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Conversations with Colombians: Luis Fernando Gonzalez Cortes


Luis lives in Bogota but loves his the town he calls home, San Gil. Here are his thoughts on Colombia and why he wouldn’t change anything.  Luis vive en Bogotá, pero ama a su pueblo que él llama su casa, San Gil. He aquí susreflexiones sobre Colombia y por qué no iba a cambiar nada. LCO: Which part of Colombia … Continue reading

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Conversations with Colombians: Paula Andrea Cruz Sepúlveda


Paula is originally from Riosucio Caldas, the location of her favorite celebration, Riosucio’s Carnival. Here are her thoughts on Colombia. Paula es originario de Riosucio Caldas, la ubicación de la celebración de su favorito, el Carnaval de Riosucio. Éstos son sus pensamientos sobre Colombia. LCO: Which part of Colombia do you call home? How long have you … Continue reading

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Chicamocha Canyon


Deeper than the Grand Canyon and just as majestic, this is Colombia’s Chicamocha Canyon which we passed on our drive from Mogotes to Bucaramanga. At the bottom of the canyon is a small town which amplifies the height of the … Continue reading

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Eating Big-Ass Ants


They’ve arrived. The air in Mogotes is thick with their distinct scent. It’s woodsy, smoky, meaty. Colombians call them Hormigas Culonas. Foreigners refer to them as the “Big-Ass Ants”.  They’re shiny, about as long as the top joint of your … Continue reading

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Exploring Colonial Towns Barichara and Guane


BARICHARA In 1975, declared “The prettiest village in Colombia.” Altitude: 1,237m (4,058ft) Population: 4,149 Average Temperature: Around 23ºC (73°F) In the local dialect, Barichara means “Place of Rest” and it is certainly that with sleepy colonial streets and shady central … Continue reading

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Conversations with Colombians: Diana Moreno


Diana comes from Bucaramanga. She is a project manager who admires Shakira and food from the Santander department. Diana es de Bucaramanga. Ella es un director de proyecto que admira Shakira y la comida del departamento de Santander. LCO: Which part of Colombia do you call home? How long have you … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Cascade and a Tropical Bird Hole


Our car bounced and rattled over the rocky dirt path toward La Cascada del Diablo (The Devil’s Waterfall). This picture doesn’t begin to describe the roads – they get a lot worse. The population of Mogotes really thins out once … Continue reading

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