35 Interesting Facts About Colombia (You Probably Didn't Know) (2022)

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Some Fun and Interesting Facts About Colombia 1. Colombia is the Second Most Biodiverse Country in the World 2. Colombia is the #1 Most Biodiverse Country in Birdlife 3. Colombia is #1 in Emerald Exportation 4. Coffee Lover’s Rejoice!! Colombian Coffee Comes in at #3 in the World 5. Colombia is Often Voted One of the World’s Happiest Countries 6. Colombia is #2 in Flower Exportation 7. Colombia has a Naturally Occurring Rainbow River 8. Looking for an English Breakfast? Colombia has a better version 9. Colombia has the 2nd Largest Carnival Celebration in all of South America 10. Colombia has 30+ different kinds of Exotic Fruits 11. Colombia is a Country of Celebration. They have 18 Public Holidays Each Year 12. Colombia Contains a Portion of the Amazon Rainforest 13. “Tejo” is the National Sport of Colombia 14. Colombia has 102 Different Indigenous Groups. Some Were Living in Colombia 14,000 Years Ago 15. The National Drink of Colombia is a Licorice Fire-Water known as Aguardiente 16. Shakira is Colombian & She isn’t the Only Colombian Musician to Rise to Fame 17. Colombia is Home to the Pink River Dolphins 18. Colombia has Coastline on Both the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean 19. At 8,360 ft Above Sea Level Bogota is one of the Highest Major Cities in the World 20. Colombia has 60 National Parks that cover over 10% of the Country 21. Ever Wanted to Vacation on the Moon? La Guajira May be the Closest You Can Get 22. Children Regularly Drink Coffee con Leche While Adults Drink Tinto- Strong Black Coffee 23. Colombia has the Most Endemic Species of Anywhere in the World 24. The National Anthem Plays on the Radio and Television Twice Per Day as Required by Law 25. Colombia Also has South America’s Longest Bicycle Route 26. Bogota is One of the Top Cities in the World for Graffiti Art 27. Colombia is 4th in Cosmetic Enhancements in the World 28. The Town of Loro in Chaco Experiences the Most Annual Rainfall in the World 29. Colombia is the 25th Largest Country on Earth 30. Colombia is Home to the World’s Tallest Palm Trees 31. El Dorado- The mythical city of gold & riches was based on a group of indigenous peoples in Colombia 32. Colombia has a Functional Church Made of Salt Underground 33. The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of Santa Marta is the 2nd Highest Coastal Mountain Range in the World 34. The Lost City of Colombia Contains Ruins Older than Those of Machu Picchu 35. Colombia has the World’s Largest Flower Festival AND the World’s Largest Salsa Festival FAQs Videos

by Steven Dillon | Feb 4, 2021

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Some Fun and Interesting Facts About Colombia

Curious about Colombia?

You binge-watched Narcos on Netflix and saw a few jaw-dropping travel photos on Instagram and now you want to know what this country is all about.

Well, look no further.

The country that exists today is far removed from the dramatized version of the 80’s era Colombia portrayed in Narcos.

There are a million reasons to put Colombia on the top of your travel wish-list. It’s the perfect combination of modern city life and the serenity of raw untouched nature. The food is out of this world and the country is one of the most biodiverse in the entire world. Colombia can give you a taste of whatever it is you’re looking for. But there are also some lesser-known wonders of Colombia. Like it’s bustling emerald trade or it’s rainbow-colored rivers.

So let’s get travel-inspired and take a look at some fun and interesting facts.

Here are 35 interesting facts about Colombia.

1. Colombia is the Second Most Biodiverse Country in the World

Only second to its massive neighbor Brazil. Colombia is also one of only 17 countries in the world classified as “megadiverse”. One out of every 10 species can be found in Colombia. 1/10th of all species on EARTH!The key is its varied eco-systems. Colombia has deserts, rainforests, Andean cloud forests, and wide-open savannahs allowing almost every kind of organism to thrive.

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2. Colombia is the #1 Most Biodiverse Country in Birdlife

#2 in plants, fish, and amphibians, #3 in palm trees and reptiles, and #4 in mammals. If you love nature this is the place to experience it.

