If you are intrigued by Pablo Escobar, do yourself a favor and take this tour! Oh my gosh it was far more than we had anticipated. My daughter and I were picked up at our hotel by our Multi-lingual guide, Carlos, right on time. He gave us a brief background about himself and how he came to know, first hand, about the illusive Pablo Escobar. If you could imagine being a police officer in Medellin during the reign of this man, well, that's exactly what Carlos represented. We toured the exterior of the home where Escobar was murdered by the police. We experienced the grave site where he was buried with family and his body guard who also was murdered on that fateful day. It's a fitting resting place for this man, as it is secluded yet the view encompasses the very districts in which he built homes and neighborhoods for those who had nothing. He gave these homes that he built away, sometimes with no strings attached...other times with a favor to pay back. We were able to peer through a chain link fence at some of the airplanes that Escobar used to transport drugs to Miami. These planes are junk now, but you can almost hear the sound of the motors as they lifted off on their way to Miami. The next stop was touring the neighborhoods that Escobar built and gave away. Pretty amazing to see these homes today. We wrapped up the day by stopping at one of Escobar's favorite taverns where the original owner still works on a daily basis. We met him and had a beer there. What a time! Our guide Carlos was awesome. The tour was awesome, unhurried, and every question was answered. I now have mixed feelings about Escobar. He was a bad guy, we all know that. As a matter of fact,our guide Carlos may have easily fell victim to his killings...but this guy was also loved by those who had nothing but the shirts on their backs. What a great tour...thank you Carlos!
Tour guide was great, the tour was really interesting and informative. loved it, would highly recommend
The escobar house was the best and Albert was a great narrator
The tour was excellent. My tour guide Camillo, was very informative and he knew what he was talking about. The tour was very relaxed and there wasn't any fixed timetable. I would definitely recommend this your to anyone visiting Medellin.
It's been a couple of weeks since we returned from Colombia (Bogota/Medellin/Cartagena) and by far - the tour Camilo gave us of Medellin was the highlight of our trip! I'm still thinking about the intriguing stories and historical references he shared with us during our tour of Pablo Escobar's hometown. We initially signed up for an Escobar tour out of general curiosity, but what Camilo showed us will stay with us forever. A progressive city ready to explode, so lush and bright and friendly - but with a difficult past that's hard to comprehend at times. Camilo answered all of our questions without hesitation and with a personal touch. He told us where he was when Escobar was killed and what it was like for him and his friends and family. He also warmed our hearts with his hospitality, and we could feel how much he loves Medellin. It definitely rubbed off on us.
Visited November 2014
Our tour guide was amazing and super informative! He customized the guide to meet our interests.
Our guide Elver was terrific. We saw a lot but did not feel rushed. He was a good and articulate guide.
Great private tour! Our guide, Camilo Uribe, was wonderful. We learned a great deal while being comfortable in a private SUV. He educated us but also shared his experiences growing up during this dark time in Medellin's history.
It's a GREAT way to get a sense of Pablo's influence in Medellin and why he is so revered and LOVED at the same time. The rour guide was awesome, he even took us on the "ski lift" to get a general sense of the magnitude of the city.
The tour was absolutely fascinating! Our tour guide gave us a personal tour four more than the time we had paid for. He was full of information because he actually lived in Medellin during the Pablo Escobar era. He was even able to get us into places that we off limits to the general public! For anyone interested in this part of Medeliin's history--book this tour!
Tour guide was on time which was very important to me. Offered to turn on the A/C. Went right into the tour. Showed me everything as promised. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. He even put on music inspired by the events we were talking about. In summary I'd recommend this tour very much.
We didn't really know what to expect but came away very pleased with our experience. The tour was informal, our guide just picked up in his car which we very much preferred to a massive double decker bus with Escobar's face painted on the side or something.
Our guide Camilo was knowledgeable not only about Escobar but the city of Medellin itself. He had a gameplan but also allowed us to steer the tour toward things that interested us more. He was really easy going and went above and beyond to make us happy. If you're on the fence, do it. It was one of our favorite parts of the trip.
We really enjoyed this tour as well. We sent places other tourists don't go. Camilo provided us with inside information regarding the impact of Escobar on the country. We learned a lot, and this tour remains one of the most memorable for our 20-something children.
LUIS A USA
This tour is very interesting and takes you to all of the things having to do with Pablo Escobar. We were able to visit his mansion called Monaco.
Interesting private tour. A must-do when visiting Medellin. Pablo Escobar was part of the city's history and they won't forget it. They have learned from it and moved on to the great city it is today.
The story of Pablo Escobar has always intrigued me. I thought I knew a lot about him - I've seen the documentaries, watched the movies, read the books and articles and even the new TV show on Caracol (Colombian) TV. But this tour is different. You'll learn about the his life from a local's perspective who lived in Medellin during the years of Pablo Escobar and how it felt and what it was like. Visiting the three sites related to Escobar makes this tour eerie, but real. Also, I was in Medellin the week after Griselda Blanco was murdered and her grave was being done on the day I visited the cemetery. Creepy. Ask your guide to see her grave, it's close to Pablo's.
Tour was very interesting. Our tour guide used to be a police officer during the Escobar era in Medellin and had some fantastic stories. He was also very helpful with assistance outside the tour
Very nice tour, lots of info and a good tour of places in city.
My husband and I did a private car tour with John. He was on time picking us up from hotel, and took us to 3 main places: Pablo's grave, the location of the first bombing of Pablo, and the house where he died. The best part of the tour was really the personalization that John gave us as a person who grew of in Medellin during those times. It was great to hear about how things were and how things are changing for the better for all the people in Medellin. I was really interested in those stories. The grave site was very interesting. The other 2 locations were ok. We aren't able to do much other than stand outside the buildings. I think what would have made this tour even better is it we could have gone to the old compound/now theme park to see what it looks like now and hear what it used to be like. I would pay extra for that. Either way for what the tour offers, it's a good start, and as more people travel to Medellin, it will only get more and more popular. I think it's good that more of these tours are happening because as Colombia becomes more popular, more people are going to want to know about Pablo Escobar. It's great to be able to compare what the American media said about this man vs. actually hearing about it from a person who lived during those times in Colombia. I've traveled to many cities and Medellin is easily one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to. Even though it's past is dark, thanks to Pablo, it's future is incredibly bright and I am excited to see where it will be 5-10 years from now.
The Pablo Escobar Hostorical Tour of Medellin not only gives you a view in some parts of the life of Pablo Escobar, but also show a good view of some neighbourhoods of Medellin. It was a tour of us (two persons) with the English speaking guide, so a very small group what maded the tour more flexibel.