20 Facts To Know About Colombia Before You Make That Big Trip
Colombia is a country full of surprises, its food, music, festivals and diversity are what make it one of the most authentic and fun places to visit! Here are some facts about it, that you will love.
1. Colombia is a pretty big deal when it comes to size.
This ain’t no one week tour kind of country. Colombia’s surface size is equivalent to the sum of France, Spain, and Portugal combined. Patience for those who plan travel off the beaten path is essential. Pro tip; internal flights are cheap, particularly for those who book in advance.
2. Colombia is a land of many neighbors.
Colombia’s land borders with five different countries including Venezuela, Brazil, Panamá, Perú and Ecuador. It’s close connection to these countries make it a great hub for international travel.
3. It has the 2nd highest coastal mountain range in the world
Mountain lovers will be excited to learn that Colombia is home to the Sierra Nevada. Still, be prepared to appreciate from afar especially when it comes to Cristobal Colon. For the indigenous of the region, the mountain is considered sacred and access is not open to the public.
4. It has the tallest palm trees in the world
One of the coolest fun facts about Colombia is that it is home to the world’s biggest palm trees. Some can measure up to 60 m!
5. El Dorado has a lake full of gold
Fans of Disney and tall tales probably already know all about the legend of El Eldorado. The secret city where gold supposedly paves the streets and lights up water. Treasure hunters have spent centuries in search of the gold-laced city lost in the jungle.
6. The world’s most beloved hips were born here.
The famous singer and “The Voice” judge Shakira was born in Colombia. You can even hear a shout out to the country in a lot of her songs.
7. It was a pirate gold mine
A Spanish shipwreck worth billions of dollars was found odd of the coast of Colombia by the government.
8. Colombia is just a nickname!
The official name of Colombia is the Republic of Colombia. The country declared its independence from Spain in 1810 but wasn’t recognized until 1819.
9. It has the 28th largest population in the world.
The country has an estimated population of over 49 million, it’s total area of 44-,831 square miles makes it the 25th largest country by area.
10. The official language is Spanish, but English is official in certain areas
There are other ethnic languages and dialects spoken throughout the country. San Andres Island has English as an official language, as well as Spanish.
11. The flag has meaning.
The national flag of Colombia was adopted on November 26, 1861. The flag is known to have triband with horizontal bands of yellow, blue and red. Yellow represents the riches of the country. Blue represents the seas of its shores and red represents blood spilled for its independence.
12. It has the largest Gold Collection in the World.
The Gold Museum is located in Bogotá and has the largest gold collection in the world. The museum displays a selection of Pre Hispanic gold work with approximately 34.000 pieces. It’s a must when visiting the city.
13. It has a whole lot of jungle.
One-third of Colombia is made up of the Amazon rainforest.
14. It has one of the highest cities in the world.
At 8,530 ft Bogota is the highest city of its size on the world map.
15. Bogota is also one of the world’s smartest.
The cities great tech advances have also made it known as one of the smartest cities in the world.
16. It has the Salsa Capital of the World.
If you are a Salsa lover you need to visit Cali, the Salsa Capital of the World! You won’t stop dancing on your visit.
17. Kids get hyped up on cafe con leche.
As is true for most Latin American countries it is pretty normal to see children of Colombia sipping on coffee after dinner.
18. Bikers beware.
Colombia has one of the largest bike routes in South America. It stretches over 300 kilometers.
19. It has a high life expectancy.
The overall life expectancy of the average Colombian male at birth is 71.2 years and 78.4 years for females.
20. Is One of the Happiest Countries in the World.
According to different studies Colombia is on of the happiest countries in the world. Main reasons for this are its music, festivals, people and of course food!