Quite Contrary: Cartagena and Medellin
DJLU street art, Cartagena

Quite Contrary: Cartagena and Medellin

On the Caribbean coast of Colombia, during the carnival-like celebration in January, many celebrants dress up as Cayman Man. Half cayman (the local crocodile) and half human, the mythical figure embodies several dualities, human and…

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Oddities of Villa de Leyva
Phallic column, El Infiernito

Oddities of Villa de Leyva

The town of Villa de Leyva is perhaps a kilometer square, but it features one of the largest cobblestone plazas in all of South America. Around the square and in the grid of streets, many…

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The many levels of Colombia’s highlands
Journalists' Park and Bogota's hills

The many levels of Colombia’s highlands

Colombia is a land of plenty, one of the most biodiverse in the world, awash with rivers, filled with fertile lowland and highland areas -  in an overall area about 50% larger than Texas and…

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Street Art, Bogota
By Rodez, with tags and flaking paint, on Bogota's oldest building.

Street Art, Bogota

Bogota has a vibrant street art culture. It began decades ago as expressions of rebellion by the young along with distaste for civil war politics, the political corruption that impoverished many, and the pernicious drug…

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Music of the Starlit Night – Cali
Central church of Cali at night

Music of the Starlit Night – Cali

The stars peeked out from behind the soft clouds, just a few of the brightest overcoming the lights of the city. The wind was soft and refreshing in a perfect temperature for sitting on the…

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