South America, Colombia
Colombia

The capital city of Bogota is making great strides in reducing vehicle emissions, with South America’s largest network of bicycle routes, connecting the city centre to the slums and suburbs.

How They Dazzle Us

Thanks to Pablo Escobar and his exploits in the eighties and nineties, Colombia has become synonymous with drug dealing, corruption and violence, but there is so much more to Colombia than that. Once known as the murder capital of the world, the second largest city of Medellin has undergone a miraculous transformation and is now a cultural hub of artistic creativity.

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Why We Love Them

Despite a rocky past, Colombians are resilient and optimistic. In 2013 and 2014 the country was voted the happiest in the world according the Barometer of Happiness and Hope. Visitors describe the Colombian community as helpful, hopeful and endearing.

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Their Sustainable Superpower

Colombia is one of only 17 official megadiverse countries in the world. In fact, the country is so biodiverse, it’s second only to Brazil, which is 17 times its size. This dense wildlife terrain is under constant threat of not only man-made factors, but also volcanic eruptions and earthquakes as it’s part of what’ known as The Ring of Fire, a group of five countries particularly susceptible to these natural disasters. The capital city of Bogota is making great strides in reducing vehicle emissions, with South America’s largest network of bicycle routes, connecting the city centre to the slums and suburbs.

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Best Time to Visit

Colombia is right on the equator, so the temperatures remain consistently high all year round. If you’re looking to avoid the tourist crowds and save a bit on your trip, you should head to Colombia during the shoulder seasons, just before the dry season which runs from December to March. The capital city also sees tourist peaks in July and August.

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Unique Foods

Colombian cuisine is a fusion of African, Caribbean, Spanish and indigenous Chibcha influences. Breads and fried pastries are a common feature in the country's diet. They are also big fans of fruit juice, being the world's largest consumer of the sugar-filled drink. The tropical climate means there is an abundance f fruits grown in the country to feed the demand.

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Visa Details

Please consult the closest embassy or consulate of Colombia

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