Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pueblos del Café - Atánquez, Colombia

The town of Atánquez, in northeastern Colombia, sits at the piedmont of the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, which soars to over 17,000 feet. The Kuankuanos, an Indian group that has survived until the present, live near the area on the Candela River.

Isolated from the region's urban centers, they work in small farms, cultivating sorghum, plantain, sugar cane and coffee. Some of the houses along the cobbled streets of Atánquez evidence pre-Colombian Indian features.

The Colombian Architect and painter Fernando Turk Rubiano has painted a beautiful watercolor of this town. You can see his entire art collection at

Yours truly,

Mariano Ospina

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