Are You a Cocaine Tourist? | Colombia Safe Travels | World Nomads

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Every time a traveller do a line of cocaine they’re actually literally killing people. There’s a lot of violence in the process. The reality of taking drugs is meaning that people are killed that women are raped. That children lose their parents. Every single family in Colombia has been affected by the cocaine trade Colombia has emerged as one of the must-see destinations but it’s hard to escape the fact that some travelers who come here are on the hunt for one of the country’s most notorious exports…cocaine for those who have a taste for the drug back home the relatively low cost in Colombia compared to skyrocketing prices in the West is an increasingly attractive reason to travel here. Also with TV series like Narcos on Netflix, there’s a popular fascination with the life of drug baron Pablo Escobar and more people are traveling to Colombia to see where the billionaire kingpin enacted his criminal reign. If this sounds like you it’s important and take the time to know what you’re really buying into. In the 1970s cocaine exploded in popularity and for a number of decades Colombia was by far the world’s largest cocaine supplier with such high demand for the product around the world, this led to a massive criminal enterprise. No one exemplified this criminality better than drug baron Pablo Escobar. At the height of his power Escobar’s cartel was bringing in 420 million dollars per week and would you believe one thousand dollars a day just on rubber bands to tie up the money. But as his power grew so did the bloodshed. It’s difficult to determine, but estimates suggest that Escobar’s people executed well over 4,000 Colombians and this included an orchestrated plane explosion. The effects of Escobar’s cartel, and the other cartels which followed are still felt in Colombia today and it’s fair to say the Colombians are still feeling pretty raw about it all. There’s definitely increases our crime rate you know, for locals and for foreigners you know putting yourself in danger of going to buy the product. They assume that when they’re doing cocaine oh they are just having fun and they’re just having a party but in reality it’s caused so much death and destruction that it would totally offend somebody here if you walked up and asked them for cocaine. Given cocaine trafficking is caused so much damage to Colombian society you can understand why locals have such a poor view of travelers who come here with a hunger for the drug. Colombians do get upset when somebody asked them about drugs and cocaine and we have suffered a lot for a long time because of the drug trade and for us it is just not funny. I know that it has done a lot of harm to the community and the Colombians don’t really like to speak about it that’s what we found out. You really are interfering and helping fund a conflict that has run for more than 50 years. Now to get things clear it’s illegal to sell it so if you are purchasing cocaine in Colombia you are committing a criminal act. The simple reality is if you come to Colombia and ask around for drugs you’re immediately putting out signals that you’re someone with money and someone who wants to get involved with criminal elements. This means by involving yourself with criminals you are opening yourself up to be robber or worse. And finally by purchasing cocaine you’re buying a product that continues to have devastating effects on Colombia as well as the rest of the world so in effect and it might be hard to hear but if you’re purchasing cocaine you’re the problem so if you’re headed to this beautiful country you’d be well served to have a think about the ethics and consequences of consuming what can truly be called a conflict drug.


Viraj · April 18, 2017 at 3:47 am

good video. please do more such cultural awareness videos. they are definitely needed.

Johan Rodriguez · April 18, 2017 at 4:34 am

"Sky rocketing prices in the West". Colombia is a country in the Western hemisphere it's very culturally western as well. Thank you for this mini documentary that puts depth on the impact cocaine has on the country!!

Jaewoo Ahn · April 18, 2017 at 5:16 am

Can't help but notice that the reporter looks like Harvey Spector from Suits

MT · April 18, 2017 at 1:27 pm

They should just legalize and regulate it. As sad as it is, there will always be a demand for cocaine. The problem is the current laws and regulations which have put the whole manufacturing and sale process in the hands of criminals, who will do anything to get their money. It's easy to blame an individual consumer, but this problem goes much deeper than that.

TheBleach · April 18, 2017 at 6:40 pm

The entire problem started because USA wanted to interfere in this whole thing. Before that, there weren't killings just the smuggling corruption.

Tattered Passport · April 26, 2017 at 10:48 pm

Great mini doco World Nomads.
One Life, One Search,
Peace Out,

Bounmy Prasavanh · April 29, 2017 at 2:37 am

Peru is the King of Cocaine now.

Victor Manuel · May 8, 2017 at 2:53 am

in Colombia you can find whatever you want, that's the answer!

