Nueva Venecia is a palafito town (stilt-houses town), located in the Cienaga de Machete, within the lake complex of the Cienaga Grande de Santa Marta, an aquatic environment of 730 square kilometers, located in the Department of Magdalena, and inhabited by a race of amphibians that has learned to coexist with the water since 1847, at the time of the building of the town. Water and population are a web of historical relations of adaptability and use of their ecosystem, in a controlling manner for survival.
Cyclically, the Cienaga passes from salty seawater to "sweet water" or freshwater from the Magdalena River. These changes are due to the transformation of the landscape by human beings and because of floods, sea breezes and river floods, the result of climate change.
The inhabitants of Nueva Venecia endured one of the worst massacres that happened in Colombia, in the year 2000, by the AUC (Self-Defense Group United of Colombia), who killed 39 people, in front of the church of the town. Among them, there were fishermen, shopkeepers, youngsters and old men. Forced displacement was imminent. Only one person remained in the town. Nevertheless, despite the armed conflict and the aftermath of the war which were witnessed by its water, years later, its people returned to keep the town alive and because, for them, water is their world; they could never adapt to the asphalt and without fish.
- June, 2016