Culture and people have played a key role in the transformation of Medellin. Transportation, libraries, parks and art make the city to be in constant evolution and development. We invite you to visit the places that drive Medellin.
This place has been a hub of transformation. According to its residents, this place used to be a pastureland and semi-flooded zone in the 1950s where villagers used to go for their traditional paseo de olla (pot outing). In the 1970s, it was transformed into an open-air waste dump that evolved into what it is today, the biggest garden of the city, where art and culture flourish.
Unripe mango ice cream
Famous handmade product mostly prepared by mothers who are heads of households in Commune 13. These ice-creams or ice-pops, are a combination of water, pulp and pieces of unripe mango and lemon juice. You may try it with a bit of salt on the hottest days, or simply as a snack while you walk around the area.
Café Aroma de Barrio
Located in the heart of Commune 13. It emerged from friendship and passion for art and coffee. Here you can find different drinks and coffee preparation methods. This coffee shop has been visited by prominent national and international people as Andrea Echeverri of Arteciopleados and former President Bill Clinton.
The first tram came to the city in 1887, as a series of cars pulled by mules that used to go from the center of the city of that time up to Buenos Aires church. The electric tram came in the 1920s and it operated for almost 25 years until the rise of vehicles in the city, leaving the tram aside in this area. Since 2015, the tram has been working again as an integrated transport system.
The Tram Market
It used to be the traditional Jardín Clarita tavern in past decades and for 53 years, as a landmark of the city downtown. Today it works as a European styled market with more than 20 places to enjoy the local and international gastronomy, spend time with family and friends, and feel like at home, all in one place.
Escalators - Graffitour
These are the first public escalators in the city and the country, which can be accessed at no cost. This project is seen as the first urban mobility system in Colombia and the world. These escalators replaced 350 concrete steps. Commune 13, more specifically the Independencia neighborhood, is where this tour takes place, large murals converge around the escalators to tell the stories and capture the experiences lived by its residents about their "dark" past and their revival into a new day.