Thanksgiving Weekend with Medellin VIP

November was a good month for us, I must say, and it is in no small part thanks to bored Americans looking to spend this holiday away from all the cold and binge eating. Enter Medellin, a city that not only has perfect weather all year but is a place where Thanksgiving is non-existent.

Let’s get started.. This past weekend we catered to 5 guys from Long Island that had never been to Medellin before but have had a few short visits to Bogota. Now, I have no idea why anyone (short of having a business meeting) would ever want to set foot in the bustling, boring metropolis that is Bogota but we know their perspective on Colombia changed drastically after having a VIP experience with us here in Medellin.

Thursday – Day 1 – Arrival and Adult Rainforest Cafe

We had been talking to these guys for months and after going back and forth for a while, they did not get the apartment they originally wanted. However, we did hook them up with an apartment on a terrace a few blocks from Parque Lleras.

Day 1 we thought we’d start their weekend off with a short visit over to the always popular massage parlour where an hour with some of the most beautiful masseuses they’d ever seen was the perfect welcoming and a great start to an epic weekend.

After drinks and a longer than expected period of meditation at the massage parlor, as expected, the boys worked up quite an appetite.

We went to dinner at Medellín’s #1 steakhouse where soccer superstar Lionel Messi had been to dinner earlier this year and you guessed it, once the idea of a chill night at the strip club was brought up, no one dared to put up a fight.

Strip Clubs in Medellin

I had never seen a group of guys this happy at a strip club before in my life, it was if a blindfold had been taken off and these men were introduced to one of the happiest places on earth, a Medellín strip club.

Friday – Day 2 – Finca Party in San Jeronimo

We probably should’ve mentioned to you that these guys booked the ultimate package with us, something unheard of so far here at Medellin VIP. From Thursday to Monday they booked, signature villa party, boat party in Guatape, Pablo Escobar Tour and the always epic ATV Adventure tour up in the mountains.

By now, you the reader should’ve figured out that Medellín VIP loves finca parties and if you’ve followed our blog, you should know why. It is the ultimate celebrity experience where you feel like you’re in a hip hop video and not just that but you’re the star of it.

The finca’s fridge was stocked with alcohol and as usual, the chef was already at the scene cooking up his always popular Colombian “parrillada” made up of Colombian chorizo, blood sausage, churrasco, pork loin, chicken wings and BBQ ribs. The perfect comfort food to absorb all of the alcohol that was to come.

After hours of wrestling in the pool and dancing, all of the alcohol finally got to these guys and the party needed to be taken back to the city of Medellin.

The 60 minute drive seemed to help replenish the crew (of which 3 were hammered beyond recognition). We arrived to the apartment where instead of staying at the apartment, we took the party over to Parque Lleras, the will to party was strong and there were no signs of slowing down.

Saturday – Day 3 – Wake-boarding and Party Boat

A few months back, our clients would constantly complain about the 2 hour drive over to the beautiful Guatape and although they would never regret going, i’m pretty sure they would not want to drive out for another 2 hours.

Recently though, not only are we taking our clients over to climb the 7,000 ft rock but we’re also making this an even better trip by renting 10 person speedboats out on the lake where not only do our guests enjoy the view from the Aquatic Center in Guatape but also get to enjoy activities such as jet-skiing and wake-boarding.

After a 30-minute walk up the rock (15 minutes longer than expected due to hangover issues) the crew finally made it up to the top and after 15 minutes of what appeared to be getting ready to regurgitate the past evening’s alcohol intake, we decided it was time for breakfast.

The aquatic center is only a 5 minute drive from the rock and the gang (made up of the 5 guys and 2 special lady friends) as soon as they saw the speedboat, cracked open half a dozen beers and got ready to wakeboard.

We had by far the nicest speedboat on the lake, not to mention the loudest music which obviously got the attention of onlookers who probably mumbled to themselves, “these damn Americans”.

Sunday – Day 4 – ATV Trail and Strange Houseparty

Sunday began like a typical Sunday should begin, the guys got up fairly late, went to go get breakfast at the local bakery around the corner and slowly got ready for yet another fun outdoor adventure that not all of our groups have the pleasure of enjoying.

We were picked up at about 1 pm and we headed up to Rionegro and right next to the airport where we have Medellin VIP’s ATV Adventure tour.. He owns a small fleet of ATVs and trust me when I say that this trail is nothing short of amazing.

