Experience Colombia

Tradition that is woven strand by strand

If you travel into the Magdalena area near the Córdoba district, you will see the landscape start to fill up with a type of shrub that at first glance seems just like all the rest: it is Gynerium sagittatum, locally known as caña flecha [arrow cane]. This member of the grass family, green as the warm-climate plains they grow in, is not just one of the many plants making up the great botanical diversity of Colombia, it is the raw material for the sombrero vueltiao, one of the cultural icons of this country.

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“Rigo”, a story for History

In the near future, and not so far away, a history book will be opened with the greatest stars of Colombian sports. Names like Valderrama, Cochise, Pambelé and Montoya will be placed beside a young man of Urrao, in the area of ​​Antioquia, who managed to overcome a terrible injury and become one of the first Colombian Olympic champions. In the chapter dedicated to cycling, a name will be written in indelible ink telling about the man of an epic tale: Rigoberto Urán.

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A hero comes from the earth

A heavy old bicycle races full speed down the narrow road. The ground starts to rise and the cyclist’s strength begins to show as he maintains his rhythm. This is not a road in Tirreno, nor a road hidden in the Alps; it is the road from Cómbita to Arcabuco, in the Boyacá area. The warrior, the single rider on his small steel horse, is a young boy who, while pedalling his way to school, is dreaming of one day becoming the king of the Tour of Colombia: Nairo Alexander Quintana.

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The work of Ángela Becerra, nourishment for the mind and the soul

The year 1957 left its mark on the history of Latin American women’s literature. It was the year that witnessed the passing of Gabriela Mistralla, the Chilean poetess who had been the 1945 Nobel Prizewinner for Literature and the first woman in South America to have won this award, but it was also the year that saw the birth of Cali Ángela Becerra. Today, this writer, from the Cauca Valley, is one of the most popular women authors of literature in Spanish.

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The sweet taste of fields of sugar cane

The rustle of fields of sugar cane mix with the song of the waters of the Cauca River. On its broad shores, there is space for Colombia’s largest expanse of sugar cane, a product that has earned the country recognition throughout the world, showing the great agro-industrial potential of this hot climate.

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Palm oil, environmentally friendly alternative energy

Along the extensive savannahs in the heart of the Magdalena region, leafy palm trees of African origin, also known as oil palms, can be found. Commercial interest in these productive plants began in the 60s, however over the past fifty years their importance has grown so much so that there are almost 500 thousand hectares of oil palms in Colombia, compared to less than 20 thousand in the past. Such importance is not only due to the quality of oil derived for food products, but also because it is the base for one of the fuels that are not derived from petrol, biodiesel, which is currently showing the best performance.

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