Traditional Colombian bullfighting

  • Luis Bolivar is currently the only Colombian bullfighter with the international recognition to fight in Spain, seen here at a charity bullfight in Medellín on February 14, 2014. Abraham Mahshie / Special to the Miami Herald

  • Gonzalo Rincón, father of famous Colombian bullfighter César Rincón, has been coaching Andres Del Castillo in bullfighting techniques in hopes of “evolving” the beauty of the art. Abraham Mahshie / Special to the Miami Herald

  • Colombian bullfighter Manuel Libardo tests the fierceness of a cow for breeding at the Achury Viejo bull ranch outside Bogotá. Abraham Mahshie / Special to the Miami Herald

  • Gonzalo Rincón, father of famous Colombian bullfighter César Rincón, has been coaching Andres Del Castillo in bullfighting techniques in hopes of "evolving" the beauty of the art. Abraham Mahshie / Special to the Miami Herald

  • Benjamin de los Rios, director of Medellin's Plaza de la Macarena bullfighting ring, says the humanizing of animals has contributed to the decline in the popularity of bullfighting in Colombia. Abraham Mahshie / Special to the Miami Herald

  • Ready for action: Luis Bolivar, seen here at a charity event, is the only Colombian bullfighter with the international recognition to fight in Spain. Abraham Mahshie / Special to the Miami Herald

  • Freshman matador Santiago Gomez, from the popular bullfighting city of Manizales, trained for two years in Mexico before making his bullfighting debut in Medellín on February 15, 2014. He is Colombia's only new matador this year. Abraham Mahshie / Special to the Miami Herald

  • Medellín's Plaza de la Macarena added a retractable roof in 2003 to double as a concert venue. Many aficionados complain of high ticket prices that leave the arena half-empty despite the presence of top international bullfighters, such as Spaniard Morante de la Puebla on February 15, 2014. Abraham Mahshie / Special to the Miami Herald