3. Colombia is #1 in Emerald Exportation

70-90% of the world’s emeralds come from Colombia! The Colombian emerald is highly esteemed in the gemstone world because of its deep bright green hue. It’s the standard for quality gemstones. The rival emeralds mined in Zambia offer a more blue-ish green hue- a less traditional coloration.

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4. Coffee Lover’s Rejoice!! Colombian Coffee Comes in at #3 in the World

Brazil and Vietnam’s beans may still be more common but I prefer the rich bold flavor of Colombian coffee. With over 500,000 farming families it’s no surprise they top this list.Unfortunately, because of the high demand most of the beans leave the country! Just look for café’s boasting single-origin coffee or drink your fill in the coffee regions of Colombia such as the Cocora Valley and Santa Marta.But the big secret is….coffee isn’t actually native to Colombia. Although perfectly suited for growing the energizing elixir, it wasn’t naturally occurring. It was imported in the 1700s and then production exploded from there.

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5. Colombia is Often Voted One of the World’s Happiest Countries

In fact, in 2013 and 2014 Colombia claimed the “#1 Happiest Country in the World” title according to the surveying of the Barometer of Happiness and Hope Foundation. And Colombia is always near the top of the list.

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    6. Colombia is #2 in Flower Exportation

    The United States alone orders 4 billion roses every year from Colombia (many for Valentine’s Day). Its position on the equator allows for some of the straightest stemmed roses in the world. Colombia is also home to more than 4,000 species of orchids. Fun Fact: Roses grow directly up to the sun. This means that to have the perfectly straight stemmed roses iconic for romantic gifts, they have to come from an equatorial country such as Colombia.

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    7. Colombia has a Naturally Occurring Rainbow River

    Caño Cristales, also known as the river of 5 colors, is a brightly hued freshwater river whose aquatic plants and algae have created a red, blue, orange, yellow, and green flowing stream.The vibrant water is unique and colors like this are found in no other streams on earth.

    8. Looking for an English Breakfast? Colombia has a better version

    Bandeja Paisa. The meaty masterpiece of Colombia’s Antioquia region. Most often served for breakfast this pile of ground beef, chicharrones, avocado, rice, beans, plantain, fried egg, arepa, and chorizo can be a gut buster. But it’s Colombia on a plate.

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    9. Colombia has the 2nd Largest Carnival Celebration in all of South America

    Everyone has heard of Carnaval in Rio, but few travelers know that the second largest celebration occurs in Colombia’s Caribbean city of Barranquilla. And boy, is it a party. Festival-goers take to the streets for parades, dancing, and celebrating all it means to be Colombian. It’s a cultural explosion of music and colors. Not to be missed if visiting in February.

    10. Colombia has 30+ different kinds of Exotic Fruits

    Whether blended into a fruit smoothie or plucked straight off the tree, Colombia is a fruit-lovers paradise. Here are just a few of the unique tropical fruits you’ll find at the local markets.

    • Araza. An Amazonian sour fruit.
    • Carambolo. Otherwise known as Starfruit.
    • Cherimoya. The sugar apple.
    • Curuba. A variety of passionfruit.
    • Granadilla. Tasty orange fruit similar to passionfruit.
    • Guama. Also known as the Ice Cream Bean.
    • Guanabana. The slimy white pulp that’s best eaten in a smoothie.

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    11. Colombia is a Country of Celebration. They have 18 Public Holidays Each Year

    With only 2-3 weeks of vacation per year for the average Colombian worker, they were in need of some public holidays!And with 18 government sanctioned holidays (most falling on Monday) the only country with more public holidays is India.

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      12. Colombia Contains a Portion of the Amazon Rainforest

      10% of the Amazon rainforest in fact. And they have taken great precautions to protect it and the indigenous peoples that reside there. The rainforest covers about 1/3 of the entire country.

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      13. “Tejo” is the National Sport of Colombia

      A popular pastime with Colombian men, you’ll throw heavy metal disks into clay pits covered in gunpowder landmines all the while downing copious amounts of local beer.It’s a little like a game of exploding horseshoes made infinitely more fun with a little alcohol.

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      14. Colombia has 102 Different Indigenous Groups. Some Were Living in Colombia 14,000 Years Ago

      The original locals. People were residing in Colombia long before Christopher Colombus (the namesake of Colombia) came ashore. 102 of these groups are still present in rural Colombia today.

