Festival Program

The Journey in the Andean Highlands

Up in the highlands of Cundinamarca and Boyacá in the eastern range of the Andes that runs through Colombia from South to North, we can climb to elevations above 3,600 feet. Here, we find the largest, most populous and most diverse region of the country. In the sixteenth century during the Spanish conquest, colonizers founded settlements on indigenous territory. Little by little these lands were subdivided into plots owned by farming families who cultivated vegetables, fruit trees, medicinal herbs, corn, and especially potatoes both as cash crops and for local consumption.

Current highland residents combine agriculture with animal husbandry, grazing, and crafts—especially basket and hat-making, textiles, and pottery. The Highlands way of life forms part of a long history of interaction with the environment and is founded on extensive indigenous memory and tradition.

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Primarily farming and dairy country, the Andean Highlands ecosystem is located in the eastern mountain range of Colombia. Map designed by Sandy Wang

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The Andean Highlands landscape

The Andean Highlands landscape

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Andean Highlands traditions at the Festival

Andean Highlands traditions at the Festival
Video shot and edited by Ideas a la Carta Comunicaciones, Ltda.