21 Reasons Colombians Are Happy

1. Megadiversity Colombia is considered the second most biodiverse country in the world (following Brazil) and the most biodiverse per square kilometer. While only covering 0.8% of the globe’s surface it manages to be house...

A Portrait of Colombia in 26 Gorgeous Polaroids

(San Francisco) Bay Area photographer Matthew O’Brien documented Colombia from his unique vantage as a long-time visitor, straddling the line between traveler and insider while living in the country off and on from 2003...

How Coca Leaf Became Colombia’s New Superfood

No other plant in human history has been as demonized as coca. In 1961, it was placed on the Schedule I list at the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which stated that "The...

Ex-Miss Colombia Goes Nude (VIDEO)

For the second time, ex-Miss Colombia Michelle Rouillard decided to ignore protocol and do exactly what she's not supposed to do: pose nude in a magazine. The 26-year-old beauty from Popayan will be appearing in...

Cartagena begins independence celebration

The Caribbean city of Cartagena initiates its monumental month-long independence celebration, including floats, parades, music, the customary and the "Battle of the Flowers" parade that will last throughout November. The Caribbean city that already attracts...

Children, Sex and Gangs in Medellin

In the slums of Medellin, Colombia, adolescent girls have become the spoils of war and merchandise for criminal gangs; they are raped, abused, trafficked and even have their virginities auctioned off to the highest...

Escorbar Family Loses Bid To Trademark

This brand threatens morals, public order and the law   Pablo Escobar is a name that still stirs strong emotions 20 years after his death. The Colombia drug lord ran a vast cocaine empire, ordered thousands...

Colombia exports nearly all of the coffee it grows!

Colombia exports nearly all of the coffee it grows - and imports 80 to 90% of the coffee it drinks. This paradoxical situation has been the source of much angst and even protests by Colombians,...

Woman Busted in Spain for Cocaine in Breast Implants

(CNN) -- She arrived on a suspicious flight. Her story didn't sound right. And then there was the blood ... under her breasts. An airport security check in Spain led to an operating table for...

Cali Gets Its First Double-Decker Tour Bus

Starting November, a double-decker bus will start rolling the streets of cali, offering city tours to locals and visitors. The bus, sits 80 and convertible, will make morning, afternoon and evening trips at a price...

In Latin America, is there a link between abortion rights and democracy?

Three-quarters of all abortions in Latin America are performed illegally, putting the woman’s life at risk. Together with Africa and Asia, the region accounts for many of the 17.1 million unsafe abortions performed globally...

The Medellin Tranvía (Tram)

The tranvia (tram) will complement an integrated system that will eventually link Medellín to all nine of its satellite cities. The idea of a tram was first floated during Fajardo’s 2004-‘07 mayoral term, with formal...

Starter Kit to Colombia: Bogota

Two words usually come to mind when we picture Colombia: unfortunately, they are "Pablo" and "Escobar." The notorious drug lord, however, has been dead since 1993, and key parts of his homeland have now...

Colombian prostitute embroiled in Secret Service sex scandal says ‘I’m not to blame for...

The Colombian escort at the center of the Secret Service scandal has revealed more sordid details of the night President Obama’s men paid her for sex at a hotel. Speaking from Madrid, Spain where she...

Colombia Is Set For “Breaking Bad” Series in Spanish

Though the idea of a homegrown methamphetamine empire in the hemisphere’s cocaine capital seems dissonant, the producers stuck with the plot point. Bogota, Colombia, will be the set for the Spanish version of "Breaking Bad",...

Cali, Colombia: Caught in the Criminal Crossfire

COLOMBIA JOURNAL -- The massacre of eight people on a ranch in the outskirts of Cali -- Colombia's third-largest city and the second-most violent in the country -- has raised alarm over the presence...

Education of former child soldiers is still a big hurdle in Colombia

In Colombia, as in other war-town countries, access to education is one of the most often requested means of support by former child soldiers. Seventy percent of the former child soldiers have only a fifth...

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Colombia Narco Suspected of Murdering Athlete Andres Escobar

A drug trafficker believed to be connected to the 1995 murder of “the Football Gentleman,” soccer star Andres Escobar, is in police custody, according...

Colombian Bridge Collapse Kills Ten Workers, Injures Eight

At least 10 construction workers died in Colombia on Monday after the bridge they were working on near capital city Bogota collapsed. Colombian Civil Defence...

Colombia peso boosted by weak dollar and rising oil prices

The US dollar has lost more than 5% of its value against Colombia’s peso over the past month, partly because of an increase in...

Colombia Sends 55 Tons of Ham to Venezuela Amid Holiday Shortage

Colombia, seeking to smooth over some holiday sadness in its South American neighbor Venezuela, has sent two trucks packed with ham — a traditional...

Colombia has started to look seriously at Indian economy and opportunities

US. President Donald Trump has revived the Ugly Gringo fears of Latin Americans. Humiliated by Trump’s insults and anti-NAFTA stand, Mexico is keen to...

The Politically Correct Language Police Arrive in Colombia!

Last week in Bogota, Judge Luis Octavio Mora Bejarano, ordered mayor Enrique Peñalosa to change the city’s slogan from “Bogotá mejor para todos” (Bogota...

The latest threat to peace in Colombia: Congress

The peace process in Colombia has reached a new landmark. On Nov. 30, both houses of Congress approved a bill establishing an alternative criminal...

El Dorado Expansion Adds to Colombia’s Biggest Airport

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday opened the new international wing of El Dorado the country’s most important airport. The new wing cost approximately...

Low Productivity: the Elephant in the Room in Colombia’s Minimum Wage Debate

Negotiations on the minimum wage in Colombia are fast approaching. On the one hand, unions will demand an increase above inflation to safeguard their...

Colombia’s Coffee Output, Exports To Hit 25-year High

Colombia’s recovery in coffee output, and exports, will progress faster than had been thought this season, US officials said – but on an assumption...