How to book the best Medellín Tours and get a 🎁 5% discount

How to book the best Medellín Tours and get a 🎁 5% discount

Major cities of Colombia are not sexy. You won’t be amazed at first sight. To visit a place like MedellĂ­n, you have to take the time to discover and understand it. To help you enjoy it, we have selected the best tours in MedellĂ­n.

Then, you’ll be able to realize that MedellĂ­n’s personality is expressed through its history, its people, its culture, and its environment. That’s why so many expats fall in love with it. That’s why I fell in love with it.

We spent more than 5 months in this city to discover the best activities to do in MedellĂ­n. These experiences have been grouped by theme. If you are interested in an activity, you can book it from our article :

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When you use our booking forms, you will automatically get a 5% discount on the tours offered by our partners.

Choose a tour in Medellin

Sculpture de Botero

Free walking Tour

Kanaas Travel Tour Medellin

Tour Moravia & Sierra

VIP Private Tour

Comuna 13 Kaanas Tour Medellin

Tour Comuna 13

Bike Tour Medellin

Bike tours

Fruit tour

Cooking tour MedellĂ­n Kaanas

Food Tour

Santa Fe de Antioquia

Tour Horizontes

Guatape Piedra del Peñol

Guatapé Tour

Horseback riding Tour Medellin

Horseback riding

Expedition Colombia Rafting

Rafting

ParamĂł Frailejones

Treks

Paragliding

Coffee tours

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If you are interested in an activity, click on the orange “Contact” button to fill out our online form. It only takes a few minutes!

Then, our partner will contact you to answer your questions and guide you in the choice of activities. You will then be asked to pay a deposit to confirm your reservation.

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Tours to visit & understand MedellĂ­n

The view from 3 cruces

Many travelers like to come to Medellín. Some come to party, others to learn about the life of Mr. Escobar — BTW, Colombians are ALL tired of hearing remarks about Pablo and his powder. Others decide to add Medellín to their itinerary to use it as a base to discover the department of Antioquia.

In any case, it would be a shame not to visit the city.

If you are traveling on a budget, don’t hesitate to book a group tour. You can also visit the museums of MedellĂ­n. Some of them are excellent. We have grouped several of them in our article What to do in MedellĂ­n.”

The only issue is the language. Most of the museums are in Spanish.

Fortunately, we met 2 local agencies that offer fantastic private MedellĂ­n tours.

1# MedellĂ­n Free Walking Tour

Sculpture de Botero
Botero’s sculpture

Do you know the Free Walking Tours?

This is an economical way to visit a city by walking with a local guide. At the end of the tour, travelers tip the guide the amount they want (on average, 20,000 COP).

For MedellĂ­n Free Walking Tours, the best agency is Real City Tour. Their guides are dynamic and deliver very interesting content.

PRICE

Tips (20,000 on average)

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

3H30 | Alpujarra Station

WHY

To understand MedellĂ­n’s history

2# A MedellĂ­n city tour in the lesser known neighborhoods

Kanaas Travel Tour Medellin
Cathy, the founder of Kaanas Travel

We met Cathy by chance – she was a roommate of a friend from our Spanish school. She fell in love with Colombia a few years ago and decided to move there. Just like that. On a whim.

The main purpose of her MedellĂ­n tours is to make you interact with the locals. With Kaanas (Cathy’s agency), you take the time to talk, experience, move around like the inhabitants, and discover areas that are little known to tourists. In MedellĂ­n, each neighborhood has its own history. Thanks to Kaanas, you will be able to bring a little part of it back home.

Besides, Cathy is a beautiful soul.

Each tour is related to a solidarity project. This means that the money you spend will help improve the daily life of several local residents.

As a matter of fact, all travelers are fans of Kaanas Travel.

Walking tour to Moravia, the old Medellin garbage dump

Morro de Moravia | Field Trip with Colombia Immersion
Morro de Moravia

Find out why thousands of people came to live in a giant garbage dump and how it was transformed into a huge garden maintained by a neighborhood collective.

PRICE [2-10 pers]

[195 000 – 70 000 COP]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

4-5H | At your hotel

WHY

Discover the history of a MedellĂ­n’s district

Use our form to easily contact Kaanas and get a 5% discount

Walking tour to La Sierra, the best MedellĂ­n view

View from the Sierra

This is the ideal walking city tour if you want to understand the painful and complicated past of MedellĂ­n. Start by visiting the famous Casa de la Memoria and then take the cable car up to the heights of MedellĂ­n to talk to the residents of the La Sierra neighborhood. The view of the city is spectacular. Lunch at a local’s house.

