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
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
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
COLOMBIAN WOMEN CAN VOTE SINCE 1975
before they were not allowed to vote.
SECOND IN THE COUNTRIES WITH THE MOST NATIONAL HOLIDAYS
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.
COLOMBIA IS BORDERED BY 5 COUNTRIES
Panamá, Venezuela, Ecuador, Perú and Brasil.
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).
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!
THE NATIONAL BIRD IS THE ANDEAN CONDOR
which can be seen in the mountains with a wing span of 3 meters.
HIGHEST COSTAL MOUNTAIN RANGE IN THE WORLD
with the “Pico Cristobal Colon” of 5.775 meters above sea level (19.058 ft)
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.
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
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
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.
Experts believe that 3000 out of the 14000 species of butterflies are found in Colombia.
Ever had hot chocolate with cheese in it? Yes, also this you can find in Colombia.
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