The Best Walking Tours to Take in Medellín

Medellín streets | © Pedro Szekely / Flickr
Medellín streets | © Pedro Szekely / Flickr
Photo of Chris Bell
27 December 2017

Medellín is a beautiful city with a long and often tragic history and is becoming more and more popular with travellers each year. There are plenty of different ways to experience this destination, but one of the best is on a walking tour of the city. There are loads of excursions to choose from, so here are the very best walking tours to take in Medellín.

Real City Tours’ Free Walking Tour

The undisputed champion of the Medellín free walking tours, the Real City Tours’ Free Walking Tour is the most popular one in the city – and with good reason. As the company has informative, engaging guides, a tried-and-tested route through downtown Medellín, and great customer service, you can practically guarantee a good experience. Covering the entire modern history of Medellín, the tours are informative and fascinating, and well worth a good tip.

San Antonio Square in Medellin | © Randal Sheppard / Flickr

Big 50 Medellín Walking Tour

Operated by Toucan Cafe & Tours, the Big 50 Medellín Walking Tour purports to be an antidote to walking tours with 20-plus people being shepherded around by a guide. Their walking tour, which is based on 50 intriguing facets of life in Medellín, aims to give guests the true local experience in a more intimately sized group. With loads of information, food and drink, and small group sizes, the Big 50 Medellín Walking Tour is perfect for anyone looking for a more in-depth look at the city.

Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour

This unique and engaging tour explores how street art and local community projects have transformed the formerly no-go Comuna 13 neighbourhood of Medellín. With passionate guides, many of them from the area itself, and a real commitment to exploding the myths surrounding Medellín’s poorer district, the tour is a must for anyone with an interest in art, social projects, and exploring a different side of the city.

Medellín street art | © ShonEjai / Pixabay

Exotic Fruits Tour

Another Real City Tours initiative, the Exotic Fruits Tour is the best walking tour in Medellín for any foodie travellers, or for anyone wanting to get to grips with the incredible wealth of delicious fruits that Colombia has to offer. Operating from Monday to Saturday at 9:45 am and lasting up to three hours, the tour visits one of Medellín’s main markets and gives you the chance to sample loads of local fruits and juices.

Barrio Transformation Tour

An excursion on foot through Medellín’s most densely populated barrio, this tour by Real City Tours is a glimpse into the various ways in which the city’s poorest and most deprived neighbourhoods have been transformed through both social and innovative architectural projects.

Exploring the changes in the Medellín comunas | © Pedro Szekely / Flickr

Bloom Travel Experiences

Bloom Travel Experiences offers a variety of excellent Medellín excursions, including a graffiti walking tour in Comuna 13, historical tours through downtown Medellín and – probably their most unique and fascinating option – a walking tour to see the city’s world-famous Christmas lights, which includes street food and local coffee.

Paisa Tours Medellín

Paisa Tours Medellín offers a walking/metro excursion that takes in the most important cultural and historical parts of the city and ends with a lovely hike along the trails of Arvi Park, a stunning natural park located on the hillsides outside Medellín. The trek passes through a delightful forest full of local flora and fauna and is a perfect way to end a tour of the city.

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