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Medellín: The Real Pablo Escobar Tour

Product ID: 295225
Explore the past of the murderous drug lord, Pablo Escobar. Visit his grave and former residence. Learn about the detrimental effects his organization had upon Colombia.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup optional

Hotel pickup is available in Poblado, central downtown, or Laureles.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Learn the painful and bloody history behind the drug lord Pablo Escobar
  • Visit the jail that Escobar built for himself, as well as his grave
  • See the soccer field he built the in an effort to ingratiate himself into Colombian politics
Itinerary
2 hours
  • Medellín

  • 20 minutes
  • Inflexión Memorial Park (guided tour)

  • 40 minutes
  • Monasterio Santa Gertrudis La Magna (guided tour)

  • 15 minutes
  • Cancha El Dorado (guided tour)

  • 15 minutes
  • Cementerio Jardins Montesacro (guided tour)

  • Medellín

    • Entry not included
Pickup included
Main stop
Full description
After pickup from your hotel in Medellín or the meeting point, depending on the option chosen, begin your 4-hour tour by visiting the site of Escobar’s former home, where he hid his family and had enemies plant bombs to kill him. Learn about the transformation of this site into a memorial park for victims of Colombia's drug war.

Next, head to “la cathedral”, a jail Escobar built for himself in an agreement with the government, from which he later escaped. Afterwards, visit the soccer field Escobar built, known for its visionary design, where he gave speeches in an attempt to make a foray into Colombian politics.

To cap things off, make your way to the cemetery, where Escobar is buried along with his family and other members of his gang, including Griselda Blanco. By the end of the day, leave the tour with a better understanding of the negative impact that Escobar had on the country and the lives of the Colombian people.
Includes
  • Roundtrip transportation from hotels in Poblado, central downtown, or Laureles, if option selected
  • Knowledgeable English and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Entrance to La Catedral
  • Entrance to the cemetery
  • Insurance
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Lleras Park, in front of the Juán Valdez Coffee. Please, arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Closed-toe shoes
Know before you go
• La Catedral, the prison Escobar built for himself, is closed on Mondays
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 195 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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This was a great tour to learn about the history of "he who must not be named" and how he affected Medellín and Colombia as a whole. It really opened my eyes how inaccurate the world's media has portrayed their culture and the historical events that occurred. We got to places that were a pertinent part of Escobar's timeline and we got to see how it is now and how the people view those places. Esteban was a fantastic guide and he was very knowledgeable about not only the topic, but of other questions we had of the city and country. It was a small group (4 of us) and it was nice to be able to ask whatever questions we had and to learn in depth about the huge impact this person had on their country and culture.

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28 February 2020

We were of course curious for this tour after Narcos and Dark Tourism. Lessening to the violent stories and the harm that was done to the country and the people brought more perspective to the reality of the Pablo reign. Daniel, our tour guide, not only is very knowledgeable of what happened but also had varied knowledge about Medellin and the flora and fauna surrounding the area. Not only we learned the reality without the ‘Netflix pink cortine’ but we also had a lot of fun with Daniel. I really recommend the tour!

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26 February 2020

This was a great tour. Esteban, our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and pointed out many inaccuracies or parts that were left out in Narcos (e.g. Griselda Blanco). He also had an answer for almost any question that we had. So, we really walked away with a much better understanding of the entire story of Pablo Escobar and the impact he had on Medellin and Colombia. Unfortunately, we can't pick the weather and we got into a super heavy rainfall, especially when visiting La Catedral, so we didn't get to enjoy the nice view from there. But it was nice that Esteban also had an umbrella for every single person!

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8 January 2020

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