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Pablo Escobar Tour in Medellin

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more

Overview

Discover the fascinating story of Pablo Escobar, a notorious drug lord hailed as one of Colombia’s most famous figures, on a 4-hour historical tour of the city. Delve into the fascinating story of the notorious criminal as you visit three historical sites closely connected to his life and death; the Monaco building, the house upon which he was assassinated and his grave. Learn about complex cocaine operations and the diverse opinions of a man declared both a Robin Hood-type hero and a despicable villain.
  • Historical Pablo Escobar tour in Medellín
  • Learn about the life and death of Colombia's most notorious criminal
  • See the Monaco Building, the site of an assassination attempt on Escobar's family
  • Visit the house Escobar died in and his final resting place
  • Complimentary round-trip transportation and entrance fees included
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Bilingual English- and Spanish-speaking guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Entry tickets to attractions mentioned.
Impulse insurance
Optional tips and gratuities
Unspecified food and beverages
Personal expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up service from Medellín Hotels /Accommodations. Please enter your pick up details.

* Note: pick-up from other towns have an additional cost (including but not limited to Envigado, Bello, Itagüí, Rionegro). Please contact us to arrange it.

Depart from your Medellin accommodation in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan to begin your journey to the heart of Colombia’s history. Greet your knowledgeable guide and become entranced as you are plunged into a captivating commentary of Pablo Escobar; as one of the world’s richest men, worth over $25 billion dollars, Escobar owned luxurious residences, expensive cars and private airplanes because of the illegal drug operations he orchestrated. Gain insight into the millions of dollars he spent improving the poor community in Medellin, when he ran for Congress and how he was responsible for the violent destruction of the city. 

Visit three significant historical sites during your intriguing tour; begin with Monaco Building, a stolid structure that was bombed by the Cali cartel in an attempt to assassinate Escobar’s family; next, venture to the unassuming house where, on December 2nd upon the roof, Escobar was assassinated by Colombian special forces; and conclude with a visit to Escobar’s unassuming gravestone in a local cemetery. 