PRICE [2-10 pers]

[280 000 – 105 000 COP]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

7-8 H | At your hotel

WHY

To know MedellĂ­n’s history

Use our form to easily contact Kaanas and get a 5% discount

3# A VIP MedellĂ­n City Tour with many great stops

Medellin Metro cable City Tour
Metro cable in MedellĂ­n

If you are short on time and want to see as much of the city as possible, you will love the city tour offered by Medellin Day Trips.

When we met Andres, we were impressed with his knowledge of both the coffee and the history of Medellin. And all this in perfect English! Also, Andres uses very comfortable private transportation to pick up his clients and get to the different highlights. It is thanks to his quality tours that he has an excellent rating on Tripadvisor.

During this Medellin City Tour, Andres wants you to discover different aspects of Colombian history and culture.

Visit the monuments of the city center before taking a break in one of the oldest bars in MedellĂ­n. Afterward, take the tramway and then the cable car to get an overview of the city and understand its development. On the way back, stroll through one of the city’s markets to taste many different exotic fruits. To end this city tour, visit the famous Casa de la Memoria museum.

PRICE [2-10 pers]

[62 – 20 USD]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

5 H | Your hotel

WHY

Get a complete MedellĂ­n tour

Use our form to easily contact Medellin day trips and get a 5% discount

3# MedellĂ­n Graffiti Tour: La Comuna 13

Comuna 13 Medellin
Comuna 13

Comuna 13 was one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Medellín — and it is still not recommended to walk around there after dark.

Yet, over the past 20 years, much has changed.

MedellĂ­n has undertaken many works to allow the poor and isolated neighborhoods in the mountains to reach the city center easily. Hence the creation of cable cars, tramways, and escalators.

The associations of the Comuna 13 have realized many projects of Street Art & Hip Hop to offer new perspectives to the young people of the district. The result is beautiful, with many paintings that color the walls of the houses.

If you just want to walk around and admire the graffiti, you don’t need to book a MedellĂ­n graffiti tour. Take the subway to San Javier and then head to the orange escalators.

However, if you want to know the tragic story between these colored brick walls, I’ve got 2 tours for you.

Our opinion: Comuna 13 is a trendy area for tourists. If you want to get off the beaten track, the tour to La Sierra will be a better choice.

Join a Medellin graffiti tour to visit the Comuna 13

Comuna 13 Tour Medellin
View from Comuna 13

PRICE

[83 000 COP]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

4-5 H | Station El Poblado

WHY

To know Comuna 13’s history

Private MedellĂ­n Graffiti Tour & more

Comuna 13 Kaanas Tour Medellin
Street art in Comuna 13

Medellin Day trips offers to pick you up at your hotel by private transport to show you Comuna 13. Admire the most beautiful graffiti and listen to the fascinating stories of this neighborhood.

PRICE [2-10 pers]

[42 – 15 USD]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

3 H | Your hotel

WHY

To know Comuna 13’s history

And that’s not all.

Medellin Day Trips loves to combine different activities to save you time and money. You can add one of the following experience:

  • A tour to GuatapĂ©
  • Coffee farm Tour
  • City Tour
  • Cable car tour & fruit tasting

Use our form to easily contact Medellin day trips and get a 5% discount

4# The best MedellĂ­n Bike Tours

Bike Tour Medellin
Credit: Green Bike Tour MedellĂ­n

Cycling is an excellent way to visit different parts of MedellĂ­n in a few hours. There are many bike paths, which makes this activity quite easy to do. However, there is a lot of traffic, so don’t try it if it’s your first time on a bike. Depending on your physical condition, you can choose to do a MedellĂ­n bike tour on an electric bike.

Our advice: It’s best to book your MedellĂ­n bike tour in the morning. You have a better chance of avoiding the rain.

Classic MedellĂ­n bike tour

Bike Tour Medellin
Credit: Green bike Tour

A bike tour of MedellĂ­n that focuses on the city center and Laureles (my favorite neighborhood).

PRICE

[95 000 COP]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

4 H | Laureles

WHY

Visit several MedellĂ­n’s district

Electric MedellĂ­n bike tour

E-Bike Tour Medellin
Crédit: Turibike

If you have fast tiring legs, then this is the option for you. The e-bike allows you to visit Medellín without getting exhausted — but you still have to pedal. This Medellín bike tour passes by many sightseeing spots (Laureles, downtown, Ciudad del Rio, Pueblito Paisa) and offers a nice panoramic view of the city.

PRICE

[140 000 COP]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

4 H | Ciudad del Rio

WHY

Visit several MedellĂ­n’s district

Best MedellĂ­n Food Tours

Colombian fruits

Let’s eat the road Jack. #badjoke.

