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Popayan, San Agustin, Tierradentro – Colombia’s Ignored South

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Iglesia La Ermita, Popayan, la “Ciudad Blanca” or the “White City”

Though slightly more popular than it was 7 years ago, the South of Colombia still remains Off The Beaten Track, with mostly Colombian visitors. This is of course easy to understand considering the difficulty to reach this part of Colombia in the first place, though things have improved recently.

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Market Day In Inza – A Chiva Is Never Full

Market day in Inza, with full Chiva buses, old Dodge buses, Tierradentro, Cauca, Colombia, South America

Market day in Inza, with full Chiva buses, old Dodge buses, Tierradentro, Cauca, Colombia, South America

Chivas are old Dodge busses used for local transport in rural areas and look quite intriguing: the cab is painted in wild colors and so is the interior, which consists of five wide rows of painted wooden benches each sitting six people. Continue Reading →

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Tierradentro – The Perfect Name

Tombs dug out of soft volcanic rock to place urns filled with bones, Segovia site, Tierradentro, Cauca, Colombia, South America

Tombs dug out of soft volcanic rock to place urns filled with bones, Segovia site, Tierradentro, Cauca, Colombia, South America

The name Tierradentro says it all – amazing underground tombs are scattered around the slopes of this most scenic valley. Scientists believe that between the 7th and 9th Century these tombs, the only ones of this kind in the Americas, were dug out of soft volcanic rock to place urns filled with bones. Thus these tombs are secondary burial sites, which means the dead were initially first buried in tiny stone chambers and later moved to here. Continue Reading →

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