Features

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

The musical director of the OFB, Enrique Diemecke.

Diemecke: Meet our maestro

The current Music Director of the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra is a world reknown conductor with an instinctive insight into 20th century music.

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.

El Comandante and the Venezuelan “revolution” revisited

A 60-episode series produced by RCN on the life of Hugo Chavez's premiered recently across Latin America. Three former presidents recall the leader and his "revolution."

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.
Wayuu Assembly leader Javier Rojas.

The Wayúu’s thirst for survival

Wayúu leader Javier Rojas explains how corruption and open-pit mining exacerbate a critical water shortage in Colombia's La Guajira department.
Alex von Loebell, founder of BioPlaza

20 Questions: green destiny

Alex von Loebell came to Colombia to help the family farm. Now he runs BioPlaza, health food stores leading a food revolution.

Obit: “I’m still called Nereo”

An epic life is revealed: Colombia's legendary photojournalist Nereo López (1920-2015).
333,000 Butterflies hover near the Palacio Bellas Artes in Mexico City.

Fantastical flight of ‘Butterflies’

In the tribute to 'Gabo' the skies over Mexico were transformed into a flurry of butterflies crafted by Andrés Carne de Res.
The government has millions in assets from confiscated drug lords.

Narcolandia: Not for sale

Beautiful estates and extensive properties once owned by the kings of cocaine cartels remain entangled in a legal limbo.

Conservationists attempt to save Colombia’s magnolia tree from extinction

The Colombian genus of this revered tree is under threat from loggers in Antioquia, but one organization is trying to save the magnolia from extinction.
Photojournalist Stephen Ferry in Bogotá.

Ferry: A witness to bravery

From gold mines to 'corralejas' photojournalist Stephen Ferry has covered Colombia and documented its 'violentology'.

Colombia’s “Witching Hour”

Demonized by the media, redeemed by justice, Colombia has its women of the “Witching Hour”

More Colombia on the silver screen

Subsidies and tax benefits are luring international production companies to film in Colombia.
Emerald miners in Colombia by Mauricio Morales

In search of the ‘green fire’

Colombia's emerald industry relies on guaqueros, men and women who risk everything searching for "green fire."
Record producer Chris Castagno in the Sierra Nevada.

Harmony in the jungle

Award-winning producer Chris Castagno moved his wife and son to the Sierra Nevada and records music in a unique jungle studio.

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.