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Comuna 13: from darkness to renascence

Medellín, Colombia

Experience hosted by Julio C.

3 hours
Includes food, transportation
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

First we'll understand what made this area of the city so desirable by both the far left and far right groups. We'll see who controlled the different areas of the neighbourhood and the implications on the everyday lives of those of us who were here.

We will take some routes of the neighbourhood where no other tours go as a way to understand how people lived and moved around 20 years ago, and we'll be able to talk to some friendly locals that can also share their views on the past and present sociopolitical issues.

We'll see the impressive graffiti area and we can also visit one of the top artists in the area and have a talk with him.

The outdoors escalator, a first in the world, will serve as an example to understand the triggers of transformation for the area and the city as a whole.

During the visit, the focus of the tour will be on living conditions, social issues and historical developments, without disregarding the astonishing street arts in the area.
First we'll understand what made this area of the city so desirable by both the far left and far right groups. We'll see who controlled the different areas of the neighbourhood and the implications on the everyday lives of those of us who were here.

We will take some routes of the neighbourhood where no other tours go as a way to understand how people lived and moved around 20 years ago, and we'll be able to talk to some friendly local…

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What's included

  • Food
    Homemade ice-cream popsicles
  • Transportation
    I'll pay for the buses from the metro to the neighbourhood and back
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Tue, Apr 20
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Wed, Apr 21
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Wed, Apr 21
$28 per person
$28 per person

Meet your host, Julio C.

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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Being a teacher in the USA for a while and then becoming a langue instructor in one of the top universities in Medellin helped me understand my true passion: exchanging cultural experiences with people from all around the world.

I decided to quit my teaching career after 15 years to become a tour guide and storyteller. That was 900 tours ago.

Having lived in Comuna 13 since I was 12, during the toughest times and being a survivor of its tragedy allows me to share this place combining its history, my personal experiences and my unbreakable link with the community with passion and enthusiasm
Being a teacher in the USA for a while and then becoming a langue instructor in one of the top universities in Medellin helped me understand my true passion: exchanging cultural experiences with people from all around the world.

I decided to quit my teaching career after 15 years to become a tour guide and storyteller. That was 900 tours ago.

Having lived in Comuna 13 since I was 12, during the toughest times and being a survivor of its tragedy allows me to share this plac…
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Where you'll be

Even when most tours focus on the escalator, we'll go in the opposite direction. We'll go explore the areas and stairways that locals used and still use everyday. Of course, we'll eventually get to the graffiti area and escalator but then we'll understand the real contrast and transformation of the area.
Michael
January 2021
I very much liked the tour because the main focus was the history and events that were happening during multiple time slices. What adds value and excitement is the fact that Julio lived in the area and tells some of the stories directly from his memory.
I very much liked the tour because the main focus was the history and events that were happening during multiple time slices. What adds value and excitement is the fact that Julio…
Adam
December 2020
This is nor your regular Communa 13 tour. In fact Julio, who spend all his youth here, takes you to "his" places and tells the incredibly complex history of Comuna 13 through his own experiences. Some of them, or most actually pretty intense. We are so glad that we got to go on this tour as it takes you deep underneath the surface of the pretty grafittis, that most tours would probably take you to. The tour was around 3,5 hours and Julio was able to answer all questions that we had regarding the history and present of this place. I cannot recommend this tour enough if you are interested in actually knowing the place you are visiting.
This is nor your regular Communa 13 tour. In fact Julio, who spend all his youth here, takes you to "his" places and tells the incredibly complex history of Comuna 13 through his o…
Anka
March 2019
I met Julio when I went on his Free Walking Tour with Real City Tours. I was absolutely captivated by his storytelling, his immense amount of knowledge, his unique background, and his kind and open nature. I immediately approached him to see if he offered private tours in Comuna 13, where he grew up. I am so glad I did this tour with him. Julio offers a really unique and thorough approach and I truly would never have learned as much about this uniquely important neighborhood if it were not for him. Julio is unbelievably knowledgeable and is able to answer all questions and also gives a super interesting personal background. I can only recommend doing this tour with Julio. He will go out of his way to make sure you feel comfortable and leave the tour full of knowledge about one of Medellin's most important and impressive neighborhoods. 10/10 would recommend to everyone.
I met Julio when I went on his Free Walking Tour with Real City Tours. I was absolutely captivated by his storytelling, his immense amount of knowledge, his unique background, and…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Sunscreen

Water