Not just any farm life... this remarkable family have built their organic farm from scratch. Their journey started in a little shack, on the land they bought to develop their dream. Gradually over the years, they've expanded to produce more and more products, that feed a growing market for organic food in Colombia. A very special and inspiring day being taught the value of chemical free foods and the power of determination and having a dream! Thanks again to the team at More Local (see post below for more details on More Local).Read More
It's very easy to travel through a country with tourist goggles on and not really see the country at all. Unfortunately, the most publicised hostels and travel companies in Colombia are often foreign owned (they're savvier about marketing and PR), and you can easily stick within the comfort of your own language, people and culture if you really want to.
Refreshingly though, there are a few enterprising Colombians trying to encourage tourists to understand the country through the eyes of the locals, and fund the Colombian communities at the same time.Read More
Shops in Aracataca are bright and colourful, inside and out. And the shop owners always have time for a chat.
I already miss my morning fruit shop and dose of vitamin C. Fruit is a major export for Colombia - they produce a tenth of the world's banana exports, second only to Ecuador.
Who need iphones and computer games... I sat with these kids and watched them play and keep themselves entertained for over an hour.
Kids in the UK could learn a lot from Colombian kids. I didn't hear a child scream or complain once, they smile and say 'hola' to people who walk past and have a lovely innocence about them, as children should.
Hannibal Calle, 94 years old, sits outside his house every afternoon and loves to tell his stories of his time with Garcia Marquez. I wish I could understand more Spanish as I'm sure his stories were fascinating!
Magdalena Bolano, Garcia Marquez's old nanny, and her son, welcomed me into their modest little townhouse. Their faces tell a hundred stories.