Pablo Escobar’s holiday home that left to rot

Pablo Escobar’s holiday home that left to rot

Even the most expensive homes can fall into a state of disrepair. These mansions were once worth a fortune yet today they sit in varying states of decay, open to the elements and taken over by nature.

Pablo Escobar’s holiday home located in Peñol Reservoir in the idyllic resort town of Guatapé in Columbia, this once grand holiday home belonged to notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Estimated to be worth $22 billion (£16.2bn) before his death in 1993, the estate was named La Manuela, after his daughter, and was said to be Pablo’s second favourite house according to Atlas Obscura. 

Situated on 20 acres of land, the home, which was funded by ill-gotten gains, was targeted by a vigilante group in 1993, who planted a bomb in the bathroom of the home, turning it to ruin. Escobar had already fled the home and was shot eight months later by authorities.

Today, the main house is a shell of what it once was. Once upon a time it had its own disco room and was built with double-layered walls that were said to be used for hiding money or drugs.

However, now open to the public for exploring, reportedly no visitors have ever found anything hidden within the crumbling walls of the historic house. 

Years of neglect have seen the property descend into decay, but in its heyday, it would have boasted a pool, tennis courts, a helipad and a guest house, all surrounded by imported trees. 

Taken over by nature, much of the home is unrecognisable. The little advertised house now lets visitors access the pool, the bathroom where the bomb exploded and even Escobar’s room.