GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Colombia is a country at the northern tip of South America. It's landscape is marked by rainforests, Andes mountains and numerous coffeee plantations. In the high-altitude capital, Bogotá, the Zona Rosa district is known for its restaurants and shops. Cartagena, on the Caribbean coast, has a walled colonial Old Town, a 16th-century castle and nearby coral reefs.

COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

46,039,000

RELIGION

Roman Catholic

CAPITAL

Bogotá (7,594,000)

LIFE EXPECTANCY

71

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $6,100

AREA

1,141,748 square kilometers (440,831 square miles)

LANGUAGE

Spanish

LITERACY PERCENT

93

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LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

Barranquilla Bocas-de-Ceniza---1.-The-railroad-in-the-middle-of-the-ocean---781 COVER

BARRANQUILLA

Barranquilla, the capital of Colombia’s Atlántico Department, is a bustling seaport flanked by the Magdalena River. In the chic neighborhood of El Prado, the Museo Romántico showcases artifacts from past festivals and exhibits on famous Colombians, like writer Gabriel García Márquez.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February) Bogota Candelaria---Museo-Botero---10063 COVER

BOGOTA

Bogotá is Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital. La Candelaria, its cobblestoned center, features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco. It is also home to popular museums including the Museo Botero, showcasing Fernando Botero's art, and the Museo del Oro, displaying pre-Columbian gold pieces.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Cali---Museo-La-Tertulia---2768 COVER

CALI

Cali is a Colombian city in the Valle del Cauca department, southwest of Bogotá. It is known for salsa dancing (there are many clubs in the suburb of Juanchito). In Cali’s oldest quarter, the neoclassical San Pedro Cathedral houses paintings of the Quito School. Nearby is the 18th- and 19th-century San Francisco Religious Complex. La Merced Chapel is where the first mass was held after Cali was founded in 1536.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Cartagena---Fortino-San-Felipe---11069 COVER

CARTAGENA

Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. With a tropical climate, the city is also a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are Isla de Barú, with white-sand beaches and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Cimitarra---2721 COVER

CIMITARRA

Cimitarra is a town and municipality in the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Ipiales---Las-Lajas-sanctuary---Outside-views---9355 COVER

IPIALES

Ipiales is located on the high plateau called "Tuquerres e Ipiales." It is known for its proximity to Las Lajas Sanctuary, a Catholic pilgrimage site. One of the biggest festivals is called the "Black and White Carnival": during this event, people from Ipiales celebrate racial diversity, painting each other with make-up and a white soap called careoca.

Fabio_s-LifeTour-Colombia-2015-January-February-Medellin-Pueblito-Paisa-617-COVER

MEDELLIN

Medellín is the capital of Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, it hosts a famous annual Flower Festival. Modern metrocables link the city to surrounding barrios and offer views of the Aburrá Valley below. Sculptures by Fernando Botero decorate downtown's Botero Plaza, while the Museo de Antioquia displays more of the Colombian artist’s work.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Pasto---Templo-de-San-Juan-Bautista---10654 COVER

PASTO

Pasto is a city in western Colombia known for its Blacks and Whites Carnival. The Carnival Museum houses giant figures used in the celebratory parades. The colonial, Moorish-influenced Temple of St. John the Baptist sits beside central Nariño Square. The Banco de la República Gold Museum displays pre-Columbian artifacts. Southwest of Pasto is Las Lajas Sanctuary, a Gothic church built into a gorge.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Popayan---Universidad-del-Cauca---9663 COVER

POPAYAN

Popayán is a city in western Colombia, southwest of Bogotá. It's known for its whitewashed colonial buildings and as a religious center with popular Holy Week processions. The city's many churches include the domed, neoclassical Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption and the 17th-century Church of La Ermita. In the city’s heart, tree-shaded Caldas Park is home to a 17th-century clock tower.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Santa-Marta---Tayrona-park---Feeding-iguanas---8073 COVER

SANTA MARTA

Santa Marta is a city on the Caribbean Sea, in the northern Colombian department of Magdalena. A busy port, it was also the first Spanish settlement in Colombia. It is the gateway for trips into the Tayrona National Natural Park, and for multiday guided treks to the Lost City (Teyuna) archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Villa-de-Leyva---Plaza-Mayor---2443 COVER

VILLA DE LEYVA

Villa de Leyva is a Colombian town northeast of Bogotá. It is known for its whitewashed colonial buildings, cobbled lanes and vast Plaza Mayor. On that square are the early 17th-century Our Lady of the Rosary church and the House of the First Congress of the United Provinces, where new laws were drafted after independence in 1812. Southwest of the plaza is the Antonio Nariño House Museum, where this war hero died.

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Zipaquira_---Parque-Principal-_-Iglesia-Zipaquira---4476 COVER

ZIPAQUIRA'

Zipaquirá is a city in central Colombia, northeast of Bogotá. It’s known for its subterranean Salt Cathedral, a church in a vast salt mine featuring the Stations of the Cross carved out of rock salt. Just outside is a monument to miners. The Zipaquirá Archaeological Museum has pre-Columbian artifacts. The Casa del Nobel Gabriel García Márquez is a cultural center in a building where the author studied in the 1940s.

