15 Colombian Destinations Every Narcos Fan Must Visit

Medellin | © UlisesCasarez/pixabay
Medellin | © UlisesCasarez/pixabay
Photo of Harry Stewart
26 October 2017

Enjoying Netflix’s hit series Narcos? Keen to check out the real life locations depicted in the show? Then Culture Trip have you covered with our top 15 destinations that Narcos fans need to have on their Colombian itinerary. Word of warning though, most Colombians hate the show so try to keep your obsession on the down-low.

Hacienda Napoles, Antioquia

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Hacienda Napoles, Antioquia

The vast country estate which served as the Medellin Cartel’s headquarters is open to the public, albeit these days more as a theme park than a narco attraction. Escobar’s manor has since been demolished, though relics such as his helipad, bullfighting ring and herd of hippopotamus are still on display.

Hacienda Napoles, Antioquia, Colombia +57 1 800 0510344

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Hacienda Napoles | © Motero colombia/Wikipedia

La Catedral, Antioquia

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La Catedral, Antioquia

This former prison where Escobar was incarcerated used to be, as fans would know, akin to a luxury resort. Once dubbed “Club Medellin,” it had everything the cartel needed to run their business in style. Nowadays, the Cathedral is owned by Benedictine monks who run a nursing home for the elderly.

Monasterio Santa Gertrudis La Magna, Antioquia, Colombia

Barrio Pablo Escobar, Medellin

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Barrio Pablo Escobar, Medellin

The Medellin neighborhood where Escobar invested huge sums of cash to curry favor with the locals is one of the few places where he remains openly admired in the country. Although the series was actually shot nearby, a visit to the real Barrio Pablo Escobar is a must for any Narcos fan.

Barrio Pablo Escobar, Medellín, Colombia

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Barrio Pablo Escobar | © nigel burgher/Flickr

The rooftop in Lorena, Medellin

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The rooftop in Lorena, Medellin

Netflix filmed the rooftop death scene just two doors down from the original site which had since been built over. This residential street still attracts visitors, but try to keep a low profile as locals aren’t particularly fond of the attention.

Carrera 79B #45D-94, Lorena, Medellin, Colombia

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Rooftop death | © Steve Murphy/Wikipedia

Casa de Nariño, Bogotá

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Casa de Nariño, Bogotá

Colombia’s presidential palace in downtown Bogota features predominately in the show, most notably when President César Gaviria declares a state of emergency in response to his country’s narco-terrorism woes. Remarkably, Netflix were granted special permission to film inside the complex.

Casa de Nariño, Bogotá, Colombia

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Casa de Nariño | © Miguel Olaya / Flickr

La Candelaria,Bogotá

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La Candelaria,Bogotá

Bogota’s art deco-styled historical center has appeared numerous times throughout the show, most memorably when DEA agent Javier Peña meets with Colonel Horacio Carrillo and when Marta Ochoa was kidnapped by the M-19.

La Candelaria, Bogotá, Colombia

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La Candelaria, Bogota | © Oisin Prendiville/Flickr

Central Cemetery, Bogotá

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Cementerio Central - Bogotá | © Juan Carlos Pachón / Flickr
Bogota’s Cementerio Central features briefly during the funeral of Luis Carlos Galán. But for a more historical narco gravestone, check out Escobar’s modest lot in Medellin’s Cemetario Jardins Montesacro. Just don’t be tempted to snort lines of coke of his tombstone like some cringeworthy backpackers have reportedly done.

Hotel Tequendama, Bogotá

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Hotel Tequendama, Bogotá, Colombia | © Edgar Zuniga Jr. / Flickr
Towards the end of the second season, Escobar’s family were hiding out in the lush Hotel Tequendama. The hotel is still open and taking reservations, though we’re not quite sure which room his wife and kids were holed up in.

Plaza de Caicedo, Calí

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Plaza de Caicedo, Calí

Right in the heart of downtown Calí, this plaza is famous for its impossibly tall palm trees and featured on several occasions throughout season three.

Plaza de Caicedo, Cali, Colombia

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Plaza de caicedo | © Aleko/Wikipedia

A number of day tours cover the most important Escobar sites in Medellin.

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