Looking for some interesting facts and information about Colombia?
Fun facts, facts about the history and culture as well as about the diverse nature – we got you covered.

6th of October, 2017
4°41'53.7"N 74°04'22.1"W

 

VIVA COLOMBIA!

Face it, Colombia is the place to be. It’s colourful, loud, entertaining and offers a whole bunch of interesting things to discover and experience. It has its past, but it also has its present – and this present is a country in transformation, a country which is on the move, which is dynamic and which attracts more and more people around the world. Wonder why?!

This country has it all: some of the most picturesque old towns, stunning landscapes, beautiful beaches, breath-taking nature and welcoming people.

COLOMBIA IS THE SECOND MOST BIODIVERSE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

after Brazil.

Hummingbird in Cocora Valley, Salento - Colombia
Plantation in Salento, Colombia

COLOMBIA IS THE HAPPIEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

according to the 2013 and the 2014 Barometer of Happiness and Hope.

SPELL IT RIGHT

Its Colombia not Columbia!

COLOMBIA IS PART OF THE RING OF FIRE

a group of countries in the Pacific Ocean vulnerable to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

GO BEYOND ESCOBAR AND STEREOTYPES

Yes, Escobar is famous and it is an interesting topic, but there is so much more! Don’t just stick to the stereotypes and see beyond.
Experience more than this, seek for more than this and try to get a deep understanding and empathy for what happened back then in this dark past.
If you want to read more about the history and the transformation of this stunning country you find here the article
Comuna 13, Medellin – street art and a dark history

Exploring Comuna 13, Medellin

COLOMBIAN WOMEN CAN VOTE SINCE 1975

before they were not allowed to vote.

SECOND IN THE COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

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SAFETY IS IMPROVED IN MOST AREAS OF THE COUNTRY

For most parts Colombia is a safe place to travel. Don’t listen too much to those trying to connote you of staying away. The media is often still showing a wrong image of the current situation.

BOGOTA IS A MECCA FOR STREET ARTIST
Bogota, the capital of Colombia, is a mecca for street artists. The government not only tolerates graffiti, but also encourages and sponsors street art.

Street art in Bogota, Colombia
Street art in Bogota, Colombia

COLOMBIA IS BORDERED BY 5 COUNTRIES

Panamá, Venezuela, Ecuador, Perú and Brasil.

SAYING NO

Saying “no” is considered as rude.

COLOMBIAN WAX PALM
is the national tree and the tallest palm species in the world (up to 80 meters).

Palm Trees in Cocora Valley, Salento - Colombia

SPEAKING SPANISH IS GOING TO OPEN YOU MANY DOORS

Even if you just speak a little bit of Spanish, the welcoming Colombians will embrace this and you will have a far more intense experience in Colombia.

AMAZON RAIN FOREST

Up to 1/3 of the country is covered by Amazon rain forest.

WATER IN PLASTIC BAGS

You can buy your water in plastic bags instead of bottles.

COLOMBIA IS LOUD

Viva la musica! Sometimes you might hear the music of 3 neighbors at the same time, one playing reggaeton, the other one salsa and a third cumbia. Music is part of the culture!

Music in the streets of Cartagena - Colombia
Music in the streets of Cartagena - Colombia

THE NATIONAL BIRD IS THE ANDEAN CONDOR

which can be seen in the mountains with a wing span of 3 meters.

FLYING IS AN OPTION

Most of the time you will travel via bus in South America, but Colombia offers some good prices on flight tickets with airlines such as Viva Colombia.

HIGHEST COSTAL MOUNTAIN RANGE IN THE WORLD

with the “Pico Cristobal Colon” of 5.775 meters above sea level (19.058 ft)

AGUARDIENTE 

It tastes kind of like a mouthwash, but you have to try it!

COLOMBIA IS THIRD IN WORLD’S COFFEE SUPPLY

after Brazil and Vietnam.

Coffee in Salento, Colombia
Coffee in Salento, Colombia

WEATHER CAN CHANGE IN AN INSTANT

Being on the equator, the weather can change from one moment to the other. And when it rains, then most of the time it’s pouring rain.

COLOMBIA HAS DESERT AREAS

CARNIVAL 

is a big thing here in Colombia. Especially in Baranquilla in the north.

OATMEAL JUICE IS A THING

Oatmeal is not just a breakfast cereal, but a juicing material.

FOOTBALL IS A RELIGION

In Colombia football is like a religion.

COLOMBIA HAS 59 NATIONAL PARKS

Cocora Valley, Salento - Colombia

THERE IS POLICE AND MILITARY EVERYWHERE

You are going to see many police offers and militants while traveling through Colombia. You might think this is for a good reason and you are right: It is mandatory for boys to do 1 year of public service in the army or police.

LA GUAJIRA IS THE NORTHERNMOST TIP OF SOUTH AMERICA

and one of the desert areas as mentioned before.

BUTTERFLIES
Experts believe that 3000 out of the 14000 species of butterflies are found in Colombia.

HOT CHOCOLATE

Ever had hot chocolate with cheese in it? Yes, also this you can find in Colombia.

Street shop in Salento, Colombia
Salento, Colombia
Plantation in Salento, Colombia
Views and Cable Car in Medellin - Colombia

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We found one of our favorite accommodations in South America in the coffee region of Colombia near Salento, read about our stay at El Mocambo here.

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Join the discussion 2 Comments

  • Kirsten says:

    I did not know more than half these things. What a great post!! Do you do this for every country you visit? It would be an awesome series.

    • Heleandlime says:

      Hey Kirsten 🙂

      We are happy you liked it and thanks for the nice hint! We didn’t really think about this. But now we will for sure do this!

      Thanks and greetings from Reunion,

      Maud & Jonas

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