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Colombia's Fantastic Fruits!

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Posing with a guanabana in the Palo Quemao fruit market.

I've lived all over South America, but Colombia is where I've seen the biggest variety of tropical fruits. Maybe it's thanks to the country's size, its great variety of climates, or just luck. But, from the sweet and refreshing pitaya, to the passionate maracuya, to the bizarre and juicy sapote, to the delicate mangostino, Colombia's fruits are a marvel.

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  • Joel
    Joel says #
    I have been there twice and I love it. The most loving people, the best food, large variety of fruits, the best beaches (Tayrona N...

Sugar cane for all your needs

Like maple syrup in Quebec, cane sugar plays a huge part in the culture of the region that surrounds Cali, the Valle del Cauca. It generates an enormous amount of revenue for the region, and, other than its use as a sweetener and in traditional desserts, is turned into many products including rum and ethanol. All school children in Cali have been taken on fieldtrips to the Cane Sugar Museum, and anyone who has traveled through the countryside has chewed on raw cane, sucking out the sweet juices, cut for them by a farmer with the machete that all farmers from the region carry on their belts. Each year a girl is crowned the national “Reina de la Caña de Azúcar y la Panela”, beauty queen of the sugar cane.

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Independence Day on La Plaza del Chorro

Here are a few scenes from the celebration of Colombia's independence day, the 20 de Julio, on La Plaza del Chorro, in the historical La Candelaria neighborhood.

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  • Adam W
    Adam W says #
    looks like a lot of fun, thanks for sharing ...

One Cup too Many in the Eje Cafetero

The insistant humming birds stay just out of reach, their hyperactivity seems at odds with the tranquil environs, but, this is not a surprise, we are in the Eje Cafetero and there is a seemingly effortless efficiency about life here.

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  • Oscar Farfan
    Oscar Farfan says #
    I will like to visit el eje cafetero, looks real nice !!!!!

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