Escobar Tours Increasingly Popular in His Hometown in Colombia
“Dark tourism” as some of these tours with gruesome histories are called, are hard to resist, and with so much still playing out across Colombia, how can it not?
Excerpt from Roads and Kingdoms
Colombians can agree on one thing, however: Escobar sells, especially to the growing number of tourists visiting this South American country. As Colombia gropes its way out of the shadows of decades of violence, nationwide tourism is on the rise—up 300 percent since 2006.
The irony of this welcome increase in visitors, however, is that there is a corresponding rise in the kind of tourism that Medellin officials really wish you would avoid: Escobar tours. The visitor’s bureau refuses to promote them—a top administrator said she “feared” reinforcing the Colombia-cocaine stereotype and even some tour companies like Colombian Getaways decline to offer them, calling the idea “hurtful.”