the most northern
reaching country in south america incredibly diverse.
It's Capital Bogota populated by 6 million people
has a lower crime rate than most
large cities of its kind.
The cultural hub, nicknamed the "Athens of Latin
round entertainment in arts, theater, museums, compiles a bit of everything
want in higher entertainment. Not very
warm but dam shinny and fun.
the temperature in each region of the country varies
so does it's people
cold icy mountaints populated by a few shy indian farmers and lonely Park rangers (Sierra Nevada de Santa
Marta), to scorching hot dessert splashed by the caribbean and some very
(Guajira), (Tayrona national Park) sorounded
by imposing arqueological finds humid tropical jungle and pristine beaches. All within a couple hours drive. Warm old colonial and cosmopolitan cities inhabited bye some of the loudest, most
effusive & downright
in the country(Cartagena, Barranquilla, Santa
Marta)=These are the Costeños, living on the Atlantic coast line.
the coffe axis of Colombia
, come some of the smartest people
on earth. You can probably
find one in every city of the world. The Paisas, originary from Antioquia
(Coffe and Orquids export, home of the infamous
Pablo Escobar) and its capital Medellin, The Paisas are quick witted, savy, funny, respectfull but impulsive, sentimental, strong, curiuos and inventive. In business and everyday life
they will make
adrenaline flow and get things done right. But look out! for any street vendor could
undies off and make
you buy a bridge
Other well known colombians
include: the Pastusos, famed in jokes for their
naivete; the Caleños, hot blodded and skillfull dancers with
a tropical view of life
; my own people
the San Andreans
who live in islands
not far off the coast of Nicargua and speak good English
, bad English
and Spanish as a second language
Everything varies from
temperature to temperament, language
to accent to build, color, taste, food...
45,600,000 numbers Colombia
's population. Not evenly distributed, most Colombians
living in the mountainous western portion of the country as well as the northern
coastline. The Southern
and Eastern portions of the country are mostly sparsely inhabited tropical rainforest and inland tropical plains containing small farming towns
and indigenous comunnities.
is low-intensity conflict involving rebel guerrilla groups, paramilitary militias, drug trafficking and corruption. The conflict originated around 1964-1966, when the FARC and the ELN were founded and began their
guerrilla insurgency campaigns against successive Colombian government
administrations. It worsened with
the birth of drug traffic and it's increasing socioeconomical
demands. The societal
structure is now unbalanced. Affecting
directly and specially the lower class and the political and economical every day life
is poverty, crime and war in many rural
trust politicians (who does?) or the armed forces and the public eye is jaundiced toward any power structure and have
no qualms to make
fun of them. In many rural
areas you will here coments like
: guerilla, armed forces, paras
(paramilitars) they are all the same!.
As is expected in any country with
these issues there
is danger. So while traveling by road is relatively safe it's not so much for the very caucasian
or asian who usually
stick out like
a sore tumb in rural
the people abducted
for ransom are employees of international organizations or oil companies.
Corrupt oficials are rumored to sell info
and guerrilla in order to locate
high paying victims.
Drugs are not as free flying in urban aereas as in first world countries. Drugs are processed mostly in the bush and jungle land. Colombia
is well known for its illegal export of cocain, infamous
drugs lords, corrupt officials and the guerrilla groups.
where access is difficult augment poverty and crime, although poverty is not the factoring cause of major
kidnappings, it's mostly organized crime rather than poor people
just looking to survive.
As in any country no matter
how advanced, be adviced to keep your
eyes open and find out before hand
where it's safe to travel.
Colombian best known symbol is Juan Valdez, this
and his mule loaded with
logo is recognizable world wide.
are many reasons why judging Colombia
by the media is wrong, (As mentioned before in the Mr. & Mrs Smith example) But It's understandable just like
we all judge other countries from
what we see on CNN. Im sure the US is not chuck full of gun totting psico's and rapists, Paris Hilton's, OJ Simpsons, G. Bushes...