(UPDATE) Narco Tourism

If you’re looking for an exotic, last-minute vacation, we want to caution you! Last season, we visited a city once known as the murder capital of the world — Medellin, Colombia — that became a wildly popular tourist destination.

Now the city that became famous for drug-dealing and cartel murders, then tourism, has a whole new warning label. Scott was there last year.

The following is a transcript of a report from “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.” Watch the video by clicking the link at the end of the page.

For decades, Medellin was the murder capital of the world — almost 19 killings a day at its worst, and its streets run by drug kings and gang leaders. Most notably, Pablo Escobar — once, the seventh richest man in the world and the leader of its largest cocaine cartel — leaving a path of destruction and rich story for a hit show.

“Narcos” trailer: During the early 80s, the best smuggler in the world was Pablo Escobar.

These days, tourists line up to take photos at his gravesite. And the curiosity of a chaotic past, enough to entice visitors like Lara Fuhrer and Blair Tanenbaum from California.

Scott: You were saying that when you told people you were coming here, different reactions.

Fuhrer: Our friends were all very excited and wanted to hear all the recommendations when we get back. And then our parents, who were young in the 80s were…

Tanenbaum: Were nervous for our safety, even though if they got on Google, they would realize it’s a very safe place.

Fuhrer: Yeah.

Sharyl (on-camera): Now the update. The U.S. embassy in Bogotá recorded eight “suspicious” deaths of U.S. citizens in November and December last year and issued travel warnings. It seems most of the attacks are related to foreigners who fall prey to online dating connections.

Watch here.

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  1. I still say, and always have, MEXICO is the most unsafe place to be visiting. If you call living within the walls of your 4 star resort a vacation then go for it. Just don’t venture out to a local bar in the evening.

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