I was looking through the search terms that brought people to my site earlier and I noticed an interesting trend that made me chuckle. For some reason, some of the most popular searches were about buying cocaine in Colombia. Even though I have never even talked about cocaine on my blog ever, I can’t deny the people what they want. I am a travel blogger of the people, after all.
So by popular demand, how easy is it to get coke in Colombia?
The answer is pretty f*cking easy. If you’re a tourist, you don’t even have to make an effort because it will literally come to you. People will be selling “cigarettes” or “beer” outside your hostels and hotels and outside the nightclubs and bar areas. It is practically effortless, and this goes for most of the large cities in Colombia. Medellin and Cartagena are big party cities with a sizable tourist population so it goes without saying that the dealers know that those places are where to go.
Cocaine is actually legal (to an extent) in Colombia, but the buying and selling of it is illegal. The trick for the dealers is to give it as a “gift” with another purchase. For example, 30,000 Colombian pesos is pretty steep for a single can of beer, but you’ll get a complimentary gift for that. That “gift” is worth a couple hundred per gram in big cities like New York City or London, so it’s no surprise why Colombia gets a lot of tourism solely for cocaine.
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Roaming the barrios of Medellín 🇨🇴 taken a year ago on my first solo trip in Colombia, a questionable choice for most people’s first solo trip 🤷🏽♀️ but in reality Colombia has improved monumentally since the Pablo Escobar days and doesn’t deserve its bad reputation #Narcos
The reign of Pablo Escobar and the legacy that followed have given Colombia a reputation that has been hard to shake, despite the fact that the Colombia of today has all but erased the demons of a Colombia past.
I do not advocate the use of cocaine, but if you are reading this, you’ve probably already made up your mind so I might as well do what I can to make sure you are smart about it. Obviously, buying drugs from strangers can always be sketchy, so undergo the necessary processes to test whether or not what you have purchased is safe. I don’t exactly know those processes, but I’m pretty sure you can probably find out on Google. I heard some people talking about solvency and stuff so I could be clueless but I’m assuming there’s more to it than holding drug dealers to the honor system.
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If you’ve never done it before, please be with other people who can potentially keep an eye out on you if you react badly to it. Colombia is a pretty safe country and I have never had a problem roaming the streets late night after the bars, but I can’t speak for everyone else’s experiences.
Also, while cocaine is technically legal, a lot of places will absolutely not tolerate it. Most likely, your hostel or hotel will not even second-guess kicking you out if you are caught using it or even just having it.
Lastly, you should remember the extremely bloody history that the drug cartels have had in Colombia. I spoke to a man once whose words I really took to heart. A lot of us have probably seen Narcos, but watching it on Netflix gives it a sense of fantasy. It actually happened, and the atrocities circling the cocaine trade was even worse than what Narcos could ever show. The man I spoke to talked about how furious he got whenever people trivialized the bloodshed and lives lost every single time they took cocaine.
Colombia has progressed incredibly as a nation since the death of Pablo Escobar and the gradual downfall of the cartels, but there is still a large portion of the population that were directly affected or at least remember the terrors of that era. To do cocaine for a few hours of “fun” would be an insult to the atrocities they witnessed and experienced.
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