empire. The foregoing explains why the Eastern Colombian Andes are so deeply rooted in legend.
The Magdalena Valley and the lowlands of Los Llanos are places of stark contrasts, where remarkable contemporary cities, including the national capital of Bogotá, coexist with timeless colonial towns, while ancient myths and folklore coexist within a truly modern society.
The peaceful mountains of the Eastern Colombian Andes have witnessed truly monumental events, whose effects still resonate today. It was here that the Europeans made their way into
the interior of the continent, and it was between these same summits that patriots overthrew the shackles of colonialism to see the birth of an independent nation.
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