By Mark McConville
COULD this rainbow-painted town be the most colourful place in the world?
Stunning video and pictures have revealed the spectacular town where everything from the buildings to the steps are painted in bright, vibrant colours.
The incredible images have a surreal feel as the multi-coloured houses stand in stark contrast to the aerial view of the lush green surrounding area.
The snaps were taken in Guatapé, Colombia by Canadian photographer Jessica Devnani (27) from Toronto using a Canon 7D.
“The images are an honest depiction of the town of Guatape,” she said.
“The entire town is painted just as you see. They give you a glimpse into what the residents of Guatape see when they go about their day.
“A friend of mine had come across the town of Guatape during his travels. He knew that I was planning to one day visit Colombia, and told me that visiting Guatape was an absolute must.
“With the way he described the colourful buildings and the art on the sides of the buildings, I knew that visiting this town would be a pleasure to photograph.”
Jessica hopes her photographs can show people the hidden gems of a country that is often associated with Pablo Escobar and the drugs trade.
“I’d simply like to show viewers that Colombia is full of hidden gems, such as this colourful little town,” she said.
“I simply took an afternoon to wander the streets with my camera. Guatape is a very photogenic little town. Every turn of the corner was a beautiful shot waiting to happen.
“It is not at all the “dangerous, risky, unsafe” place most people think it is. I hope the series encourages others to travel and see the town, as well as the rest of Colombia, for themselves.
“I love travel photography because it showcases all that our amazing planet as to offer. It also encourages people to step out of their comfort zone, experience different cultures, explore new landscapes, and meet new people.”
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