Traveling is not just about looking. It is to feel, touch and taste!

Visiting a market in MedellĂ­n is an excellent choice to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the city. If you decide to cook in Colombia, you will save a lot of money buying your products in a market rather than in a supermarket.

Wander the narrow aisles to discover dozens of different exotic fruits, medicinal herbs, flowers, and a heap of other finds.

1# Fruit tour at La Minorista Market

Real City Tour offers a group tour to discover and taste the wide variety of fruits in Colombia. The sampling takes place in the vast covered market of La Minorista. This place, unknown to tourists, is a real Alibaba cave.

PRICE

85 000 COP/pers

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

3H | Plaza Minorista

WHY

Visit a huge local market

2# A private Food Tour in Sabaneta

Food Tour Medellin
Aguardiente shot

Sabaneta is a bit like the chic suburbs of MedellĂ­n. This village has been overtaken by the city’s rapid expansion and is a favorite area of the Paisas to grab a bite to eat or a drink.

With your bilingual guide, discover the amazing Colombian specialties before taking a break in a Fonda Paisas — MedellĂ­n’s colorful and traditional bar. End this delicious MedellĂ­n food tour with a dinner at a traditional farm.

This Food Tour is offered by Medellin Day trip. As usual, private transportation is included.

PRICE [2-10 pers]

[65 – 29 USD]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

4 H | At your hotel

WHY

Eat Colombian specialties

Use our form to easily contact Medellin day trips and get a 5% discount

Tours to visit the villages near MedellĂ­n

Guatape Street
Colorful street in Guatapé

The Antioquia region is one of my favorite departments in Colombia. Among its green hills are colonial towns that deserve your full attention.

From MedellĂ­n, you can go to:

  • North to Santa Fe de Antioquia (1h30) or Horizontes (3h)
  • East to GuatapĂ© (2h)
  • South to JericĂł (3h) or JardĂ­n (4h)

It is straightforward to get to these villages by taking the bus from MedellĂ­n. Once there, you will easily find some activities to do to occupy your days. On the other hand, it might be a bit complicated to find a tour in English.

Santa Fe de Antioquia and Guatapé are quite close to Medellín, so you may want to consider booking a one-day tour from Medellín to save time and/or have a more personalized experience.

However, I don’t recommend day tours to JericĂł or JardĂ­n. It is a waste of time.

Travel easier between destinations: If you don’t speak Spanish and worry about taking public transportation, we have the solution.

We have a partnership with the company Colombian Buddy. They organize private transportation throughout Colombia. They speak good English and answer quickly.

Use our online form to contact them and get 5% discount on all their services.

1# Day tour to Santa Fe de Antioquia from MedellĂ­n

Santa Fe de Antioquia

Santa Fe de Antioquia, located 1.5 hours from Medellín, is a pretty colonial town known for its gold seekers and filigree craftsmanship —a goldsmithing technique that creates highly detailed jewelry. Also nearby is the famous Puente de Occidente, a suspension bridge built in the 1890s.

Our opinion: It is not worthwhile to go back and forth from MedellĂ­n in a day without taking a tour. Santa Fe de Antioquia is rich in history, but you will need a guide to get to know it.

Turantioquia is a small local agency located in Santa Fe de Antioquia. Adrien, the founder, is a very interesting and humorous person. He knows the history of his region perfectly.

Gold seekers and colonial history

En la calle de Santa Fe de Antioquia
On the streets of Santa Fe de Antioquia

Get out of MedellĂ­n to discover this colonial town and meet authentic gold seekers. Follow the gold route from the river to a goldsmith’s workshop. You will also admire the Puente de Occidente.

To know:

  • The price of this plan does not include transportation. You can go to Santa Fe de Antioquia by bus or ask Turantioquia to arrange private transportation. Approximately 320 – 340 000 COP/group of 1 to 4 people.
  • Extra 100 000 COP to get a bilingual guide.

PRICE [2-6 pers]

[120 -85 000 COP]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

Spanish or English

DURATION

9 H

WHY

Following the gold trail

Use our form to easily contact TurAntioquia and get a 5% discount

2# The unknown travel loop: Belmira – Horizontes – Santa Fe de Antioquia

View from the Mirador de Lilian

We did this tour with Adrian, the founder of TurAntioquia — video presentation of his tour. We loved this experience completely off the beaten track.

From MedellĂ­n, take the public bus to the village of Belmira (2 hours). From there, you can decide whether you want to take the Chiva – a wide, colorful bus typical of the region – or walk to Horizontes (3h).

