Colombia

It's harvest time in the coca fields of southern Colombia. Using his bare hands, Franklin Canacuan expertly strips the bright green leaves from his 5-foot-tall coca bushes.

Over the years, Colombian police planes have sprayed his fields with a powerful weed killer.

It's part of a government program to destroy coca leaves, which are used to make cocaine. Since it began in 1994, the program has received more than $2 billion in U.S. funding.

Now, due to health concerns, the Colombian government has decided to ground the spray planes.

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The largest and most impressive festival in southern Colombia begins on January 2, and lasts almost a week. Dating back to antiquity, the “Black and White Carnival” has adapted and expanded over the centuries. Initially, the local indigenous population, the agrarian Quillacingas, would dance and sing at the end of the harvest to appease and honor the pagan gods.

Nemcatacoa Teatro

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts has brought an unusual troupe of performers to San Antonio. Simply put, it’s one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen.

Yvonne Montoya, Program Director for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, said the Colombian stilt walking group are on an international tour right now.

"You can see modern dance in there, you can see the look of ballet, it’s all kind of genres put together," Montoya said.

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