Pablo Escobar is one of the most infamous men in history. His lifelong pursuit of power, powerful drug cartel and storied criminal activity even made him the focus of the television show Narcos. Perhaps that’s why the Colombian city of Medellin, his former hometown, hosts so many tours showcasing his life and impact.
While not a pretty story, Escobar’s life helped to enormously shape the political and socioeconomic status of the country and surrounding countries for decades. The impact of his crimes can still be felt today. No visit to Medellin would be complete without learning about the villainy of one of history’s greatest criminals.
Numerous tours are offered in Medellin, including the Paisa Road Pablo Escobar Tour and the Black Diamond Pablo Escobar Tour. You don’t have to look hard to find one while in town. While each offers a unique perspective, you’ll find they all cover the essentials of his history and life. You’ll visit important sites like his home and the prison he built, named La Catedral. The prison actually houses Escobar himself for a year, and he essentially designed it to be his own private resort with a bar and Jacuzzi, among other amenities. Today, it’s become fairly derelict, though is still partially used as a retirement home. You’ll also discover the rooftop where Pablo Escobar finally met his end by gunshot. Visitors will also take a stroll to the famous Cemetario Jardines Montesacro, his final resting place.
Escobar’s impact on the city of Medellin is long lasting and, at times, gruesome, but is an important part of the Colombia’s history. Travelers would be doing themselves a disservice to miss out on an opportunity to learn more about an integral part of the country’s identity.
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