in the unlikely event of an accident.
Frequently asked questions
Will there be other people on my tour?
All of our tours are private. That is, if you book a certain day and time slot, you (and your group) will be the only one(s) on the tour, provided that you are all included in the same booking.
Do you only give tours in English and Spanish?
We are proud to say that we have an incredible team with a wide array of languages. In total, we can offer tours in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and Italian. We also have a Russian interpreter that can come along and translate for us. Please indicate your language preference upon booking (languages other than English and Spanish come at an additional cost).
Is Comuna 13 safe to visit?
Yes! Comuna 13 has come a long way from its tumultuous past, and is now a must-see when coming to Medellín.
Have more questions? Visit our FAQ page!
See what our other tour-goers have to say
Julio was incredibly knowledgable about Escobar and the history of violence in the city. The message of change and transformation given with the tour was really heartfelt and inspiring. Communal 13 is a must see for anyone travelling to Medellin.
We took a private tour with Juan Carlos. Everything was perfect! He has an excellent knowledge about Medellin and speak perfect English and Spanish. We took the metro, metro cable, we went to Botero Plaza and comuna 13. Thank you Juan Carlos and Colombia travel! Now I’m in love with Medellín.