TransMilenio Bogotá, Bogotá Metro

Transcending the TransMilenio

Father of the TransMilenio, Mayor Peñalosa, has decided on an elevated metro to complement the overworked mass transit system and relieve it of some pressure. Gerald Barr looks at the history of the system and takes his kids on an adventure.
Festival Estéreo Picnic 2017

Estéreo Picnic 2017: The final act

Musical worlds combined on the final day at this year’s Festival Estéreo Picnic 2017. The beats of the DJs led revellers late into the night and the traditional sounds of gaitas and tamboras entranced earlier on. Linda Gómez is on the scene.
Festival Estéreo Picnic

Festival Estéreo Picnic: A day to remember

Linda Gómez is at the second day of the Festival Estéreo Picnic, the attendees braved mud, rain, anxiety and despair, as they waited for the band that for many perhaps had been their motivation for buying the ticket: The Strokes.
Estéreo Picnic 2017

Estéreo Picnic 2017, Damp but not Dampened

Estéreo Picnic 2017 revellers were delighted by the performances and undeterred by the rain, as Linda Gómez discovered.
Estéreo Picnic 2017

Today’s the day the big names come to the Festival Estéreo...

One of the capital’s biggest events, Festival Estéreo Picnic, is just around the corner. This year, The Strokes head the line-up, with stellar support from plenty of renowned international names. Oli Pritchard and Linda Gómez give you everything you need to know for the festival and catch up with some of the Colombian acts preparing to turn up the volume for their appearance at the eighth edition.
FARC disarmament, FARC Colombia, Colomia peace process

FARC begins disarmament process

March 1 marked a historic step towards a lasting peace as the first FARC members took the ‘irreversible’ step of laying down their weapons.
Homeless Bogotá, Bronx Bogotá

Bogotá’s homeless: Down and about in the city

From addiction to displacement, there are many factors that push people to live on the street. Gerald Barr speaks to some of the city’s homeless population so that they can tell some of their stories in their own words.
Activists deaths Colombia, Paramilitary Violence Colombia, AGC Colombia

Paramilitary violence on the rise

These are the human rights defenders who have been killed so far in 2017 as the spate of violence against social leaders persists. Emma Newbery looks into the rise of paramilitary violence and activist deaths in rural territories.
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate Bogotá

16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates arrives in Bogotá

The 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates brought a powerful message of peace, forgiveness and inclusion. Ex-combatants dressed in white walked and danced around the stage to the words of Gabriel García Márquez then passed white ribbon through the crowd before leaving their final message: “We are going to weave peace.” We explore four key topics of the event.
ELN Colombia, ELN peace talks

Formal peace talks begin with ELN

After more than three years of informal discussions, representatives from the Colombian government and the ELN have begun negotiations towards a ‘complete peace.’

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Salento Colombia

The spectacular sights of Salento

Coffee is not the only reason to visit the quaint village of Salento, there are also wax palms, Willys Jeeps and hummingbirds as David Maas finds out.
Colombian coffee

Colombian coffee: The new black gold?

The National Federation of Coffee Growers has a lot to celebrate as coffee production continues to rise but, as the organisation’s president explains, the industry also faces significant challenges. Emma Newbery wakes up and smells the Colombian coffee.
La Niña

La Niña: Life after war

La Niña is a new series which follows the life of a woman trying to escape her past as a guerrilla fighter in a fitting story for Colombia’s current situation. Jazid Contreras speaks to director Rodrigo Triana.
FILBo 2017

FILBo 2017

Bookworms that we are, we open the pages of FILBo 2017 and say bonjour to the continent’s biggest celebration of reading. This year it's celebrating 30 years, and we ask how to get the most out of the region’s biggest book fair? Christopher Outlaw gets some expert opinions.
Gender in Spanish, Spanish gender, Spanish gramar,

Gender in Spanish – putting gender on the agenda

Diana Mejía looks at some of los problemas you might have, and lays out some of the basic rules to identify and correctly use grammatical gender in Spanish.
Activists Colombia, Activists deaths

Colombian activists hit hardest by spiralling violence

As Colombian activists, human rights workers, and community leaders continue to be attacked throughout the country, Emma Newbery looks at the causes they are fighting for.

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