Cultures & Traditions

Calima Region

The ancient peoples of modern Colombia lived along trade routes that connected North and South America. Ideas and technical skills also traveled along these routes. Knowledge of metal-working may have traveled northward from Peru to the people in Colombia, and finally to other peoples located farther north in Central America.

The goldwork of Colombia is traditionally classified by archaeological zones, or regions, each with stylistic associations. In the southwest, the Calima region encompasses the upper Calima River valley and surrounding areas of the Western Cordillera, extending east to the Cauca River.

Excerpt from

DMA Teaching Packet, 1993.