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Tuesday September 13, 2011

“Narco-tourism” an Industry on the Rise (VIDEO)

“Narco-tourism” an Industry on the Rise (VIDEO)

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The lives and history of some of the world’s most heartless and dangerous men have become the subject of tours in their former hometowns.

Colombian tour operator See Colombia Travel announced Thursday its new “The History of Pablo Escobar ” tour.

For a fee, tourists interested will be driven around Medellín, along the streets that Escobar drove through himself in a bus loaded to the brim with bodyguards.

Other stops in the tour include his home, and hideouts, complete with a view of the rooftop where he was gunned down in 1993. The tour ends at his resting place, a cemetery in the outskirts of the city.

The often absurd level of luxury that drug-lords indulge in during their lives as outlaws is reflected on these tours; Escobar had his own zoo, that now abandoned and decrepit has become an unofficial tourist destination.

The Colombian countryside is plagued with many tales of drug lords; there are rumors of some who built their own country clubs, cathedrals, and hotels after being banned from the legal ones. Another drug lord is said to have built a pyramid.

Colombia is not the only player in narco-tourism in Latin América; several taxi drivers all over México have started to supplement their incomes by offering to show tourists some of the most emblematic sites in the nation’s long and bloody cartel war.

In Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas, for instance, tourists are driven to the spot where cartel leader Osiel Cardenas waged a brutal gunfight with authorities that ended in his arrest.

Culiacán, Mazatlán and several other cities have followed suit, turning the sites of some of Mexico’s most horrific happenings into destinations that tell stories of opulence, power, corruption and their unavoidable downfalls.

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