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From the snowcapped Andean peaks to coffee-strewn hilltops, dense Amazon jungle and the sun-toasted Caribbean beaches, Colombia offers diverse landscapes and cultures. Cue some cinematic cobblestoned towns, add a defense of Spanish fortresses, throw in the remnants of ancient civilizations leaving behind a treasure of El Dorado, and you’ll find...

From the snowcapped Andean peaks to coffee-strewn hilltops, dense Amazon jungle and the sun-toasted Caribbean beaches, Colombia offers diverse landscapes and cultures. Cue some cinematic cobblestoned towns, add a defense of Spanish fortresses, throw in the remnants of ancient civilizations leaving behind a treasure of El Dorado, and you’ll find a country ripe for exploration and adventure. 

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Culinary Colombia

Culinary Colombia
  Sorting coffee at San Alberta My first encounter with the flavors of Colombia occurred in Buenos Aires last April while wandering the streets surrounding the San Telmo market. Guiding trips is hard work and after close to three weeks on the road leading a group of Wildland travelers on our Hikers Patagonia Anniversary Adventure, I was famished and on a personal mission to eat every empanada I could get my hands on. Fortunately they were in no short supply that Sunday with countless people selling the steaming, savory pockets of beef, chicken and potato mixtures from grocery carts on the street. Out of the fifteen or so I consumed, the one that stood out was the ‘ Colombian style ’ empanada which had a fried cornmeal crust and came with a little cup of spicy sauce that I came to know as aji picante. I stood there in the market...
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Welcome to Colombia! First Impressions from Bogota

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It’s a sunny Sunday morning and I set out from my hotel early, armed with camera and coffee to enjoy a little independent wandering before scheduled meetings take over in the afternoon.  Within a few minutes I hit a major city thruway, but instead of vehicle traffic I encounter cyclists of all shapes and ages and scores of determined joggers, all making their way down Carrera Siete.  The aroma of grilled arepas, the occasional shout of a street vendor and strains of salsa or vallenato music float through the air. Remove the distinctly Latin character of the surrounding sounds and smells and this scene could be a typical Sunday in any modern metropolitan anywhere in the world, from Melbourne to Chicago.  Only, perhaps surprisingly, this is Bogota, where major roads are closed each Sunday to create several miles of pedestrian and biker thruways from one end of the city to the other,...
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