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Medellín: The Real Pablo Escobar Tour

Medellín: The Real Pablo Escobar Tour

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From US$ 29.99 per person

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.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
Hotel pickup is available in Poblado, central downtown, or Laureles.
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Itinerary
2.5 hours
  • Medellín

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

  • 15 minutes
  • Cancha El Dorado (guided tour)

  • 15 minutes
  • Cementerio Jardins Montesacro (guided tour)

  • Medellín

Pickup included
Main stop
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
Full description

Begin your 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. Afterward, 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 speaking guide
  • Entrance to La Catedral
  • Entrance to the cemetery
  • Insurance
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)
  • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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Meeting point

The meeting point is in Lleras Park, in front of Juán Valdez Coffee.

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What to bring

  • Passport
  • Camera
  • Water
  • 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 404 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Had a brilliant half day (4 hours) tour with Eduardo. Very informative and passionate about the history of Pablo Escobar from his rise to power to his eventual death. Was thunderstorms up at La Cathedral but umbrellas were provided to everyone which was a nice touch. The only negative was the meeting point at Lleras park was a building site so it was hard to find but guide came and found us. The bus/van was a bit bumpy and tight for 10 people and the guide but didn't mind as journeys between each location was short. Was a great experience and i would recommend to anyone. Ask for Eduardo.

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November 27, 2022

Daniel was a fantastic guide-friendly and super knowledgeable, he brought the tour to life. We got a lot of information about Pablo Escobar and the impact of the drug cartels on ordinary Colombian people. The drive up to La Catedral takes you through other areas of Medellin and a lovely windy road through rainforest. Of course the original buildings are long gone but that doesn’t detract from the impact of Escobar’s life there. The memorial site, football pitch and cemetery are again very interesting places to visit and Daniel gives you just the right amount of information to take it all in. Truly interesting and enjoyable experience.

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November 2, 2022

Really nice tour. tour guide knows a lot. Even though on fact was wrong by telling, that the kids of heros from former times now try to be president. We looked online, they do run for politics, but not president. All the rest was great! We would absolutely recommend this tour for everyone interested in this part of Colombian history.

April 23, 2022

Product ID: 295225