One of the best activities we have found in major cities has been the free walking tours. These companies have natives of the city conduct tours that usually run around 3 – 4 hours. The tours have no up front cost but they make it very clear that if you are happy with the tour be generous with your tips at the end. Every one of these tours we’ve done have been excellent and Real City Walking Tours Medellín was no exception.
The thing about Colombia in general and Medellín in specific is North Americans automatically link it to the drug trade, Netflix’s “Narcos”, and that “crazy guy” as he was referred to on our tour. This is unfortunate, for everyone. Foreigners miss out on a beautiful diverse destination and locals deal with being associated with something they would like to forget. But even though that whole tragic part of the countries history is over 25 years ago, it is still very fresh in the people’s minds. As we toured about it was addressed and then put aside, where it belongs. In the past.
Even though the weather was overcast and a bit grey this tour was for me a highlight of our time in Medellín. Listening to the stories and history as well as the hope and challenges in the cities future was enlightening and positive. I wish them the best and look forward to returning and seeing how things are going.