Justice Travel is growing! We’ve now launched local tours in Colombia aimed at providing unique travel experiences to more spontaneous travelers, allowing a closer look behind the headlines to those with limited time. We have specially designed short circuits, ranging between a half day and two days, that stand out for combining some of the most stunning destinations with inspiring stories involving brave human rights defenders and local activists transforming peoples’ lives.
For Colombia we are starting with four amazing adventures!
Soacha: Peace and Biodiversity. Just outside Bogotá, Soacha is a microcosm of Colombia – a place of extraordinary natural beauty, and amazing people working to heal the wounds of the past. This municipality borders with Sumapaz, the largest páramo (high Andean plains) in the world, which is an ecosystem providing 70 per cent of water consumed by Colombians. But it is also a place where several chapters that left a mark in Colombian recent history have taken place. Learn about small farmers rights, the murder of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán, the dynamics of thousands of internally displaced people who found a home in this place, and the struggle of the Soacha Mothers fighting for the truth behind the extrajudicial killings of their sons.
Bogota: Street Art as Resistance. What better place to discuss human rights than the streets of the Colombian capital? In Bogota urban artists have much to say, much to denounce and much to raise awareness. Bogota has some impressive cultural projects that have been key to bring about change. In a post-conflict context, street art is increasing and becoming one of the most important ways to foster historical memory and peacebuilding. From the graffiti art in the historical center, to musical expressions that have emerged as an example of cultural appropriation, Bogota is positioning itself as a mecca for art.
Colombia Coffee Tour: Seeds of Justice. In this mountainous territory, small farmers are struggling to preserve a way of life that was built around coffee. This is the area that UNESCO recognizes in its “World Heritage List” as the Coffee Cultural Landscape. Local communities are organizing around the defense and exaltation of their cultural traditions. In this tour, which will start in Pereira —the central city of the region— and finish in the beautiful typical coffee town of Salento, you can admire an incomparable variety of landscapes and biodiversity, while getting in touch with local associations aiming at maintaining their intrinsic relationship with nature.
From the Andes to the Pacific. One of the most important rivers in Colombia, both because of its length and its pre-Columbian, colonial and modern history, is the Cauca. The river’s valley has witnessed different eras of Colombian conflicts, shaping a territory in which local communities fight for the conservation of their cultural traditions and for the defense of their ecosystems. The tour starts in Pereira, continues in the historical city of Cartago, takes a break in a local botanical garden, and finishes with a visit to the Afro-Colombian town of San Cipriano. This exciting journey between two mountain ranges will flow along with the valley’s changing geography, a territory that has been the meeting point of different social conflicts and the axis of interracial and cultural contrasts.
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