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The Dark Days: Pablo Escobar and The New Medellin Tour provided by Medellin City Services

The Dark Days: Pablo Escobar and The New Medellin Tour

The Dark Days: Pablo Escobar and The New Medellin Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Awards
Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
Awards
Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Also pick up provided from AirBnB, please specify your full address with building name and apartment number
  • Airports:
  • Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport, Medellin Colombia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Flexible start time, please inquire
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Guides are wearing masks
  • Travelers are required to wear masks
  • Private groups, no interaction with other travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guides: Temperature is measured at the beginning of each working day
  • Periodic disinfection of vehicles
  • Use of antibacterial gel and alcohol
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private vehicle
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Also pick up provided from AirBnB, please specify your full address with building name and apartment number
  • Airports:
  • Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport, Medellin Colombia
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Flexible start time, please inquire
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Guides are wearing masks
  • Travelers are required to wear masks
  • Private groups, no interaction with other travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guides: Temperature is measured at the beginning of each working day
  • Periodic disinfection of vehicles
  • Use of antibacterial gel and alcohol
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    el poblado
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Envigado
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Placita de Florez
    Stop: 10 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Cementerio Jardines Montesacro
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
87 reviews
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Alex
London, UK1 contribution
Juan was brilliant. While Escobar clearly dominates the city’s reputation from the perspective of outsiders, I didn’t want to indulge in some cheap, insensitive ‘narco-tourism’ which risks celebrating a mass-murderer and criminal. Juan understood that from the off, and instead I had a fascinating afternoon exploring Medellin and Colombian history and culture, threaded through with stories of how the country overcame this dark chapter in its modern history. Would highly recommend - perfect English and a depth of knowledge that left me feeling richer for the experience.
Written August 12, 2021
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Camillo U
Dear Voyager28302295048, Thank you so much for these words, they mean a lot to us. Amazing to learn you highly recommend us for tour was beyond your expectations and not just glorifying Narcos. We’ll be honored to assist again soon! Sincerely, Camilo Uribe Medellin City Services®
Written August 13, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Fernando R
Bronx, NY2 contributions
Nicolaia did an amazing job with this tour. He really took the time to make sure every little detail of Pablo Escobar’s life was cover in this tour. Nicolaia started with the birth of Pablo Escobar and went all the way to his death. Nicolia did not miss one detail of the story and it was great that as he was telling the story we were going to the places where the actual events took placed. Amazing guide will definitely reccomend him as many times as needed.
Written May 28, 2021
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Camillo U
Dear Framirez0814, Thanks so much for the review, it’s amazing to know you will definitely recommend us due to the quality of our guides. Please let us assist again soon. Looking forward, Camilo Uribe Medellin City Services®
Written May 30, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

valerie a
1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Family
Took the tour today with my 10 year old daughter and we had a wonderful time. Our tour guide was Steven he was really informative and provided us with many prospectives on the life of Pablo. Steven answered all questions we had and made us feel safe at all times he was awesome and has the best personality his knowledge of not only Pablo but the city was amazing I would highly recommend this tour with Steven as your guide
Written March 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Camillo U
Dear 555valeriea, Thanks a lot for recommending, it means so much to us. Perfect experience for those interested in the history of the resilient new Medellin. Please come back soon! Sincerely, Camilo Uribe Medellin City Services®
Written March 17, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Linda M
Baltimore, MD12 contributions
Jan 2021 • Friends
This tour was awesome and very informative in learning about Pablo Escobar's history. The ride through Envigado mountainous village to Pablo's prison was beautiful. Our tour guide Juan made the experience come alive with enthusiasm and knowledge about the events that led to Escobar's demise. We were conveniently picked up from our hotel and Juan welcomed us with his friendly and positive demeanor. It was a wonderful and memorable experience to go home and brag about.
Written January 27, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Sweetyat, Thanks for the comment, great to know it has been a memorable experience. We are experts when it comes to Medellin history as well and will be a pleasure to guide you again promptly. Please come back soon! Sincerely, Camilo Uribe Medellin City Services®
Written January 28, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

LizzyJ
5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I would highly recommend this tour and if you’re lucky enough to get Carlos, you will understand why. Our guide Carlos was a policeman during those dark days of Pablo Escobar and the reign of terror he placed on the beautiful city of Medellin and the entire country of Columbia. Carlos did an excellent job of storytelling without glorifying the Narcos history. If you want to know the truth take this tour.
Written January 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear LizzyJTravels, Thanks so much for the comment, means a lot to us. Fantastic to know you have totally enjoyed an unforgettable experience while learning the truth about narcos with a unique guide who`s only available at Medellin City Services®. Will take very good care of those relatives/friends coming from your end. Please come back soon! Sincerely, Camilo Uribe Medellin City Services®
Written January 13, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mishtastic
New York City, NY23 contributions
Feb 2020
We did this tour with Wilson, who was an amazing storyteller. He not only related the history of Colombia during the time of Pablo Escobar, but also explained how Escobar's actions impacted the future of the country for the negative. It was eye-opening to see the history first-hand, and be able to ask real questions. If you do this tour, definitely ask for Wilson!
Written February 8, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear mishtastic, Thanks for the comment, means all to our crew. We are proud to hear guide was such an amazing storyteller that tour was eye-opening. Will be an honor to assist again soon, please let us know when! Sincerely, Camilo Uribe Medellin City Services®
Written February 11, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vu N
3 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Very informative beyond what you see on Netflix. Our guide Juan explained what it was like and gave us a brief insight into what he remembered growing up.

