This is the moment the iconic entrance to drug lord Pablo Escobar’s famous hacienda is pulled down.
The incident took place at Hacienda Napoles, Escobar’s former luxurious estate in Puerto Triunfo in the north-western Colombian department of Antioquia.
The ranch, which has since been turned into an animal park following the drug lord’s death in December 1993, is desperate to erase its drug cartel past.
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According to the park’s director Oscar Jairo Orozco, the decision to knock down the iconic entrance was for “ethical reasons” as it does not represent the type of tourism it seeks today.
‘Narco tourism’ has reportedly been rising in the South American country, especially since the success of the Netflix series ‘Narcos’ which feature’s the rise and fall of Escobar, and Orozco wants no part of it.
He explained: “It was an ethical decision, without considering financial reasons and potential loss of earnings. It was something we have been thinking about doing for a while, and I think that we were even delaying it. We do not want that symbol in the park anymore.”
The entrance also featured a plane that was used by Escobar to smuggle cocaine into the US, but the park’s director has decided to hang onto it and use it as an attraction in the animal park.
Orozco said that the park is focussed on caring for its animals as many of the exotic species that Escobar brought to the estate have grown in population since his death, including an overpopulation of hippos.