Horizontes is a charming little town that is not listed in any guidebook. Located on top of a hill, at an altitude of more than 2,000m, it offers a breathtaking view of the Cauca River canyon. Visit the village before spending the evening in the beautiful posada La Sebastyana.

The next day, discover the surroundings of Horizontes (some of the viewpoints are stunning) before going back down to MedellĂ­n in the afternoon. Lodging and meals included.

To know:

  • The price of the tour does not include transportation. Approx. 480,000 COP/group for 1 to 4 people.
  • Extra 100 000 COP to get a bilingual guide/day.

PRICE [2-6 pers]

[310 000 – 410 000 COP]/ pers.

LANGUES

English or Spanish

DURATION

2 Days

WHY

Explore a little known area of Antioquia

Optional (I recommend it): Add a 3rd day to this itinerary to spend a night in Santa Fe de Antioquia and learn about the history of this colonial village and its gold seekers. You can also visit a coffee farm or hike a PĂĄramo.

Use our form to easily contact TurAntioquia and get a 5% discount

3# Guatapé Tour from Medellín

Guatape Piedra del Peñol
Guatape – Piedra del Peñol

GuatapĂ© is the most famous colonial village in Colombia because of its colorful streets covered with ZĂłcalos and its proximity to the impressive monolith El Peñol. Don’t hesitate to climb the 750 steps to enjoy an exceptional view.

There are many pleasant hotels along the lake, and I recommend you to spend the night there. Find here our favorite hotels in Guatapé.

If you have little time, you can consider booking a Guatapé tour from Medellín.

Our advice: Avoid going on weekends and holidays.

Group visit to Guatapé from Medellín

The view from El Peñol Guatape
The view from the top of the Peñol

If you are traveling on a budget but don’t want to bother with public transportation, you can go with Travel MedellĂ­n. This will allow you to discover GuatapĂ© in one day. Please note that the ticket to the top of the Peñol is not included in the price.

PRICE

140 000 COP/pers

LANGUAGES

English

DURATION

11H | Park El Poblado

WHY

Visit Guatapé in 1 day

Private Guatapé tour from Medellín

Street Guatape
Rue de Guatapé

Medellín Day Trips takes care of everything, and your guide will speak perfect English. Leave by private transport from Medellín and start with a tasting of exotic fruits before climbing to the top of the Piedra del Peñol. After this effort, Andres will take you to the colorful streets of Guatapé for a well-deserved lunch. This wonderful day will end with a 1h30 boat ride between the islets of the lake of Guatapé.

To know: Breakfast, Lunch and rock entrance fees are not included.

Tip: You can be picked up or dropped off at the airport in MedellĂ­n.

PRICE [2-10 pers]

[120 – 38 USD]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

9 H | Your hotel

WHY

Visit Guatapé in 1 day

Medellin Day Trips loves to combine different activities to save you time and money. You can add one of the following experience — By doing so, you won’t do the boat tour:

  • Coffee farm Tour
  • Graffiti Tour
  • Horse riding Tour
  • Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing

Use our form to easily contact MedellĂ­n Day Trips and get a 5% discount

4# Plan a trip to JericĂł or JardĂ­n

jerico parque de los nubes (1)
Parque de los nubes

I repeat. Do not take a tour that offers you to visit JericĂł or JardĂ­n from MedellĂ­n in one day. You won’t enjoy it.

How to do it then?

It is very simple. You take a public bus and book your tours on site with a local agency.

How to enjoy JericĂł

Stairs jerico
ruelle de JericĂł

Once in JericĂł, if you are looking for guides in English, Kaanas offers excellent tours to:

  • Visit JericĂł and meet the craftsmen who make the famous carriels — typical bag of JericĂł.
  • Ride a horse and discover the world of Colombian coffee on a typical farm.
  • Hike in the Los Nubes Park.

Use our form to easily contact Kaanas and get a 5% discount

How to enjoy JardĂ­n

Salto del Angel
Salto del Angel

There are so many things to do in JardĂ­n that we have published a detailed guide. There you will find a form to contact our local partner and get a 5% discount on all their tours.

The best outdoors tours from MedellĂ­n

Rafting Rio Verde (1)
Rafting Rio Verde | Credit: Expedition Colombia

Expedition Colombia is an agency specialized in adventure activities in the department of Antioquia. If you are looking for your adrenaline fix, they are the ones to call.

They are part of our partner network. So you can benefit from a 5% discount on all their tours!

This agency actively participates in the preservation of the rivers of Colombia. Jules, the founder, is a former professional kayaker. He uses his experience and network to work with excellent local instructors and guides. It’s the perfect combination.

