Medellin Tours & Experiences
At Toucan Cafe & Tours we create amazing tours that take you off the tourist trail, giving you authentic Paisa experiences.
Our tours focus on cultural, gastronomic and social issues so that you can experience Medellin like a local, support the communities we visit and go home with more than just incredible photos.
The Original "Medellin Graffiti Tour"
The Medellin Graffiti Tour - takes you through Comuna 13, formerly one of the most dangerous barrios in the world. These days Comuna 13 is an internationally recognized example of how urban regeneration projects can transform and revitalize cities.
The Graffiti Tour is conducted by a collective of urban artists who are responsible for 90% of the graffiti art in the area. They provide a real local’s perspective of the history of Comuna 13 and the changes that brought about peace and unity.
You’ll get the ride the outdoor escalators, the only of type of its kind in South America, taking you on a 6 minute journey that once would have been a difficult 35 minute uphill climb. You’ll learn about the graffiti of the area and why it plays such an important part in the regeneration of the neighborhood. Your attendance financially supports the hip hop collective in their mission to educate local youth.
Coffee Tasting Experience
Coffee Tasting Experience - Learn everything there is to know about our world famous Colombian specialty coffee in this fun 2 hour coffee tasting workshop conducted in a similar manner to wine tasting.
Whilst hard core coffee lovers will find new appreciation for the hard work and effort that goes into making their daily cup of coffee, even non coffee drinkers will leave with a better understanding of why coffee is such a special & important drink enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Highly recommended.
Medellin Coffee Farm Tour
Medellin Coffee Farm Tour - Colombia’s coffee is world-famous and we’re the world’s third largest exporter of the prized bean. Many people think they need to spend time visiting the coffee triangle to visit a working coffee farm. Forget that, you don’t want to waste 3 days of your precious journey. Close to Medellin we have some of the best coffee farms in the whole of Colombia.
On the Coffee Farm Tour you’ll travel about 2 hours from Medellin through stunning landscapes before arriving at the coffee farm. The tour walks you through the complete process of making coffee, from planting, harvesting, roasting, right up until the first sip of the freshest coffee you’ve ever experienced. By the end of the tour, you’ll know the key characteristics of a great coffee, both in scent and taste, and how to prepare the perfect cup of coffee at home - a treat that should pay off every morning you enjoy a cup.
Medellin Cacao Farm Tour
Medellin Cacao Farm Tour - visit a real cacao farm to meet the local farmers all who have been displaced and suffered as a result of Colombia’s internal war. They’re now part of a United Nations program that assisted them to give up growing coca for the drug trade to growing cacao, the source of chocolate.
Today, the small artisanal chocolate production that comes from these farms is coordinated almost entirely by the local women’s cooperative. They don’t produce the fancy processed chocolate that you’ll find in shops, instead it's a 100% pure, natural form of chocolate which is absolutely delicious when made into a hot chocolate. This is a very rural experience that shares an important message about regneration of Colombia post-conflict.
Medellin Street Food Tour
Medellin Street Food Tour - Skip breakfast and prepare your taste buds as you explore authentic Colombian best street food. We’ve selected some the of the very best local places, so low key that you won’t find them listed on TripAdvisor.
You'll get to try buñelos, arepas de chocolo and the famous Colombian empanadas and more. You'll visit a historic Medellin market to explore Colombia's exotic tropical fruits and try some fresh fruit juices. If we have time we'll discover the magical powers of the Colombian herbalist, whose dried plants can cure all your ailments and drive off evil spirits.
However it’s not just about the food, you’ll also hear the story behind the inspiring people that work so hard to bring us all of this great food.
Medellin Market & Exotic Fruit Tour
Medellin Market & Exotic Fruits Tour - prepare your senses as we explore one of Medellin's authentic local markets.
Food is the essential ingredient of life, no matter your age, sex or nationality we all have to eat. Food brings us all together, unites us, brings happiness and satisfaction. On the Market tour we'll see the food that nourishes the city. Of course we'll try the famous exotic fruits that Colombia is famous for.
More than a tour about food, this is a journey through Medellin's soul.
Other Recommended Medellin Tours
Medellin Bike Tours - provide a new angle for those craving an alternative tour of Medellin. The tour is 4 hours long (about 20 kms) and is offered in both Spanish and English. Most of the route is flat but there are a couple of steep hills which allow some amazing views of Medellin. Don’t let the $50 USD price-tag dissuade you, it’s definitely worth it as shown by all the positive ratings on on Tripadvisor.
Bicitour - another great option which departs from the more convenient location of Casa Kiwi hostel everyday at 9am. The route covers 22km and takes about 4 hours with 30 mins safety training. Cost is 40,000 COP which includes a drink and a snack.
Paragliding Medellin - adrenaline seekers will love the rush of soaring through the air especially when rewarded with some of the best views of Medellin. Don’t worry about a lack of experience, you’ll be going tandem with a professional instruction from Paragliding Medellin run by Ruben who has been paragliding in Medellin for 20 years. Don’t let bad weather spoil your experience - go on a clear and warm day so the up-drafts can keep you afloat for longer.