Behind the Scenes – Colombia
Episode 106: Rural Colombia – No Re-Runs Scheduled
Traveling through rural Colombia was once unthinkable, but today, Colombia’s exotic countryside is an undiscovered gem, just waiting to entice travelers with its siren song. We begin on Colombia’s coast with an off the beaten path and rare look at the remote village of San Basilio de Palenque. This small Afro-Caribbean village first began as a protected refuge for runaway slaves and a town where residents still speak a unique African dialect today. Next, it’s time to relax and get in touch with the abundant natural beauty of Colombia as the crew heads to Santa Marta and Tayrona National Park to find some of the most isolated and beautiful beaches around and we take part in a traditional, spiritual cleansing from the local native Indians.
Colombian coffee is some of the best in the world, so we head to the mountainous, green and picturesque Antioquia region where we visit a working coffee plantation and experience some eco-friendly pampering with naturally occurring thermal and mud baths at the spas of San Vicente. Finally, it’s off to the amazing and wild Amazon. The crew heads up the massive river to the to the tiny, eco-friendly hamlet of Puerto Nariño to give viewers a taste of indigenous life in the Amazon and unveils why protecting this incredible natural environment and ancient way of life is so important.