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Private Pablo Escobar, Pueblito Paisa and Medellin City Tour

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Medellin, Colombia
Private Pablo Escobar, Pueblito Paisa and Medellin City Tour

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icon6 to 7 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
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Overview

Get a personalized look at Medellín’s most famous places and people during this 7-hour private sightseeing tour. Explore Medellin’s downtown and ascend to the Santo Domingo Savio Library by aerial cable car for panoramic city views. Then visit the colonial-style El Pueblito Paisa and take a mini excursion exploring the life of notorious Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
  • Take a private tour of Medellin's city highlights and most famous citizens
  • Discover the Botero sculptures and colonial churches of Medellin's downtown
  • Take an aerial cable car ride to Santo Domingo Savio Library
  • Explore the life of infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar
  • See what life was like in colonial Colombia at El Pueblito Paisa
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private tour
All Metro, Metro Cable, aerial car fees and charges
Food and drinks
Optional Museum fees
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We pick up customers in main hotels of El Poblado and Laureles. For guests staying outside the city or in municipalities such as Envigado, Itagüí, Bello, Sabaneta, Caldas etc a meeting point will be given in El Poblado. Meeting point: outside The Charlee Hotel
Get picked up by a private vehicle from your hotel in Medellin and travel to a city metro station, where you’ll be dropped off for a ride into the downtown area. Sit back and relax on Medellin’s modern public transport system as you enjoy views of the Andes Mountains, the city, and river.

Arrive at a station in the city’s downtown area and begin an exploration on foot. You’ll stop by a collection of sculptures created by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, and have time to admire the neighborhood’s plazas, colonial churches, and the striking cultural house. Then climb aboard the aerial cable car for a ride into the mountains surrounding town.

Enjoy the views as you ascend above the city below, traveling up to Santo Domingo Savio Library, a modern building donated to the city by the King of Spain. Feel free to take a short walk around the library grounds at your leisure.Leaving the library, head to El Pueblito Paisa in central Medellin. Get a look at what life was like in colonial-era Colombia as you wander around this attraction’s recreated village featuring a church, museum, and a collection of shops selling traditional Colombian handicrafts.

Take a break for lunch (not included) featuring traditional Colombian-style “paisa” cuisine if you wish, and then continue on a mini-tour exploring the life of famous cocaine cartel leader Pablo Escobar. Learn about Escobar’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to the upper echelons of the drug business to become one of the world’s richest men. You’ll also get insight into key events from period during Escobar’s reign, including his fights with the Cali Cartel and “Los Pepes.”

After your Escobar-themed exporation, you’ll receive a ride back to your Medellin hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Acevedo Cra.63 #103g-86 Medellin
You will be transported to the metro station where you will enjoy a smooth cable ride along with pleasant views of the city, the river, and of the Andes mountains that surround the valley.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Spain Park Library Santo domingo Savio
Walk with your professional tour guide to the look out point in The Santo Domingo Neighborhood, meet the locals, experience how they live and take a look at the old Santo Domingo Savio library. a modern edifice that was donated by the King of Spain and it's now under remodeling. Delight your eyes with breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria
Walk inside this magnificent colonial church located in downtown Medellin close to Berrios Park and Plaza Botero.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Plaza Botero
Stop in Downtown Medellin, where you will be mesmerized by the magnificent sculptures of maestro Fernando Botero, one of the world's most renowned sculptors. Bring a good camera, because your guides have taken photography courses and will be delighted to take postcard perfect images of you embracing these large sculptures for your memories. From here we continue on foot to really feel the vibe of the downtown area and experience rich historical content from certified  guide, regarding old colonial churches, plazas, the stunning cultural palace, and much more.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Museo de Antioquia
The museum of Antioquia is located inside Plaza Botero, we'll walk around the museum and guests can take photos outside the museum
Pass By:  
Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture
Continue on foot enjoying the stunning cultural palace known for having a Neo Gothic architecture unique in the city.
Stop At:  
Iglesia de la Veracruz
This small colonial church is unique in downtown and well known for being one of the first churches during the Spanish colonial period.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parque Berrío
Parque Berrio has been one of the main parks in downtown Medellin. Political manifestations, local markets informal vendors have been using this park since the foundation of Medellin.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
La America
Visit Los Olivos neighborhood where you'll learn the true story behind Pablo's death. Visit the last house where he lived and the rooftop where he died.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pueblito Paisa
The gorgeous, picturesque town of El Pueblito Paisa in central Medellin is next on the list. This delightfully charming town is reminiscent of how Medellin looked in the past. You'll experience captivating views of the city from the top. The town contains a lovely little church, a charming museum, cute shops with handcrafted items. Taste succulent, exquisite cuisines as you break for lunch or a snack in one of the many restaurants with savory Paisa dishes from the region (At your own expense).
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cementerio Jardines Montesacro
Last, you will be presented with some exhilarating real life events of the Godfather Pablo Escobar, who went from being a common car thief to being the second richest man during his lifetime, only second to the Sultan of Brunei. Revered by many who saw him as the Colombian Robin Hood who built hospitals, churches, soccer fields, schools, and a barrio for under privileged, impoverished people and hated by many rivals such as the Cali Cartel and Los Pepe's. There are mixed feelings, myths, and opinions regarding the Godfather of the Medellin Cartel. Only the top guides, experts in the subject matter, will reveal "real" information and some stories that you won't hear elsewhere. They will convey and furnish you facts in a non-biased manner, enabling you to formulate your own opinion and perception.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Medellin Travels
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Pablo Escobar, Pueblito Paisa and Medellin City Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Pablo Escobar, Pueblito Paisa and Medellin City Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Pablo Escobar, Pueblito Paisa and Medellin City Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Pablo Escobar, Pueblito Paisa and Medellin City Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Pablo Escobar, Pueblito Paisa and Medellin City Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Private Pablo Escobar, Pueblito Paisa and Medellin City Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Pablo Escobar, Pueblito Paisa and Medellin City Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Pablo Escobar, Pueblito Paisa and Medellin City Tour.

