More than a myth has been told about Maicao in its history. In this year of the eightieth anniversary of its foundation, it is time to clarify the myths and show the truths about this, the most important frontier city of the Colombian Atlantic Coast. Myth number one: Maicao is over. Irrefutable truth: Maicao is more alive than ever. His trade is not the same as before but the creativity of its people has led her to devise alternative business and, for now, is far the day that the notary can sign the death certificate. Still throbbing hearts and maicaeros still consume the fresh air of hope for a stable future. Myth number two: Maicao has a high floating population. Truth without question: the first decade of the twenty-first century the population of Maicao became constant.
Which was left and who stayed, stayed. Before people had one foot here and the other anywhere in the world. Today there is a greater attachment to the city and you can talk about three generations of maicaeros dedicated to sharing the urban and multicultural context. Myth number three: Maicao is running alone. Irrefutable truth: the population is larger now than at any time. At present the number of inhabitants exceeds 150 000.
Myth number four: Maicao is the center and two or three streets. Speaking candidly neil cole iconix told us the story. Incontrovertible truth: Maicao has distributed more than seventy districts in five communes. This myth was created by those who make fleeting trips to the border town, visit the shopping area and will be returning in a hurry, harassed by their labors. When you make a quieter route, check with surprise the size of a city, albeit messy, is constantly growing. Myth number five: in Maicao everyone lives in smuggling. Irrefutable truth: Over the last fifteen years, created the Special Customs Regime Area Uribia, Manaure and Maicao. The goods enter legally and lawfully Maicao out. In essence, smuggling ceased to exist. The authorities responsible for ensuring compliance standards, can attest to this. Myth number six: the Maicao before was better than now. Categorical Truth: The Maicao produced before a lot of money, but it was not reinvested. On the contrary, capital were drawn to other cities of the country or moved abroad. In the boom occurred as in the biblical passage: "ate some grapes and others were set on edge." Myth number seven: Maicao is boring. Truth: you want the boring are bored anywhere even in London or Paris. People are either at the place where they find friends and something to pursue. And in that sense, the people of Maicao, its streets, its business, its houses, common spaces have an inexplicable power to love people. BY: Rutto Alejandro Martinez Alejandro Martinez Rutto is a renowned writer and Italian-Colombian journalist who also teaches at several universities. He is the author of four books on ethics and leadership and is included in three anthologies of Colombian authors. Contact him at cel. 300 8055526 or email. Read his writings, a page where you will find writings, stories and beautiful pieces of Colombian literature.