⭐ Free Violence & Post-conflict of Medellin's Cartel Tour

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on March 21, 2019

We are a group of local guides who believe in the positive impact of tourism by offering you a complete cultural experience by foot through the streets of the historic centers of Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena. Join us and discover what Colombia and our people have for you!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

Discover Medellín's resilience and hope on our Violence & Post-conflict tour!

Everything you need to know about the violence dynamics in Medellín before, during and after the Cartel (this is NOT a Pablo Escobar tour) and the struggle of the people to survive this and create a better future!

Within the Colombian conflict, Medellín has a difficult but important place, it has been both the epicenter of the war and the urban victims, as well as the example of transition towards peace and the post-conflict. Starting at Parque San Antonio through downtown and finishing at Museo Casa de la Memoria, you will delve into that particularity of the city, while you discover its stories and get to know its main actors.

You will learn about the changes that the violence there has had from 1982 to 2015, delving into what happened after the Medellín Cartel with "Donbernabilidad" and how that past is present today.

You will delve into the multiple characters and institutions that have acted in this context of war, peace and resistance, discussing their motivations, practices and transformations. Our specialized guides will accompany you with their knowledge and experiences in exploring the dynamics of that deep "Medallo".

Dare to go further and be surprised by the efforts of a people to overcome their dark past and create a better present!

Which are the topics we'll be talking about?

  • Narcos war period: conditions of emergence, cultural, social and economic consequences
  • Urbanization of war: guerrillas, paramilitarism and drug traffic
  • Strategies, heroes and communities in the pace making and social struggle of Medellín
  • Twenty first century peace agreements and reconciliation in an urban context 
  • The process of changing “bullets for words and ideas”
  • Transformation of the city: resistance and memories along an ongoing conflict.
  • And so much more! 

*We recommend to have an open mind to comprehend all our history and be prepared to ask as many questions you have about the difficult topics we will talk about.

*Only 15 people maximum per group due to security and discretion in the walking area.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Cl 44 #50, La Candelaria, Medellín, L...
    Cl 44 #50, La Candelaria, Medellín, La Candelaria, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
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    Next to the "Birds of Botero", with our Red Umbrellas by Beyond Colombia!

  • 1
    Outside visit
    San Antonio Park
  • 2
    Outside visit
    San Ignacio Square
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Comfama San Ignacio
  • 4
    Outside visit
    Bomboná Towers
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Cervantes Passage
  • 6
    Outside visit
    Boston Park
  • 7
    Outside visit
    Simona Duque Park
  • 8
    Outside visit
    Bicentennial Park

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Natalia 02 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Loved it!
Craig 13 Apr 2024
Gold Coast

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Christian was a great guide speaks good English. He is a local.
ashmi 13 Apr 2024
San Francisco

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Really unique and important tour especially as I heard that these topics are still sensitive for a lot of Medellin people, I recommend doing this rather than some ‘Pablo Escobar’ tour. Manuel had a lot of great information to share about the broader conflict history, all the players, the impact on innocent civilians that doesn’t get talked about enough, and the transformation during period since the early 2000s (and current state). Thanks Manuel.
Danielle 12 Apr 2024

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Brilliant! So informative
Filip 10 Apr 2024
Novi Sad

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Dani was so knowledgeable and inspiring that we would repeat this once again for sure. He is up to date with all relevant info and has great knowledge of history, plus adds the personal experience to the story. It really makes you think about everything and keep exploring.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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