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El Angel April 17th, 2013

Frailejones and Polylepis

The border crossing, both in Colombia and Ecuador, presented no problems and was faster than I thought. In Tulcan I took the bus to El Angel, around 90 minutes and 1.5 USD.From El Angél, or Los Angeles as locals call it, I took a…

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Las Lajas April 15th, 2013

The South American Rivendell

I my last stop before stepping into Ecuadorian lands is this incredible place called Las Lajas. Although the present church was built in the 20th century, its holiness dates 200 years back. Millions of catholic pilgrims are drawn here upon the belief that in…

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Cali April 12th, 2013

A Vegan’s Nightmare

La Bandeja Paisa is a typical meal of the Paisas from Antioquia and Cauca regions, and one of Colombia's most traditional dishes. The ingredients vary from place to place, but they all tend to have a generous amount of food, the most common being:…

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Cali

San Cipriano y Las Brujitas

Most of the Afro-Colombian population has been living for centuries in the Pacific coast; its ancestors were slaves brought by Spanish, Dutch, British and Portuguese navigators. Those who managed to run away from coffee or sugar plantations found refuge in the thick jungles of…

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Salento April 4th, 2013

Valle de Cocora

Just 9km outside the picturesque village of Salento, Valle de Cocora is home to some of the tallest trees I have ever laid my eyes on: the Quindío wax palms, national tree and symbol of Colombia. I don't know if one can tell how…

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Tierradentro April 2nd, 2013

Tierradentro Patterns & Views

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Palinuro
Medellín March 22nd, 2013

The quest for Palinuro

Birthplace of Fernando Botero, Medellín is home to many Colombian artists, writers and intellectuals. When I was in Bogotá, I came across a fantastic book publisher based in Medellín called: Tragaluz. (more…)

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Cartagena de Indias March 18th, 2013

Cartagena de Indias

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Santa Marta

Some Handmade Postcards

So far I haven't found a post office in Colombia. When asked, people seem very confused and don't really know if there is a national post service in the country or not. Postcards are nowhere to be found or bought, so I decided to…

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Santa Marta

Colombia National Army

Mainly due to the intern conflict between paramilitars and farc, the Colombian government has now pratols all over the main roads and highways in the country. When travelling by bus, one can see them quite offen by the road, standing with their guns in…

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Villa de Leyva March 5th, 2013

Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva is a small colonial village founded in 1572 by the spanish Hernan Suarez de Villalobos. Located in the Andes, around 250 km north of Bogota, this picturesque village grows around Plaza Mayor, a town square paved with huge cobblestones and surrounded…

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Bogota March 3rd, 2013

Bogotá a todo minuto

All over Bogotá you can find street vendors with small stands selling beverages, sweets and other goods. Almost each and every one of them have a mobile phone available for national calls. Prices vary between 150 to 200 Pesos (around 0.10 EUR) per minute,…

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