While drug cartels are officially “banned” in almost every country in the world, that doesn’t stop them from keep making millions and even flaunt it out it the public. The Jardines del Humaya Cemetery located in Culiacan, Mexico’s Sinaloa state is a fine example of their affluence and audacity, as the cemetery is created to flash the wealth of the most ruthless “narcos” in Mexico.
The ostentatious lifestyles of these drug lords are on display in these mansion like commentaries, which cost more than an average family home in Mexico. Jardines del Humaya has turned into more of a visitor attraction over the year, with it impressive chapel-like tombs attracting thousands of people from all over Mexico and even abroad.
The Jardines del Humaya is adorned with an uncountable number of architectural wonders unfit for any cemetery. The area also holds many two-story villas, small chapels, and even miniature castles, showcasing the power and influence of the departed drug lords.
Adding to the outward beauty, many of them come are also equipped with 24-hour air-conditioning, fully furnished living rooms, bedrooms, and working kitchens. They have bulletproof glass windows alarm systems and even 24 hour Wi-Fi.
Juan Carlos Ayala, a philosophy professor at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, talked about these narco mausoleums,
“It’s an expression of the power that they once had and a manifestation of their desire for eternity, which is natural in any human being. It’s also a demonstration for those who survive them that this man was important.”
Professor Ayala thinks that these lavish mausoleums cost up to $390,000, and according to a Daily Mail article, the cost is way, way higher. They quote that the massive mausoleum complex for the drug lord Arturo Guzman Loera, who was the brother of the famous ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, cost over $1,200,000 to build, and entailed several bedrooms, 24-hour surveillance, and air-conditioning.
Another estimate stated that the mausoleum of Arturo Beltran Lyva, also known as ‘The Boss of All Bosses,’ is a small castle/fort costing around $600,000, with all amenities like satellite television, wi-fi internet connection, kitchen, bedrooms, etc. that an average Mexican can only dream of.
These lavish tombs with their flashy outlooks have been attracting many young people towards joining drug cartels. And that’s the reason that the Mexican authorities have looking to place an official ban on such structures.