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      15. The National Drink of Colombia is a Licorice Fire-Water known as Aguardiente

      A locally made liquor made from sugar cane it’s sweet, cheap, and best served straight up.

      16. Shakira is Colombian & She isn’t the Only Colombian Musician to Rise to Fame

      Shakira is indisputably the most popular Colombian musician but Grammy Award Winner Carlos Vives and Juanes also top the list.Music is the soul of Colombia. There’s Salsa, Reggaeton, Cumbia, Vallenato, Bachata, the list goes on and on. Most Colombians seem to come out of the womb with rhythm.

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        17. Colombia is Home to the Pink River Dolphins

        Yes, you read that right. Deep in the Amazon rainforest in the dark water rivers, you’ll find the pale pink faces of the Pink River Dolphins. Just another of Colombia’s unique animal species.Fun Fact: You may notice the abnormal body shape of the dolphins, which is due to their ability to rotate their neck. This is a function typical dolphins lack.

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        18. Colombia has Coastline on Both the Caribbean and Pacific Ocean

        Start daydreaming about the beaches now! Colombia has two coastlines and many small coastal islands to the North and the West.The rivalling coastlines offer two very different Colombian experiences with vibrant Cartagena in the Caribbean and laid-back Cali in the Pacific.

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        19. At 8,360 ft Above Sea Level Bogota is one of the Highest Major Cities in the World

        Prepare to take your time acclimating to the cooler thinner mountainous air of Colombia’s capital city. Bogota is a city in the sky, a rare sight for a city with such a large population.

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        20. Colombia has 60 National Parks that cover over 10% of the Country

        Only 1 less protected area than the United States and just as infinitely varied! Tayrona National Park is far and away the most touristed by locals and foreigners alike. Stunning white-sand beaches paired with the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range create a landscape like nowhere else on earth.The huge areas of land in these parks are marked by jungles, rainbow rivers (La Macarena), glaciers (Los Nevados), high-altitude lakes (Sierra Nevada del Cocuy), and some of the oldest rock paintings on the planet (Chiribiquete).

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        21. Ever Wanted to Vacation on the Moon? La Guajira May be the Closest You Can Get

        Another noteworthy Colombian region is its North Eastern deserts. The red rock formations and rolling empty terrain resemble what it would look like to have yourself a lunar landing.Although the region is very isolated and inhabited by several indigenous groups there are several tours that give you access to the unique landscapes.

        22. Children Regularly Drink Coffee con Leche While Adults Drink Tinto- Strong Black Coffee

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        What can we say? It’s a coffee country. While most European or American parents would rather die than increase the energy level of their youngsters it’s a norm in Colombia.

        23. Colombia has the Most Endemic Species of Anywhere in the World

        #1. Colombia isn’t just diverse in its animal and plant life. It’s unique.Over 9,100 species can ONLY be found in Colombia. From the Cotton-Top Tamarin to the Amazonian River dolphins there are many interesting animals that don’t exist outside the countries borders.

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          24. The National Anthem Plays on the Radio and Television Twice Per Day as Required by Law

          A quirky little display of patriotism. The anthem can be heard at both 6 AM and 6 PM.

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          25. Colombia Also has South America’s Longest Bicycle Route

          “Altro de Letras”.At over 300 km this route is perfect for cycling enthusiasts. But it’s no beginner path. It’s also known for being one of the toughest climbs on earth for cyclists. The road contains an 80km climb that slowly inches you from 468 meters above sea level in Mariquita to 3,663 meters above sea level in Paramo de Letras Pass.

          26. Bogota is One of the Top Cities in the World for Graffiti Art

          Artists from all over the world come to paint Bogota’s streets. Colorful murals depicting complex social issues, protest art, tributes to Colombian heritage, and whimsical cartoons cover the city.You’ll leave with a whole new appreciation for the art form.

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          27. Colombia is 4th in Cosmetic Enhancements in the World

          Breast augmentation, tummy tucks, and liposuction. Over 75,000 tourists flocked to Colombia last year to take advantage of their cheaper prices and readily available cosmetic procedures.And with Colombia’s love of the curvy female figure plastic surgery has become a major industry and widely accepted part of life.

