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Comuna 13

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"Comuna 13, once known as one of Medellín's most dangerous neighborhoods, has undergone a remarkable transformation and is now a symbol of resilience and creativity. This vibrant district is renowned for its colorful murals and street art that tell stories of hope, struggle, and community spirit. The neighborhood is also famous for its outdoor escalators, a unique public transportation system that has significantly improved accessibility for residents living in the steep hillsides. A visit to Comuna 13 offers a unique opportunity to witness the power of community-led change and to explore the city's urban culture. Guided tours are available, providing deeper insights into the history and significance of the murals and the neighborhood's transformation."
"Visiting Comuna 13 is a must-do experience to learn about how this neighbourhood that was previously the poorest and most dangerous in Medellin has been transformed into a symbol of community innovation and art. You can visit safely on your own but we highly recommend booking a tour. Visit Medellin Tours has all local guides that are from Comuna 13 and it was truly moving and inspiring to hear their stories of death and resilience. Tours cost only about $10-15 USD so it is also a great way to support the community. The neighbourhood is full of artists and performers so bring cash to support their work (but please please please do not support or encourage any child dancers as the community is working hard to stop child labour). "
"By far one of the best cultural tours in Medellín. Prepare to immerse yourself in the local culture, and learn about the dark history associated with this district. You will see some incredible street art and street performers, but most importantly you'll get to experience firsthand how powerful love and the practice of positivity truly are. *TIP: Make sure you ride the cable car, it puts this history more into perspective. "

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