Colombia is quickly becoming a trending destination for many types of travelers. From the Caribbean’s beaches to the impressive Andes Mountains, to the magical Amazon Rainforest to historic, colonial cities. Colombia is now on every traveler’s bucket list. If you’re wondering ‘what Colombia is known for? than you are lucky because ‘ we’ve put together a list of the main interesting facts about Colombia.
First of, Colombian coffee is considered to be one of the best coffees on the planet. Located in the heart of the Andean Range is Colombia’s fertile coffee triangle. Ideal weather conditions and its geographical location have a strong hand in why world-famous coffee is produced here.
Locals like it so much, that it has now become some sort of a Colombian tradition to spend hours chatting while drinking a cup of it.
Even if it seems cliché, it’s completely true! If there is one thing Colombia is known for, it is for its people. Open, friendly, passionate and fun. Most of Colombians feel genuine joy and gratitude for the travelers who come to explore their beautiful country.
In fact, they are aware that because of their recent history, the country suffers from a great deal of negative stereotyping. Having open-minded adventurers who leave aside these ideas, and come to know the real Colombia is greatly appreciated.
Colombia is the world’s largest producer of emeralds, followed by Brazil. In fact, around 70-90% of the Emeralds in the world come from Colombia. They are frequently extracted in the eastern cordillera, los Andes.
These stones are so pure and beautiful that they are amongst the highest priced.
Colombia is known for its rich biodiversity. It is in fact considered one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. As National Geographic says, Colombia is “home to 10% of the world’s flora and fauna species”.
Colombia ranks number 1 in bird and orchid species diversity, and number 2 in plants, butterflies, freshwater fishes, and amphibians.
Most of the country is covered with mountains (including Los Andes), but that’s not all. Colombia is known for being the only country in the world with coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
There is also the Amazon rainforest in the south, a semi-deserted area in the North, and extensive plains towards the east. There are landscapes and weathers for all tastes!
Colombians are not only sports fans but are also very good and world champions at different kinds of sports. The country is most famous for football, though. Football is more like a culture or a festival rather than just a sport.
The 2014 World Cup was a milestone for the country. Players like James Rodriguez, Falcao, Cuadrado, Ospina, Jackson became world-known after their great performance that year and their cheerful attitude.
Juan Pablo Montoya, Nairo Quintana, Mariana Pajón, Caterine Ibargüen and Edgar Rentería are a few world-famous Colombian athletes.
You probably have heard about Shakira and Sofía Vergara. But Botero, Gabriel García Márquez, Carlos Vives, Juanes are just some of those people who are well known in their field.
Colombia is known for being the country with the happiest people on Earth. According to a 2016 index that shows how each country is better, Colombia is the champion in happiness.
A report from the World Happiness Report of 2017 ranks the country as number 2 on the list after Fiji.
Colombia is known for its rich and diverse food. There is not so much of a national dish as a range of regional specialties. Each region has its own character, born from a unique history and a unique set of flavors.
Traditional Colombian food is a mix and match of influences; from indigenous ingredients and exotic spices, to Spanish, African and a slight Arab touch in some regions. All of this combined, results in a uniquely diverse and exciting coalition of flavors.
Our Colombia is known for the production of the best coffee in the world, but also for its charcoal, for its excellent emeralds, for its beautiful flowers and, of course, its beautiful women.
Tropical paradise endowed with an extraordinary natural beauty and a wide biological and cultural diversity. Home to happy, honest and hardworking people.
Colombia is the land of writers, poets, musicians and artists of international renown; land of dreamers and fighters who travel the world carrying with them the best of our own: that joy and love for life.
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