The 4-hour tour takes you high up in the mountains where all you see is farms, cows, donkeys and locals walking to local markets and watering holes. Honestly, I didn’t even know this place existed but it is the perfect experience to get away from big city life and see “the real Colombia”.

After a 45 minute practice run around the block (where apparently the instructors find out who’s still drunk and who isn’t) we begin the trail which starts in a swamp-like area filled with small obstacles which vary in level of difficulty.

We made it up to the top and saw a local watering hole where we saw the town drunk(s), had a big lunch made up of homemade chorizo and assorted pieces of Colombian pastries. After lunch and a couple of beers each, it was time to head back down.

The ride down although a lot more difficult, proved to be a lot more rewarding and even though we should’ve taken more precautions due to the dangers of driving at night in off-road terrains, it was so exhilarating to drive in such conditions that speed was actually increased and this blogger ended up hitting more than one bush.

At about 9pm we were back safe and sound at the apartment with one or two bruises and more than a dozen mosquito bites but the night was young and we weren’t going to let their last night in Medellin go to waste.

The guys called over a few lady friends we had met a few nights ago for a going away house party. We hired a woman to cook us up a Sancocho (traditional Colombian stew).

Now, i’m not going to specifically mention the events that took place that night but I will say this, the number of women that were in that apartment that night, almost tripled the number of men and some of these women were not above expressing their “affection” for each other right then and there, with no one asking them to do so. All in all, it was a very strange but crazy fun night and possibly was the best way to bid farewell to an impeccable weekend.

Monday Morning – Farewell, Medellin

The morning of departure is always an emotional one, not only because their vacation is over but because clients know they must go back and endure December weather and put up with all of the stressed that goes along with the holidays in America.
The 5 guys left behind memories and the hope to be reunited again back here in Medellin. In fact, to this day, we still keep in touch and all they ask for is new pictures to get them through the day.

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Medellin Soccer Experience

Most latin American cities are passionate about soccer (also known as futbol) and Medellin is no exception. Our main teams are Independiente Medellin and Atletico Nacional and for many of the fans, the colors red and blue or green and white represent everything. Not exactly the wisest of people but you have to live this passion to understand it.

 
Introducing the Medellin soccer tour, Medellin VIP wants every visitor to get a chance to experience the ambiance felt at the Atanasio Girardot Stadium. From the flocks of beautiful women to the variety of snacks you can find, this tour is the best way to step out of the conventional.
 
Our Medellin soccer tour is the best way to immerse yourself into something that locals hold in high regards. We love our soccer and will go to great lengths to defend the team that represents our city. Join us as we visit the Atanasio Girardot Stadium and take part in the experience that has been tradition for over half a century.  

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    • Round-trip Transportation to Stadium
    • Entrances to the Game
    • VIP Host

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Paragliding in Medellin

If you’re an adventure seeker looking for a new experience in a great city, we strongly suggest our paragliding in Medellin service. Paragliding in Medellin combines the thrill of paragliding with the views of the beautiful landscape of Medellin’s mountains.

 
The day starts off early in the morning and following a confirmation of weather conditions you’ll head up to the mountains where you will soar hundreds of feet up in the air with a licensed paragliding expert. Live an experience like no other and bring your go-pro along so you can brag about this experience back home.
 
Paragliding in Medellin with Medellin VIP is not only more fun but you can also be sure you’re working with a certified company with more than 6 years in the entertainment and hospitality industry in Medellin. Contact us, today!

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  • Private Driver (optional)
  • 15 Min Paragliding Air Time w/ Certified Instructor
  • Protection pads and helmet
  • Dress comfortably

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ATVs in Medellin

There is no better way to see the Antioquian countryside than sitting behind a raptor or grizzly. Introducing our ATV Tour in Medellin, Medellin VIP has found a way to stray from the beaten path and see the Colombia you wanted to see.

 
ATVs in Medellin is the solution to your picky friend looking to add a little adventure and danger (the good kind) to a Medellin bachelor party. With trails ranging in difficulties and different bikes to choose from, our ATV Tours in Medellin are known for being the way to become immersed in Medellin country life.
 
