“The Justice and Peace process is going badly” A monument to corruption in Guaviare
Apr 172008

Hello from the Atlanta airport. Regular posting will resume soon. In the meantime, enjoy this quick passenger’s-window view of downtown San José del Guaviare.

The capital of Guaviare department about 200 miles south of Bogotá, San José has about 40,000 people in the town center and 60,000 throughout the Connecticut-sized municipality (county) of the same name. The town has grown rapidly over the past 15 years or so, due to coca, cattle ranching, and massive displacement from more remote areas.

And this is what it looks like from out the window of a pickup truck:

8 Responses to “Downtown San José del Guaviare, Colombia”

  1. Chris Says:

    I was there for quite some time in 2004 and I enjoyed it. I will most likely never go back in my life, so thanks for the reminder.

    When I left I felt that we had made some progress in a number of security areas. Did you feel comfortable walking around?

  2. Tambopaxi Says:

    I was there several times in 96-98. The young, tired, and dusty CN cops coming in from the field on slicks in those hot, humid days reminded me of Vietnam; god, even the dirt was red…

  3. Camilla Says:

    Great fun – it’s like ridin’ along with you, Adam!

  4. Camilla Says:

    Would this article, and Piedad’s comment in particular provide context?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/04/05/AR2008040501922_2.html

  5. LFM Says:

    Rudolf Hommes, who nobody would confuse with a FARC’s “useful idiot” publishes today in El Tiempo a very good piece on the whole “violence against unions” issue and makes the same point I’ve been making: a. it is serious, b. yes, while it’s going down, it shouldn’t be ignored, c. the “homicide rate” stats are misleading.

    This is another topic I’m going to shelve for a while. Reasoning seems to have lost any power in this issue, so it’s pointless to insist.

  6. Kyle Says:

    Nice to see the city; I’ve never been there but will be this summer (pending all goes well with the visa). It’s nice to see places before I go, and well, see places I’ve already been to as well.

  7. Chris Says:

    Kyle,

    What kind of background do you have that will prevent you from getting a Colombian Visa… :-)

  8. JUAN FELIPE Says:

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