Features

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

The director of Bogotá’s Gold Museum talks about the 80-year collection

Archaeologist María Alicia Uribe is in charge of conserving one of the most impressive gold collections in the world as director of Bogotá's Museo del Oro.

Mambe series: Sacred plants reservations and “ayahuasca tourism”

is the mainstreaming of mambe and other sacred plants and excuse to view the world through the prism of hallucinogens?

Envionmentalist Martin von Hildebrand and The Path of the Anaconda

As Colombia's most influential environmentalist, Martín von Hildebrand is working to secure a massive biological corridor to guarantee the survival of the Amazon.

Mambe series: I offer my dreams up to science

Jimmy Weiskopf examines the importance of mambe in indigenous cosmogeny in generating dreams both when asleep and awake.

Interview with sculptor Hugo Zapata: The soul of the stone

As a key figure in Colombian contemporary art, Zapata spoke with The City Paper about a life dedicated to the hidden manifestations of the earth and uncompromising relationship with stone.

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.

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