WELCOME TO MEDELLIN

Medellín is the second-largest city in Colombia. It has over 3 million people and is the capital of the department of Antioquia. It’s set in a valley running south to north just under one hour by plane from Bogotá. In 2013 Medellin was awarded the Innovative City of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, outranking rivals New York and Tel Aviv

Medellín is a vast city built north to south in the Aburrá valley, meaning that wherever you go in the city you are basically guaranteed a view of mountains and stunning landscapes. The wealthier classes live in the well-protected hillside neighborhood of El Poblado and Envigado (SouthEast) and Laureles (West and South of downtown). This is far removed from the action and commotion which are found in the city’s center. There are the busy markets and thriving street life that makes up much of the city’s charm. Within an hour or two from the city you can also visit some truly great little towns and get a wonderful sense of how diverse Colombia really is. Gorgeous pueblos like Guatapé, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Jardin and many more can all be visited on day trips.

During this football travel adventure, we will explore the finest this city has to offer in combination with some of the country’s biggest derbies: El Clásico Paisa. The rivalry between the teams of Atlético Nacional and Deportivo Independiente Medellín. Be prepared for an extraordinary travel experience and explore Colombia off the beaten path together with a small group of like-minded travellers and a local host. Your ultimate football adventure is here.

THE EXPERIENCE

We know the world’s best bits, so your football travel adventure will always be immersive and authentic, and your accommodation hand-picked. Our local hosts in Medellin know their city and football culture better than anyone, so get off the beaten path with access to a local experience that truly connects you to Colombia. We take all the hassle out of travel planning for you. Match tickets? Good accommodation? Local? Sorted.

What’s Included:

  • Match ticket Atlético Nacional v Independiente Medellin (Long Side)
  • Match ticket Independiente Medellin v Atlético Nacional (Long Side)
  • Access private training session at Atético Nacional
  • 9 nights in 3* accommodation Hotel Merlot Lleras (twin room)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Return Airport Transfer
  • Visit MAMM
  • Day trip Guatapé Town
  • Grafitti Tour Comuna 13
  • English-speaking local guide

Good to know

Remember, flights aren’t included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you’d like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our team. Do you need help with flights? We can always assist you with the best options. We recommend getting travel insurance for your trip.

The exact itinerary and dates of the matches will be confirmed in June.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome to Medellin

Welcome to Medellin: a city battling against an infamous reputation (thanks to Pablo Escobar), yet one that will surprise you with its unexpected beauty and revitalized spirit.

Nicknamed the City of Eternal Spring, this is a place where progress has never been more tangible. Your football travel adventure will start here. Drop your bags, take some rest and prepare for an unforgettable adventure.

Experience Clásico Paisa

A packed stadium filled with 40,000+ screaming and diehard fans imbued with a fiery passion that is seldom seen in most sporting events around the world. This isn’t your ordinary Clasico or derby. This isn’t AS Roma v Lazio or Celtic v Rangers. This is the Medellin derby or ‘El Clásico Paisa’, an affair that has been raging for almost seventy years. Both teams share the same stadium and play in the same national league. Both fan groups come from the same city and live in the same neighborhoods.

‘El Clasico Paisa’ is the long-standing rivalry between the teams of Deportivo Independiente Medellin and Atletico Nacional. It’s the most important derby in all of Colombia and all of South America from its’ prior reputation.

A day trip to Guatapé Town

No trip to Antioquia is complete without at least a day spent wandering through the colourful streets of Colombia's most colourful town. Guatapé is the perfect place to visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of Medellin.

The zocalos feature paintings depicting the town’s history, and the colors make for a truly photogenic little town. Sitting in one of the plazas and watching the world go by with a fresh coffee is a must-do activity on any trip to Guatapé.

Climb the famous Rock of Guatape

The main reason that people visit Guatapé is to climb the famous Rock of Guatapé – also known as El Penol Rock – to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding islands and lakes of the artificial Guatape reservoir.

There are 740 steps to get to the top, so it’s not exactly a relaxing experience, but it’s worth it for the stunning views.

