Take a trip to Cartagena, Colombia, and you will be able to get yourself a very special boat trip…a tour of the abandoned island villa of Pablo Escobar! The tour takes you around a group of very small islands in the Caribbean Sea that was once the home of Pablo Escobar as well as other homes belonging to his associates.
Today the islands are all abandoned and under protection by the Colombian government, however, getting a boat trip to see the islands shouldn’t be too difficult if you are in the area.
When Mr Escobar wasn’t being his usual drug-lord self he would relax at his villa here on one of the small islands, this was his very own swimming pool.
The only resident today….
Since his death in 1993 when he was shot in the head while fleeing from Colombian police these villas have been left to be reclaimed by nature. Unfortunately it seems that all the possessions were taken long ago…..
Abandoned Island Villa of Pablo Escobar
This was once the guard lookout house, it is now occupied by a squatter, even though the Colombian government claim to be protecting them.
This shell was still unfinished when Pablo was shot dead. What was meant for this building will never be know, it could have been another house….or maybe somewhere to store all his money!
All of the villas on the islands were built in very different styles, Escobar’s brother and mother had their own villas as well as the heads of the Medellin and Cali cartels.
This villa belonged to one of Escobar’s men and is made entirely of coral rift from the surrounding sea.
Escobar also had his own nightclub on the islands….
For those interested in Pablo Escobar’s life story it’s worth noting that his primary residence, Hacienda Napoles, has been converted into a public amusement park. Opening it’s doors in 2008, the home of Escobar still has its bullfighting ring, swimming pool, tennis court, and airstrip.