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Medellin Extension

Exploring the Upcoming Cultural Delights of Colombia


Learn about the art, music, and food culture that has developed during Medellin’s gradual transformation: from a city of conflict towards one that is becoming truly world class. See the urban street art in the comunas of San Javier and the massive sculptures by Fernando Botero in the heart of Medellin’s city center. Visit nearby Lake Guatape to enjoy what locals call the best view in Colombia and “eternal spring” weather. Overnights are in the charming boutique Patio del Mundo Hotel.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive / Santa Elena / La Comuna 13

After arriving at the airport in the mountains, you will pass through Santa Elena, a village best known for its large, ornate flower arrangements displayed annually at Medellin’s Flower Festival. The people of Santa Elena have learned how to create colorful shapes, figures, and even faces out of flowers—a tradition that has been handed down through generations. Enter Medellin by cable car and, utilizing the ingenious public transportation system, head to La Comuna 13, the most (in)famous neighborhood in Medellin. Comuna 13 was once a hub of crime and never visited by foreigners, but is now a thriving community and art scene. With a local artist as your guide, you will see more than 200 graffiti murals, and hear the stories of conflict, community, and overcoming adversity behind them. Overnight at Patio del Mundo Hotel.

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Day 2
Piedra Peñol / Guatape

A full-day tour begins early in the morning so you can beat the crowds up the 740 steps of Piedra Peñol, a huge monolith that faces a picturesque Lake Guatape, and snap the perfect postcard shot. Bike from the base of the rock along dirt roads to the docks, where our private boat waits to take us to a picnic on the lake. Relax and enjoy the springtime weather of the region before returning to the town of Guatape. You’ll explore the narrow streets of this small town and observe the zocalos lining the walls of seemingly each and every building. Since its foundation, all the inhabitants of the town began the tradition of decorating their houses with the unique stories of their families, their livelihoods and the events that marked their lives, memories and families. Finally, you’ll return to your hotel in Medellin with plenty of time enjoy dinner at one of the city’s many acclaimed restaurants. Overnight at Patio del Mundo Hotel…BL
Driving Details: Approximately 4 hours

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Day 3

Transfer to airport and depart…B


Length: 3 days
Cost From: $1095  
Arrive: Medellin, Colombia
Depart: Medellin, Colombia
Lodging: 2 nights hotel
Meals: All meals as noted in itinerary
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Walking, Photography
Trip Level:

cultural exploration and walking tour including stairs, possible bike ride