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A Visit to La Catedral, Pablo Escobar’s Prison

posted on October 3rd, 2015 in Colombia, Life and Death in the Andes (New Book)

La Catedral Pablo Escobar Prison

La Catedral Prison

From my travel journal: Medellín, Antioquia

I met Pablo Ochoa—not the Colombian drug king, but the name of my cab driver—sitting in the fifth cab in a long line of cabs in Envigado, a suburb of Medellin where Pablo Escobar grew up. I wanted to visit La Catedral, the prison Escobar had first built and then had spent a year and a half in, located about an hour up a green mountainside. The first driver shook his head and said he needed a larger cab. The second shook his head and said it was too far and that the road was narrow and bad. The third and fourth drivers said the same. Pablo—59 years old with gray hair and intense, dark eyes—looked me over suspiciously and nodded.



South America Travel Gear

posted on September 13th, 2015 in Andes Mountains, Life and Death in the Andes (New Book)

South America travel gear

Condo floor, night before departure, with half-packed suitcases

South America Travel Gear: Overland Equipment to Take

Although this wasn’t my first trip to South America, the voyage down the Andes was going to be my longest and in many ways the most challenging as far as what kind of gear to take. I was traveling solo, yet needed to pack South America travel gear for camping and hiking in rural areas such as parts of the ancient Inca roads that still spread down South America’s spine.