Free Violence & Post-conflict Tour in Medellín

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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  • 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!

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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Eny 03 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Jul 2023
It was a really nice tour with lots of information. The only downside is that we arrived at the museum close to closing time and although they had agreed that we could still enter, they did not honour this and so we missed being able to go around and see the victim exhibition, which was a huge disappointment as I was only in Medellin a few days so didn't have time to come back to visit the museum at a different time.
Montse 29 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
sinceramente, éste fue de lejos el mejor tour que hicimos en toda Colombia (y fueron unos cuantos!) Daniel, el guía era super atento a nuestros comentarios y dudas, y adaptó el tour, las explicaciones y la ruta en función de nuestros intereses. Lo recomendamos al 200%!
Anna 19 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
If your looking for a tour that’s different from the others (this is building x with …) than this is your tour. Very interesting and well told by our guide Sebastian. He’s very open minded and let you see things from different angles. Well done!
Toby 17 Aug 2023

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
Daniel was amazing! Passionate and knew the topics we were discussing really well.
Ksenija 11 Aug 2023

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Travelled in family - Aug 2023
It was very informative tour about the history of Medellin. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting who is interested more in political situation than cultural stuff (e.g "this building was built in xxxx by yyyy blah).
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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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