Best on Film

Todos tus muertos (2011) Devastating critique of corruption and apathy in Colombia.

Apaporis (2010) Incisive documentary into indigenous Amazonian life.

La Ciénaga entre el mar y la tierra (2016) A man fights a degenerative condition in the slum of Ciénaga.

Maria llena eres de gracia (2008) Moving tale of teen pregnancy and drug trafficking.

Los colores de la montaña (2010) The tale of childhood friendship in a mountain town against the background of war.

Rosario Tijeras (2004) Vengeful hit woman's thrilling tale.

Best in Print

One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez; 1967) The ultimate magical realist masterpiece.

The Sound of Things Falling (Juan Gabriel Vásquez; 2011) A thriller involving escaped hippopotamuses from Escobar's zoo.

Beyond Bogotá: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia (Garry Leech; 2008) Essential reading for news that's not in the media.

Delirium (Laura Restrepo; 2004) Explores personal and political madness in mid-1980s Bogotá.

Oblivion (Héctor Abad Faciolince; 2011) A deeply moving family memoir set in Medellín during the 1980s.

Best Blogs

Colombia Travel Blog (www.seecolombia.travel/blog) General guide to Colombia's regions, food and sports.

Colombia Calling (www.richardmccoll.com/colombia-calling) Podcast, plus articles on all things Colombian by a British expat who calls Colombia home.

Banana Skin Flip Flops (www.bananaskinflipflops.com) Almost 250 stories on different aspects of Colombian life.

How to Bogotá (www.howtobogota.com) Extensive info on Bogotá's neighborhoods and attractions.

Two Wandering Soles (www.twowanderingsoles.com/colombia) Tales of Colombian exploration by two Minnesotans.

Sarepa (www.sarepa.com) Life in Colombia by arepa-loving Sarah.