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+57 (4) 312 89 65 – Carrera 43D No. 13-09 – El Poblado Medellín – Colombia

From Trash to Flowers – The Moravia Barrio in Medellin
From Trash to Flowers – The Moravia Barrio in Medellin


  • Visit the most populated neighborhood of Medellín
  • Get to know the social transformation of Medellín made by the communities themselves
  • Explore the streets of Moravia and experience the unique history of the community firsthand
  • Walk over the former garbage hill transformed into a beautiful garden
  • Support local community projects
4 hours
Starting Time
9:00 up to 14:00




20 years ago, Medellín was one of the most dangerous cities in the world. Until the turn of the millennium the struggles about Pablo Escobar's successor continued, but from 2002 Medellín began to change and the city started to invest heavily in infrastructure and public education. Today the “City of Eternal Spring” is one of the most innovative metropolises in the world. An essential part in this transformation process are community-based initiatives aiming to fight poverty in the city ́s poorest neighbourhoods. One impressive project of urban change is the densely populated Moravia district, once Medellín's municipal rubbish dump with an open-air mountain of trash surrounded by a large shantytown, whose residents used to live in almost absolute poverty. The open garbage dump was operating from 1977 to 1984 and the people living around the trash used everything they found in the garbage and became experts in recycling, built their homes with the material and made anything possible to get an income out of the trash. Due to Colombia’s armed conflict more and more refugees arrived in Moravia, located right next to the city center. Moravia is known for its strong community spirit and the positive attitude of its people. Plenty of local community-run projects have transformed Moravia into a model urban centre, with the mound of trash turned into a garden-covered hillside that nowadays represents a landmark of social and urban transformation of Medellín.

On this tour meet personally local leaders of Moravia that provide you with unique insider information about the barrio, its people, and history. Explore the area guided by locals and experience first-hand the impressive transformation of the sector, meet and interact with the locals, and listen to their unique stories of the recent history.

Support directly a community-based project of Moravia and help them to fulfill their dreams of a better life. 


  • Travel insurance
  • Pick-up & Drop-off from your accommodation (in private or public transport) **
  • Private expert guide (English or Spanish) 
  • Meeting local leaders of the Moravia community
  • Bottle of water (350 ml)
  • Palenque Social Impact
  • Taxes

** The type of transport depends on the option you select at the time of the booking


Not Include

  • Services not mentioned in the programm
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Alcoholic beverages


Information for the client

Cancellation policies

  • Payment when booking
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Contact us by phone to cancel or ask about a cancellation. If you do not show up, you will be charged the full price