We start by programming the tour during the day to maximize the rest of the afternoon. We pick the group up at your hotel or vacation rental and head up to the mountains in Rionegro. After a crash-course in ATVs, we proceed in choosing the trail that’s right for you. Choose from 2,3 or 4 hours and spend your day getting dirty while taking in the views up in the mountains. Clients that select the longest trails will have the privilege of making it up to a trout farm where you get to catch your lunch. Do this while you stop at a local watering hole and have a beer with the locals. ATVs in Medellin is the best tour for groups of adventure seekers and bachelor party groups looking to get away.

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    • Round-trip Transportation
    • 2,3 or 4 Hour ATV Tour

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Pablo Escobar Tour in Medellin

We’ve all heard the stories, the legend and are all familiar with the culture behind legendary drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar but do we know the truth? The Pablo Escobar Tour is an educational, informational and fun 3 hour tour that takes you to the town where he grew up, you’ll visit his properties, see the house where he was gunned down by the Colombian government (with the help of the CIA) and visit his grave.

 
All of this with the help of a local guide who lived during the dark times and knows a thing or two about the Escobar days. This spectacular tour will show you that there is more than meets the eye and that Narcos isn’t a good source to get all of your information. Get the best of both worlds with our Pablo Escobar Tour.

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    • Apartment/hotel pickup and drop off
    • Bilingual Tour Guide
    • Dress depending on weather conditions

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Guatape Tour

Visiting Medellin and not taking the day trip out to the quaint town of Guatape is like not even having visited Medellin at all. This beautiful small town has been on the bucket list of many travelers and it would be a crime not to visit if you’re down here.

 
Most towns in Colombia are very similar. Spanish architecture, a church in the middle of a square, town drunks, city hall and a bank. Guatape is the only town in Colombia that has had the misfortune of having its citizens permanently relocated. That’s right, in 1978, the town of Guatape was flooded in order to have a hydroelectric dam built. Its citizens were all moved and the remains of the old town are underwater. That’s not all, there is a 7,000 foot monolith that sits in Guatape territory. The rock itself has been there for millions of years and today, there are 742 stairs you can climb in order to reach the summit. These stairs although arduous for those suffering from the effects of a hangover, are worth the adventure as the view from the top is something out of this world. Sold yet?
 
Our Guatape tour provides you not only with the transportation to and from but also a tour of the quaint town, entrances to the rock, a boat tour of the lake and a surprise visit to a villa built by he-who-must-not-be-named. Upgrade to our Medellin VIP Signature Boat Party and this Guatape Tour can be informative, exciting and epic!

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    • Round-trip Transportation
    • Rock Entrances
    • Tour of Guatape

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Exotic Fruit Tour In Medellin

Colombia is one of only 17 megadiverse countries in the world. A type of country that harbors the majority of the world’s species of everything and we’re lucky enough to live right dab in the middle. Medellin’s perfect year round springtime weather allows visitors to get everything at any time of the year. Fruits and vegetables unheard of in North America and Europe are the reason why many tourists can’t get enough of our local markets.

 
Introducing the exotic fruit tour in Medellin, Medellin VIP gives you the opportunity of going on a guided exotic fruit tour! That’s right, the more you eat the more you learn and we encourage you to dig in, get dirty and sink your teeth into everything. There are 22 fruits in Colombia that aren’t found in over 90% of countries in the world and they can all be found at one of our local food markets. Not just that but there is also a cornucopia of small local eateries nestled in this market. Hidden gems that have been there for years that very few people know about and that we’re prepared to reveal.
 
Come enjoy our exotic fruit tour in Medellin and see why our clients can’t get enough of eating fruits in paradise!

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    • Round-trip Transportation
    • Tour of the Market
    • Fruits and Snacks

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Flyboarding in Medellin

The newest, most exciting aquatic activity has finally reached Guatape and needless to say, it’s awesome. Flyboarding is an innovative, one-of-a-kind aquatic sport which allows its participants to do the otherwise impossible, fly over water. Perform awesome stunts and impress your friends with this incredible daytime activity in Guatape. A flyboard is an aquatic jet-pack which provides propulsion that drives a board-like object through water. Invented and patented in 2012 by a French water-craft carrier, flyboarding has been in Guatape for the past 2 years and there is no better place to perform the sport than in this spectacular lake. Take our crash-course in flyboarding and use the equipment long enough to perform your first stunt. Adventure seekers and aquatic activity lovers will really enjoy Flyboarding in Guatape.

