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Inhabited since 12,000 BCE, Colombia is a country of tremendous diversity. Currently, there are 65 Amerindian languages spoken in Colombia, though 99% of the population speaks Spanish. Colombia has six distinct natural regions including the Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, deserts, islands and coastlines. Because of this range of geography, Colombia is the second-most bio-diverse country in the world and is #1 in bird species.

Colombia Videos: This 2.5-minute video shares the Top 10 things to do in Colombia. This 2.5-minute video shares a different version of travel in Colombia. This 4-minute video is a lively trip around Colombia.

FunFacts about Colombia: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a sovereign state largely situated in the north of South America, with land, and territories in North America. Colombia is bounded on the north by the Caribbean Sea and the west by the Pacific. It comprises thirty-two departments, with the capital in Bogotá. (Source)
  • Population of Colombia: 48 million. The majority of the population is concentrated in the Andean highlands and along the Caribbean coast.
  • Historically, Colombia is made up of various Amerindian civilizations, European settlement, forced African labor and both European and Middle East Immigration. Colombia is a diverse nation ethnically and linguistically.
  • Brief history of Colombia, quote: Colombia has been inhabited by various American Indian peoples since at least 12,000 BCE, including the Muisca, Quimbaya, and the Tairona, along with the Inca Empire that expanded to the southwest of the country. Spaniards arrived in 1499 and by the mid-16th century annexed part of the region, establishing the New Kingdom of Granada, with Santafé de Bogotá as its capital. Independence from Spain was achieved in 1819, but by 1830 the Gran Colombia Federation was dissolved, with what is now Colombia and Panama emerging as the Republic of New Granada. The new nation experimented with federalism as the Granadine Confederation (1858), and then the United States of Colombia (1863), before the Republic of Colombia was finally declared in 1886. (Source)
  • Colombia has been inhabited since 12,000 BCE.
  • Colombia has the second-highest biodiversity in the world, second only to Brazil, though first in bird species. It has the largest number of species in the world, plant and animal, that can be found nowhere else in the world. 10% of all of Earth’s species live in Colombia, including 1900 species of birds which is more than North America and Europe combined.
  • Colombia’s land encompasses Amazon rainforest, highlands, grasslands, deserts, islands and coastlines.
  • Colombia is the only country in South America to be on both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.
  • Colombia is the only NATO Global Partner in Latin America.
  • Colombia has a diversified economy which is the third largest in South America.
  • Because of its location, Colombia was a corridor of early human civilization.
  • Colombia has six, very distinct ‘natural regions’. These are: the Andean Region, the Caribbean Region, the Pacific Region adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, the Orinoquía Region (part of the Llanos plains), the Amazon Region, and the Insular Region, comprising islands in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
  • Colombia is bordered to the northwest by Panama, to the east by Venezuela and Brazil, to the south by Ecuador and Peru and is part of the Ring of Fire, a region of the world subject to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
  • 99% of the population speaks Spanish. Colombia also has 65 Amerindian languages.
  • Given the diversity of its landscape, Colombia’s climate is equally diverse and can be categorized as any of the following: tropical rainforest, savanna, steppe, desert and mountain climates.
  • Gabriel Garcia Marques is one of the most famous authors to come from Colombia. He is the author of Love in the Time of Cholera (1985) and won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.

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25 thoughts on “Colombia

  1. Love the diversity. The beach photo just makes me want to get up and go stick my toes in the sand. And I would totally stay on that island…that would be paradise!

  2. The picture of the mountains with the winding road is totally awesome. Can you see yourself traveling that road? It makes you ask? — Where did it come from and where is it going??? That picture inspires so many thoughts!!

  3. What a beautiful country and the scenery is fantastic. Enjoyed all the videos and pictures. Would love to see Cartagena’s Old Town-that looks so awesome! AZ

  4. CColumbia is a beautiful country. My husband flew out of there in the early 80s and while it wasn’t as safe for Americans as it is now it was a beautiful place to visit and we enjoyed it very much.

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