Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Images of Colombia's Coffee Region

One of the region's first cemeteries open to people of all religions. "You just had to be dead to qualify."

The central plaza of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Center in La Candelaria is displaying this exhibition of photos from Colombia's coffee region. I liked them because, unlike the stereotypical pics from the region, these are more about the region's people and other non-coffee subjects.

These photos were taken by professional photographers directed by Stephen Ferry, a United States citizen who lives in Colombia.

Harvested coffee fruits flow out of a bag. Inside each red fruit is a coffee bean. 

Coffee plantation workers walking home. 

Dishes and ingredients served in the coffee region. 

The coffee region's rolling hills. 

A weathered coffee plantation worker. 

Coffee plantation workers sleep under these tents to keep off the mosquitoes.

The Gabriel Garcia Marquez Cultural Center, which strangely has no display about the Nobel Prize-winning novelist. 

Colorful and aged houses in the Coffee Region. 

Grinding stones used by the indigenous people, the Quimbaya.

A  young coffee harvester. 

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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