The fair held during the first week of January in Manizales, where this hostess is welcoming visitors, was modelled on the Feria de Sevilla in Spain. Now including the International Coffee Beauty Pageant, it has grown since its beginnings in the 1950s to become one of Colombia's most important annual events.
Colombia – Been There

The real danger in Colombia is falling in love

Photo by Kaveh Kazemi

Colombia – Been There 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.

Kaveh Kazemi
Kaveh Kazemi Photojournalist

The landscape of green hills covered with coffee and other crops, the rhythm of everyday life and the stylish people are all striking for someone who comes from a completely different background. Having covered conflict zones around the world, and events in my own country of Iran, I really enjoy just going with the flow here.

Colombians have a saying which appears on every tourist poster: “The danger is that you may like it”. This refers to those people who came for only a short visit but decided to remain for good. It's something that would true in my case if I had my choice.

I love going for a cabalgata – a mass trail ride in a company of riders – before sunset, in the hills near Pereira. It is a divine experience. My dream is to find a casa campesino (peasant house) overlooking Valle de Cauca and spend some quality time away from the madding crowd, pollution and traffic.

I would then be able to stroll around with my camera and photograph the life of people who are among the happiest on earth. No wonder, when life is la musica, salsa and la fiesta!

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The wool ruana (cape or poncho) is still a common item of wear in the Andean region, where the changeable weather can see temperatures suddenly drop. The sombrero vueltiao ("turned hat") is another national symbol that is handmade from natural palm fiber. Photo by Kaveh Kazemi / Getty Images

Kaveh Kazemi

Kaveh Kazemi

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The wool ruana (cape or poncho) is still a common item of wear in the Andean region, where the changeable weather can see temperatures suddenly drop. The sombrero vueltiao ("turned hat") is another national symbol that is handmade from natural palm fiber.

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