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Comuna 13 – Local Experiences
- September 11, 2023
- Posted by: Tim Samuels
- Category: Culture
A barrio in Medellín that was once synonymous with turmoil and adversity, has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. This neighborhood, nestled in the heart of Medellín, Colombia, has risen from its tumultuous past to become a beacon of hope and resilience. Through concerted efforts from the government, local communities, and various organizations, Comuna 13 has seen a substantial reduction in crime rates, fostering a safer environment for its residents. The implementation of innovative urban development projects, including the construction of outdoor escalators, has facilitated easier mobility for the community. Additionally, vibrant street art adorns the walls, narrating the tale of the neighborhood’s journey towards recovery and prosperity. The revitalization efforts have not only improved the physical landscape but have also invigorated a sense of unity and pride among the residents. Today, Comuna 13 stands as a testament to the power of collective action and determination in overcoming adversity. It serves as an inspiring example of how a community can rise above its challenges and create a brighter, more promising future for its inhabitants.
Things to do in Comuna 13:
Comuna 13 is full of activities. Once you arrive there you can endlessly walk around between the colorful buildings. Since the Comuna 13 is built on a hillside, climbing stairs in inevitable. However, the city has installed escalators for the most part to make it easier. While you’re there, groups of breakdancers provide entertainment and there are walls with beautiful graffiti and other street art. You can also buy food and drinks on every street corner in the Comuna. Meanwhile, the view from Comuna 13 is amazing. You can see huge parts of the city and the mountains surrounding Medellín.
Tips and Tricks:
1. Wear good shoes since you are going to be doing a lot of walking and there are a lot of stairs.
2. Use sunscreen and bring an umbrella. Medellín weather is unpredictable. Rain and sun appear without notice and both can be pretty intense.
3. Bring cash! In many places you can only pay with cash and if you want, you can tip the street artists.
4. Stay hydrated. Like mentioned above it can get quite hot in Medellín. Also, Comuna 13 can get crowded which further intensifies the heat. Drink enough water!
5. Going with a tour can provide a great experience. Tour guides have more information than any guide online will give you.
6. Bring a camera and cash.
7. Remain open-minded and support locals. Today, Comuna 13 is a safe place to visit but remain respectful for locals. A lot has happened here.
How to get there:
Take the metro to ‘San Javier Station’. From there it’s a 15-20 minute walk so you can take a taxi if you prefer to do so. We recommend using services like Ubers.