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    • Flyboarding Crash-Course and Equipment
    • Transportation to Guatape (optional)

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Medellin City Tour

City tours tend to involve lots of walking and large crowds. Our Medellin City Tour steps out of the conventional. We provide you with a full on ‘day in the life’ of a paisa where you visit the most frequented places while learning about the history of Medellin. From walking around Botero Square to using our impeccably clean Metro Transportation system, our Medellin city tour is the ultimate Medellin crash course.

 
Thanks to the city’s rapid growth and incredible change, the spotlight is now on The City of Eternal Spring. See when the city was founded, where locals frequent, major industries and growth opportunities. In this 4 hour Medellin City Tour, we take you from rich to poor in a matter of minutes and learn how no matter where you go, everyone always has a smile on their face.
 
“It’s ludicrous this place exists and everybody doesn’t want to live here”
-Anthony Bourdain

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    • Transportation to and from your Hotel
    • Local Bilingual Guide
    • Metro Tickets

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Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour

Medellin, a city formerly avoided by travelers is now a city of hope and change. For many of it’s citizens, Medellin is considered as the best city in the world and they’ll all gladly open their doors to show you why. Introducing our Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour, Medellin VIP takes you to a part of town where hip hop, street art and dance is how the neighborhood’s youth escape from their problems and showcase their talents.

 
The Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour takes you up to Comuna 13, an area that for many years was afflicted by guerrilla members that ran the area until military intervention in 2002. Comuna 13 is high up in the mountains and home to electric staircases that help its residents commute to avoid the hundreds of stairs they used to have to climb. The neighborhood has been under scrutiny from other countries and used as an example that change and innovation is possible in even the most impoverished places.
 
Our Comuna 13 Graffiti tour  showcases the major works of art done by local artists. Their work depicts, suffering, hope, change and their overall appreciation for their neighborhood. The Comuna 13 Graffiti tour starts with pick-up at your hotel or apartment followed by a 20 minute drive to Comuna 13 where you will be given the general tour by a local artist. Recommended for those that wish to avoid the conventional city tour.

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    • Transportation to and from your Hotel
    • Local Bilingual Guide

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Comuna 13 Graffiti Tour

Medellin is a progressive city that has seen an exponential drop in crime in the past 5 years and the city formerly avoided by travelers is now a city of hope and change. For many of it’s citizens, Medellin is considered as the best city in the world and they’ll all gladly open their doors to show you why this is. Introducing our Graffiti Tour, Medellin VIP takes you to a part of town where hip hop, street art and dance is how the neighborhood’s youth escape from their problems and showcase their talents.

 
This tour takes you up to Comuna 13, an area that for many years was afflicted by guerrilla members that ran the area until a few years ago that the government intervened. Comuna 13 is high up in the mountains and home to electric staircases that help its residents commute to avoid the hundreds of stairs they knew as their only method to get from one place to the other. The neighborhood, has been under scrutiny from other countries and used as an example that change and innovation is possible in even the most impoverished places.
 
Our graffiti tour  showcases the major works of art done by local artists. Their work depicts, suffering, hope, change and their overall appreciation for their neighborhood. The grafitti tour starts with pick-up at your hotel or apartment followed by a 20 minute drive to Comuna 13 where you will be given the general tour by a local artist. Recommended for those that wish to avoid the conventional city tour.

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    • Transportation to and from your Hotel
    • Local Bilingual Guide

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Helicopter Tours in Medellin

Helicopters are the very definition of VIP. From their use in the executive world to transport rich businessmen, to cutting travel times down to a fraction, there’s no denying the awesomeness of helicopters. So, what if I told you that you can see the city of Medellin while getting a bird’s eye view of north to south? In under 20 minutes!

 
Introducing, Helicopter Tours in Medellin, Medellin VIP wants all visitors to get unreal views of the Aburra Valley while getting a VIP Tour not available everywhere. A Helicopter Tour of Medellin is the most stylish way to enjoy the city of eternal spring. Choose from multiple types of tours, from North-South to Pablo’s Hacienda Napoles Helicopter Tours and even Guatape Helicopter Tours, your trip to Medellin will be an unforgettable experience.
 
Upgrade your excitement level while getting spectacular photographic material. Impress your friends or significant other with our helicopter tours in Medellin.

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    • Transportation to and from your Hotel
    • 12-20 Minute Flight

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