Colombia is a territory of big cities, where Bogotá, Medellín and Cali stand out as the three main capitals. Also, this is where the greatest amount of population, industries, commerce and multiple tourism alternatives are concentrated.
But there is more to Colombia then these three cities. How many major cities in Colombia do you know? Let us take you through a set of questions to discover more about the major cities in this country.
Answer: Bogotá. It is the major city in Colombia, with a population of close to 8 million inhabitants. It is located in the center of the country, in a highland of fertile lands dedicated to milk production and the cultivation and export of flowers.
It is the political, administrative, economic, industrial, artistic, cultural, sports and, of course, tourist epicenter of the country. It is a diverse and multicultural city in which modern constructions are combined with those of the colonial past.
Answer: Medellín. The second most populated city in Colombia is Medellín, capital of the department of Antioquia. Located in the central mountain range of the Andes, it is an ideal destination for hiking, zip-line and horseback riding.
It is located in the middle of a valley surrounded by mountains, near the agricultural and mining regions of the country. It is also known for being the main producer of textiles and clothing, having helped turning it into one of the major cities in Colombia.
Answer: Cali. It is the third most populated city in the country with 2.100.000 inhabitants, it is surrounded by the fertile valley of the Cauca river, covered by huge expanses of sugar cane.
Despite being one of the oldest cities in Colombia, it was not until the middle of the 20th century that its great urban and economic growth began, making it one of the major cities in Colombia.
It is the capital of the department of Valle del Cauca and is considered one of the oldest cities in America.
Answer: Barranquilla. Capital of the department of Atlántico, Barranquilla is the fourth most populated city in the country. Here one of the most important cultural festivities of Colombia is celebrated: the Barranquilla Carnival, which has been declared Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
In addition, the city stands out for its architectural beauty, its natural landscapes and the happiness of the people.
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Answer: Cartagena de Indias. The fifth most populated city in Colombia is Cartagena de Indias, capital of the department of Bolívar.
Located on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, it has preserved its historic center, the Walled City, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
We also want to highlight its excellent beaches.
Answer: Cúcuta. Officially San José de Cúcuta, capital of the department of Norte de Santander.
It houses many places of interest such as, for example, the Monumento a Cristo Rey, a viewpoint that offers spectacular views, or the Column of Padilla, an obelisk in honor of Admiral Padilla.
Answer: After a survey that asked more than 14.000 inhabitants of 11 main cities of the country what they thought was the best city to live in, Medellín was voted as the best city to live in Colombia in 2019.
The city was the best valued by its inhabitants itself: 84% of them were satisfied with their city. It is also known that the inhabitants of this city are extremely proud of their city, and they are even considered arrogant because of it by other Colombians.
So! How many answers did you guess correctly? Can you be considered a Colombia specialist?
We invite you to get to know these amazing cities during your next trip to Colombia and see their wonders with your own eyes!