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The strangest of Escobar’s legacies

Emma Toogood weighs up the three possible solutions to Colombia’s hippo problem, which is spiralling out of control. Pablo Escobar was the man who brought Colombia to its knees. He and his Medellín cartel unleashed a reign of terror over the country from which the population is still recovering. The full scope of his legacy and the damage […]

An insider guide to Santiago de Chile

Claudia Posada on the sights, smells and sounds of her year abroad destination, the Chilean capital of Santiago. One of the first excursions I made in Santiago de Chile was the two hour trek up Cerro San Cristobal, a mountain covered in exotic vegetation that provides a stark contrast to the city’s overwhelming mass of high-rise buildings. The Andes are constantly […]

Photo focus: Quibdó by Phoebe Hopson

BristoLatino editor-in-chief Phoebe Hopson shares her photo essay on Quibdó. Phoebe captured these images whilst working for La Familia Ayara, a Hip hop NGO based in Bogotá. Quibdó, the capital of El Chocó, is oppressively humid. Dirty and sometimes dangerous, it is a place forgotten by most Colombians and certainly missed off the tourist routes. Surrounded […]

Watching Narcos…in Colombia

Bogotá resident Sophie Foggin reveals what Colombians make of the much talked-about series Narcos. Sophie is currently interning at El Tiempo, Colombia’s top-selling newspaper. “Are you watching Narcos on Netflix?”. This is one of the most frequently asked questions from my friends at home.“Of course I am,” I tell them. What they don’t know, however, is […]

Photo focus: Bogotá by Samuel Aranda

Anybody who has travelled to Colombia will have undoubtedly spent some time in the country’s capital, Bogotá. It is expected that the transient tourist will not see all the diverse layers of the city, as the Lonely Planet checklist is dutifully abided by. However, even for those staying longer, it is difficult to scratch the surface of the […]

Getting expats moving

BristoLatino joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West tells us how one Bogotá-based dance school opened her up to salsa. In an empty office on the busy Calle 85 in Colombia’s capital Bogotá, salsa teacher Jorge Orozco is demonstrating the art of what an English gentleman might describe as hip wiggling to two curious English girls. During the economic boom […]

Photo focus: ‘Street Life’ in Mexico City

Sam Benstead photography: The streets of Mexico City The first photograph shows a disused railway track that has been converted into a site for makeshift homes in the centre of Mexico City. The shacks extend for as far as the eye can see and are built from scrap metal, wood and plastic. Note the washing line and padlocks on […]

Photo focus: ‘Street Life’ in the Ecuadorian Highlands

Jenny Steele photography: In the main square of Pujili in the Ecuadorian highlands, two bikes make one journey towards “Progreso y Salud”.

Photo focus: ‘Street Life’ in Nicaragua

Naomi Kendal photography: A typical busy Saturday street scene in Jinotepe, Nicaragua. A colourful market is set up on the side of the road which people pass on their way to the centre of town.