Travel photo of the week: Bareback in Colombia

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The Guardian has featured a spectacular photo by Sebastián Suki Beláustegui, whose work I admire greatly. The photo was taken in Palenque de San Basilio, not far from Cartagena, located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Here are the tagline and description:

A smiling boy riding a horse symbolises the resilient nature of a town inland from Cartagena founded by former slaves in the 17th century.

This image of a young bareback rider was taken in the village of Palenque de San Basilio, in Colombia’s Bolívar department. Founded by freed slaves in the 17th century, it became the first free town in the Americas, following a decree by the Spanish crown. Most of today’s inhabitants are direct descendants of those slaves and have preserved many of their customs, including their own language, Palenquero. The photograph was taken by Sebastián Suki Beláustegui, who runs photography workshops around the world. The next is 4-11 September in Cusco, Peru.

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