Below are some different day tours that we can add, along with hotel nights and airport transfers in order to make the perfect Medellin tour package for you. Just let us know what you want.
Medellin City Tour & Flower Farm
This full day activity combines a visit of a traditional flower farm in Santa Elena and a Medellín city-tour including a stunning cable-car ride into town. Flowers are the symbol of Medellín and the annual Flower Festival in August is the cultural highlight of the year. Travel to the flower village of Santa Elena located in the highlands above Medellín. Growing flowers has a long tradition in the region and visiting a flower farm to get to know the so-called “Silletero” culture is a unique experience.
Afterwards drive to the Nature Reserve “Parque Arví” and take the cable car to Medellín’s Santo Domingo neighbourhood and start your city-tour. The cable car was constructed to make the inner city more accessible to people from the outskirts and allows visitors a glimpse into the lives of the marginalized population. Go on with the cable car to the city centre and downtown Medellín. Listen to local musicians and the traditional “Guasca” music while visiting Parque Berrío.
Stroll through the hustle and bustle of downtown Medellín to the famous Botero Plaza with an exhibition of the Colombian artist Fernando Botero, whose sculptures have become a landmark of the city.
Medellín - Culinary Community Experience – Social Project for “Foodies”
Enjoy a cooking class and lunch at a community based social transformation project, training low income Colombians to cook and sell healthy food from around the globe, at affordable prices using local products. A Canadian chef set up this unique food project several years ago and all funds generated through your visit are reinvested in the community project, subsidizing the training, materials and equipment for low-income project participants, and maintenance for the training center. Prepare a dish together with people from the local neighborhood and experience an authentic cultural-culinary Medellín moment.
Medellín - History of Transformation + Grafitti Tour
20 years ago, Medellín was one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Back in the early 90s, when the hunt for Pablo Escobar took place, the head of Medellín's drug cartel was at its peak. Thus the reign of “El Patrón” came to its end. Until the turn of the millennium the struggle about Escobar's successor continued, but since 2002 Medellín began to change. Local politicians started to invest heavily in infrastructure and public education. Today the “City of Eternal Spring” is one of the most innovative metropolises in the world. You will go through the history and present of Medellín and learn more about the transformation of this fascinating metropolis.
The City of Medellin offers a great variety of urban arts due to the city’s transformation of the last 20 years. Nowadays, the city is so full of countless artistic expressions of street art that the local authorities declared urban art a cultural landmark of Medellin. Graffiti is not only about strong artistic and cultural elements, it is a way of political expression. See the graffiti of the Comuna 13 guided by some of the local artists themselves. This tour gives you an insight on history and daily life in this area and the importance of street art for social communication and identity.
Coffee Experience – From the plant to the cup!
Experience the traditional coffee culture on a typical Colombian farm in Fredonia, Antioquia. On less than three hectares a local farmer and his family produce their own coffee brand and give us the unique opportunity to observe the whole coffee processing from the plant to the cup. Before lunch you stroll through the coffee fields learning more about growing and collecting the coffee beans. After a traditional countryside lunch, you get an insight about the best way to prepare the coffee.
Santa Fe de Antioquia - Hidden Colonial Treasure
Santa Fe de Antioquia is located at only a two-hour ride through the scenic mountainous landscapes of the Western Andean highlands from Medellín. The town was founded in 1541 on the Western bank of the Cauca River and became the first capital of Antioquia in 1584. It is declared a Cultural Heritage Village thanks to its colonial architecture with many historic churches, plazas and palaces. Furthermore, you visit the famous Puente del Occidente across the Cauca River, which is one of the longest and oldest suspension bridges in Latin America.
We invite you to explore the cultural treasures of Santa Fe de Antioquia, take a ride through Latin America's longest tunnel and visit the well-known bridge “Puente del ccidente”. Look forward to experiencing stunning landscapes, typical Colombian food and a relaxing day on the countryside.
Ceramic Experience - Workshop "The Pottery of Carmen de Viboral"
Carmen de Viboral, located in the Eastern Hills outside of Medellín, is known for its tradition of ceramic or pottery manufacturing. For generations the unique style of pottery work turned this economic sector into the most emblematic tradition of the region. Visit the local ceramic museum and learn about the history of pottery in Colombia. Experience a pottery workshop and make your own ceramic handicraft. Visit the ruins of a historical pottery manufacturing factory, the traditional family run factory “La Cardona”, which shows how little the differences are between now and then.
Experience local traditions and enjoy a journey into the Eastern Highlands of Medellín.