Return to your Medellin hotel at the conclusion of the tour.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Medellin
Pablo Escobar is probably one of the most famous characters in recent Colombian history. It is probable that if you decided to come to Colombia, you’ve seen the thrilling Netflix series ‘Narcos.’ Most of what you watched there is true, however, if you are intrigued by the real and non-Hollywood story, you’ll surely enjoy learning while in the context in which the story took place with this tour. You’ll be picked up at your hotel at 10:00 am to take the route to the truth. During this whole tour, you will learn about the strategies Escobar used to gain power, and how this led him to fight two wars: One against the government and the other against the Cali Cartel. Throughout the tour, you will also hear the tour guide’s anecdotes of that time.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parque Memorial Inflexion
Your first stop will be at the place where Escobar lived: Edificio Mónaco. This building was demolished on March 2019 and now is being replaced by a memorial park for his victims. Here, you will start to learn his story and understand why he was the most feared man in Colombia; loved and hated by many. Most importantly, you will learn how, for more than a decade, he shook the country to its very core.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Virgen Rosa Mistica
This Virgin Mary Statue is commonly known as La Virgen de Los Sicarios (the Virgin of the Assasins.) This virgin was very popular amongst hired assassins who pray to her to bless their bullets, guns, and murders.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Cementerio Jardines Montesacro
Once you arrive at the cemetery, you will hear about the duality between the hero and villain, and about the legacy he left.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Parque San Antonio
Parque San Antonio, where you will see a Botero’s sculpture called Pajaro de Paz (Bird of Peace) made with the remains of a previous sculpture that was blown up by the FARC in 1995 killing 23 people. Even though this was not a terrorist attack by Pablo Escobar, it is the kind of terror he spread and taught to others. You will still see the remainings of the first sculpture to remind people what happened that day and commemorate the victims. You will experience how art and urbanism are put together to support collective memory and stimulate optimism and progress.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour does not pretend to put Escobar as a leader. The intention of this tour is to educate our visitors about the true and complete history and provide a vision of the present of Colombia.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • This tour includes insurance. Please send Passport number by the time of booking to make the insurance effective
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Impulse Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-5
Mind blowing
Jimmy_F
, Sep 2021
Tour was amazing, guide was very informative and answered any an every question. Must do!! Highly recommended
star-5
Great insight into medellin
Nicholas_s
, Jan 2020
Carlos was a great guide, we really enjoyed the tour. Learning about the history of medellin was fascinating!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi Nicholas! Thanks for taking your time to share your comments regarding your tour in Medellín. I'm happy to know that you had a great experience with your tour guide Carlos. This tour is perfect for those who want to learn about the real history about Medellín and Pablo Escobar's legacy. Great that you enjoyed the tour. Hope to be your host in your next time in Colombia. Kind regards, Valeria
star-5
Excellent tour!
Daniel_M
, Jul 2019
We had a private tour with two guides. We had seen the Comuna 13 the day before so they were kind enough to readjust our schedule and take us to The Catedral instead. Both guides were really knowledgeable and offered us a great experience. One of the best tours I've done!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
¡Hi! Thanks for taking your time to write us this review, it's very important for us know our customer's feels. I'm glad that your experience with the guides in Medellín had been great. As tour operator, we always try to work with valuable staff to give our customer the best experience and service. Hope you can back to Colombia soon! Kind regards, Valeria.
star-5
Our guide was amazing. He grew up in...
Kevin_M
, Aug 2018
Our guide was amazing. He grew up in Medellin during the Pablo Escobar times so he was able to share some real life recollections and stories and how he was affected. We felt very safe with him as well as we visited some areas which used to be very dangerous once upon a time. His English was great and very easy to understand. We loved this tour
star-5
Amazing Tour
Courtney_B
, Jul 2018
Juan Carlos was very knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. He was able to tell the story of Medellin in depth from the view point of the victims of narco-trafficking/violence of the 1980s/1990s. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Our guide for this tour was a...
Alexander C
, May 2018
Our guide for this tour was a gentleman named Juan Carlos, and he was absolutely fantastic. I'll break down our day so that other travelers can get a sense for what this tour really is, because although it was one of the activities I enjoyed most in Medellin, the description listed online isn't entirely accurate. Before I start, be aware that this tour took us a little over 4hrs total-- NOT the 2hrs that is listed in the description. So plan adequately if you have a time constraint luckily we did not. We started at 2pm when Juan Carlos met my group of 3 at our hotel. We got in his car personal vehicle, and he began to drive us around the city and give us the background on Pablo Escobar. We drove until we arrived at The Monaco Building, our first stop, where we pulled over, chatted a bit more, and took a few pictures, before continuing to the grave of Pablo Escobar and his family, which was fascinating. We then drove to the rooftop where Pablo was finally killed, and again took a few more pictures from the car. Following this, we drove to Communa 13, an absolutely vibrant and unique neighborhood in the hills that was probably my favorite destination. We walked around this area for a bit, looked in some local shops, saw the world famous graffiti and outdoor escalator system, and finished up the tour and headed back to our hotel. Overall, this tour was wonderful. Juan Carlos was super friendly and informative, and made us feel comfortable and welcome. Not to mention it was incredibly informative, and a great educational opportunity. We saw everything we were essentially hoping to see, and got some great pictures to bring back home. The only comments I would make for future travelers is to understand that this tour is largely done from the car, minus the few stops at the three historical sights, so it's not like a traditional walking tour. And as I said before, its also close to 4hrs, so just understand the time it takes. If you're interested in Pablo Escobar, this is the tour for you. Highly recommended and would certainly do it again!!
star-5
Our guide was great and taught...
Travis_K
, Apr 2018
Our guide was great and taught enough to make us feel like an insider of the history of Pablo's life, both good and bad. Definitely take this trip for the knowledge and the value!!
star-5
Extraordinary tour and tour guide...
Jorge W
, Oct 2017
Extraordinary tour and tour guide Caroline was fantastic. Highlight of the tour was the Comuna 13. Strong recommendation!
star-5
This was an amazing tour!!! It...
Taryn S
, Aug 2017
This was an amazing tour!!! It highlighted important facts and key locations that were prominent in Pablo Escobar's life. I loved this tour because it also focused on key spots in Medellin. We learned so much about the city itself and saw many different neighborhoods. Our driver was Guillermo and our tour guide was Carlina Lopez. They were absolutely phenomenal!!! Carlina was very informative and answered all of our questions, she even introduced us to some of her friends in the area and had us try some famous empanadas and ice pops! Guillermo drove us to all these different locations. At the end of the tour I accidentally left my phone in the car and Guillermo drove back to where he dropped us off and gave it to me!! They couldn't have been nicer. I highly suggest this tour because you will learn so much about Medellin with amazing guides.
star-5
Great tour with a very knowledgeable...
Michael R
, Jul 2017
Great tour with a very knowledgeable guide. It was a little longer than expected, mostly due to traffic on the road between destinations, but we learned a lot about the history of Pablo Escobar and the city of Medellin in general.

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