BARRANQUILLA

Barranquilla Bocas-de-Ceniza---1.-The-railroad-in-the-middle-of-the-ocean---781 COVER

Barranquilla, the capital of Colombia’s Atlántico Department, is a bustling seaport flanked by the Magdalena River. In the chic neighborhood of El Prado, the Museo Romántico showcases artifacts from past festivals and exhibits on famous Colombians, like writer Gabriel García Márquez.

BOGOTA

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February) Bogota Candelaria---Museo-Botero---10063 COVER

Bogotá is Colombia’s sprawling, high-altitude capital. La Candelaria, its cobblestoned center, features colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical performance hall Teatro Colón and the 17th-century Iglesia de San Francisco. It is also home to popular museums including the Museo Botero, showcasing Fernando Botero's art, and the Museo del Oro, displaying pre-Columbian gold pieces.

CALI

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Cali---Museo-La-Tertulia---2768 COVER

Cali is a Colombian city in the Valle del Cauca department, southwest of Bogotá. It is known for salsa dancing (there are many clubs in the suburb of Juanchito). In Cali’s oldest quarter, the neoclassical San Pedro Cathedral houses paintings of the Quito School. Nearby is the 18th- and 19th-century San Francisco Religious Complex. La Merced Chapel is where the first mass was held after Cali was founded in 1536.

CARTAGENA

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Cartagena---Fortino-San-Felipe---11069 COVER

Cartagena is a port city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. By the sea is the walled Old Town, founded in the 16th century, with squares, cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. With a tropical climate, the city is also a popular beach destination. Reachable by boat are Isla de Barú, with white-sand beaches and palm trees, and the Islas del Rosario, known for their coral reefs.

CIMITARRA

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Cimitarra---2721 COVER

Cimitarra is a town and municipality in the Santander Department in northeastern Colombia.

IPIALES

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Ipiales---Las-Lajas-sanctuary---Outside-views---9355 COVER

Ipiales is located on the high plateau called "Tuquerres e Ipiales." It is known for its proximity to Las Lajas Sanctuary, a Catholic pilgrimage site. One of the biggest festivals is called the "Black and White Carnival": during this event, people from Ipiales celebrate racial diversity, painting each other with make-up and a white soap called careoca.

MEDELLIN

Fabio_s-LifeTour-Colombia-2015-January-February-Medellin-Pueblito-Paisa-617-COVER

Medellín is the capital of Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, it hosts a famous annual Flower Festival. Modern metrocables link the city to surrounding barrios and offer views of the Aburrá Valley below. Sculptures by Fernando Botero decorate downtown's Botero Plaza, while the Museo de Antioquia displays more of the Colombian artist’s work.

PASTO

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Pasto---Templo-de-San-Juan-Bautista---10654 COVER

Pasto is a city in western Colombia known for its Blacks and Whites Carnival. The Carnival Museum houses giant figures used in the celebratory parades. The colonial, Moorish-influenced Temple of St. John the Baptist sits beside central Nariño Square. The Banco de la República Gold Museum displays pre-Columbian artifacts. Southwest of Pasto is Las Lajas Sanctuary, a Gothic church built into a gorge.

POPAYAN

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Popayan---Universidad-del-Cauca---9663 COVER

Popayán is a city in western Colombia, southwest of Bogotá. It's known for its whitewashed colonial buildings and as a religious center with popular Holy Week processions. The city's many churches include the domed, neoclassical Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption and the 17th-century Church of La Ermita. In the city’s heart, tree-shaded Caldas Park is home to a 17th-century clock tower.

SANTA MARTA

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Santa-Marta---Tayrona-park---Feeding-iguanas---8073 COVER

Santa Marta is a city on the Caribbean Sea, in the northern Colombian department of Magdalena. A busy port, it was also the first Spanish settlement in Colombia. It is the gateway for trips into the Tayrona National Natural Park, and for multiday guided treks to the Lost City (Teyuna) archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

VILLA DE LEYVA

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Villa-de-Leyva---Plaza-Mayor---2443 COVER

Villa de Leyva is a Colombian town northeast of Bogotá. It is known for its whitewashed colonial buildings, cobbled lanes and vast Plaza Mayor. On that square are the early 17th-century Our Lady of the Rosary church and the House of the First Congress of the United Provinces, where new laws were drafted after independence in 1812. Southwest of the plaza is the Antonio Nariño House Museum, where this war hero died.

ZIPAQUIRA'

Fabio_s-LifeTour---Colombia-(2015-January-February)---Zipaquira_---Parque-Principal-_-Iglesia-Zipaquira---4476 COVER

Zipaquirá is a city in central Colombia, northeast of Bogotá. It’s known for its subterranean Salt Cathedral, a church in a vast salt mine featuring the Stations of the Cross carved out of rock salt. Just outside is a monument to miners. The Zipaquirá Archaeological Museum has pre-Columbian artifacts. The Casa del Nobel Gabriel García Márquez is a cultural center in a building where the author studied in the 1940s.

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