Very nice touch to explain what life is currently like now
Written October 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear vun955, Thanks for the review, means all to us. So glad you have discovered the history in Medellin beyond Netflix. For your next purchase, feel free to use promo code MCS and save 10%. Please come back soon! Sincerely, Camilo Uribe Medellin City Services®
Written October 18, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mairi
Isle of Lewis, UK63 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Booked this tour because we knew a little about Escobar and wanted to find out more. Juan our guide was brilliant. He was friendly and a joy to spend an afternoon with. He was very very knowledgable about the subject. We started the tour at the newly opened memorial to the victims of Escobar and that was an eye opener. Jaun then took us to various locations around the city and beyond that were of if relevance to the history. A must do tour of a history that should never be forgotten delivered by a thoroughly nice young man named Juan.
Written January 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Mairi5, Thanks a lot for these nice words, they mean all to us. Great to know this experience will not be forgotten and you consider an education, thanks to guide was brilliant and full of knowledge. Please let us show the rest of Medellin during your next visit! Look forward, Camilo Uribe Medellin City Services®
Written January 13, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Manil C
4 contributions
Look no more Juan Guillermo Duque is the guy for any tour in Medellin.
He is very friendly , speaks Spanish like a local and speaks English better than English people.
Very kind and doesn’t rush you at all.

I asked a few questions about La Cathedral after we left the place. He turned around to answer my questions visually.
Written June 3, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Manil, Thank you very much, we are glad you loved the tour thanks to the guide`s knowledge and patience. Will be an honor to have you again with us soon. Feel free to use promo code MCS and save 10% on future bookings. Sincerely, Camilo Uribe Medellin City Services®
Written June 10, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jake R
1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Friends
Julian was a fantastic guide! Very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour covered everything to do with Pablo Escobar, including la catedral, his grave and the site of his death. We also visited Comuna 13 and rode the cable car. Would recommend to anyone and well worth the money. Ask for Julian!
Written February 27, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear jakerU9471PH, Thank you very much, your review means a lot to us. Amazing to hear you would recommend us. Feel free to use promo code MCS and save 10% on future bookings. Looking forward, Camilo Uribe Medellin City Services®
Written February 28, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Thorsten O
Thorsten O
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Excelente
The tour was súper and Juan our guide was the best. We definitely come back for another tour! We hit all the highli
Edgar91344
Edgar91344
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Well worth it!
A definite tour to get to know Medellin. David was knowledgeable and made sure we got to all our stops.
prinkalm2022
prinkalm2022
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He tooks us to all good places and really helpful. He took the initiative to get the masks for us at the crucial place.
5 star. David gave a really good tour of Medellin and in detailed. He is friendly too. He covered cable car ride wh
Preston M
Preston M
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David is the best guide!!!
David was the best. He was on time. He provided a lot of information about the city and the culture. We went to th
Desmond N
Desmond N
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Best tour guide so far ⭐️
Had a great time on this tour, David our guide was absolutely amazing and super friendly and patient. He made sure
VicenteRincon94
VicenteRincon94
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Perfect
Best guide. He is very friendly and helpfull. You need to have some others like him. A very nice trip! Thank you ve
Pooleman87
Pooleman87
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Great experience with a great guide!
Really cool trip learning about the history of the silleteros with guide David and silletero “Nacho”! Very tranquil
Andrew C
Andrew C
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Medellin in One Day
If you only have one full day to visit Medellin and want to get a feel for the city, I highly recommend this tour.
Fei L
Fei L
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Great way to see the city quickly
We only had one full day in Medellin and this was the perfect tour to take to see the city! David drove us around t
JennMcCombs
JennMcCombs
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Fan-freaking-tastic !
David was beyond amazing! We were with him a total of about 4 days and now he is family 😊 Our adventures consisted
jeremybP2218RN
jeremybP2218RN
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Party Animals
Incredible David. Guy helped me fix my life. Most greatest experience ever. Drinks and parties all night.
elizabethhB3065SU
elizabethhB3065SU
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Excellent tour thanks to Davis!
Davis was incredible! Very punctual and informative throughout the entire tour. He was patient with us and super fr
M7941APcarolinas
M7941APcarolinas
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Fun Pablo Escobar and Guatape same day tour
The experience with David was so nice! He was very fun and easy going tour guide. He make sure to gives us the full
CHRISTINE W
CHRISTINE W
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Learned A lot
First of all there’s no way we would have enjoyed this tour as much as we did without our tour guide Juan D. He sp
CarolSon330
CarolSon330
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Amazing
The entire experience was great but the best part was our guide Juan Duke’He was very informative polite, and made
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