We heard a couple of travellers advise us against the Pablo tour for a couple of obvious reasons. For one, Colombia doesnt want to idolise the people that put them on the map for all the wrong reasons. Two, helping support the family that did all these misdeeds and help carry the Escobar name into history is not something a lot of people are excited about.
BUT, bad history is still history and like it or not, Escobar was one person (out of a planet full of people) who managed to put himself on the global radar. While we didn’t come to Colombia because of him, now that we are here, why not go and find out that his properties are uncountable? That there is a divide between the rich populations perspective of him and the poor populations. That he escaped death by what seemed like a bunch of terrible hitmen. Furthermore, his many properties come with infamy and are good for business, business run by local Colombian people.
One of those businesses is paintball, operated in one of Escobar’s now destroyed mansions. One the edge of one of the most amazing man made lakes you have ever seen (Thanks to the hydroelectric plant not Pablo).
The tour included a trip to the beautiful Guatape which also included a walk up 700 steps to the top of some rock. Good views though.
There tour was done with these guys <https://www.facebook.com/vittoursmedellin/> and cost 170,000 COP. It went for 12 hours, included breakfast lunch, boat rides along the lake, comfortable transport, paintball, jeep riding, and cool company.