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            28. The Town of Loro in Chaco Experiences the Most Annual Rainfall in the World

            Yes, more than Seattle, London, and Scotland. On average the rural town drowns in about 43 FEET of rainfall every year.

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            29. Colombia is the 25th Largest Country on Earth

            Colombia is more than twice the size of France or Spain and has the same length of coastline as the U.S. pacific coast.Basically it’s a massive country.Luckily with its many public bus systems and chartered transport it’s relatively easy to get around. It just takes some time. Get used to those long beautiful bus rides.

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            30. Colombia is Home to the World’s Tallest Palm Trees

            “Wax palms”.Native to the Cocora Valley’s humid Andean forests these Dr. Suess’s like trees stretch up to 200 feet tall. Not only are they an impressive sight shrouded in misty damp fog but they make a perfect home for some of Colombia’s endangered bird species.

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            31. El Dorado- The mythical city of gold & riches was based on a group of indigenous peoples in Colombia

            The city of gold and infinite riches. Yes, it is a myth but it was actually based on a man and not a hidden city. Legend has it he covered himself in gold every day and washed it off in the nearby lake every afternoon.The legend stems from an archeologically confirmed ceremony in which the Muisca society in Colombia choose their new leader. They covered the applicant in gold dust and took him to the middle of a sacred lake where he would present offerings of gold and emeralds to the gods by heaving them into the waters.

            32. Colombia has a Functional Church Made of Salt Underground

            200 meters underground in an abandoned salt mine lies the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá. Both a functional catholic church and tourist attraction, religious enthusiasts often make a pilgrimage to the impressive cavern.

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              33. The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range of Santa Marta is the 2nd Highest Coastal Mountain Range in the World

              So what exactly does that mean to you? It means that you get stunning beaches like Parque de Tayrona framed by lush green mountain ranges. Mountains that meet the sea!This particular mountain range is also on the move. It has migrated 1,000 miles over the course of history.

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              34. The Lost City of Colombia Contains Ruins Older than Those of Machu Picchu

              Deep in the Sierra Nevada mountain range lies an ancient city that was slowly swallowed by the jungle. In the 1970s the city was rediscovered by the developed world and was determined to be 650 years older than the famous ruins of Machu Picchu.The Lost City requires a 3-5 day trek to reach that can be organized with several tourism agencies in the area (check out our Guide on Hiking in Colombia for our tips on how to organize your trek to the Lost City).

              35. Colombia has the World’s Largest Flower Festival AND the World’s Largest Salsa Festival

              Dancing is no joke in Colombia. With salsa clubs on every corner, music is a huge part of everyday life in the country. So it’s no surprise the largest organized annual salsa event happens here. The World Salsa Festival in Cali, Colombia draws over 44,000 people to the 4-day event.The Flower Festival in Medellin gets global praise every August when floral parades and pageantry take to the streets for a truly beautiful (and massive) cultural spectacle.

              FAQs

              How old is Colombia? ›

              Colombia
              Republic of Colombia República de Colombia (Spanish)
              Declared20 July 1810
              • Recognized7 August 1819
              • Last unitarisation1886
              • Secession of Panama1903
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              What is Colombia famous for? ›

              In a nutshell, Colombia is famous for its arepas and specialty coffee, as well as the kindness of its people. It's known for its diverse landscapes and culturally rich heritage where art, music, and theater mix. It also has its share of famous people like Shakira and Sofia Vergara.

              Did you know facts Colombia? ›

              Colombia is the second most biodiverse country in the world, after only Brazil which is 10 times its size, and one of only 17 “megadiverse” countries. It has the highest amount of species by area in the world, including more species of bird than all of Europe and North America combined.

              Why is Colombia spelled with an o? ›

              It goes back to Christopher Columbus. The names Colombia and Columbia both hail from the explorer and mean more or less the “Land of Columbus.” , it was likely decided that the name of a Spanish-speaking country should carry a spelling more approximate to the Spanish spelling. Hence, Colombia.

              Why Colombians are so happy? ›

              Despite the country's GDP and the problems linked to drug trade, Colombians seem to be the happiest people in the world: they consider themselves satisfied by numerous bonds of friendship and by a high level of personal freedom.