Juan Torquemada · May 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm


churros con chocolate · May 17, 2017 at 6:05 am

thanks for posting this video!there are lots of foreigners who do nor know the constant damage made to Our an image and the colombian society!.

fastone942 · May 21, 2017 at 1:32 pm

if your in a place in Colombia where there is cocaine you have gone somewhere you don't belong

mikedoesseo · May 25, 2017 at 12:13 am

I have heard that there is a very bad stigma towards cocaine use in Colombia, but that people smoke joints like cigarettes walking down the street and there is no stigma towards cannabis at all. Sounds like a very rational way to view this topic and my views are quite similar 🙂

SergeantRyan · June 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm

I'm not a cocaine user but in my opinion the guys who travel to colombia for cocaine do not support the mafia that much like european or north american users who pay nearly 100$ per gram

Manolo Vlogs · June 11, 2017 at 1:06 am

I cry when I see my Colombia devastated by this cancer…. blame the corruption

Real super sand legend · June 18, 2017 at 3:05 am

All this bloodshed, death, destruction, killing/murdering, rape, and war, just because its illegal…

Freddy Maria · June 29, 2017 at 4:06 am

good documentary

FrankReynolds, Paddys Pub, CEO · July 26, 2017 at 3:51 am

Does the guide mentioned in the end tell us what locations are popular to purchase cocaine.

You know… so I can stay away from those places!

Ian Douglas · July 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm

Cocaine production has HELPED coco farmers with little to no money and put their kids through school.

Nick K · August 28, 2017 at 4:41 am

who's holding Columbians back from peacefully supplying cocaine

Jonas Bezzubovas · August 28, 2017 at 9:15 am

They blame all these deaths on people that use coke, but who was it that decided to make Cocaine illegal? And who is it that makes is extremely difficult for cocaine to move across borders? The only reason people die from the cocaine industry is because the government has built such high barriers to try and stop it, the Narcos will do anything to get over those barriers. If coke were legal, it would be cheap and no one would be willing to kill over it.

Conspiracy Theorist · September 13, 2017 at 12:34 am

that's why you should legalise all drugs

debilnypes dedinsky svätý · September 17, 2017 at 12:41 pm

If Colombia legalize cocaine, but ban the export it would be the most richest country in the world.

big worm · September 21, 2017 at 1:08 am

Believe me people come up to you in those country's ..I have been to Brazil and you don't need to ask ..They are right out in the open

pipiphantam · October 2, 2017 at 1:23 am

Pablo Escobar is a scumbag🎸

Matthew Prow · October 11, 2017 at 9:56 am

Cocaine has helped families eat and survive , she only talks about the negative side of things,

Social Fabric · October 12, 2017 at 2:27 am

It’s all down to America and there obsession with trying to control and manipulate for there own gains…

Ayahuoskar · October 12, 2017 at 2:55 pm

Regulate and tax it to cut the heads of the criminal hydra cartels.

bhakta peter · October 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm

cocaine is in every hospital, they use it for certain eye and throat surgeries. legalize and regulate it

Cheyne Simons · November 1, 2017 at 3:19 am

they are not dying because one takes the drug, they are killed because the DEA is killing the sellers!!!!! no user has ever went to Columbia to kill the person that was selling him/her the drug. PERIOD……the cartels would not be killing snitches if it was not illegal…!!!!!

Acura Rsx Guzman · November 5, 2017 at 8:28 pm

The only way to stop this is make U S people stop doing cocain something that never going to happen lol

dubb · November 14, 2017 at 4:57 am

what about coca leaves

Vladmir Golobovic · December 30, 2017 at 3:39 pm

Pretty easy and convenient to blame drug-related crimes on foreign tourists.
It is not the tourists who create Colombian legislation, though. If they want to make cocaine illegal, it is up to them. Honestly, they are just burning money by doing that, since they are the largest producer in the World.

BRICKCITY9MM · January 4, 2018 at 11:25 pm

Do as Portugal did,"" decriminalize all drugs """"and all the bullshit will go away.Take notes and lean America from them!! America is so called the land of the free, then why is the Government telling use what we can and can not use as if we were their little children needing to be disciplined …

420PATROCK · January 28, 2018 at 11:05 pm

Don't blame the drug's. It's the Government's that do the terrorism.