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star-5
Awesome tour of a fascinating city
Evan_H
, Jun 2022
Medellin has a fascinating history, and this tour really brought it to life. One of the best tours I’ve ever taken. George’s knowledge was thorough and personal.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hey Evan! First off, all of us at Medellin Travels want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being such an awesome and down to earth kind of guest. You took our Airport pick-up, drop-off and all of your tours with us. All of our guides and drivers really enjoyed touring you around. We are here for you and your loved ones. Again, thank you, you are appreciated! Warm regards, Alex from medellintravels.com
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Carlos is The Best
CHris_A
, Dec 2019
A great tour and wonderful guide who was professional, personable, extremely knowledgeable and very willing to cater the tour to our specific interests.
star-5
All encompassing tour!
Veronica F
, Nov 2018
Excellent tour of the beautiful city! Our guide, Oscar, was the best. He was very knowledgeable and gave us insight into the city’s people, politics, artists, and drug lords. We learned so much, and had a fantastic time exploring the best parts of Medellin. Highly recommend!
star-5
Lina with Medellin Travels was the...
Charles M
, Apr 2018
Lina with Medellin Travels was the best guide I could have asked for. She took me to all the sites on the tour, and shared with me what the city is really like for its residents, along with important history and insights. It felt like an outing with a dear friend. I especially liked the trip up the MetroCable and a typical hillside neighborhood. Thank you, Lina. You're the best!
star-4
Very good tour I would highly...
Patrick C
, Mar 2018
Very good tour I would highly recommend it,if you want to get to know the city,Guide very knowledgeable excellent tour
star-5
Bring a note pad and pen. Better...
Eric B
, Nov 2017
Bring a note pad and pen. Better yet bring a recorder. The amount of information Alex gives you regarding the Escobar years as well as personal family experience is more than one can remember. He has exact details on names, dates, who is who, who did what, etc. His English skills are excellent so you don't need to worry about a strong accent and not being able to understand. The travel accommodations he provides are very comfortable, convenient, roomy, and relaxing. Alex knows the layout of the city and how to quickly move around. He is also good at providing in-depth background on the Escobar topics for a more complete understand of the history. Good job, Alex. Thank you
star-5
Alex was an amazing tour guide!! We...
ricamw
, Aug 2017
Alex was an amazing tour guide!! We highly recommend him and this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
This was a wonderful tour and Lina...
Roland R
, Jan 2017
This was a wonderful tour and Lina was an excellent guide.She was very knowledgeable and passionate in doing her job.Medellin is a beautiful place with nice people and excellent food.I would strongly recommend this tour if you are planning a visit to Medellin.

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