Editor’s note: See a 2019 update of this article here.
Independently finding the location of Pablo Escobar’s grave online was easy.
Trying to find the location of the safe house above where Pablo Escobar was shot and killed was difficult, giving me all the more motivation to find it first hand so I could share it here.
I went to the folks at PoorButHappy, kicking off a 30-plus posting dialogue. Amongst the comments, I was given the address I needed.
A few days later, I recruited Henry and his friend from Holland for the adventure.
We took a taxi in the pouring rain from the city center toward the address: Carrera 79B #45D-94, near Estadio Girardot (the city’s big soccer stadium).
The taxi dropped us off one street away though we didn´t know that at the time. The street addresses in Colombia can be very confusing.
We walked around in the rain for about 15 minutes until Henry asked an older couple in the clean, middle-class neighborhood for directions.
The first man we asked didn´t know and didn´t seem too interested in remembering such a bad man. However, the second couple offered the info we sought.
We found the house, which as you can see from the photos, is condemned. Look closely to the right, and you’ll see a homeless person asleep in the corner.
The graffiti is the easiest way to spot the location. Also, if your taxi is having trouble, just remember the house faces the canal running along the street in the neighborhood.
Address…graffiti…canal. Good luck!
Address where Pablo Escobar was killed: Carrera 79B #45D-94, near Estadio Girardot
Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden.
P.S. – After reading this book almost two years later, I found the address of “Street 79A, building #45D-94” mentioned on page 237.
P.P.S. – Since my first visit in 2009, the house at this address has been renovated and occupied. As of 2011, the graffiti on the wall was still visible.
Pablo Escobar Historical Tour
To learn more about Escobar during your visit to Medellín, sign up for a half-day tour through Latin Hosts. Historical points of interest include the Monaco Building where the Cali Cartel tried to kill him, his last safe house where security forces did kill him and his family grave.