Gabriel Garcia Marquez is Colombia’s most iconic figure: a literary giant whose laid-back attitude and casual costeno charm have made him a hero to millions. He’s had a pretty colourful life as well, so here are See Colombia’s Top 5 favourite Gabo moments: 1. “Turn this car around!” The Garcia Marquez family were off […]

’Tis the night before Christmas and all through the land Colombians are sleeping, even the cumbia band.   Las botas are hung by the chimney with care, Novenas all done, smell of natilla in the air;   Chigüiros nestle in the Andean heights, Cities aglow with the twinkle of lights.   Mamas in ruanas prepare […]

Mustachio woman

Moustaches are amazing. It’s just a scientific fact. Colombia has a long and venerable history of recognising this iron-clad fact, and, in honour of Movember (which, we should remember, is first and foremost a charity event), it’s time to look at some representatives of the mighty ‘tache in our beloved Colombia: the good, the bad, and […]

Cartagena's enchanting streets

  Just like the lovely Canucks in that ad (you know the one I mean), I’ve often had the sensation that Cartagena is a city built on its stories. And these stories are worthy of the world’s greatest magical realist. If you don’t believe me, please read Love in the Time of Cholera. A 250-word […]

Colombia’s main contribution to the art world has undoubtedly been the paintings and sculptures of Medellín born Fernando Botero. Botero is a popular figure in modern art and, owing to his distinct style, he boasts critical acclaim worldwide as well as recognition and appreciation from those with little interest in art. Fernando Botero was born […]