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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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A Spanish shipwreck worth billions of dollars was found odd of the coast of Colombia by the government.

8. Colombia is just a nickname!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One-third of Colombia is made up of the Amazon rainforest.

14. It has one of the highest cities in the world.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Colombia has one of the largest bike routes in South America. It stretches over 300 kilometers.

19. It has a high life expectancy.

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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.

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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!


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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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In A Post-Covid World, Here Is Where You All Said Want To Travel

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Covid put a stop to our travel plans for 2020. After almost a year in lockdown, we have had time to plan fantasy trips and explore the world. We asked you where you wanted to visit and here are some of the places you all can’t wait to see.

Argentina

Argentina offers something for everyone. As on of the southernmost countries in the world, Argentina offers natural sights that will make nature lovers swoon. Into architecture? Cities like Mendoza offers a look at the art-deco style that will make you feel like you are back in time. Don’t forget to try to make a trip down to Ushuaia, the End of the World for a spectacular view.

Cuba

Cuba is a tricky one but a beautiful place to see. The country is filled with old buildings and cars that make it feel like a time capsule. Now, the island is old because they are oppressed and don’t have much. But you can always find ways to make sure that you help people of the island instead of giving the money to government approved businesses.

Costa Rica

This is about as wild and wondrous as it gets. Costa Rica will give everyone a chance to really be one with nature. The Central American country is a rainforest oasis with nature everywhere you look. The country prides itself on how development is not encroaching on nature and has even outlawed zoos and aquariums.

Honduras

Honduras is an underestimated place to visit. The food and people are warm and inviting. There has been some unrest in the country in recent years and a series of hurricanes has devastated the population. Tourism is a great way to bring money into a place the needs it. Just don’t take advantage of them while you are there.

Mexico

Mexico is a country filled with wonders new and old. You can experience the ruins of some of the oldest civilizations and bask in the modernity of Mexico City. The food is as diverse and vibrant as the people with delicious moles in Oaxaca and experimental fusions in Mexico City. Valle de Guadalupe is home to some farm to table restaurants and exquisite wineries. It truly is a journey of the sense if you take time to see the country.

Colombia

Colombia is one of South America’s gems. After years of internal conflict, the nation is growing and quickly becoming a destination. Bogotá and Medellín are great but make it a point to visit Cali. The city is one of the place everyone should visit if they make their way to Colombia.

READ: Mexico Announces 11 New Pueblos Mágicos And It’s The Post-COVID Travel Lust We All Need Right Now

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Video Shows A Man Who Lied About His COVID-19 Symptoms Dying On A Flight

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Video Shows A Man Who Lied About His COVID-19 Symptoms Dying On A Flight

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There’s a reason the CDC is recommending that people avoid travelling during the holidays–there’s no way of knowing the health statuses of the people around you. This fact was illustrated very clearly by a shocking event that occurred last Monday that was caught on video.

On December 14th, a man died on a United Airlines flight from Orlando to Los Angeles after lying about his symptoms.

Since news of his death went viral, footage of multiple passengers performing emergency CPR on him for 45 minutes has since been circulated.

According to various reports, the unidentified man was exhibiting troubling symptoms before the plane took off–namely shaking, sweating heavily and breathing with difficulty. About an hour into the flight, the man stopped breathing and the flight crew asked for CPR volunteers. In the meantime, they diverted the flight to New Orleans.

By the time the plane landed and the man was transported to the local hospital, he was pronounced dead.

Like every other passenger, the man had filled out a pre-flight checklist in which he agreed that he was not exhibiting any symptoms of coronavirus.

United later confirmed that the deceased passenger “wrongly acknowledged this requirement.”

Passengers also confirmed that the airline did not take people’s temperatures when boarding the flight. One passenger also reported that, after the diversion, United did not switch planes, but instead gave passengers the option of

In response to this, United gave the following statement: “At the time of the diversion, we were informed he had suffered a cardiac arrest, so passengers were given the option to take a later flight or continue on with their travel plans.”

According to the flight’s passengers, the man’s wife was also overheard saying that her husband had been ill in the days leading up to the flight and that he had also lost his sense of taste and smell.

One of the passengers that attempted to resuscitate the man described the experience later via Twitter.

“I made the decision to attempt to save the passengers life and along with 2 others performed CPR for close to an hour until we landed. And continued to help the firefighters when they came onboard,” wrote passenger Tony Aldapa.

He continued: “I spent the remainder of the flight covered in my own sweat and in that man’s urine. I have since become symptomatic myself and am awaiting the results of my second test. I have not been contacted by the airline or by @CDCgov as of this time.”

Unsurprisingly, many people are upset both at United for failing to have a protocol in place from preventing sick passengers from boarding their planes and at the unidentified man for knowing he was sick and putting everyone in danger.

“What a disaster!” wrote one Twitter user. “Not only was passenger and family exhibiting selfish behavior, United Airlines continues to exhibit incompetence as an airline.”

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