An exclusive opportunity at Atlético Nacional

During this trip, you'll have an exclusive opportunity to have a look behind the scenes at the training ground of Atlético Nacional in Guarne. Club Atlético Nacional S. A. is a Colombian professional football team based in Medellín. The club is one of only three teams to have played in every first division tournament in the country's history, the other two teams being Millonarios and Santa Fe. Considered to be one of the strongest clubs from Colombia, it is one of the most consistent clubs in the country. Atlético Nacional is the most successful team in Colombia and has won 16 league titles, four Copa Colombia and two Superliga Colombiana. It was also the first Colombian club to win the Copa Libertadores - they have won it twice.

See a first-team training live, meet the players and learn more about the history of this football club with a tour through their training facilities.

Grafitti Tour Comuna 13

One particular area of Medellín, a neighborhood called Comuna 13, also known as San Javier, has the most tumultuous history of the city, once labeled the most dangerous community due to its astronomical homicide rates and its forced displacement of thousands of residents.

Today is all about getting under the skin of Medellín; your chance to learn how it has transformed from one of the most dangerous cities on earth to one of the most forward-looking and creative.

UPGRADE YOUR TRIP

Single Room

Do you prefer a single room for the duration of this trip? Select this upgrade to add a bit of privacy to your stay in Medellin with us! price £312

Extra night in Medellin

Want to extend your stay in Medellin? Just select this option to add an extra night in Medellin. Want to add more than 1? Contact our team. price £36

Match day Experience at Envigado

Want to add another match to your stay in Medellin? Add a match of Envigado FC together with a local to your trip! This is the club where starlets like James Rodríguez, Juan Fernando Quintero , Freddy Guarín & others started their careers. A true authentic match day experience! price £67

Visit a traditional Coffee Farm

Visit a traditional coffee farm to understand and get to know how coffee is produced in Colombia. This Tour includes tasting different kinds of coffee and gastronomic experience. price £80

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to pay in full?

No, that’s not mandatory. You also have the option of paying a deposit of 30% to reserve your spot.

The remaining balance must be paid 4-6 weeks prior to the trip. Don’t worry, you will be reminded by our team.

Can I join this trip solo?

Of course! In fact, we welcome a lot of solo travelers on our travels. Our groups consist of a mix between solo travelers and small groups of friends.

Can I meet my fellow travelers in advance?

Yes, you will! About three weeks before the trip we create a Whatsapp group with all the travelers of your trip, Homefans and the local host.

This Whatsapp group will be used as the primary communication channel. You can meet all the other travellers and ask questions regarding the destination or trip.

Is Colombia Safe?

We take safety very seriously on Homefans football adventures all around the world, therefore we spent a lot of time to create the best itineraries possible in collaboration with expert local guides.

Medellin was once famed for being one of the most dangerous cities on earth, but a lot has changed since the dark days of the 1990s, and it has become a hugely popular destination in recent years. The very fact that you can now visit Medellin in safety and enjoy its beautiful weather, lovely people and fantastic attractions is reason enough to pay the city a visit.

Our local host on the ground knows his city and country better than anyone, so you will be in good hands!

What is the role of the local host during this trip?

Our local is your first point of contact and guide during the trip. He/she is a passionate fan of the home club and knows the city like his back pocket. He can tell you stories about the club and destination and can answer your questions. A few hours before the match, our local host will take you to a typical place where fans have a beer or two prior to the match. He will let you experience the match through the eyes of a local.

If you have any questions during the trip, you can contact him. Of course, we will be able to assist you via the Whatsapp group.

How large will the group be?

We aim to have groups of a minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 people in order to give the best personal experience. This can diverge due to availability.

When can I book my flights for this trip?

The fixtures will be officially confirmed around June in Colombia by the national football federation. We advise you to wait with booking the return flights until we have the exact confirmed dates of the fixtures.

Our team will get in touch with you once we have all the confirmed details for this trip. Please bear in mind, the itinerary is subject to possible changes.

GET IN TOUCH WITH US

Do you have any questions about this trip to Colombia? Feel free to reach out to us!