Troitsk vip · March 1, 2018 at 3:56 am

woman ! love you!

Snaggle Toothed · March 2, 2018 at 9:36 am

Almost like alcohol in 1920's Chicago.
Makes me wonder if decriminalisation isn't the answer?

wangson · March 25, 2018 at 8:10 pm

I get and I do genuinely sympathise with the very first man shown who insists, that whenever we buy/use cocaine, we are, "literally" killing people. He's clearly not familiar with the what the word, "literally" means.

7 Mak · April 22, 2018 at 1:10 am

R.I.P Pablo❄️

Jony G · May 11, 2018 at 6:43 am

Dumb foreigners blowing their neurons away. Killing people in the process just for a high exemplifies the selfishness of so called "civilised" societies.

John Dozier · May 19, 2018 at 5:25 pm

The real criminals (Many Politicians Not all) are to invested in the profits from the war on drugs. So who is really responsible those committing the crimes of outdated laws or those that keep the outdated laws on the books. Decriminalizing drugs is the only solution. Take your head out of the clouds and do some research of the facts. Countries that have made strides decriminalizing it end up with less crime less murders, and surprisingly less usage. Thats right usage goes down because it becomes more readily apparent how dumb it is to take drugs. Look at Portugal and the Netherlands . I admit it is not the best answer but it is far better than what is happening. And what is happening is it gets worse every year except countries decriminalizing it. I am not advocating drug use so don't even go there. I am advocating anything that will lessen the families and lives being destroyed everyday by doing the same thing that is not working.

savannah ga · June 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm

old billy Clinton was up to his neck in smuggling cocaine indirectly maybe but for sure involved

Tasha Cronje · June 15, 2018 at 6:27 am

It is so easy to point the finger of blame but the reality is: there are so many contributing factors here. Legalising all drugs would be the best option – drugs get cut with all sorts of harmful chemicals ect so if drugs were legal & clean plus came with guidelines then perhaps we wouldn't have such a mess right now. Before anyone tells me that drugs are dangerous let me just put it out there alcohol is dangerous, prescription pills are dangerous & half the food in stores is dangerous given the amount of chemicals they contain. People aren't just putting on weight for no reason & kids aren't starting puberty so early on for no reason. How about getting the world's food & drinks right first seeing as everyone eats & drinks & then we sort out stuff that not everyone does.

tray4168 · June 17, 2018 at 10:04 am

Another reason why ALL drugs should be legalized. Its pathetic any grown man can tell another what he is allowed to use in his own body.

guns n sexdolls · July 1, 2018 at 4:29 am

Well stop putting gas in your car there has been a war over oil for how meany decades now?

anonymous mc · August 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

legalize all drugs….

Winash Inik · August 4, 2018 at 6:06 am


housearrestband · August 8, 2018 at 1:43 am

Legalize all drugs = no violence ..just look at alcohol prohibition in the states back in the day… simple ..

Norrlänska pajken · August 9, 2018 at 5:44 pm

nope just coca leafy

Rollsroyce44 · August 23, 2018 at 10:22 am

They blame the violence on North Americans and Europeans lust for drugs for the violence but, we never pulled the triggers. They made it violent rather than doing good business.

eGnome Sporite · August 31, 2018 at 12:25 am

Sounds like the problem is keeping cocaine illegal. I don't like cocaine it makes me anxious. But I'm an adult and I made that decision on my own because I have my own mind and I decide what I put in my body. Period. You want to stop these drug cartels and deaths? You want to really hurt them? Make it legal. It will make the world LESS violent by default. Sure I can hear the "But our children" argument. To which I reply…." but our parental guardians!" It's your job to educate your kids. When they become of age they can make up their own minds. Hopefully you raised them to be conscious of drugs instead of curious of them. Hiding them from drugs makes them more curious. The DARE program has caused more harm than good.

Ronny JoeJimBob · October 2, 2018 at 1:56 am

A street level dealer will sell you cocaine and then tell the federals you have done so and then the real criminals will take all you own. The last place in the world to do cocaine is in south america. Tourist guides will tell you the same thing and there is nothing you can do about it except get out with your life. They live in a developing world that Ronald Reagan ripped off decades ago.

fred flintstone · November 15, 2018 at 4:59 am

Pink cocaine

Dee · November 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm


Wit Ostrowski · November 30, 2018 at 8:54 pm

Coke is fake isn't it? i mean get you high but it also get you lower than you have ever been…don't bother with it kids. it ruins lives.

nickodevoe1 · December 19, 2018 at 11:20 pm

Are you kidding me? What a guilt trip. Why dont you blame the process, prohibition, gang violence or policing methodology? Blaming end users is like blaming the effect while ignoring the cause.

