I have just returned from a 10 days trip to Colombia. Without a doubt, Medellin was the destination I fell in love with. Such resilience from a violent past to a creative and kind future.


The districts of Comuna 13, Comuna 8 among others, have a very turbulent past. Just a few short years ago, the Comunas were considered the most dangerous area in Medellin, itself the most dangerous city in the world. Between 1980 and 1990, these districts
 became the headquarters for drug traffickers, guerillas, gangs, and otherwise many other dangerous ones. This is not a touristy area, it is a real community, where locals live and have transitioned from a violent past to a present filled with tourists.

No doubt this was one of the highlights of my time in Colombia. This is not an ordinary sightseeing tour. Neither is it an art class about graffiti. This is a tour about the transformation of a community and the role that urban regeneration, street art & hip-hop play in Colombia’s peace process.

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Comuna 13 the barrio once described as the most dangerous place on earth

The Cable Car

Here’s what it’s like to ride Medellín’s famous cable car system, which helped transform the Colombian city from the world’s most dangerous to the most innovative. They are connected to the city’s metro and offer stunning views of the city. On a recent visit to the city.

Comuna 13

Comuna 13 is a widespread labyrinth of narrow laneways and private entries, one of Medellin’s six larger zones, consisting of 12 different “barrios” neighborhoods. Some areas are safe to tourist and some are definitely not. For this in mind, I strongly recommend visiting with an expert guide.

Today Comuna 13 is a epicenter of artistic expressions, mostly via the Grafitti. See how Comuna 13 has become a colorful storyboard, one that promotes themes of hope and peace. Every work of art has an important story to tell. Full of places to eat, drink and shop for souvenirs. More so, if the weather is good, it is a perfect plan to spend the day exploring.

The Grafitti

See how Comuna 13 has become a colorful storyboard, one that promotes themes of hope and peace. Every work of art has an important story to tell. And while you do that, ride the outdoor electric escalators to experience first hand how they improve the lives of the residents living on the steep hills of Comuna 13.

Casa Kolacho

Our Medellin Comuna 13 and Graffiti Tour was guided by locals from community group Casa Kolacho, responsible for a large proportion of the street art in Comuna 13. The tours are run by enthusiastic young guides and focus on the street art found along the route, and the politics that brought waves of violence to the area. Casa Kolacho, is a non-profit organization running their own house, were you may attend graffiti and hip-hop workshops.

Highlight of Medellin

Without a doubt, I say, that Comuna 13 was the highlight of my time in Medellin. Such a great day exploring a different side of this city, which will give you a total understanding of the struggles Colombia has had in the past, and how the community has overcome them.

Highlight of Medellin

Without a doubt, I say, that Comuna 13 was the highlight of my time in Medellin. Such a great day exploring a different side of this city, which will give you a total understanding of the struggles Colombia has had in the past, and how the community has overcome them.

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