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.
Graffiti & Social Innovation Tour
Private half-day tour
Includes a local Comuna 13 guide
Learn about the 4 pillars of hip hop
Dive headfirst into the social change in Medellín
Medellín is recognized as one of the most innovative cities in the world due to its significant social advancements, particularly with respect to its public transportation system that connects its districts. Proceeds from this tour are donated to a foundation that supports children and young adults and helps them out of violent situations.
What you'll see
House of Memory Museum
San Javier Library Park
Comuna 13 & funiculars OR Moravia & the garden
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All prices are per person and in USD
1 person $147
2 people $79
3 people $63
4 people $46
5 people $39
6 people $36
7 people $34
8 people $32
9 people $28
10 people $26
11-14 people $23
15-20 people $21
Hotel pick-up & drop-off anywhere in Medellín
Year-round, every day (unless otherwise indicated)
1 – 20
• Private transportation and driver
• Bilingual guide
• Local hip hop guide
• Metro ticket
• Mango popsicle
• 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
Comuna 13 attests to the powerful resilience of Colombia like no other part of the country, and no one tells its story better than its residents. That’s why, along with one of our guides, a local guide will be joining us on this tour. The local guides of Comuna 13 are typically hip hop artists, so they can provide a better background of what hip hop and art mean to the community of this district. Not only will we see a lot of impressive street art and hopefully hear some music, we’ll also have a bit of a history lesson on the progression of Comuna 13.
Once known as the most dangerous part of the most dangerous city in the world, Comuna 13 scared a lot of potential visitors away. This began to change in the early 2000s as the government stepped in to offer support and younger members of the community rose to the challenge of changing everyone’s — including their own — perception of this district. The incorporation of public transportation (including the Metrocable and outdoor escalators) has played a crucial role in the mentality change, and you’ll hear all about it on the tour.
Good to know
We donate all the profits of this tour to kids and young adults in need
Hip-hop culture includes more than just rap music -- it also includes graffiti/street art, breakdancing, and the art of the disc jockey (DJ)
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
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 previous tour-goers have said
My family of 4 (including my parents and sister) did a Pablo Escobar tour with Ana Velez, followed by a city tour of Medellin. Ana is one of the best tour guides I have ever worked with…
I traveled to Medellin with my parents. I arranged all tours and services such as airport transfers with Colombia Travel Operator previous to my arrival and everything was amazing!…
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.
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.