Features

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

Mambe series: Staying still to be smart with the plant

This month's mambe article explores the criminalization of an ancestral substance and misuse by those in search of its psychotropic effects.

Ceremony at Pantano de Vargas marks highlight of Colombia’s bicentenary

Photo Gallery: To mark 200 years of the Pantano de Vargas battle that helped secure Colombia's independence, the monument was the site of an impressive military ceremony.

Colombia’s Bicentenary: The landmarks of the Liberator

As the country celebrates 200 years of Independence, The City Paper follows the trail of the Liberator from Tame in Arauca, through Casanare, and into the mountains of Boyacá.

Feature: The giant catfish fishermen of the Araracuara Canyon

The Río Caquetá is home to some of the largest catfish of the Orionco and Amazon basins, and important food source for the communities of Huitoto who inhabit the region.

Tiempo de Juego: The life changer that begins with a game

Esteban Reyes is the director of Tiempo de Juego, a non-profit created in 2006 to give vulnerable youth motivational and leadership skills through football.

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.

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