Colombia — Guatapé

Guatapé, also known as Pueblo de Zócalos, is famous for the beautiful pastel-colored paintings (zócalos) found on the lower half of nearly every building in the town’s historic center. Many of the paintings are tied to the products sold by the shops, or the beliefs of the residents. Others are cultural images of the farming heritage of the community.

Our visit to Guatapé is completed with a boat ride, blaring 80’s music while offering views of Pablo Escobar’s now bombed-out lakeside mansion. With at least one Holloywood film in the works on Escobar’s life, this mansion is sure not to be left abandoned for long.

Photos taken December 2013 (Nikon D7000).

Back to Colombia.

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