We traveled 4-5 hours from Armenia, Quindío (Colombia) into the Risaralda department. Drove deep in the cordilleras through mostly unpaved roads looking for a town called Pueblo Rico (Rich Town). Called the town of two lies because not much of a town nor very rich. But it is actually a very charming small town with colonial facades and big plaza in middle. Pueblo Rico is supposed to have a strong presence of the Emberá Chamí indigenous community. Emberá meaning “people” and Chamí meaning “cordillera”. Therefore, they are the people of the cordilleras. Once we arrived in the town we didn’t find many Emberá’s so we kept going towards their reservation. Most of the off road driving came at this time. Every few kilometers we found farms with small stores, or farmers walking, we asked to see how close we were to make sure we were in the right track. We finally arrived. A small beautiful valley in the middle of the cordilleras with a river passing by it. A beautiful and magical location, hard to describe how beautiful it is. We were greeted by two male adults, a few children, few women and some elder women. Everyone was kind. Curious with the cameras and knowledgeable of modern equipment. Most spoke Spanish, some with accent some chose not to speak it. We bought crafts, chatted for a bit and they gave us access into the community. We had to cross a small bridge to access the town. They were in the middle of town meeting but the Cabildo (Chief) gave us access. We bought crafts, took pictures and chatted with as many people as we could. It was a beautiful experience and I will share more soon.
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