Jardines Montesacro

It is strange that a tomb is one of the most popular tourist attractions for locals and foreigners alike. Escobar’s grave is in the Jardines Montesacro cemetery in Itagüí parish. Despite the fact that the drug trafficker died decades ago, his character continues to arouse great mysticism and interest among people. Why is Escobar’s tomb arousing interest? Thousands of people (locals and tourists) visit this tomb every year. Some Colombians visit the cemetery to ask Escobar a favor as if he were a saint. The respect they have for Escobar’s grave is so great that they often bring him flowers. In 2018, on the 25th anniversary of the drug dealer’s death, strangers decorated his resting place with a multitude of colorful floral arrangements. Visiting this tomb is not an action reserved only for locals. Every year tourists from all over the world visit this place as many of the so-called narco tours have this cemetery as one of their destinations. During the visit, guides often comment on Escobar’s final days. The mysticism emanating from Pablo Escobar is so great that several celebrities have visited the grave to pay homage to the drug lord. An example of this was the famous American rapper Wiz Khalifa, who left flowers and marijuana on the grave. This was rejected by the then Mayor of Medellín, Federico Gutiérrez, who said: “Instead of bringing flowers to Pablo Escobar, this villain should have brought flowers to victims of the violence in this city and apologized to this city. He is not welcome here.” The above shows the complexity of the situation, several governments in Medellín are trying to stamp out interest in Escobar, but “narco tourism” remains a major attraction in Medellín.

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