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Old 04-26-2013, 04:30 PM   #205
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pablo escobar tour, medellín, colombia

friday, april 26, 2013

this morning, i took the "paisa road" pablo escobar tour. i was excited, having just finished the audiobook about medellín's most infamous son. we were picked up at the hostel by a little white van.


escobar's ID, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr


escobar tour bus, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr

they first took us to the main medellín cartel (escobar's organization) headquarters. this building, now vacant, was the nerve center for a 100 billion dollar drug trafficking empire that spanned all the continents. it was built across the street from an expensive country club where he was denied membership. this building was at one point bombed by the cali, colombia cartel - escobar's arch rivals. many people died and a 12 foot deep crater was blasted into the street where we stood taking photos.


cartel HQ, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr


satellite at downtown HQ, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr


tour guide, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr

next we saw the poblado neighborhood office building, also now vacant, where escobar managed all of his hundreds of properties all over the world, organized the laundering of all the dirty money, and other nefarious ventures. this building was also bombed by the cali cartel, sending shrapnel into adjacent buildings that still remains. i didn't realize it until today, but it's right across the street from the salsa club i spent 3 hours dancing at last night.


poblado cartel office building, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr


dallas trafficking HQ, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr

we visited a shrine to the virgin mary where his hitmen would go to pray for a successful kill, or visit after the kill to thank god for the guidance of their bullets. given religion was violently forced upon all of latin america by the spanish, it's no surprise that it still retains this violent character today.


vergin mary shine, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr

after a few more stops of prominent structures and locations, we eventually found our way to the house were he was found and killed after a 15-month search by two governments, and thousands of people. he was lowered to the sidewalk of this house from the roof, where he fell in a bloody heap after receiving two shots to the body and a final kill-shot to the right ear. the people who live in this house didn't know about it's history until after the deal closed… surprise!!


house escobar was killed, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr


house esobar was killed 2, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr


house escobar was killed 3, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr

finally, we visited the cemetery where he was buried before a crowd of over 2000 people, some who loved him and some who hated him. at the end of his life, he was mostly hated. he had killed thousands of innocent people, on who's bodies he built his empire that led him to be in the top 10 of forbes richest people in the world list. he terrorized medellín, bogota and the rest of colombia for years and left a violent legacy that remains today. his trafficking network didn't die with him, it was simply passed on to the cali cartel and to this day remains more active than ever.


cemetary, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr


pablo escobar gravestone, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr


pablo escobar grave, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr


narco-tourist, medellín, colombia by porkandcorn, on Flickr

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