Real Colombia

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For the past weeks I’ve been traveling through Colombia reporting a story for Outside magazine. As a travel writer, the topic that fascinates me most is how a country with a warring, violent past can transcend its history.  While Colombia is far from perfect, the people here are tired of living in a murky shadow world and are making tremendous progress in trying to move beyond the dark trail of violence left behind by Pablo Escobar, FARC, ELN, the paramilitary, and all other terrorists that have used power to intimidate, exploit, and extort anyone who gets in their way. The proof of Colombia’s desire for real change is everywhere, from Medllin’s immaculate Metrocable, a public gondola that allows people who live in the hillside barrios to safely and efficiently work in the city, to eco tour lodge operators who are working with locals to promise tranquil vacations on the Pacific coast. It’s an exciting time to be in Colombia. Stay tuned for my upcoming story in Outside, then visit this vast, complex country for yourself.

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4 Responses to “Real Colombia”


  1. 1 David Kramer (@kramedog) December 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Thanks Stephanie! This is a great blog post, and the Outside Mag article is fantastic – about a fascinating, complex country. I lived in Colombia for 4 years from 1997-2001, am married to a Colombian, and am raising 2 bicultural kids along with 2 Colombian dogs in Boston – always longing for Colombia. Gracias 🙂

  2. 3 Manu January 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Although it’s nice to see a somewhat positive perspective of Colombia the only reason MedellĂ­n and not Bogotá has a metro is because the Narcos invested all their dirty money in their home town of MedellĂ­n.


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