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Colombian Recipes: Bandeja Paisa

Bandeja Paisa is a tipical colombian dish. Key feature of this dish is its enormous richness, both in quantity and variety of foods, so that the full bandeja paisa it is only served in large dishes called bandejas.

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Harps, “cuatro” and maracas: presenting the recipe of the jarabe of the flatlands

"In my country everything is glorious, when you sing the joropo" sings a traditional Colombian “sanjuanero” (musical genre typical of the area of Tolima in the Andes). And then, when the music of another culture and another geographic location mentions the “jarabe”, the sound that makes the citizens of the flatlands that hide the sun on the border between Venezuela and Colombia stomp their feet to the rhythm like no other sound can, this is because this rhythm is so important that it surpasses all frontiers. The joropo has the same linguistic root as the word "syrup" (in Spanish “jarabe”) and it has a long history, almost as long as those of the sister nations in which it originated.

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There are still cowboys on the Colombian plains

The vast expanse of the eastern Colombian plains stretches over the inland areas of Casanare, Meta, Vichada, Caquetá and Arauca, and are lighted by the sun rising from the earth; the red and orange of the first light of dawn awakens men and animals, and the tradition of the vaqueros—the Colombian cowboys—is reborn every day amidst herds and farmland.

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A journey between two timeless places

Barichara, for many the most beautiful city of Colombia, is located about 25 kilometres from San Gil, in the region of Santander, to the east of the country. It is said that for the Guane language, an indigenous people that lived on the banks of the river Chicamocha, Barichara means "place of rest". Rest for the body, but also for the soul.

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Two golden jewels of Bogota’s cultural tradition

Many pages in the history of the capital’s cultural history have been written in its streets and houses. In particular, there are two places which have accompanied and preserved the history of Bogota for many years, surviving the inexorable passage of time to continue preserving the art and history of centuries gone by: the Colón Theater and the Gold Museum. Both are located in the center of the city, and stand tall above it, as its guardians.

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A stone’s throw from the stars

A unique place, almost a work of art that plays around with strikingly different colours in order to find the perfect contrasts: this is Bogota. And just like a beautiful work of art, this city deserves to be seen, enjoyed, recognized but most of all experienced. All the more reason for the Colombian capital to be opening her doors to visitors, welcoming them with an endless stream of possibilities that enable them to experience and learn about her, in all her glory.

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