We find very difficult to capture in words the essence of Colombia and its culture. After many years of crime and violence, Colombia has started a transformation to become a new land full of hope ready to be explored. This diverse country located at the equator with coasts in both the Atlantic and Pacific is one of the most developed countries in Latin America and has plenty of culture, history and nature to offer to anyone who wants to explore a different destination for their next holiday
Here we have selected some of the most characteristic features of Colombia that may help you to get a general idea of how this country is:
Variety of weathers:
As a country located on the Equator, Colombia’s weather is mostly influenced by the altitude and there are no strongly defined seasons. This means pretty much any time of the year is good to travel there. The presence of mountains, plains, jungles and beaches in Colombia means that you can enjoy different weathers depending on where you go in the country; for instance, “Autumn” in Bogota, at 2600m above the sea level, with an average temperature of 14oC, an eternal “Spring” in Medellin, at 1494m, with a temperature of 22oC, “Summer” at the sunny beaches in the Caribbean and Pacific or our own version of “Winter” in the cold snow of the highest peaks in the country: “El Nevado del Ruiz” and “La Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta”.
An incredible diversity of landscapes, fauna and flora:
Colombia is divided by three branches of The Andes and has coastlines on both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea; this combination provides a colourful mix of sceneries.
On the north by the Caribbean Sea, the landscape varies from sandy beaches along the coast to the rainforest of the “Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta" and to the immaculate collision of desert and sea in “La Guajira”, the Colombia’s northernmost point.
Central Colombia's landscape is dominated by its cool mountains, green valleys and active volcanoes; plains and deserts can be found towards the East of the country and the rainforest in the south. This singular combination of landscapes and weathers makes Colombia the country with the highest biodiversity of fauna and flora per square kilometre on the planet.
A variety of traditions and carnivals:
In Colombia there are as many fairs as days in the calendar. As a traditionally catholic country, each town has its own patron saint celebration on which certain days are consecrated to the Virgin or devoted saint. But not every celebration is for religion reasons; it could be also in honour of downpours, food (i.e. potatoes, onions, etc) or animals like donkeys or alligators. The truth is, it does not matter what the reason is, as long as we can get together to celebrate and enjoy the best of the traditions, music and gastronomy of each village, town or city.