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Colombia

June 2007

-17 °C

My fixation with Latin American buses hasn't shown any sign of dissipating. Here is a rural bus, called a 'chiva' or goat.
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Although the practice of shrinking heads is perhaps better known in Ecuador, this was the only example I saw for real, in the Natural History Museum in the southern town of Popayan.

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Close to Popayan was the location of the ancient and mysterious San Agustin culture, which placed these statues over tombs of important leaders. Because they left no written records, their life and society is completely up for interpretation. Our guide told us they were able to carry out complex heart and brain surgery, around 1,000 years B.C.

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The wax palm trees of Salento, in the centre of the country.

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The old quarter of Bogotá had a very bohemian feel, with lovely wooden window frames everywhere.

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This is a real Colombian orchid, although it does look strangely plastic.

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Possibly the strangest product you'd find at the markets was snail slime, which they say is very good for the skin, and even as sunblock.

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This is me overdoing the snail slime treatment. No, not really.
On my last day in Colombia I treated myself to a bath in the mud volcano near Cartagena. It had the consistency of thick melted chocolate.

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Posted by Darell 14:12 Archived in Colombia

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