Colombia: Colours and Adobe Architecture

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Two cyclists in a street in Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Photo courtesy of Natasha Mellersh.

I recently visited Colombia and was amazed at the astounding beauty of the country. It’s huge, diverse culturally, ethically and geographically it connects Central and South America. One side of the country is on the Pacific Coast, the other on the Caribbean and the climate seems to change dramatically depending where you go.

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A street in Cartagena. Photo courtesy of Natasha Mellersh.

What struck me as soon as I arrived, apart from the people being incredibly lovely and welcoming, was the old colonial architecture. The adobe style houses are prevalent in the old towns of many Colombian cities. Built in the typical Spanish style, they ooze character and simplicity. The thing that separates them from European buildings however is their vibrant colour.

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A street in Cartagena. Photo courtesy of Natasha Mellersh.

Walking through the gorgeous streets of Cartagena’s old walled city, I was blinded by bright blues, pinks, neon greens and orange. The abundant green creeper plants blossoming in pink and violet only added to the mix.

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A street in La Candelaria in Bogota. Photo courtesy of Natasha Mellersh.

In Bogota, among the low hanging clouds and the towering lush green mountains, the old town – La Candelaria is filled with street art and colour. The city is gigantic but wandering through the little cobbled streets of La Candelaria you would hardly realise. Old churches and small cottage style adobe houses create an atmosphere which feels a lot more like a village than a city of 10 million. The colours and street art show that creativity and art is rife in this amazing city.

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An old church in La Candelaria. Photo courtesy of Natasha Mellersh.

Going there for a holiday simply wasn’t enough, I realised it would take several visits and a number of months to get a real feel for this beautiful country. So I decided I would have to come back.

A street in La Candelaria

A street in La Candelaria. Photo courtesy of Natasha Mellersh.

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Around the World in 80 Chairs: Wooden Chairs, Cinto – Colombia

Wooden lounge chairs turned upside down in order to clean the floor in Cinto, Tayrona National Park. Cinto is a small secluded beach in the national park on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, it is only accessible by boat but is a picture perfect paradise.

Wooden Lounge Chairs, Cinto - Colombia

Wooden Lounge Chairs, Cinto – Colombia

Cinto, Tayrona National Park - Colombia

Cinto, Tayrona National Park – Colombia

View of the mountains in Cinto, Tayrona National Park - Colombia

View of the mountains in Cinto, Tayrona National Park – Colombia

Cinto, Tayrona National Park - Colombia

Cinto, Tayrona National Park – Colombia