pablo escobar tour medellin
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Oct 20, 2012 11:34 PM Last Post By: Botswana1
Sep 29, 2012 4:21 PM
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Oct 4, 2012 5:26 PM
4I believe that Casa Kiwi can help you arrange the tour to meet the brother (as can the Black Sheep hostel). It costs 60,000 pesos. I did it a couple of weeks ago and it was fascinating. There is at least 1 other tour, run by Paisa Road, which costs 30,000 pesos; this one is not connected to the family. I have not done the second tour but I have spoken to people who highly recommended it, and as it is not run by the Escobar family, you might get a more unbiased version of events. Again, the hostels can book you a place on the Paisa Road tour.
Oct 5, 2012 9:21 AM
5For anyone planning to visit Medellín and interested in the Escobars, the book mentioned by #1, Killing Pablo is excellent background for helping better understand/appreciate everything...whether going with a tour or arranging independent exploration.
Since brother Roberto is now part of the growing interest, you might also consider reading The Accountants Story also. This contains a lot of the info as Killing Pablo, but definitely from a different, inside perspective.
Other interesting, related reads: The Infiltrator and Blow.
Also if you've time, consider a visit to Hacienda Napoles, about 3.5 hours from the city. I didn't have time as it's more than just a day trip.
Oct 5, 2012 3:53 PM
6the casa kiwi tour is not the one run by the escobars, the tour they run in 30 000 and does not go to pablos bros home.
we booked it through tigerpaw hostel and pitstop people were on the same tour. we visted the cartells house and it cost 60 000 per person.
i thought the whole tour was a complete and utter rip off. its not worth 30 000 or 60 000. i could have learnt more reading a book. i was so embaressed to be a group of gringos gawking at a drug lords grave while a funeral was going on close by.
roberto escobar was abrupt and didnt want us there and hurried us around like sheep, we watched a DVD for all the info and the guide didnt want to tell us much.
save your money, read the books, watch the DVD, chat to locals and get the real story.
the small group we were with all said the same thing, rip off!
Oct 5, 2012 4:33 PM
Oct 5, 2012 5:18 PM
Oct 6, 2012 5:52 PM
9Perhaps you caught them on a bad day. Neither the guide nor Roberto Escobar were abrupt or unfriendly when we went. They were willing to answer any questions and there was no rush.
I suppose that the question of whether you feel it morally right to be visiting and giving money to the former accountant of a drugs cartel is a question for each person's conscience. Roberto Escobar claims that he is a reformed character and that all proceeds from the tour go to to his HIV foundation. As to whether you completely believe that...
The tours are not run by the hostels, but they can normally book a place on one of the tours for you (at least that was the case at the Black Sheep, where I stayed).
Oct 14, 2012 10:27 AM
Oct 20, 2012 11:34 PM
11I highly recommend using Zorba Tours. Juan in Medellin was friendly and knowledgeable. He took me to some places I never even thought off. Like houses in Poblado where the Escobar own and lived in. The apartment block is now empty and idle. He charged me $55 dollars all in and he never kept time.
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