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Chicha: Bitter brew of history

If the mortals brewed it, then the Gods consumed it. That, in theory, could sum up the relationship Latin American tribal leaders had with a bitter brew, which over time became the stuff of legend and a strange concoction peddled on the streets of Bogotá.

A legend that lives on

Guatavita is a small green lake set in a crater in the hills north of Bogotá. The fact you need to climb up to this very circular body of water is somewhat strange: it doesn’t seem quite natural, and no one really knows how it was formed. A meteorite, maybe? A sink-hole, possibly? More surprising, is that this chilly pond only 300 metres wide spawned the legend of El Dorado, a myth so potent that for four centuries it drove gold-crazed explorers in to every corner of the continent (and many to early graves) and passed into the English language as the lost city of fabled wealth.

10 music genres found in Colombia

Colombia is a land of music. The same mountains, deserts and other geographic barriers that give Colombia’s its cultural and ecological diversity have also given the country a huge diversity of music.

The grand Colón reopens

In April 2008, the Ministry of Culture announced that one of the great concert halls of the Americas, the Teatro Colón in the center of Bogota’s colonial district would close its doors until further notice.

Colombia takes 5th place in the World Cup

Despite Colombia’s heartbreaking loss to Brazil in the quarterfinals, Colombia can walk away from the 2014 World Cup knowing that they reached fifth place.


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