              Do kids in Columbia drink coffee? ›

              Most Colombians, even children, drink coffee. But the rate of consumption is just half that of the United States and less than in many European countries. Colombians also prefer to drink their coffee cheap; they would never pay the $3.50 a cup charged by New York cafes.

              Who is the most famous Colombian? ›

              It would be nice to put the former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos in the number one spot as the most famous Colombian. After all, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016 for bringing the country's more than 50-year civil war to an end.

              How do Colombians say hello? ›

              The common verbal greeting is “Buenos dias” (Good day), “Buenas tardes” (good afternoon) or “Buenas noches” (good evening/night) depending on the time of day. The formal title to greet people is 'señor' (mister) for men and 'señora' (missus) for women.

              How much is $100 US in Colombia? ›

              443851.00000

              What is the real name of Colombia? ›

              Colombia, officially Republic of Colombia, Spanish República de Colombia, country of northwestern South America.

              What did Colombians invent? ›

              Unbreakable earphones and a cell phone charger that runs on sunlight are some of the technological inventions created by Colombians who, with their creativity, talent and knowledge, have been able to design innovative green projects in order to improve people's lives and, at the same time, protect the environment.

              What's the best thing about Colombia? ›

              What makes Colombia the best country for a holiday? Colombia is one of the world's most diverse countries with two oceans, a range of climates, energetic cities, astonishing wildlife and things to do including kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, surfing, diving, dancing and more.

              What are Colombian traditions? ›

              Colombia celebrates Christmas and holidays

              The most typical Colombian Christmas traditions include eating natilla (a custard dish resembling a flan) and buñuelos (fried dough balls) and attending a Novena de Aguinaldos, when families come together to eat, sing carols (villancicos) and recite a set of prayers.

              What is Columbia named after? ›

              The name Columbia, derived from explorer Christopher Columbus, was used during the American Revolution era as a patriotic reference for the United States (In 1871, the Territory of Columbia officially was renamed District of Columbia.)

              What language does Colombia speak? ›

              More than 99.5% of Colombians speak Spanish. English has official status in the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina Islands. In addition to Spanish, there are several other languages spoken in Colombia.

              What does Columbia mean in English? ›

              Wiktionary. Columbianoun. America; the United States; an appellation given in honor of Columbus, the discoverer. Columbianoun. The female personification of the USA.

              Does Colombia have an accent? ›

              Perhaps one of the best-known Colombian accents, paisa is heard throughout much of the coffee-growing region including Antioquia, Risaralda, Quindío and Caldas. One of its most distinctive features is the phrasal intonation that drags out the end of a sentence in a most peculiar tonal rise and fall.

              Who is the goddess Columbia? ›

              Especially in the 19th century, Columbia was visualized as a goddess-like female national personification of the United States and of liberty itself, comparable to the British Britannia, the Italian Italia Turrita and the French Marianne, often seen in political cartoons of the 19th and early 20th century.

              What are Colombians proud of? ›

              Most Colombians are very proud of their country, especially in regard to its national soccer team, incredible natural treasures and indigenous roots.

              What kind of people are Colombians? ›

              The majority of Colombians identify as being of either European or of mixed European and American Indian ancestry. The ethnic diversity of Colombia is a result of interactions between indigenous peoples, Spanish colonizers, and African slaves. Colombia boasts an ethnic diversity of around 85 different ethnic groups.

              What is the happiest country in the world? ›

              Finland. For the fifth year in a row, Finland is number one when it comes to happiness.

              Are there any strange laws in Colombia? ›

              2. “Duty Before Life” It's the law in Colombia that all radio and public television broadcast companies play the national anthem twice a day – this is done at 6am (when it gets light) and 6pm (when it gets dark).

              Who is the coffee kid from Encanto? ›

              They consist of three kids living in the Encanto town: Juancho, who drinks coffee despite being young; Cecilia, who is the kindest and sweetest of her friends; and Alejandra, a noisy and rambunctious girl.

              What is coffee called in Colombia? ›

              Tinto, the Colombian term for black coffee, is the ever-present friend of Colombians. You'll find tinto on every city street corner, on every coffee farm, and you'll be served tinto every morning when you stay with a Colombian friend, at a hotel, or in a hostel.

