Coffee and Politics with the FARC: A Journey to Las Colinas, Guaviare

I had been forewarned that our driver might utter some anti FARC commentary along the two-hour journey from San Jose del Guaviare to the temporary zone of concentration at Las Colinas. Bouncing along the rutted trail, passing tiny farming settlements and long rolling vistas of grazing land for cattle, there was an apprehension present in Read more about Coffee and Politics with the FARC: A Journey to Las Colinas, Guaviare[…]

A True Colombia Moment: Gachalá

All too often my writing becomes a diatribe against injustices or perceived wrongs in Colombia from my point of view, but this Sunday as I prepared to watch Colombia vs. Venezuela (el coco*) in their opening game of the Copa America in Chile, I found myself in an upbeat mood, and not only due to Read more about A True Colombia Moment: Gachalá[…]

Villavicencio: the Finca Paradise

It’s taken eight years of living here in Colombia to finally get down to the Llanos Orientales and Villavicencio. Really, this is shameful given Villavicencio’s proximity to Bogotá along a serpentine highway descent from the altiplano leaving the capital via Usme and then reaching la Puerta al Llano roughly two hours later. In truth it’s Read more about Villavicencio: the Finca Paradise[…]

Some Travelers to Colombia are Plain Stupid

There are times when I wonder why we promote Colombia if the country is a destination for not only the intrepid and educated but also for the plain stupid. Those of us who dabble in travel journalism and blogging are engaged in a Sisyphean labor of such futility when all we can write about are Read more about Some Travelers to Colombia are Plain Stupid[…]

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