Features

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

Colombia: Sizing up to “size”

An unusual study puts Colombian men ahead of their global peers, when it comes to penis size. Colombia makes a different "Green List".
Colombia and the Korean War

Colombia’s legacy with Korea

As tensions escalate between the two Koreas, rhetoric recalls the brave role of Colombians during the Korean War.
One Bogota barrio keeps the chichi-making tradition alive.

Chicha: Bitter brew of history

A brew known as 'Chicha' was the link between man and the Gods, until Bogotá politicians tried to have it banned into oblivion.
Panche artwork

The lost Panches

Angel Martinéz dedicated 20 years to looking for traces of the lost Panche culture, which flourished in the Magdalena valley.

Colombia’s Navy plans to establish permanent base on Antarctica

The Colombian Navy is heading to earth's southernmost continent to conduct scientific research on climate change. The Armada plans to establish a permanent base on Antarctica.
Pedro Ruiz

Pedro Ruiz: ‘gold’ standard

Artist Pedro Ruiz depicts in "Oro" scenes representing the beauty and complexity of traditional life and nature in Colombia.
Emeralds mined in Muzo, Colombia

From Muzo emerald mine, Colombia’s ‘green fire’ goes global

Under foreign ownership, Colombia's Muzo emerald mine seeks to offer world-class emeralds without the occasionally violent tensions of the past.

On the trail of Colombia’s “Jaguar Corridor”

The Serranía de San Lucas is a vital corridor for the jaguar's survival, but illegal gold mining and mercury contamination threatens this endangered species.

A Colombian Roadmap for climate change

Colombia could be a leader in supplying the world with food, but to do so, needs to tackle a major agent of climate change: deforestation.

The last journey of Jan Philip Braunisch

Swedish traveler Jan Philip Braunisch ventured into the Darien Gap on an adventure which would end in tragedy.
Luis Soriano of the Biblioburro project.

Luis and his ‘Biblioburro’

Luis Soriano's epic journey with two donkeys to help children in the Magdalena have access to books.

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.

Valerie Meikle: The Lady of the Amazon

Valerie Meikle paddled 1,500 kms down the Putumayo. A story of endurance, personal loss and life in the Amazon rainforest is the subject of a poignant film.
Colombia hip hop band ChocQuibTown release a new album this month.

Who is ChocQuibTown?

With a growing fan base thanks to a series of hit singles, ChocQuibTown are back with a new album which reaffirms their musical roots and love of the Chocó.
Dr. Jorge Reynolds holds a model of a human heart

Colombia’s pioneer of the electric heart

From whales to nanotechnology, pacemaker inventor Dr. Jorge Reynolds' passion for the heart saved millions of lives and inspired a nation.

Clever Leaves and the intelligent business of medicinal cannabis from Colombia

Legality and social responsibility are corporate pillars for the rapid growth of the Colombian-owned medicinal cannabis company Clever Leaves.