Welcome to Medellín & Zona Cafetera

In Medellín, the country's second-largest metropolis, towers soar skyward in the center of a deep valley, concrete examples of the ambition that has placed the city at the vanguard of Colombia's revival. It is an attractive city that seduces most travelers instantly, with its just-perfect climate, great restaurants, museums, public artwork and thumping discos.

Further south is the Zona Cafetera, a rich tapestry of historic villages, charming coffee farms, fantastic nature reserves and grand mountain peaks. Coffee is more than a cash crop here – it is a way of life. You'll never look at your morning cup the same way again.

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$37.15 Cultural & Theme Tours

Pablo Escobar Historical Tour of Medellín

In 1975 and with a personal net worth of more than $25 billion, Pablo Escobar was the 7th-richest man in the world. His successful drug operation had allowed him to own luxurious residences, expensive cars and even airplanes. Although Escobar was held on charges such as murder, bombing, drug smuggling and money laundering, he was depicted at home in Colombia as a Robin Hood-type hero. He spent millions of dollars building schools, hospitals and churches in Western Colombia, giving back to the poorer communities in Medellín. On this guided sightseeing tour, learn about his life at three historical sites. First, visit the Monaco Building, which was bombed by the rival Cali cartel in an assassination attempt on Pablo Escobar's family. Then, head over to the house where, on December 2nd, 1993, he was shot and killed by Colombian special forces. Finally, make your way to your third stop – Pablo Escobar's grave, located just on the outskirts of Medellín.

$30 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-Day Guatapé (Pueblo de Zocalos) from Medellín

Depart from Medellin in the morning and make your first stop in a small town called Guarne, where you'll Antioquian hot chocolate or coffee and a traditional arepa with homemade farm cheese for breakfast.From there, you'll proceed to a small town called Marinilla, where you'll spend 30 minutes visiting the town square and local historical sites. After that, you'll have another brief stop in the small town of Peñol before arriving at one of the area's top attractions, Peñol Rock (La Piedra del Peñol).There, you'll have the opportunity to climb more than 700 stairs to reach the top of this popular landmark and enjoy sweeping vistas of Guatape Lake and the surrounding mountains. After lunch, your tour guide will lead you on an informative historical walk through the picturesque pueblo of Guatape, visiting Calle de los Recuerdos, Plaza de los Zocalos and the town square and historic cathedral. There is also programmed into the tour free time in Guatape for the visitor to explore the city on their own if desired. Arrive back in Medellin between 6:00pm and 7:00pm depending on highway conditions.

$59 Cultural & Theme Tours

Medellin Private Pablo Escobar Tour with La Catedral Option

This tour is the most sought in Medellin and the most controversial, since there are mixed feelings, myths, and opinions regarding the Godfather of the Medellin Cartel. Only top insider guides, experts in the subject matter, will reveal "Real" information and stories that you wont hear elsewhere! They will convey and furnish you facts in a non-biased manner, enabling you to formulate your own opinion and perception.Pablo Escobar went from being a common car thief to being the second richest man during his life time, 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. Hated by his rivals that included politicians, Los Pepe's, the Cali Cartel, and thousands of victims family members. This tour departs daily, you have the option to be picked up at your hotel at 9:00am or 1:30pm by a private driver/ licensed tour expert and transportation in a new, comfortable, and spacious vehicle for your party only.The Pablo Escobar Godfather tour is the most sought out private tour here in Medellin! Experience an emotional roller coaster ride with an insider, expert guide that will make your stomach churn with privileged information that enables you to feel the sensation of living in that turbulent moment! This one of a kind thrilling tour takes you to a church sanctuary where the Virgin Mary appeared and where Pablo Escobar and his murderous hit men would go to mass to have their bullets blessed and to pray to the Virgin for "perfect hits!"  Be exposed to the Monaco building known as the building of terror, where the war between the Cali Cartel and Medellin Cartel started. You'll stand in the same ground where two massive bombs exploded!Visit his last house where he lived and was murdered on the roof, the cemetery where he is buried in the outskirts of Medellin, and one of his favorite restaurants where you can relish lunch!To include the upgrade tour option to LA CATEDRAL, scroll down during the booking and select that option. Please note that with La Catedral option, the tour will be an hour longer than the regular tour.Book now and reserve your spot, you don´t want to miss this!

$98 Kid Friendly

Medellin to El Penol and Guatape Private Full-Day Guided Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Medellin Travels, Medellin, Antioquia DepartmentStop by in our office to see the original graffiti art done by the main artist in Comuna 13!Ask your tour guide if you want to stop in ur office.Stop At: Avoeden CafeFree option to stop at the famous Avoeden Cafe, the best coffee in town! Enjoy a fresh cup of single origin Colombian coffee (own expense).Be sure to ask your tour guide if you want to go.Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Rionegro PlazaDrive by Rionegro town enjoying the country side.Pass By: Parque de Marinilla, Marinilla, Antioquia DepartmentPass by Marinilla town on your way to the rock.Stop At: Piedra Del Penol, Guatape, Antioquia DepartmentClimb the rock of El Penol and get the most amazing views of Guatape and the lakes.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Laguna de Guatape, Medellin, Antioquia DepartmentEnjoy a day outside the city visiting the Rock where you can see what many consider the best view of the world! Enjoy the view of the lakes from the Rock, on the road and in Guatape town.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: GUATAPEVisit the colonial colorful town of Guatape, discover autenthic zocalos and cobblestone roads.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, Guatape, Antioquia DepartmentVisit this beautiful colonial church.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Plazoleta de Los ZócalosEnjoy authentic zocalos in Guatape.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Guatape - Parque principalColonial main park in GuatapeDuration: 10 minutesPass By: GUATAPEPass by El Penol authentic farmers town.

$125 Cultural & Theme Tours

Jardin Coffee Plantation Tour from Medellin, Mountaintop Lunch

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Medellin City Services, Medellin, Antioquia DepartmentDrive nearStop At: Centro Historico de Jardin, Jardin, Antioquia DepartmentVisit, coffee samplingDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Pueblito Paisa, Medellin, Antioquia DepartmentSightseeing MedellinDuration: 20 minutes

$26.67 Transfers & Ground Transport

Medellín Airport Private Transfer to Hotel

You will be met at the airport and taken directly to your hotel in Medellín. An English-speaking representative will greet you when you clear airport customs and your vacation can start! When making a booking, you will need to advise your flight details and your Medellín hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.