Real City Walking Tour
This is by far the most popular tour in Medellín – and with good reason: It is a great way to see the city. It is a four hour walk, done twice a day, and it is donation based. You have to register for the tour at least a day before because it fills up quick.
On the tour, you gain some new knowledge about the paisa history, what the Colombians have been through and their current state, and go to places you might not go (or want) to by yourself. Our guide was very enthusiastic, knowledgable, and gave us a touching insight into the Colombian culture. The best part was getting to go to very local places where some of the people had never seen ‘gringos’ before. Botero Plaza, Parque de Bolívar, and Parque de las Luces were some other places we stopped by.
Before we met with our tour group we went to a local restaurant with the two people from Switzerland we met on the Pablo Escobar tour. They were also doing the walking tour. As usual the food was amazing. First we had chicken soup and then a large serving of meat, rice, beans, plantains, and spoonful lettuce – all for under $4/person!
Pablo Escobar Tour
There were a few different tours about Pablo Escobar in Medellín, but we chose the one by Paisa Road, which is the only one recommended by Lonely Planet. There are many buildings and sites that are connected to Escobar, and this 3 hour tour takes you to the most important ones.
Our guide, Paula, did a great job telling us about Escobar from when he was born until he died. In doing so, she made us realize how serious it was and why the local people do not talk about him. Like everyone else, the guide and our driver were personally affected by Escobar and the war. The driver even had a friend who died in a bombing. Hearing them tell stories that they themselves were personally connected to made the tour very touching and real. They took us to see the building where he spent his last days, the roof where he was found dead, where he is buried, and a few buildings that are important to the history.
El Pueblito Paisa
Pueblito Paisa is a small little village with a lot of color located at the top of Cerro Nutibara, and definitely worth a visit.