Features

In-depth stories on Colombia from our international team of writers and photographers.

Surfing with the elusive Chocó sun

Colombia’s Chocó region is known for its natural wonders, abundant rainfall and rich biodiversity, but thrill-seeking tourists are leading the waves, with Nuquí’s new-found surfing culture
Cartagena International Music Festival

Julia Salvi: A commitment to classical Cartagena

After the 10th annual Cartagena International Music Festival this month, a look at the family who founded this celebration of classical music in the colonial city.
Alvaro Soto

Álvaro Soto: Pioneer of the Sierra Nevada

Colombian anthropologist Alvaro Soto discovered the Ciudad Perdida in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta 40 years ago.

Colombia: Fifty shades of parrot green

Colombia is parrot paradise, but many are hard to spot because their green matches their leafy homes. Ongoing threats to their habitats is endangering this rather feisty species.

A snapshot of a bygone Bogotá

A press conference during the height of the narco war, offers one journalist the opportunity to become a Colombian.

Year in Review: Peace through the eyes of a foreigner

2016 was the year thousands marched in cities across Colombia to demand peace between the government and FARC. For many foreigners it was a chance to be part of an historical accord.

Prestigious Rogelio Salmona prize heads to Cuenca, Ecuador

The prestigious Salmona architecture prize has been awarded to Boris Albornoz and his renovation of the neo-Republican market in Cuenca, Ecuador.
Alejandra Borrero

A performance for life

Alejandra Borrero's work and creative life projects, including the Casa-E Social performance group, have helped thousands of Colombians heal from the scourge of sexual violence through visual and performing arts.

Colombian Navy escorts baby sea turtles back to safety in the Pacific Ocean

The Colombian Navy went on a mission last week to protect baby sea turtles as they migrate to the sea after born on a beach in the Chocó department.

Thomas Defler: a life with Colombia’s monkeys

Scientist and adventurer Thomas Defler reflects on his life spent in Colombia's Amazon region searching for rare and undiscovered monkeys.

Colombia: A nation of percussionists

If you happen to have a tapping issue, compulsive or mild, you will find comfort in this rhythm nation.

The slow death of the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta

The Ciénaga Grande has been under threat since industrial agriculture arrived on the coastal lowlands. Today, the situation is even more critical given mega infrastructure.

Pasos de Héroe: Uplifting film tribute to child landmine victims

Colombian film director Henry Rincón's debut feature "Pasos de Héroe" takes on the poignant theme of children landmine victims.

The search for little Toro in the Sierra Nevada

Thought to be extinct, a small rodent has been rediscovered in the Sierra Nevada and now focus of a major scientific expedition

Álvaréz: A “Knight” of Colombian culture

At the helm of the Colón Theatre, Manuel José Álvarez has dedicated a life in progress to opening up Colombian culture to all.

Colombia’s Betty Garcés: A voice from heaven

From Buenaventura to performing on the world stage, soprano Betty Garcés is Colombia’s operatic revelation.

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