After the TV show “Narcos” was a hit worldwide, thousands of tourists, go to the Colombian city of Medellin to walk on the Pablo Escobar footsteps. Tourists do not care that the city finally shaken off the violence that fifteen years ago made Medellin the world’s most dangerous city.
What started as a small business opportunity became a big business with 10 agencies nowadays operating a tour on the drug smugglers life. They visit his former residence, the barrio that holds his name and where he gave houses to the poor, the place where he was killed and Pablo’s final resting place. Some tourists even adventure themselves by doing the 5 hours bus ride to Hacienda Napoles, once the massive Escobar property, which even included its private zoo, and nowadays transformed as a theme park run by the Government.
Opinions diverge on this kind of tourism. For many Medellin residents they feel it is wrong the glorification and interest to a person that caused so much pain and deaths. On the other hand is the people that benefited of Escobar’s generosity and the one’s that are nowadays cashing in on the surge of interest on the world’s must famous drug smuggler life.
Whatever is the opinion, the reality is that the Pablo Escobar story is well alive and the interest on it from foreign visitors just keeps growing.