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Blog posts tagged with 'colombia'

Life and Death in the Andes
In his new meditation on South America, Life and Death in the Andes, Kim MacQuarrie (The Last Days of the Incas) follows the spine of the world's longest mountain chain, exploring the lives of legendary characters like Charles Darwin, Pablo Escobar and Che Guevara. Picking through remnants and ruins, he muses on indigenous cultures' disappearance and searches for the true uniqueness of the South American continent. Each chapter works as an extended essay on a historical figure, such as Hiram Bingham and his strained relationship with the Peruvians after his discovery of Machu Picchu.
An Interview with Kim MacQuarrie
In his heartfelt meditation on South America and the Andes, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Kim MacQuarrie follows the spine of the world's longest mountain chain, exploring the lives of legendary characters like Charles Darwin, Pablo Escobar and Che Guevara. Picking through remnants and ruins, he muses on the disappearance of indigenous cultures and searches for the true uniqueness of the South American continent. Now he answers a few of our questions about the choices he made to research and tell the fascinating unsung stories compiled in Life and Death in the Andes, On the Trail of Bandits, Heroes and Revolutionaries.
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Moon Colombia
Kindly contributed by Longitude's founder, Darrel Schoeling.
  A Floridian transplant in Bogota since 2002 with his Colombian partner Vito Barco, journalist and author Andrew Dier writes with offhand ease in this inviting guide, a first-ever in the Moon series, covering where to go and what to do throughout the diverse nation in lively detail. From Bogota to Cartagena, Medellin and Cali to the Amazon, Andes, Caribbean and Pacific Coasts, each section includes color maps and photographs, a short history and plenty of thoughtful travel particulars (sites, recreation, accommodations, food, transportation).
In Memoriam: Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels, stories and reports introduced readers around the world to the passion, charm, corruption and enduring essence of Colombia, passed away on April 17 at 87. The master of magic realism—the literary technique that blends the real and fantastic until the distinction between the two fades—captured the spirit, setting and atmosphere of Latin America—even when the places he described never existed.
Usaquén, Bogotá, Colombia
I recently spent a couple of weeks in Bogotá in a further somewhat fruitless attempt to shove some workable spanish into my thickening middle-aged skull.  Well, ok, also just to have a good time.  Bogota is not quite what I expected: It's a vast, teeming metropolis — the size of the place was  a tad overwhelming even to this 25-yr Manhattanite.  The streets are very crowded, despite its reputation as bicycle forward, and the love of the middle-to-upper classes for shopping malls makes for an unusual urban mix.