Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pueblos del Café - Oiba, Colombia

The old coffee town of Oiba, in eastern Colombia, was inhabited before the Spanish conquest by the Guane Indian tribe. They practiced a highly developed agriculture and they had built a most efficient and very sophisticated system of irrigation to water their crops.

On January 20, 1540, the famous Spanish conquistador Martin Galeano came upon the Guane village of Oiba. Today, the town's coat of arms embodies what its inhabitants hold most dear, a stalk of sugar cane and a coffee tree.

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

With best regards,

Mariano Ospina

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