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

Can the regal Crax Alberti survive Colombia’s peace?

The internal conflict may have saved the Blue-billed Currassow from extinction, but the challenge ahead is to give this species a fighting chance at survival.

La Batea: A visual testament of informal gold mining in Colombia

A book documenting small scale gold mining in Colombia offers an honest look at an ancient industry.

Colombia’s modern orchid traffickers

Colombia is the top location for orchids in the world, but about 50 percent of the native orchids are threatened by logging and illegal extraction by materos.

A Christmas in Boyacá without Great Uncle Günter

Finding a lost relative in the Boyacá mountains was a Christmas wish come true for Anja. But Great Uncle Günter, exiled from his native Germany, had his share of secrets.

Mystery on a Colombian mountain: the story of Señorita María

María Luisa Fuentes is the protagonist of a documentary by director Rubén Mendoza that follows the everyday trials of being a gender fluid person in a remote region of Colombia.

Herbin Hoyos: Behind the ‘Voices’ of Hope

After 23 years of broadcasting to persons held captive, journalist Herbin Hoyos has no intention of ending his historic program, known globally as ‘Voices of the Kidnapped.’

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.

Lichens on frontline of air quality research in Colombia

Two Bogotá universities house rare lichen collections, and a symbiotic life form that is helping scientists measure air quality in Colombia's largest cities.

Colombia’s Chiribiquete aims for UNESCO’s prestigious recognition

Chiribiquete National Park has been proposed to UNESCO as a World Natural Heritage site. The largest of all protected parks in Colombia is also one of the most topographically diverse.

Healing Colombia’s war-ravaged landscapes

The post-conflict may bring peace to the countryside, but the scars of Colombia’s war-ravaged landscape could take much longer to heal.

La Guajira or bust: Adventures in Colombia’s northern outback

The ultimate escape is a trip to the northern most tip of Colombia, where it never rains, and getting lost in the desert is a common occurence.

San José: From Potosí to a shallow grave near Cartagena

Who gets to keep the treasure from the San José galleon is a recurring debate that has continental twists and turns, as well as a chain smoking deity in Bolivia smiling.

Leyner Palacios: A leader of Colombian reconciliation recognized globally

Leyner Palacios has been nominated to one of the most prestigious humanitarian awards. The survivor of the 2002 Bojayá massacre started a grass roots campaign to recognize the rights of victims.

Colombia’s Humboldt Institute releases Biodiversity Tarot for conservation awareness

The Humboldt Institute has released a beautifully illustrated tarot deck to draw attention to Colombia’s endangered biodiversity. It also reads the future.

A band called Niche that forever changed salsa

Their sound would change salsa and the identity of Cali as a musical capital. As Grupo Niche reaches middle age, their future as a band remains unchallenged.

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.

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