Pablo Escobar Tours Medellín

For the majority of Paisas in Medellín the association of the city with the former drugs kingpin is one that would best be forgotten and sensitivity is advised if discussing the subject with locals.

Escobar in Jail, Picture Pablo Escobar Tour MedellinThe fact that today Medellin is a beautiful, modern and prosperous city is testimony to the incredible transformation that has occurred since the infamous period of its history in the 80s and 90s. Only those who travel with a total lack of knowledge about the history of countries they visit are likely to come to Colombia and be unaware of the name “Pablo Escobar”.

Despite it being nearly 20 years since the man who formerly topped the CIA´s most wanted list was shot dead on a Medellín rooftop, the interest in his notorious history appears to live on (as demonstrated by the heavily publicized television series recently shown in Colombian dramatizing his life).

During that time Escobar was busy amassing a personal fortune through the cocaine trade that was at one stage estimated to be $25 billion, making him the 7th richest man in the world. The story of the life and death of the world´s most famous narcotics trafficker is a captivating one that reaches beyond cocaine into the world of football (where Escobar used the clubs to lander money) and politics (where Escobar influenced policy decisions through the intimidation and assassination of opposing politicians).

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PABLO ESCOBAR TOURS
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Pablo Escobar Grave MedellinSeveral companies in Medellin offer a ´Pablo Escobar Tour´ as a means to tell the story to tourists and give an insight into what the city was like during that dark period. There are a couple of different tours available; they take about 3-4 hours and involve being driven around Medellin with a guide to visit various places of significance, such as the building complex where Escobar operated his business from in the early years which was bombed by the rival Cali Cartel and the graveyard where he is buried.

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The tour run by Paisa Roads costs 30,000 pesos and the other 55,000 pesos. The difference? The Paisa Roads tour takes you to more locations such as a police station Escobar bombed, the prison in which he was incarcerated and the house where he was shot.

Meet Roberto, the Second Most Wanted Man in the World after his Brother in the 90'sThe more expensive tour takes you to one of his former homes where you can meet Roberto Escobar, Pablo´s brother, former accountant for the Medellin Cartel, and second to his brother on the most wanted CIA's list. It´s a slightly surreal experience to be toured around the property by Roberto. There is the chance to see Pablo´s old bullet proof vehicles, secret hiding places and hear some stories directly from Roberto himself over a coffee. Sometimes, the tour takes you as well to the place where Pablo was shot like in the one run by Paisa Roads.

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Pablo Escobar House, Escobar Tour MedellinBoth tours focus on informing rather than glamourizing Pablo Escobar in any way, and for those wondering where the money goes Roberto has an AIDs foundation which receives donations from the tours. It's a close call between the 2 Tours but we have a slight preference for Tour Pablo Escobar Gavira which takes you to Pablo's former house.

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Pablo Escobar Gaviria Tour MedellinPaisa Road Pablo Escobar Tour: 30,000 Pesos (317 489 2629) - can be booked from Casa Kiwi hostel

Tour Pablo Escobar Gaviria: 55,000 Pesos – can be booked from most hostels including Tiger Paw hostel, Pit Stop Hostel. Or http://pabloescobargaviria.com/

=> There are a lot of agencies or tour operators offering you one of the 2 Pablo Escobar Tours but at the end you will do the same tours as the ones you can book direct or from the hotels/hostels and you will pay a lot more.

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HACIENDA NAPOLES
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There are lots of other place around Medellin related to the infamous baron, like Guatape where Pablo used to have a holiday home or Hacienda Nápoles, the luxurious estate building Pablo filled with African wild animals!

Hacienda Nápoles is a new themed park built on the refurbished ruins of Pablo's retreat with the main focus being the zoo and the exotic animals : hippos, zebras, tapirs... There are also remains of the main house, a coillection of burnt 1920s automobiles.

To get there, you have to catch a bus to Doradal or Puerto Triunfo from the Medellin North Terminal.Doradal is 165Kms away from Medellin and the journey should take 3hours. Once in Doradal, get a taxi or a moto taxi to take you to the entrance which is 3kms away, taxis should cost 15,000 to 20,000 each way. Entrance to the park starts at 27,000 Pesos. http://www.haciendanapoles.com

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