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Why Colombia?

 

Colombia's Friendly People

Colombians are hospitable people, greeting visitors as friends and sharing the generosity of the land. For Colombians, this comes naturally out of their happiness, love of life, pride in their country and their love for celebrations. In fact, Colombia is well known as being the friendliest country in South America. This is not an ad slogan - from a Gallup International Association poll out of 54 countries, Colombia was crowned "the happiest country in the world." You will experience the unique Colombian Hosptality in the way they prepare your food and drinks, through their music, and the way they'll embrace you with open arms when you visit.

 

Colombia's Diverse Natural Environments

Pick a climate, and it’s there inside Colombia’s borders. Bogota, located on a high mountain plain requires a light jacket year round. Only an hour away by plane we have the Amazon with its dense tropical jungles – or perhaps you fancy exploring one of Colombia’s many Andean snowcapped peaks and alpine lakes, La Guajira Peninsula's rocky deserts, the endless green plains of the Llanos, lush valleys and coffee plantations of Eje Cafetero, pristine beaches of the Pacific and Caribbean – the choices are many.

 

Colombia's Unparalled Biodiversity

Colombia is listed as one of the world’s "megadiverse" countries, hosting close to 10% of the planet’s biodiversity. Worldwide, it ranks first in bird and orchid species diversity and second in plants, butterflies, freshwater fishes and amphibians. With 314 types of ecosystems, Colombia possesses a rich complexity of ecological, climatic, and biological components.

 

If you love birds, 1850 have been recorded within Colombia's borders. Reptiles and amphibians? 518 species of reptile and 623 amphibian species. Furry creatures? 456 reported species of mammals have been discovered. In short, if you love nature, there is no better place on earth than Colombia.

 

Colombia's Diverse Cultures and Ethnicities

Colombia is a fascinating mix of culture and blends the best of Caribbean, Spanish and indigenous ancestries. The Spanish brought slaves from Africa, which led to an amalgamation of indigenous people and African influences in the Caribbean. In the andes, you can see both European and Indian influences, and in the Llanos and the Amazon, primarily indigenous cultures dominate. In total, Colombia is home to 87 ethnic groups, that in turn speak 64 native languages.

 

Colombia is a multi-ethnic and pluri-cultural nation, where each region has its own characteristics that distinguish it from the others. In Colombia, Afro-Colombians, mestizos, Gypsies, Europeans and many other immigrants from different regions live side by side. This complex "mestizaje" is not only expressed in the country’s traditions, handicrafts and cuisine, but also in its arts, from architecture, painting and sculpture to literature, film and photography, and including music, dance and theater.

 

Colombia's Rich History

Many thousands of years before Spaniards first set foot on Colombia soil, the country was inhabited by a great many indigenous civilizations. Approximately 10,000 years BC hunter-gatherer societies existed near present-day Bogotá (at El Abra and Tequendama), and they traded with one another and with cultures living in the Magdalena River valley. Some of Colombia's indegenous culture and history can be expeienced in Ciudad Perdida in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta's, San Agustin and Terradentro, Guane and many other locations scattered throughout Colombia.

 

Colombia's colonial history is filled with mystery and adventure and dates back to 1499 when when the first expedition of Alonso de Ojeda arrived at the Cabo de la Vela in the La Guajira Peninsula.

 

Many of Colombia’s world-class museums showcase Colombian’s fascinating wealth of history and culture, but to experience the history and culture first hand, simply wander the narrow streets of South America's original capital in Bogota, check out old Spanish colonial provincial retreats like Villa de Leyva, Guane and Barichara, walk the walls of Cartagena's achingly beautiful old city, trek through the thick jungle-covered mountains of the northeast to the Lost City of the Tayrona Indians, or travel west to the Archaeological Parks of San Agustin and Tierradentro.

 

Colombia's Musical Herritage

Music and dance are a big reason why Colombia consistently ranks among the happiest nation in the world. Every weekend friends and family go out together to dance and listen to music. On the Caribbean coast, you can hear the accordion infused rhythm of vallenato. Valledupar is the birthplace of vallenato music. Champeta, a type of reggaeton can also be heard in Cartagena. Cali and Barranquilla are the capitals of salsa music (and a great place to take salsa lessons).

 

Colombia has produced many international pop stars including Barranquilla’s Shakira and Medellín’s Juanes. Finally, all Colombian music styles can be heard in the multitudes of Colombian festivals - with 20 national holidays alone; it's no wonder Colombians are so content.

 

Colombia is Adventure

Colombia’s has rugged topography enclosing an infinite number of environments, including rugged and varied landscapes and regions that are rich in flora and fauna. This is a country replete with vast, nearly unexplored forested nature parks for trekking - deep valleys and canyons for world class white-water rafting, paragliding and mountain biking - snow covered peeks for mountaineering and rock climbing - savannas and deserts for off roading - lakes, rivers and crystal clear marine waters for fishing, and the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean and Pacific for scuba diving and other water sports. All these diverse environments are an invitation to experience unforgettable thrills and adventure and make Colombia the soon to be adventure capital of the world.

 

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