The real danger in Colombia is falling in love
Among all the regions of Colombia that I have visited in the past five years, the coffee region of El Viejo Caldas is the most beautiful.
Gabo's Macondo is not a fictional town
A tiled Cartagena street sign tells me I am in Calle de la Amargura, “The Street of Bitterness”.
Eating among Cartagena's "fart-smellers"
The massive wall of stone, brick and coral around Cartagena de Indias, built to keep English pirate Francis Drake out, now keeps tourists in, creating a world apart from the modern life of gleaming glass and steel outside.
Take a nice bath – in mud
From Cartagena, I take a wobbly motorbike to the Volcán de Lodo El Totumo, where rickety wooden stairs lead to its low peak.
How to make the perfect cup of coffee, according to Señor Leyva
Colombia is the world’s third-largest coffee producer, most famous for its production of the intense Arabica bean. Its Coffee Triangle has been recognized by Unesco as a World Heritage Site and the tourism board are trying to relabel it as the “Coffee Cultural Landscape”.
The land of giant trees and tiny birds
High above the coffee fields, I can see the 15,000-feet-high peaks of Los Nevados National Natural Park.
Some of the best coffee beans in the world
Hello Colombia, where the triangle formed by the major cities of Bogota, Medellin and Cali grows some of the best coffee beans in the world, thanks to lush volcanic soils and heavy rainfall. A place of great natural beauty, this coffee region is dotted with pretty colonial villages and traditional farms that are increasingly turning to tourism to make a living.
Separating myth from reality in Colombia
Hello Colombia, with an African, Indian and Spanish heritage that has produced a culture uniquely rich. This fertile ground gave seed to the work of Gabriel García Márquez, the country’s Nobel Prize-winning novelist famed for his use of “magic realism”. Reality is still hard to separate from myth in Colombia and, indeed, many outsiders believe the myth before the reality.