From Slum to Innovation

  • Visit Medellin’s neighborhood San Javier, once considered a slum and now epitome of social innovation and fantastic street art.

  • Board the Metrocable and let your expert guide explain the story behind the beautifully painted roofs.

  • Watch how children play in the streets and if you like, try for yourself to glide down the slides as fast as you can.

  • Take the electric escalators and reach a platform to have a marvelous view over Medellín and its colorful roofs.

  • Climb up the narrow streets a bit further and see how people live in Comuna 13.

  • Find out about what made Medellín the world’s Most Innovative City of the Year 2013.

  • Feel how proud people from Comuna 13 are about the changes in their neighborhood and see how happy they are to welcome tourists.

  • Visit the San Javier Library Park, known as a place that brings families together to partake in literary, cultural and musical activities.

In a Nutshell

  • Visit Medellín’s neighborhood San Javier, once considered a slum and now epitome of social innovation and fantastic street art as far as the eye can see.
  • Board the Metrocable and let your expert guide explain the story behind the beautifully painted roofs of Comuna 13 you can see from above.
  • Ride a typical small Colombian bus and have a look around the area before getting off and walking the short distance to reach the electric escalators.
  • Take the electric escalators and reach a platform to have a marvelous view over Medellín and its colorful roofs.
  • Get a bite to eat on the way as many inhabitants sell snacks and chilled beverages in front of their homes (own expense).
  • Visit the Library of San Javier and be surprised about what it has to offer. 

Price includes

  • Transportation from your hotel to the Poblado metro station and back.
  • Tickets for public transportation.
  • Expert guide in English or Spanish.
  • Depending on bookings you might be in a small group up to 6 people or by yourself.

 

Important Information

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Departure time:
10:00am / 2:00pm

Duration:
4 hours

* Travelers:
Is your group bigger than 9?

Price Per Person $72.83
Total Price $72.83


Put on comfortable shoes and enjoy a memorable tour in an area that was once considered the most dangerous neighborhood of Medellín and meanwhile has changed into a still poor but lively neighborhood with beautiful street art and boiling social innovation. Our expert guide will share his broad knowledge with you, point out important places of changes and tell you about what made Medellín the world’s ‘Most Innovative City of the Year' 2013.

Our tour starts at your hotel from where we’ll take a taxi to the closest Metro station and then ride the Metro to San Javier, or Comuna 13 Medellin.
Boarding the Metrocable, which was developed as an alternative form of public transportation for local residents, we will get to see San Javier from above. While floating up the hill and enjoying the view, we’ll learn about how much easier it became for locals to get to work and how much time they can save nowadays because of the Metrocable.

Back at the platform, we’ll hop on a bus that takes us near the electric escalators that were built in 2011. They replaced 530 concrete steps and reduced the time for getting up 384 m (1,260 ft.) immensely. Thanks to this, the complicated social dynamics of what once was another slum gradually turned into a brighter panorama.

The electric escalator will take us up to a platform from where we get another stunning view at Medellín from above. Taking a closer look, we notice amazing street art everywhere: colorfully painted roofs and drawings on the walls, from professionals as well as from children. 

While we climb up the narrow streets a bit further to have a look at the side streets, we may get a chance to talk to people on the street and ask them how their lives changed during the last few years and if it was caused by the electric escalators and other projects of the neighborhood.

As we walk our way back down the electric escalators and head to our final destination, the library of San Javier, we will see how Comuna 13 became a remarkably good neighborhood for children, inspiring them to be creative in arts and sports and encourage them to study. The San Javier Library Park is known as a place that brings families together to partake in literary, cultural and musical activities.

After our visit to the library, we’ll walk back the short distance to the metro and make our way back to your hotel. 


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