              What are Colombian people called? ›

              Colombians (Spanish: Colombianos) are people identified with the country of Colombia. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Colombians, several (or all) of these connections exist and are collectively the source of their being Colombian.

              What is the race of a Colombian? ›

              Most of the population (over 86 percent) is either mestizo (having both Amerindian and white ancestry) or white. People of African (10.4 percent) and indigenous or Amerindian (over 3.4 percent) origin make up the rest of the Colombian population.

              What famous person was born in Colombia? ›

              1. SHAKIRA. Native artist from Barranquilla, Colombia. Internationally immortalized his famous song “The hips do not lie.” It is recognized for its concern for the education of children from the neediest strata of Colombia.

              How do you say sorry in Colombia? ›

              1) “Lo siento,” – said in a low tone, accompanied by a wide mouth grimace and a look of fear. Literal meaning: I'm sorry/I regret it.

              How do Colombians say goodbye? ›

              Neutral phrases to say bye

              Since you may use these phrases in formal or informal situations, here's where you can use the basics: Adios: Goodbye. Chao: Bye. Chao, cuidate: Bye, take care.

              What do you say to a Colombian girl? ›

              Colombia is salsa, good coffee, beautiful people, culture, and amazing biodiversity.
              ...
              Living and Loving In Colombia.
              SpanishEnglish
              ¡Qué bonito(a) eres!How cute you are
              Me gusta tu sonrisaI like your smile
              Me gustan tus ojosI like your eyes
              ¡Bailas muy bien¡You dance very well
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              How much is $1 US in Colombia? ›

              4,407.22 COP

              Is college free in Colombia? ›

              13. Basic education is free and compulsory (ages 5 to 15). 14. At the university level, fees are set according each student's socioeconomic background At public universities, tuition fees per semester can be about $1000 (US).

              How much is a drink in Colombia? ›

              Prices in restaurants in Colombia.
              Meal in a cheap restaurant12,000 COP (8,000-25,000)
              Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)8,000 COP (5,000-13,000)
              Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)2,600 COP (2,000-4,500)
              Water (0.33 liter bottle)2,100 COP (1,500-3,500)
              Cappuccino (regular)4,700 COP (2,500-8,000)
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              Is Colombia a poor or rich country? ›

              Colombia is classified as an upper middle-income economy and is one of Latin America's largest economies, according to the International Monetary Fund. The country's economy is shaped by its land and like many South American nations is based in its rich natural resources.

              Which is the only country named after Jesus? ›

              El Salvador/Jesus Christ: Literally translated, it means the savior — Jesus Christ.

              Who founded Colombia? ›

              After a couple of initial settlements in the early years of the sixteenth century that was short-lived, in 1525 a man named Rodrigo de Bastidas founded the first proper settlement in the territory: Santa Marta. The city is the oldest in Colombia that still remains today and the second oldest in South America.

              What is the national drink of Colombia? ›

              Guaro—the colloquial name for aguardiente—is Colombia's national spirit, distinct with its soft notes of anise layered over tropical fruit, and a perceivable sweetness.

              What alcohol do Colombians drink? ›

              Aguardiente, the national alcoholic beverage of Colombia, is lauded for its superior taste and smooth finish. This drink has been a part of Latin American culture for many years and remains significant in Latin American cultures today. Aguardiente, or firewater, is a Colombian liquor made from sugar cane and anise.

              What is the most popular drink in Colombia? ›

              Aguardiente

              Aguardiente, which means “fiery water” in English, is Colombia's most popular traditional tipple. It's an anise-flavored drink, made from sugarcane.

              What are three famous people from Colombia? ›

              • :: List of Famous People from Colombia ::
              • Fernando Botero. ...
              • Carlos Vives. ...
              • Shakira. ...
              • Juanes. ...
              • Gabriel Garcia Marquez. ...
              • Juan Pablo Montoya. ...
              • Edgar Renteria.

              Who invented arepa? ›

              "The arepa, which has pre-Columbian origin, originated from indigenous tribes in Colombia and Venezuela," said Ronald Patiño, manager at Noches de Colombia. Both countries make their arepas using corn dough, but the way in which they are served is what distinguishes one from the other.

