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Rural Colombia Looks To Develop An “Economy Of Landscapes.”


The coffee farmers in wide brim sombreros and frayed shoulder towels huddle over a pick-up truck waiting to receive a crate of saplings. The day’s task is to plant 300 guayacán trees donated by the Autonomous Corporation of Santander in Las Gachas, as part of a reforestation project by this mountainous department to protect a stream that collects water in a series of deep stone pools, before reaching the raging waters of the Suaréz.

At the heart of a region that depends on cattle farming and the coffee harvest, Las Gachas’ flow extends for several kilometers, and until as recently as four years ago, the deep wells were only known to exist among locals and a trickle of adventurous weekenders exploring the slopes of the Yariguíes range.

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