DARK DAYS: PABLO ESCOBAR TOUR & THE NEW MEDELLIN

HIGHLIGHTS:

You would be hard pressed to read an article, blog entry or forum anywhere in the world that did not mention Pablo Escobar`s association with Medellin Colombia`s history. He was a notorious drug lord, criminal and killer. It was a period in Medellin`s history that most locals would prefer to forget. He was listed in Forbes magazine as the 7th richest man in the world, he was elected to the house of representatives, he once offered to pay Colombia`s national debt of 26 billion dollars in exchange for immunity from prosecution, he built his own lavish luxury home to serve as his jail cell, he put out bounties on Colombian policemen and he died in a hail of bullets after being tracked down by the Colombian military, US DEA and other agencies. With Medellin City Services® you will learn about his extensive cocaine operation and visit four significant locations: his humble barrio growing up and home of his private prison, the Monaco Building where Pablo was once attacked, the house where he was killed and his final resting place next to the black widow, Griselda Blanco. Furthermore, learn from a local how it was like during those rough days and what the city experienced in order to become one of the most innovative cities on earth and one of the most resilient according to the Rockefeller Foundation.

ITINERARY:

Once our bilingual driver has met you at the hotel or the location you have suggested Medellin City Services® for pick up, tour heads south on a customized journey by car with AC just minutes away. First stop takes place at Pablo´s initial days at an average neighborhood ironically called “La Paz” or peace in Spanish. Feel free to stop anytime and use bathrooms or purchase extra drinks while you make yourself comfortable and take pictures or ask questions to the guide. There are convenient facilities where to grab snacks at any time so is recommended to bring cash or Colombian pesos since not every store takes credit or debit cards.

Next tour drives around El Poblado, most prestigious Medellin suburb, to show you how this individual managed to fit in the elite society of those days by developing the most luxurious high rises which even today stand out. Working against the status-quo, Pablo put his own penthouse right in front of the most prestigious golf course in the city. Monaco is the building where your Medellin City Services® guide will stop next so you can stretch your legs and take some photos as you are guided to Pablo’s personal walk-in safe at the top.

Discover next where and how Pablo was finally caught on December 1993 after an 18 months pursuit since he left his private jail south of the city. Was he shot or did he suicide? Make your own conclusions as your Medellin City Services® guide explains what happened the day Pablo was caught.

Finally, your Medellin City Services® will make an interesting stop at an exclusive private cemetery to point Pablo´s graveyard which lays next to his whole family and seats also next to Griselda Blanco, The Black Widow, who was Pablo´s mentor at one point along with the Ochoa brothers.

It has already been a pleasure to show you the new and improved Medellin and our Medellin City Services® team definitely looks forward to welcoming your family and friends in the near future so feel free to ask your guide for info and special deals as you are headed back. After approximately 3 hours of a fantastic journey, you should be already familiar with Medellin and how it has gone from the most violent city on earth to the most innovative as your private driver/guide takes you back to your hotel or any other location you feel like.

TERMS OF SERVICE:

We reserve the right to refuse users under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
50% refund only if service is cancelled 24 hours before time of service.
No age restrictions

TOUR REQUIREMENTS:

Wear comfortable walking shoes, casual clothes, bring camera.

Included:

  • Hotel pick up and drop off

  • Private car with bilingual driver and AC

  • Traveler`s insurance

  • Local taxes

  • Parking fees

  • Fully narrated tour.

Places:

  • El Poblado

  • Monaco Building (Pablo’s hometown)

  • La Paz, Envigado (Pablo’s Birth place)

  • Pablo/Griselda Blanco’s Graveyard

  • La Catedral prision

Departures:

365 days of the year, daily departures 7 days a week 8am. *Flexible start time, please inquire.

Duration:

4 Hours Aprox

Not included:

  • Lunch – beverages
  • Tips to driver/guide

GALERY: