Colonial and Post-Colonial Cities of South America

Colonial and Post-Colonial Cities of South America

The Colonial heritage of the Spanish Conquistadores


South America offers great material for photographers looking for architectural spots and dramatic pictures; indeed, the Colonial heritage of the Spanish Conquistadores rests close to modern buildings and ancient monuments of pre-columbian civilizations.

#Cartagena de Indias

The city established as the main port for trade between Spain and its overseas empire by the early 1540s; indeed, it has been fortified to resist pirates attacks. 

Colombia Cartagena de Indias


The indigenous tribes left Panama after the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century; then, obtained independence in 1821 by joining the republic of Gran Colombia that later dissolved. Because of the construction of the canal, and with the backing of the United States, Panama seceded from Colombia in 1903. However, the recent colonial past and decolonization are worth a quick look to understand what may happen to us…

The last pictures give a clear measure of what development and decolonization have produced few hundreds of meters away from the Unesco protected Casco Viejo.


At an elevation of 2850 mt, the capital of Ecuador gifted us with some really dramatic shoots. 

Ecuador Quito

Guatemala City

The Maya firstly established a settlement in modern Guatemala City, followed by the Spanish in 1775. Today the city is lovable, especially for its contrasting landscapes.


Bogotá was founded as the capital of the New Kingdom of Granada on August 6, 1538, by the Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. The city’s cultural epicenter is La Candelaria, the cobbled historic downtown to which most travelers gravitate. 

Colombia Bogotà
Colombia Bogotà

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