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Drug Kingpin's "Jurasico Park" a Big Colombian Draw

By November 10, 2009

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For years, Pablo Escobar was the most feared crime kingpin in Colombia, amassing a fortune of billions of dollars as he assassinated fellow drug dealers, police, and ordinary citizens. Escobar died as he lived over 15 years ago--gunned down in a safe house by Colombian gendarmes--but now, according to The Sunday Times, his 5,000-acre estate has become a major tourist destination.

So what does "Hacienda Napoles" have to do with dinosaurs? Well, among other gaudy attractions, the Times says, "The drug baron was especially proud of his Jurasico Park, a group of life-sized dinosaur statues and a golden pterodactyl made up from authentic bones." I'm not quite sure about that last part--genuine pterodactyl bones are as rare as, well, Colombian drug kingpins--but if you're ever near Medellin, drop by and see for yourself.

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