Despite having one of the oldest democratic systems in Latin America, Colombia is a very troubled country. Civil war and drug-based corruption have been tearing at its stability for decades, and there’s no end in sight. Bloody clashes between left-wing guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and killed many more. Meanwhile, drug money seeps into every corner of society, tainting and influencing without prejudice. To take their minds off the violence and vice, Colombians turn to their rich cultural heritage, vibrant with music and
dance, literature, and numerous religious festivals.