We can also add on a day trip to Guatape.
Moravia Community Experience - From Trash to Flowers
The densely populated neighbourhood of Moravia was once Medellín's municipal rubbish dump with an open-air mountain of trash surrounded by a large shanty town, whose residents used to live in almost absolute poverty. Due to Colombia’s armed conflict and the number of displaced refugees more and more people arrived in Moravia, located right next to the city centre. Moravia nowadays is considered to be the most populated “barrio” of Medellín. The neighbourhood is known for its strong community spirit and the positive attitude of its people. Plenty of local community-run projects have transformed Moravia into a model urban centre, with the mound of trash turned into a garden-covered hillside and represents one of the landmarks of social and urban transformation of Medellín. Explore the area guided by community leaders and get insights on this unique story of social and urban transformation. Directly support the local community projects. This tour lasts around 4 hours.
Medellin Local Market Experience
Explore the centre of Medellín and visit one of its typical local market areas. Stroll through stalls brimming with fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers at Medellín's local market “La Minorista”. Try exotic fruits and interact with the local vendors bargaining for a good price. Explore the world of the local markets and discover the tiny corridors full of flavours and exotic products and typical Colombian food. You will taste a variety of delicious tropical fruits and finish your trip with a 100% pure fruit juice. Join us on an exciting insider's trip through the "authentic" centre of Medellin!
You will have an English speaking guide included.
FLOWER EXPERIENCE IN SANTA ELENA ( Half day )
The small village of Santa Elena is located less than an hour outside of Medellín in the mountains of Antioquia (over 2000 m high). It is home to a great variety of traditional flower farmers. The flower arrangements of the Flower Festival (“Feria de Flores”), called “silletas”, have an impressive history and are today a cultural symbol of Medellín. On this tour we visit an organic flower farm and experience the traditional peasant culture of Santa Elena.
Medellin Street Food Experience
Medellín is the cultural melting pot of Colombia and capital of the Paisa region. It offers the visitor a huge gastronomic variety of typical Colombian food. Explore the hustle and bustle of the city centre of Medellín on a unique culinary walking tour and try the most emblematic street-food of the region and Colombia. Try delicious “Empanadas” and “Buñuelos” or “Arepa” filled with homemade cottage cheese and taste the sweetness of Colombian desserts. There are plenty of traditional options – some are fried, some are sweet, some are healthy – Medellín is foodies’ paradise.
Stroll through a small local market area and enjoy mouth-watering exotic fruits and a
fresh juice. This tour takes you deep into Colombia´s culinary heart and provides an unforgettable foodie experience.
Medellin - Bike Experience - Ride & Explore!
The city of Medellin is among the most innovative cities of the world. Nevertheless, bicycles are still pretty new in town. Just a few years ago the city’s authorities built the first bicycles lanes through the valley of Medellín. This bike tour is about 19 km long and uses the bicycle lanes 80% of the ride.
Enjoy this new perspective on Medellín and do a favor to your body and the planet at the same time.
Cultural Heritage: Jerico - Chapel, Arts & Crafts
On this tour we immerse into the idyllic world of Antioquia's coffee-growing region and visit the lovely village of Jericó. Its town centre with its 16 chapels is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Antioquia and is listed as a Cultural Heritage Village. Jericó is also famous for its handicrafts and the manufacture of small leather goods.
Take a tour around Jericó including the historic centre with its traditional facades and the local “carriel” workshops. These Colombian leather accessories are handmade in Jericó and the perfect gift for friends and family. Afterwards walk through the Botanical Garden up to the Cristo Rey monument to enjoy the magnificent view of the town and the surrounding mountains, valleys and rivers.
Jardin - Coffee Village Tradition
The Southwest of Antioquia is one of Colombia's major coffee growing regions. Here you find the charming village of Jardín, nestled into Andean hills with coffee and banana plantations, and the nature reserve “La Cuchilla” with its cloud forests and diverse flora and fauna sets the background for impressive scenery. Jardín is famous for its colourful houses and balconies and the area around the well-known park has been declared a Cultural Heritage Village.
Enjoy a scenic ride through the lush green mountains into the coffee growing region of Antioquia's Southwest. Observe the brightly painted “Chivas” (the traditional public buses of the region) at the square in the small town of Andes on the way to Jardín. The village tour starts at the museum Clara Rojas, where the history of the region
comes to life. After tasting the award-winning sweets of Doña Mariela a traditional cable car takes you to the other side of the valley and you enjoy a nice walk back to the village centre.