              What percent of Colombians are younger than age 15? ›

              Demographics of Colombia
              Net migration rate−0.65 (2014)
              Age structure
              0–14 years22.5%
              15–64 years64.1%
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              What do Colombians do in their free time? ›

              In their free time, Colombians enjoy going to parks, movies, discos, and friend's houses. They also enjoy many festivals and carnivals throughout the year. These include the Carnaval de Blancos y Negros, Semana Santa (held during Holy Week), and Feria de las Flores.

              What is the hottest part of Colombia? ›

              Guaymaral, Colombia

              The average temperature there is 95 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the warmest site with a weather station in South America.

              What are some strange laws in Colombia? ›

              1. In Cali, Colombia, a woman may only have sex with her husband, and the first time this happens her mother must be in the room to witness the act.

              Are there any strange laws in Colombia? ›

              2. “Duty Before Life” It's the law in Colombia that all radio and public television broadcast companies play the national anthem twice a day – this is done at 6am (when it gets light) and 6pm (when it gets dark).

              Do Colombian kids drink coffee? ›

              Most Colombians, even children, drink coffee. But the rate of consumption is just half that of the United States and less than in many European countries. Colombians also prefer to drink their coffee cheap; they would never pay the $3.50 a cup charged by New York cafes.

              What is Columbia named after? ›

              The name Columbia, derived from explorer Christopher Columbus, was used during the American Revolution era as a patriotic reference for the United States (In 1871, the Territory of Columbia officially was renamed District of Columbia.)

              What can you not bring to Colombia? ›

              Vegetables, plants and plant materials are banned from entry. Meat and animal based foodstuffs are also banned from entry. Guns, explosives and ammunition are prohibited from being imported to this country without stated permission from Colombian authorities.

              How do you greet a Colombian woman? ›

              The formal title to greet people is 'señor' (mister) for men and 'señora' (missus) for women.

              Is Uber illegal in Colombia? ›

              Renting cars is entirely legal, and Uber came up with a new business model that allowed users to rent a vehicle with a driver. The court decision was soon overturned, but Uber remains illegal.

              How is jail in Colombia? ›

              The Colombian prison system is known to be very overcrowded. Overcrowded prisons infer and amplify broader social issues. These prison environments amplify the spread of infectious diseases like HIV, tuberculosis and, most recently, COVID-19.

              Are drugs legal in Colombia? ›

              Colombia. In 2009, Colombia's Supreme Court ruled that possession of illegal drugs for personal use is not a criminal offense, citing a 1994 decision by the country's Constitutional Court.

              What do Colombians eat on New Year's? ›

              As the clock strikes midnight on 1 January, it's tradition to eat a grape and make a wish for each chime of the clock. 12 grapes in as many seconds is no easy task, so careful chewing is advised.

              At what age do Colombians drink coffee? ›

              50% of Colombian population started taking coffee at the age of 10. We have always been grateful to our mothers and grandmothers who made us smile in the morning with a mild cup of coffee. 7.

              What do people eat for breakfast in Columbia? ›

              While the Colombian traditional breakfast is fading away in some places due to the nature of modern lifestyles, many Colombians continue to eat traditional regional breakfasts which can include tamales (Tolima, Bogotá, Boyacá), hot chocolate with cheese and artisanal breads (interior departments), changua (a milk and ...

              Can you drink in public in Colombia? ›

              However, strictly speaking, drinking in public is illegal, and the decision about whether to enforce the law is entirely at the discretion of the officers in question.

              What is Colombia's nickname? ›

              Colombia is nicknamed the "gateway to South America" because it sits in the northwestern part of the continent where South America connects with Central and North America.

              Is Columbia a goddess? ›

              Is Columbia a Goddess? While she's often called “Goddess Columbia”, Columbia doesn't belong to any religion. No one really claims that she has godhood either – she is just a symbol of the New World and the European colonies in it.

              What was Colombia's original name? ›

              From 1830 to 1856, the country was known as New Granada, and from 1856 to 1863, it was known as the Grenadine Confederation. The country became the United States of Colombia in 1863, and it changed its name to the Republic of Colombia in 1886.

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