Medellin: Barrio Transformation Tour

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Learn more about the transformation of communities that have found innovative ways to improve their standard of living. See Moravia Barrio, the San Javier cable car, and the Comuna 13 escalators and graffiti.


  • Learn about the transformation of Medellin by visiting its most resilient communities
  • Hear the incredible stories of the obstacles and triumphs of the city's most disadvantaged communities
  • Benefit from a private tour by a knowledgeable, local guide


In a city known for its troubled past, the neighborhoods of Moravia Barrio and Comuna 13 are some of the most notorious. Discover how the people living in these areas have worked towards overcoming difficult circumstances over the years and see evidence of their incredible resiliency. Learn about the history of Medellin from the perspective of the communities that have traditionally been its most disadvantaged. Start by visiting Moravia Barrio, a neighborhood that was built on a mountain of trash. The most densely populated community in Colombia, Moravia is a maze of zigzagging streets that are easy to get lost in and packed with stacked houses. Learn how the inhabitants of this barrio survived by making use of recycled materials, seeing the promise in their situation rather than the difficulty. After visiting Moravia Barrio, hop on the San Javier cable car which offers stunning views of the city spread across the valley and head to Comuna 13. Known to be the most dangerous neighborhood in Colombia, Comuna 13 was controlled by gangs loyal to drug lord Pablo Escobar in the 80s and 90s. See firsthand how this over-populated and under-privileged part of the city has begun to transform itself through music and art. Discuss the many examples of urban graffiti you come across with your knowledgeable guide and hear stories about life in this community in the past and present. Benefit from the intimacy of a private, guided bilingual tour that includes pickup and drop off at your hotel. Enjoy free time to buy souvenirs, grab a snack, or take breathtaking pictures of the cityscape below. By taking part in this tour, you contribute to the improvement of these neighborhoods as part of the proceeds are dedicated to urban renewal projects. 


Hotel pickup and drop off Private car with bilingual driver Traveler's insurance Tickets for metro and cable car Local taxes Parking fees Fully guided tour

Important Information

  • Don’t forget to bring cash with you because some shops or local restaurants may not accept credit cards

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