1# Rafting tour from MedellĂ­n

Expedition Colombia Rafting
Rafting with Expedition Colombia

Rio Verde and Rio SamanĂĄ are two beautiful and powerful rivers that run through the mountainous landscapes of the department of Antioquia. These places are usually difficult to access. This is not a problem when you go with Expedition Colombia. The logistics put in place for travelers to enjoy this experience are excellent.

We opted for the 2-day tour. This allowed us to enjoy more of the wilderness and to camp one night by the river.

Depending on the month of the year and the tour you choose, the intensity of the rapids is different. Expedition Colombia will advise you according to your physical condition and experience. In any case, you will be safe. There is no need to worry about this.

In order to lower the prices, you can ask Expedition Colombia to join a group.

PRICE [3+ pers]

[1 049 000 COP]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

2 days | Poblado

WHY

Among the most beautiful rivers in the country

Expedition Colombia offers various rafting tours. According to your availability and your desires, you can organize trips of 1 to 3 days.

Use our form to learn more about Expedition Colombia’s tours and get a 5% discount

2# Plan a trek from MedellĂ­n

ParamĂł Frailejones
Frailejones (typical plant from the pĂĄramos)

From Medellin, there are many hikes to do to admire the city from the heights. Some of them are even possible without the help of a guide. This is the case of Las 3 Cruces.

However, if you want to discover the famous pĂĄramos of Colombia, you will have to venture out of the city. If this is your case, the easiest option is to visit the pĂĄramo de Belmira.

It is possible to go there by yourself, first taking a bus (2-3h) and then looking for a local guide on site. This hike lasts 5-7h.

Alternatively, you can decide to go with Expedition Colombia.

PRICE [3+ pers]

[319 000 COP]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

1 Day | Poblado

WHY

Hike in a pĂĄramo

Expedition also offer 2 or 3-day treks to venture into the lush mountains of Antioquia and swim in crystal clear rivers. You’ll get more information in our online form.

Use our form to learn more about Expedition Colombia’s tours and get a 5% discount

3# Paragliding tour over MedellĂ­n

Flight from San Felix

Did you know that you can book a paragliding tour to see MedellĂ­n from the sky? It’s an incredible experience and easy to do. And the rates are much more interesting than in Europe!

To do this activity, you have to go to San Felix. It’s easy to do. Go to the north terminal of MedellĂ­n and look for the bus company that goes to San Felix. It is usually counter 11. The journey takes 40 minutes.

If you don’t speak Spanish or want to take private transportation*, then contact Expedition Colombia. Their rates are excellent, and they will take care of all the organization.

*Extra 100 000 COP/groupe

PRICE

[180 – 240 000 COP]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

20 – 30 min | Poblado or San Felix

WHY

Flying over Medellin

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4# Horseback riding in Antioquia’s countryside

Horseback riding Tour Medellin
Credit: Medellin Day Trips

Have you noticed that Medellin Day Trips loves to couple its tours with a horseback ride in the Colombian countryside?

Located 30 minutes from Poblado, this ranch has very docile horses. Take advantage of this 2-3 hour ride to admire the beautiful landscapes of Antioquia. Afterwards, if you wish, you can visit a traditional coffee farm or discover Guatapé.

PRICE [2-10 pers]

[127 – 61 USD]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

9 H | Your hotel

WHY

Coffee farm + Horseback riding

You can also decide to only book the horseback riding tour. Find out the other activities in our online form.

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The best coffee tour in MedellĂ­n

Adrien becomes a caficultor for the day

It is very easy to organize a visit to a local coffee farm if you plan to go to JardĂ­n, JericĂł, or the coffee region. If this is the case, you do not need to organize a coffee tour from MedellĂ­n.

Otherwise, you can ask MedellĂ­n Day Trips.

They run the best coffee tours in MedellĂ­n. Andres worked in the coffee industry and knows a lot about it. Medellin Day Trip picks you up with their van to drive you to a finca located in the outskirts of Medellin. Meet a lovely Colombian family that lives from the coffee agriculture. On this coffee tour, you will discover the entire process from the seed to the finished product. And you will have to get your hands dirty!

PRICE [2-10 pers]

[80 – 29 USD]/ pers.

LANGUAGE

English

DURATION

4.5 H | Your hotel

WHY

Share the daily life of a coffee farmer’s family

Medellin Day Trips loves to combine different activities to save you time and money. You can add one of the following experience:

  • Graffiti Tour
  • Horse riding Tour
  • GuatapĂ© tour
  • War Victims & Conflict tour
  • Chocolate tour

Use our form to easily contact MedellĂ­n Day Trips and get a 5% discount

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