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Protests to intensify this year, Colombia union leader says

(Reuters) – Protests against the social and economic policies of Colombian President Ivan Duque will restart with more intensity this year, a top union leader said. Marchers in Colombia held mass demonstrations in November and December last year to demand a varied laundry list of...

China makes big impact in Colombia: The year of Chinese transport infrastructure

2019 was the year in which Chinese companies finally made their way into Colombia, which had perhaps been most skeptical about investment from the region’s second-largest trading partner. Two weeks ago, headlines were full of the purchase of the gold mining company Continental Gold by...

Tens of thousands march in third strike

Tens of thousands of protesters across Colombia took part in anti-government demonstrations Wednesday during the country’s third general strike in two weeks. Thousands of people — trade unionists, students, teachers, farmers and indigenous people among them — gathered to dance and sing in Bolivar Square...

Pots and pans ‘cacerolazo’ protests echo across Latin America

Medellin, Colombia – When 6 pm struck in Colombia, the sound of banging pots and pans – the “cacerolazo” – echoed across the country like they have since the mass anti-government protest kicked off more than a week ago. People bang pans and pots during...

Colombia Gets Simpsonized!

Continuing with the #TravesíaSimpson through Colombia??, the unruly yellow family visited Colombia recently, here are their memories… In Bogota In Cali In Medellin Marge enjoying delicious Colombian coffee

Colombia’s fashion industry faces challenge

In Medellín’s local fashion ecosystem, there’s no competing with fast fashion. Instead, Colombian brands are searching for new paths forward. Teaming up with local academic institutions and ProColombia, the Chamber of Commerce offers educational programs focused on business administration, innovation, and the implementation of new...

“Boterismo” Comes To Costa Rica

For 3 months, the exhibition "Viacrucis: the passion of Christ", by Fernando Botero, will be exhibited in the Galería Nacional del Museo de Los Niños (National Gallery of the Children's Museum) in downtown San José. Under strict safety regulations, the works arrived in Costa Rica...

OAS will give Ortega a chance to negotiate a way out of the crisis

In one of the many curves that there is on the road that connects the municipality of Rionegro with the city of Medellín, a big billboard stands tall with little to do with Colombia. “In Nicaragua, crimes against humanity were committed. No more impunity.”...

Colombia Takes Aim at “Narcotourism”, Closes Pablo Escobar Museum

The closure of the Pablo Escobar Museum in Medellín, Colombia, represents a serious blow to the narcoculture that has taken root in the city, where tourists see a perfect opportunity to reminisce about the life of the brutal Colombian capo beyond the fiction of...

First Lady Takes Active Role In Bringing The Metro (Subway) To Costa Rica

Claudia Dobles is more than just the wife of President Carlos Alvarado and the First Lady, she is also the force to bring the metro (subway) to Costa Rica. To that end, the First Lady is studying the Panama experience and in three months will...

Floods Force 600 Colombians to Evacuate in Antioquia

The Ituango plant became at risk on April 28 after an “unpredictable geological condition” that caused a massive landslide, covering up the waters below. The officials are compiling a registry of people who have been affected by flooding. | Photo: @RiosVivosCol / @elcarlosjuan The rising level...

Medellin Has Outgrown ‘Narcos’

As she sipped a cappuccino in a buzzing café on a tree-lined street in Medellin, Cindy Crawford Thomas said that escaping South Florida to retire in what was once the world’s most notorious city seemed like a no-brainer. Medellin is Colombia’s second-largest city with a...

Low Productivity: the Elephant in the Room in Colombia’s Minimum Wage Debate

Negotiations on the minimum wage in Colombia are fast approaching. On the one hand, unions will demand an increase above inflation to safeguard their purchasing power, which has been badly hit by the recent tax reform. On the other side, entrepreneurs will be arguing...

How Colombia, Once Consumed by Violence, Became Your Next Destination

TODAY COLOMBIA (Cntraveler) – In 2008, Colombia’s tourism board launched a series of commercials touting the country’s natural and cultural wonders. In them, visitors and locals, with thick accents specific to regions across the country, speak glowingly about the hospitality and climate as a...

Colombia is becoming Latin America’s brightest star

Following more than half a century of armed conflict, peace is shining a new light on Colombia’s future. A peace deal reached last November ended a 52-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), ushering in a new era of opportunity and prosperity...

Narcos Continues Without Pablo Escobar As The Battle Turns To The Cali Cartel

A third season is a difficult time for any show. Though all of the characters and beats of the series have been well established, Season 3 still has to be different enough to engage fans while feeling like the same show. That challenge is especially...

Boat Sinks in Colombia After Capsizing, At Least 6 Dead, Dozens Missing

Rescue officials gather to take part in a search for survivors after the tourist boat Almirante sank in the Reservoir of Penol in Guatape municipality in Antioquia. AFP TODAY COLOMBIA – A tourist boat packed with about 160 passengers for the holiday weekend capsized Sunday...

Los Tres Maridos: Three Men Marry in Colombia

From right to left, Manuel Bermúdez, Víctor Hugo Prada y Alejandro Rodríguez. Foto: Pablo Andrés Monsalve / SEMANA, Medellín Three gay men in Colombia have announced they have been recognized legally as the first “polyamorous family” in the country. Same-sex marriages were legalized in Colombia last...

So How’s That Medellin Tech Hub Going?

Photo from thecitypaperbogota.com(TODAY COLOMBIA) By Colin, Expat-Chronicles – Around 2011 and 2012 the city of Medellin, Colombia began trying to bill itself as the Silicon Valley of Latin America. It is a wealthy city on Latin American standards, so Colombians and specifically residents of...

Drugs and Trafficking Behind Death of 15 Foreigners in Medellin

Many of the killings of foreigners occurred in the streets of El Poblado, Laureles and BelenTODAY COLOMBIA – In the Medellin morgue lies corpse a foreigner who was kidnapped at the end of October in a Poblado commercial centre. According to the outgoing commander...

Why the Chapecoense Football Team’s Plane Ran Out Of Fuel

TODAY COLOMBIA NEWS – MUCH remains unknown about LaMia Airlines flight 2933, which crashed into the hills of Medellin on November 28th, killing 71 of the 77 people on board. Fans of Chapecoense, a Brazilian football team, must wait to hear the full story of...

5.9 Earthquake Rattles Medellin

  From Today Colombia- A shallow, 5.9 magnitude earthquake rattled residents of Colombia’s second-largest city of Medellin on Tuesday night in the country’s biggest tremor in over a year. Colombia’s natural disaster office said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The U.S. Geological...

Arrest Of 2 Americans Begins Medellin Crack Down On “Sex Tourism”

Colombia Jake. Photo from Medellin Sexy Girls Tours & Rentals Years after becoming a popular destination for sex tourism, Colombia’s second largest city Medellin began cracking down on the phenomenon and arrested a foreign sex tourism provider. According to local newspaper Vivir en Poblado, sex tourism provider Jay Harry Drivas,...

Why Medellin celebrates Pablo Escobar’s birthday

TODAY COLOMBIA - While some in the city call it a Christmas tradition, the so-called “Alborada,” a literal explosion of fireworks at midnight, did not exist before 2003 and is highly controversial because it was originally imposed by paramilitary drug lord “Don Berna” to...

Avianca Cuts Prices To Colombia From San Jose Up to 50%

QCOSTARICA TRAVEL - Colombia’s largest airline, Avianca, said on Tuesday that it will cut prices of international tickets to 25 destinations within the South American country by 15 to 50%. A flight from San Jose to Bogota, Medellin or Cali is now US$429. The price...

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