Let's be honest, people in Medellín don't like to talk about Pablo Escobar and that's okay.
To summarize, although you may have heard that Pablo Escobar in his time gave away money and built houses, you should also know that he did very bad things to many people and families in the city and the country, he also damaged the image of Colombians in the world, for example he made Colombians be treated badly at all immigration posts at airports, he made everyone think that we are drug addicts and that we lost opportunities because of this.
For this reason Medellín and its citizens have made tremendous efforts to change the image of the city, through culture, music, sports and business. It has been more than 30 years and we are just now beginning to see the results of this work.
Is it okay to do the Pablo Escobar Tour?
Pablo is part of the tragic history of our city, a history that we do not hide and it is good that you take the tour and learn about his life and history. There are several professional companies that offer this tour in which you can ask all the questions you have to your guide, so you will avoid talking about Pablo with other people in the city, since most of them do not like to talk about this topic.
What can you ask?
To the tour guide, basically whatever you want as long as it is with respect. Try to ask as many questions as you can.
We know that although many tourists have great interest in the life of Pablo Escobar thanks to his fame as a drug lord, for many people in Medellín it is better not to talk about it. If you are interested in learning more during your visit, we recommend taking a tour where you can learn more about him and talk to people who know his story and are open to talking about it, so you will avoid having uncomfortable conversations with the friendly people of Medellín.