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Overview: Step straight into Colombia’s infamous drug past by bedding down in the one-time home of a cartel smuggler.

Found in an exclusive suburb of Caribbean coast city Santa Marta, gateway to the Indiana Jones-style Lost City trek, the mansion still boasts many of its original details, including the massive satellite dish used to keep in touch with drug boats heading north.

Wow factor Join one of the nightly tours run by Sydney-born owner Gabriel Killin, who shows off some of the property’s more unusual aspects, such as underground passages and hidey-holes, plus secret codes scratched into kitchen tiles, all while telling tales of the former owner’s incredible extravagance.

Rooms Exhaustively restored, the large rooms still contain many of their original features, including imported Italian tiles and ornate showers set so deep they can be filled to double up as huge baths.

Bill please Dorm beds cost from £9 per night while doubles start at £20.

Carrera 21, Barrio Jardin, 
Santa Marta, Colombia 
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