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UK: In Colombia, adventure where rebels once ruled - Washington Post

Found: Thu Dec 06 14:03:28 2018 PST
Source: Washington Post (DC)
Copyright: 2018 The Washington Post Company
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Author: Andrea Sachs Nov

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A family of four rides down a road through the Andes Mountains in the town of San Isidro. (Sarah Voisin/The Washington Post)

Rediscovering Colombia

After decades of conflict, the country embraces peace -- and tourists

By Andrea Sachs Nov. 27, 2018

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ecilia Rodriguez padded down a mountain trail, her pink Crocs gripping the craggy earth with the tenacity of hiking boots. A floral-ribboned hat shielded her face from the sunbeams poking through the forest canopy. Around her, morpho butterflies fluttered their iridescent wings. Doves cooed. A dog dozed beneath a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia sign.

The former FARC fighter stopped before entering the base camp near the town of La Paz to explain what a visitor would have seen in a similar spot a few years ago. An armed guard would be posted there, she said. If danger were afoot, she continued, the sentry would clap loudly or tug on a rope strung with bottle caps. Guerrillas surrounding the redoubt would rush to the scene. Depending on the interloper, a gunfight might have ensued.

That, of course, was before the peace accord in 2016. Today, all was quiet on the Colombian front.

"People didn't feel safe until after the peace accord," said Daniel Buitron Jaramillo, who founded the eco-tour company Colombia Eco Travel in 2010. "FARC and ELN [the National Liberation Army] had strongholds in the mountains. They were fighting over control of the area."

Sandra Gaviria, 35, a former FARC soldier who went by the nom de guerre Cecilia Rodriguez, keeps the sun out of her eyes at Tierra Grata, a rehabilitation facility for ex-fighters, in La Paz, Colombia, in late October. Gaviria, whose family was poor, became a soldier at 15 because she wanted an education and a career. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

For nearly 70 years, Colombia had been ensnared in conflict. The violence started with a civil war between the country's liberal and conservative political wings. In the 1960s, FARC, the country's largest insurgent group, formed to advance its leftist world view; the military and paramilitaries countered with oppressive force. Drug cartels and coca producers further plunged the country into turmoil. Large swaths were considered off-limits, including sections of the Amazon rain forest and the Andes, including the three destinations (the states of Cesar and Guaviare, and the area west of the city of Pasto) on our 12-day itinerary. Only researchers and audacious adventurers dared to visit the forests and jungles, and they risked kidnapping or worse.

Previously, most tourists had stayed close to the major cities of Cartagena, Medellin and Bogota and the central area. But the so-called negotiated peace has ushered in a period of cautious optimism and stability. Gates to once-forbidden lands are cracking open. Areas trapped in a Rip Van Winkle dream are waking up to find travelers eager to enter. Now, tourists can go tromp off after birds and discover rock art in the mountains, float down rivers rippling with pink dolphins and sleep over in lodges where the frogs are louder than the guests. They can meet members of indigenous tribes and FARC, and ask both about their lives before and after the accord. And they can experience a country that has freed itself from its paralyzing past and is moving forward.

"She wants to build peace," Daniel said of Cecilia. "She never wants to go back to war."

Yunexi Mendoza, 22, watches as her friend jumps into the Manaure River to cool down with others. The town of Manaure, near the northern tip of Colombia, was an epicenter of violence during the conflict. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

A sport of patience

Because of Pancho, I could overlook the cold shower, brief generator outage and dinner of fried plantains accompanied by a mound of shredded cheese. Pancho was a rescue monkey who lived with a Shih Tzu at a guesthouse and coffee farm near the Serrania del Perija, part of the Andean range. I could also excuse the hiccup in hospitality because, a few years ago, few ventured up to the mountain road to the Serrania del Perija.

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After we downed several cups of house coffee, Pancho sent us off for a day of birding. Colombia claims more than 1,930 bird species, including four endemic ones that live in the Serrania del Perija.

We arrived at dawn, in time to watch the sky turn blue ombre over the snowcapped peaks of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The air was still. Even the birds had not yet found their voices.

Adriana Monteverde, 37, relaxes in a hammock with her 4-year-old daughter, Laura Sofia Molano. Their family is active in the developing tourism business in El Raudal, a once-prosperous town in the state of Guaviare that fell on hard times because of the conflict and the crash of the coca industry. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Our Audubon-trained guide, Jose Luis Ropero, took the lead. Though new to the eco-tourism industry, the former lawyer came prepared with binoculars, a field book and a speaker affixed to his backpack. Birding is a sport of extreme patience, but sometimes you need to goose the game. To attract hummingbirds, he played the call of a pygmy owl on his phone. The tiny birds consider the buff raptors their protectors and will appear if they know their bodyguards are nearby. Two sparkling violetears fell for the ruse.

Jose Luis led us to a section of the trail that typically has as much air traffic as Dulles International Airport over the holidays. Birds darted overhead before disappearing in the brush. I instinctively ducked. Jose Luis showed me in his book what I had missed by looking left instead of right: rufous-breasted chat-tyrant, slaty brush finch, black-and-white seedeater and Perija tapaculo. Few people have seen the Perija thistletail, a range-restricted specimen the color of cocoa beans, but I spied a flash of feathers while it was rummaging around the vegetation. I now count myself among the elite birders.

A macaw rests on Euder Serrano Quintero's shoulder at the store where the 22-year-old works in Manaure. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Impressionistic views

At Trankilandia, I took care to follow the rules posted along the river. I made sure to not step on the fauna or swim or lie down. But I did crouch on a rock and lean my face as close to the Macarenia clavigera as I could get without needing snorkeling equipment.

The waterway near a portal to the Amazon is one of two Colombian rivers harboring the endemic aquatic plant that resembles dabs of paint made by an impressionist. (The other is the harder-to-reach Cano Cristales in the Serrania de la Macarena.) The colors peak in the summer, but in November, the river still displayed a Lilly Pulitzer palette of pink and green.

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WAR - demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) TOT - total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) DIS - dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8)

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"violence" "kidnapping" "danger"4Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
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Cannabis-Driving Studies Cannabis Link DB
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Michael Levine, Mainstream Media: The Drug War Shills
Mainstream Media: The Most Significant Threat To Freedom
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US Media Conceals News (2013)
Two of the Largest American Newspapers Opine in Favor of Allowing States to Legalize Marijuana (2012)
Propaganda 101: Operation Mockingbird Continues (2015)

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