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Giron

Giron

Giron is another colonial town listed on the national heritage list of Colombia. It was on my way with a planned overnight stop so might as well shot some frames. The colonial town centre is part of the big amalgam of Bucaramanga and its like a miniature colonial...
Barichara

Barichara

Barichara has the nickname of ‘the prettiest small town in Colombia’. Sure, it’s a great place to take some awesome photos. As for me, El Jardin of Antioquia still tops the chart. While not questioning the awesomeness of Barichara, somehow the...
Hold that thought

Hold that thought

Casa de Terracota: ‘Since its origin and concept, the Colombian architect Octavio Mendoza Morales seeks to promote an alternative and harmonious lifestyle for the individual and the community, as well as for the surrounding environment.’ Let’s...
Mercado

Mercado

Villa de Leyva has a poor lineup of stores, although they seems to be everywhere the selection of produce is low around the historical area. The only good source of fresh produce is the Saturday market (mercado) about 3 blocks from the center. The selection is fairly...
Colonial vibes

Colonial vibes

Villa de Leyva definitely has some colonial vibes left even these days. Walking the cobblestone streets you will not be disturbed much, it’s a pretty quiet place and the whitewash buildings are quite simple, nothing sophisticated. It might be a good hideaway if...
Dia de la virgen del Carmen

Dia de la virgen del Carmen

Villa de Leyva celebrated ‘Dia de la virgen del Carmen’ and the town was packed with tourists. Basically the setup was the same as the previous two days: drink, food, music stage, rides, vendors, street dogs, crowd, fireworks at the end of the day.That...
Honda

Honda

Honda, Tolima takes its name from the indigenous people of the region which are called Ondaimas. Founded in 1539 and it was the main river port of the country for a long time. For us was a quick stopover on the dive between Zona Cafetera and Villa de Leyva. We...
Villa de Leyva

Villa de Leyva

Time stood still in Villa de Leyva for a long time, but not anymore. Nowadays I think is Colombia’s most visited colonial town especially that Bogota with its 10 million population is 3-4 hours drive away. The streets are paved with cobblestones, the buildings...
Buga

Buga

Guadalajara de Buga, Valle de Cauca is one of oldest towns in Colombia.  It is known for it’s famous Basilica del Señor de los Milagros, cattle industry and the crash of American Airlines Flight 965, the highest death toll caused by an airplane crash in...
Palmira

Palmira

Palmira, Valle de Cauca the capital of sugar boom is not ranking high on places to visit in Colombia. For now is listed on the top ten most dangerous cities in the world. We paid a short visit to the central area of the city and took a close to two hours stroll with...
Transfer point

Transfer point

Popayan is the capital city of the Cauca department of Colombia. It is a real colonial city, founded in 1537 by the Spanish conquistadors. Not to be confused with colourful tourist traps as Salento or Guatape. What is a colonial city? According to Britannica...
Punchi Warmi

Punchi Warmi

Punchi Warmi means Women’s Power in Quechua language. After having the men’s ‘toma de la plaza’  ‘(occupy the plaza) event for four days in Cotacahi Ecuador, the women closed the Inti Raymi celebrations on Saturday, July 1st with their...
Inti Raymi continued

Inti Raymi continued

According to the local media there were about 2,000 dancers at the Inti Raymi festival in Cotacachi the past weekend and about 370 police. I left the event at about two in the afternoon on Sunday while things were normal. Later on it came down on the news that fight...
Post 505

Post 505

These days everything has a meaning. I reached blog post 505 and looked up what the number means. Actually more than one thing: Pronounced Five-Oh-Five. The thing which is simultaneously keeping you alive and killing you, often used to describe a person who...
Beyond Inti Raymi

Beyond Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi is the celebration of the summer solstice. Sounds simple and it is. In Cotacachi it’s taken beyond that by men on the ‘Toma de la Plaza’ days. It morphed into a rebellious act against the conquistadors. The ‘zamarros’ aka...
Inti Raymi, the show goes on

Inti Raymi, the show goes on

The Inti Raymi dances went on and on Saturday in the main plaza and streets of Cotacachi. People were quite soggy by the end of the day from all the alcohol consumed and smokes rolled. In the meantime I got locked-in by an suv in the parking lot, couldn’t leave....
Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi

Inti Raymi is the celebration of the summer solstice. This event is celebrated just about everywhere in South America. Being in Ecuador at the moment I chose to observe this event in Cotacachi, the same place where we went for the Easter celebration. This event in...
Colonial hangover

Colonial hangover

Chuchaqui is a word adopted from the Quechua language, which means hangover from drunkenness. Also often used to describe the contradictory state between colonialism and independence. Bullfighting is one of the Spanish customs that is in the chuchaqui state....
Getting close

Getting close

While in case of events I prefer long lens with cropped frame camera, in tight spaces it might help to have an extra setup. In my case that’s 16-35 mm on full frame. You are close, very close to the action, basically breathing down their neck so to say,...
Corpus Christi, Pujili, Part 2

Corpus Christi, Pujili, Part 2

A second series of photos from the Corpus Christi celebration in the Andean town of Pujili, Ecuador. On Saturday there was a national participation, groups representing basically all regions of the country. On Sunday only the locals participated at the parade in a...