The Republic of Columbia is found in the north of South America surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on the north, Panama to the northwest, Ecuador and Peru to the south, Venezuela to the east, Brazil on the southeast, and the Pacific to the west. Colombia has the second-highest ecosystem in the world and it is one of the countries that harbor the majority of Earth’s species and plants and animals native to Colombia. It surrounds the Amazon rainforest, savanna, deserts, islands, and coastlines along the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean. The capital city of Colombia is Bogotá and the official language is Spanish making the Colombians the second-largest population of Spanish-speaking people. Colombia is also known as the “gateway to South America”. The welcoming Columbians offer to the whole world its flavorful cuisines and their friendliness, joyous and being enthusiastic about what life has to offer. A truly wonderful country to explore.
1. Origins of the ColumbiansThe Columbians are composed of three ethnic groups. The Amerindians who completely inhabited Colombia during its early days and evolved into three main groups namely; the Quimbayas, Chibchas, and the Kalina. During the 16th century, the African people were brought to Colombia as slaves to the coastal lowlands. The European settlers arrived during the 19th century and the 20th century and brought migrations from others including; the British, Dutch, Swiss Portuguese, Russian, French, and the Italians. Due to its increase in immigrants, Colombia is home to various ethnic societies that make up the country’s uniqueness and richness of culture.
2. Unforgettable Memories Created with Food Colombia offers it all in their delish cuisines. You can almost eat anything you want from everyday food staples to new flavors. The national dish of Colombia is the “bandeja paisa”, which is also known as the single most typical Colombian dish. On a plate or an oval-shaped tray, a generous amount of steak, ground beef, red beans, white rice, fried egg, chorizo, avocado, black pudding, lemon, and arepa is served. The Sancocho is also popular thick soup in Colombia that composes of meat, potatoes, corn, and yucca. The Sancocho is loved by all. It builds unforgettable memories especially during the gathering of families over holidays and special occasions. These are some of the must-taste dishes in this country. You’ll soon find more surprises upon visiting this beautiful country.
3. Brilliant and Rare Emeralds Emerald is called the “Stone of Successful Love”. A precious stone that brings freshness and vitality to everyone. It has been known that emeralds are one of the most precious jewelry stones on Earth. Colombian’s emerald is mined and processed in the eastern portion of Andes and the other three major mines are; Muzo, Cosquez, and Chivor. The Muzo is referred to like a grassy emerald with hints of yellow. Chivor is described with a deeper green color. The emerald’s value depends on the size, color, quantity, and brilliance. The most beautiful, rare and expensive emeralds are those who are colored dark green and this can only be found in the great country of Colombia.
4. Best Coffee in the Whole World Looking for a piece of Colombia to bring with you is none other than their coffee. You can hit the road and learn about the coffee plantation secrets of how they achieved the best coffee in the whole world. What’s amazing is that you can also try it for yourself to pick fresh beans, grind, process, culminate and even see personally the different and unique procedures to prepare the Colombian coffee. The most popular brand is the very affordable Tinto, which you can find in almost every corner of Colombia. The Perico is always served to coffee people who prefer a creamy coffee. You’ll see it for yourself when you land your feet to this ever gorgeous country.
5. Lovely and Lively Salsa DancingImprove your muscle strength and flexibility while having fun dancing to the beat of Colombia. Their famous Salsa dance is a must-learn type of dance to achieve perfect core strength, balance, coordination and healthy posture. This type of dance came from the country’s Caribbean roots. Colombia is also known as the “Salsa Capital of the World”. Its perfect rhythmic music can easily sway you spin and shuffle. You can never be too shy or feel awkward about dancing Salsa. Learning a two or three-movement is never enough. It’s one way to express how you appreciate and enjoy the lovely and lively culture of Colombia.
6. Shooting Stars and StargazingColombia will fill your curiosity about astronomy. The one of a kind location of the country can easily locate the northern and southern hemispheres. The captivating stars will make every visitor in an awe state of position as they see the contrasting, comparing and see delicate differences of the constellations. The night sky will surely bring light to your astronomy curiosity and make your wish come true upon spotting a shooting star in the country of Colombia. Make sure to bring with you your telescopes and be ready for your wish. In Colombia, all wishes might come true in the perfect time and in the perfect country.