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

Ancient rituals to urban “high”: the rise and fall of Colombia’s intelligence plants

Considered a sacred plant for ceremonial rituals, the ground powder of the coca leaf, consumed as mambe, has found a mainstream audience among urbanites and unwary tourists.

Andrew Crawford: Colombia’s frogs face “massacre” with illegal trafficking

Andrew Crawford is Associate Professor of Biology at Los Andes University. He spoke with The City Paper about the multiple threats facing Colombia's "Kermits."

Colombia inspires climate crusader Edward Davey’s Given Half a Chance

ward Davey has released his first book detailing Colombia's role and ongoing commitment to the Paris Agreement.

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.

Claudia Triana: “Colombia’s filmmakers are nation builders”

Colombia is open to international film production companies looking for a diversity in locations, professional crews believes ProImágenes' Claudia Triana.

Stage to Bogotá streets: The musicians of the Venezuelan migration

Playing for pesos is a reality many Venezuelan musicians face on the streets of Bogotá to survive with the economic collapse of their country.

Interview with Jorge Orlando Melo: “Colombia is a field of research unto itself”

Jorge Orlando Melo covers plenty of historical terrain with Colombia and subject of his most recent book.

Julia Salvi: “This festival is a showcase of Colombia”

The theme of January's edition of the International Music Festival of Cartagena is Celestial Harmony with invited guests John Eliot Gardiner and London's Philharmonia among others.

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.

Aviario Nacional: A sanctuary that lets trafficked birds fly again

A bird sanctuary on the Barú peninsula in northern Colombia has become an important tourist attraction for its conservation efforts.

Fernando Urbina and the Spanish Conquest in rock art

Fernando Urbina has dedicated 40-years of research to Colombia’s ancient rock art. His discovery of petroglyphs in remote territories show the first contact between conquistadores and Amazonian tribes.

The Elders and a Huitoto healing

The Elders of the Huitoto are commemorating 30-years of the Colombian government's recognition of their ancestral territory.

Ruven Afanador and Ana González capture the secret Colombia

Photographer Ruven Afanador and artist Ana González tribute the beauty and inherent sense of style of Colombia's indigenous women in a collaborative project: Daughters of Water

Ayahuasca: Tribal tradition or dangerous hallucinogenic brew?

Ayahuasca ceremonies are performed by many indigenous groups in Colombia's Amazon region. But, how safe is yagé for foreigners? We asked an expert.

UNESCO’s Tim Curtis: Colombia’s Intangible Culture “not just rural”

The head of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage spoke to The City Paper about Colombia’s participation in the Representative List.

Lights, camera, Gallego: The feminine force in Colombian cinema

In her directorial debut with Birds of Passage, Cristina Gallego chronicles the birth of the marijuana trade in La Guajira and the role of women among the Wayúu.

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