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Salt Cathedral and Mines of Zipaquirá – Syncretismo, Salvation and Claustrophobia

250 million years ago, an inland sea covered the area of the high Andean plain – the Altiplano Cundiboyacense – on which the old colonial town of Zipaquirá stands. As the eastern cordillera of the Andes formed, the sea dried … Continue reading

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Lake Guatavita – Thwarted Quest for El Dorado

Our itinerary, planned mostly from my bed back in Europe, included hiring a taxi from Bogotá to Lake Guatavita. But the evening before we were due to go, I was too ill to organise the taxi, too ill even to … Continue reading

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Bogotá: 2600 Metres Closer to the Stars

Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Eastern cordillera, ‘The Athens of South America’ stands at 2625 metres on a high Andean plateau – the Altiplano Cundiboyacense.       Now one of the largest cities in South America, Bogotá … Continue reading

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