Tez Schticle · December 24, 2018 at 1:45 am

Make sugar illegal and soon people will start dying over it.

Marie Miller · January 7, 2019 at 6:43 pm

coke built that city heck pablo pretty much built all the modern infrastructure…

Mike Scarborough · January 31, 2019 at 4:28 am

"Locals have a poor view of travelers that visit Colombia to buy drugs, as buying cocaine fuels the violence and destruction it's known for, and makes you part of the problem."

No, Colombians have a poor view of rowdy Australians and Americans who walk around major cities in shorts and sandals like they're on a beach. There are plenty of Colombians drinking coca tea for breakfast (totally legal) and more than a few who use cocaine, just like their grandfather and great grandfather did. The so called drug problem comes from prohibition as well as the roughly 10% of the human population that can't manage the addiction potential of anything. On the other hand, opioids like heroine and fentanyl are a real and serious health threat because of their potential for rapid addiction and fatal overdose. Far too many other less harmful substances are lumped together with opiates for prohibition, and prohibition is where the violence and destruction come from.

ben yosep · April 11, 2019 at 11:50 pm

Oh great…it’s the tourist fault. 🤦🏽‍♂️

jay long · April 15, 2019 at 10:14 pm

If your a tourist I don't think you have to ask for it

Guy F · April 17, 2019 at 2:09 pm

Police stopped me in Colombia and searched me just walking down the street. Be smart everyone!

Ryan Hunter · April 27, 2019 at 9:29 pm

Make it legal

Zoes Dada · May 2, 2019 at 8:58 am

Chew the leaves if you insist on doing coke.

Derby Winner · June 25, 2019 at 10:10 am

Colombia has more to offer . Please, enough with this negative review about my Country.

Adam 3d · July 4, 2019 at 1:44 pm

The drug war made good quality Cocaine enjoyed only by the rich and privileged.
STOP THE WAR, and just with any other substance, enjoy responsibly.

Sven S. · July 14, 2019 at 4:18 am

Legalize it and there will be no more harm for anybody. Drug cartells will die.

Stephen Watson · July 22, 2019 at 6:40 am

Glorified Public Service Message to fit the Media's Agenda.

Luke Kantrell · August 12, 2019 at 5:26 am

Blah blah blah

Jose Melendez · August 31, 2019 at 10:31 am

In Europe there are many injection sites, there are programs that provide the drug. The results are impressive with overdose declining, crimes declining, etc. It's a shame that USA aren't taking the proper action, for example to decriminalize drugs and provide safe drug usage. Even Canada knows how to handle their epidemic…….. Such a shame

The garage door guy · September 2, 2019 at 8:31 pm

The Prohibition is the problem

Timothy Morrill · September 3, 2019 at 6:04 am

Cocaine is less harmful than alcohol and alcohol can be bought at any corner convenience store. This video is stupid! The illegality of cocaine is a scheme by the elites to get rich.

rottenroth · September 11, 2019 at 11:23 am

The war on drugs is the main reason for the violence. Nice propaganda World Nomads.

gerry fish · September 14, 2019 at 12:34 am

That’s why she went there 😅

Team Mongoose · September 23, 2019 at 3:37 pm

Bullshit… my wife is from there and we have seen the truth. People in Colombia sell it all the dam time. Go to a bar, and the bartender or waiter will get you a big bag for 20 bucks.

j2010 · October 9, 2019 at 3:54 am

Thanks for the info, I didn't know the drug trade is bad, wow! Mind blowing! It is smart to stay away from that isn't it? As a 20 something American Gringo when I was in Peru 20 years ago, every cocaine tourist was young, dumb and from Argentina (South American Gringo variety). I'd be sipping on my Cusquena beer trying to take a piss and they were in the toilet stalls sniffing and laughing. I thought they had a cold or a runny nose. Not that I know better, I realize they never even offered me any. Cheapskates.

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