Climb 659 steps to the top of this Colombian landmark for breathtaking views of the countryside

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 5 May 2015

Guatape is a small town of northern Colombia that has a very unique landmark. It’s home to a rather large rock, and this rock attracts scores of visitors each year because once you get to the very top of this rock, the views you get of the countryside are priceless.

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This intriguing documentary shows kids taking refuge in the sewers of Colombia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 10 April 2015

Facing abuse and violence at home, young kids in Bogota, Colombia have been forced out of their homes and onto the streets. ‘When you’re living in the sewers, you’ve hit the lowest point a human can reach because there you lose everything’, one former sewer dweller says. 

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Valentine’s day came and went, now see where those bouquets actually came from

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 February 2015

If you thought your Valentine’s roses came from a small, family-owned farm where joyful workers frolicked in the fields and handpicked roses for the love of handpicking roses, you’d be wrong. Chances are, if you live in New York or Miami and didn’t buy your roses from a farmstand, you probably bought them from a store that imported them all the way from a rose farm in Puente Piedra, Colombia.

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See Colombian street art on a Bogota bike tour

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By Laura Blight in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 April 2013

I recently spent four months in South America ending my trip in Bogota, Colombia. The streets are jam packed with graffiti and various street art, so it really is a feast for the eyes. A great way to see the city is through Bogota Bike Tours that have a tour specifically for street art. A […]

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Music project about the tropical sounds of Colombia

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By Andres Colmenares in Video on Friday 20 July 2012

Ondatropica is a musical project led by Mario Galeano, from Frente Cumbiero, and British producer, Will Holland (aka. Quantic), to explore the tropical sounds of Colombia in a journey that connects stars from the past with upcoming musicians. It was recorded at the legendary Discos Fuentes studio in Medellín. The result of this amazing project about Colombia’s collective memory will be featured during the cultural programme of the London Olympics in collaboration with the British Council.

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Twin Portraits: photos by Raul Posse

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By Raul Posse in New Photography on Wednesday 30 May 2012

I had the priviledge of travelling to Cumbal in the south east of Colombia as part of a film production team, scouting for potential places and people. My mission was to assist in the search of the film’s main character, a young boy, which resulted in this unique collection of twin portraits. Serious and smiles.

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Book Igloo by Colombian artist Miler Lagos

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By Michele Castagnetti in New Art on Saturday 28 April 2012

Take ‘em boring books off the bookshelf! Artist Miler Lagos’s book igloo is gravity defying. Just don’t pull out the wrong book. The Colombian artist arranged the books in a neat dome to explore the dynamics between nature, culture, and material possessions. The structure uses nothing more than carefully aligned books.

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Poster campaign for book exchange initiative in Colombia

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By Michele Castagnetti in New Design on Saturday 28 April 2012

This is an amazing poster campaign for a book exchange initiative in Colombia. Each poster features a subtle mesh up: Snow White/Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter/Troy, Little Red Riding Hood/Moby Dick. The headline reads “come with a story and leave with another’. Brilliant! Take a minute to see all the details.

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Large ceramic dolls by Mariana Monteagudo

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By Melissa Kojima in New Art on Wednesday 18 April 2012

A friend told me to look up Mariana Monteagudo’s artwork. She recommended it because I have a tendency to be drawn to cute, yet creepy art. I was blown away by it. Her work consists of large, ceramic art dolls. I may be strange, but I thought they were less creepy and more cute. She’s a Venezuelan artist with a new show called, Humanoid, running at Space 2 in Bogota, Colombia.

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De Juepuchas: The soundtrack of your life

Andres Colmenares Reader Find

By Andres Colmenares in New Music on Thursday 7 October 2010

De Juepuchas is a Colombian duo created by Diego Maldonado and Andres Silva to explore, with a creative approach, the soundtrack of a generation raised in Colombia in the 80s and 90s.

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Leo Cocina y Cava, Bogotá

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Friday 12 February 2010

Down an unassuming street in the La Macarena neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia humbly sits one of the city’s sexiest dining spots: Leo Cocina y Cava. It is here that Chef Leonor Espinoza saturates Colombian comfort food — mainly from the coast — with intense doses of creativity to produce fresh, contemporary dishes with a clean presentation and knock-out appeal.

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Daniel Santiago Salguero

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By Andres Colmenares in New Photography on Wednesday 21 October 2009

Young Colombian artist and photographer Daniel Santiago Salguero creates images from simple digital photographs to personal diaries which drive a world of imagination, colors and unique perspectives.

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Paintball Pop Art of Marylin Monroe by Bon Yurt

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By Gerry Mak in New Events on Friday 25 September 2009

The fact that this paintball portrait of Marylin Monroe done by Colombian collective Bon Yurt was a group effort makes it all the more impressive, with each shooter sticking precisely to his assigned color field without being distracted by his fellow gunmen. I wonder if this would work with real bullets.

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Federico Ruiz

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By Andres Colmenares in New Photography on Saturday 11 April 2009

Federico Ruiz, aka Astronauta Perdido (The Lost Astronaut), is a passionate photographer from the vibrant city of Medellín, Colombia. Faces, signs, parties, and movements are condensed into powerful photographs which have been featured  in local newspapers and magazines such as JPG. His work is a demonstration of this adventurous spirit. Last year Federico’s photos were […]

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Rocking Under The Rain in Bogota, Colombia

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By Andres Colmenares in New Events on Monday 10 November 2008

Rock al Parque is the largest open-air free music festival in Latin America, held at the el Parque Simon Bolivar in Bogota, Colombia. This year the main guest, as usual, was the heavy rain. However, more than 300,000 people enjoyed the powerful and eclectic tunes of 45 bands from England, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, America, France and, of course, Colombia, since the aim of the festival is to showcase upcoming local bands. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota is in charge of this unique open party, which has been gathering youngsters from all the corners of this ten million city, and beyond, for fourteen years.

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