Colombia is a badly potrayed country, half the definitions have arguing Americans and Colombians. I'm British, lived there for 6 years and explored it all, as any country it has it's crime rate, it has it's faults, but to instantly label it as the most dangerous is due to ignorance and false potrayal by everyone. Colombian day to day life is like that of any South American country, the poor get on with their lives, the rich get on with their lives and the guerilla try to screw everything up. Bogota is a beautiful capital city, Medellin has some nice areas and Cali is truly the home of salsa. Santa Marta on the coast has beautiful beaches and magnificient snow covered mountains. It is misguided for anyone to say that no one in Colombia consumes narcotics, in every country there are those who do, it just happens to be that in Colombia las FARC turned production into a business, however this doesn't at all help the country as they evade taxation and take land from the farmers.
It is also unwise to say that all those kidnapped are American. How many Colombians have not been kidnapped? I was present for the rescue of Ingrid Betancourt (probably most hated woman in the country) which was an amazing achievement, and she is Colombian, no matter how French she wants to be.

To finish off, Americans need to get a hold of themselves, no one is out to get them, you're not important enough for people to do that.
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describes perfectly the beauty that Colombia holds, sadly it's only in Spanish.
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People who have never been to Colombia need to realize that their comments are only based on ignorance and what the media has fed them. Mr.Valdez and Mr.Escobar are not the only people to come out of the country. People, like the Idiot that came up with definition #6 of Colombia, were probably dumped by a hot colombian chick because of performance reasons, and now refer to them as stuck up. Colombia is filled with rolling green mountains, beautiful flowers, oceans, emeralds, culture, fantastic food and gorgeous kind men and WOMEN!
Nelly couldn't perform in bed so the hot Colombian chick told him to take a hike.
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Country poorly portrayed in the film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith": helicopters bombing Bogotá, an apocalyptic scenario with houses on fire, illustrating the capital as a rural little town with no buildings or evidence of any urban development. Hotels with fans give the idea of an unbearable heat, even though Bogotá is 2640 meters (8661 feet) above sea level. No pavement on the streets and a bar filled with rioted chicken. The actors who play the part of the police men in this Colombia deplorable cartoon wear weird uniforms and speak with Mexican/Caribbean accents even though Bogotá is not anywhere near the coast and some Colombian regions are recognized for having one of the best Spanish in Central and South America, and are even criticized/made fun of by the rest of the country for having a somewhat stiff accent.

Less than four weeks after its release in Colombia, the General Secretary of the City Hall, Enrique Borda, sent a letter of protest to the director Doug Liman. In the letter he states that "It is evidenced, beyond any doubt, that the director and his production crew show a total level of ignorance by portraying (the city) as incipient (...), primitive, with scarce hotel infrastructure, dominated by poverty, depressed, disorganized, with high levels of violence; in conclusion, totally chaotic and not attractive at all". Borda also points out in his text that Colombia was awarded with the title of "City of Peace" by the Unión de Ciudades Capitales Iberoamericanas (UCCI) and was declared "World Book Capital 2007" by UNESCO.
Doug Liman should have done a Google search.

Colombia is the shit!
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the greatest country in the world with the hottest girls.
Person 1: Colombia is the shit!
Person 2: Hell yeah! There are so many hot girls there!
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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 America". Year round entertainment in arts, theater, museums, compiles a bit of everything you could want in higher entertainment. Not very warm but dam shinny and fun.

Just like the temperature in each region of the country varies so does it's people.

From very 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 unique people (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 nosiest people in the country(Cartagena, Barranquilla, Santa Marta)=These are the Costeños, living on the Atlantic coast line.

From 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 con your undies off and make you buy a bridge or two.

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.
Currently there 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.

There is poverty, crime and war in many rural aereas.
Nobody really 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 areas. Usually the people abducted for ransom are employees of international organizations or oil companies.
Corrupt oficials are rumored to sell info to criminals 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.
Rural towns where access is difficult augment poverty and crime, although poverty is not the factoring cause of major crimes like 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 mustached paisa and his mule loaded with coffe. This logo is recognizable world wide.
There 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...
Colombians are among the most diverse and occidentalized latin americans.
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A country in which most people are proud of. Colombia is known for having the most beautiful people, they are known for coffee, emeralds, flowers, and many other things such as their amazing food and their dancing. Colombia is also known to have "the happiest people in the world," but that's not exactly true, we would rather be called the most "cheerful".

We love to dance, whether it be Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Vallenato, et. al. We take pride in our dancing and our music. We also take pride in our athletes, especially considering that we have on of the best soccer teams in the world. We also have many outstanding athletes such as Caterine Ibargüen and Nairo Quintana who hold world records.

Sometimes you may hear "No wonder you're so beautiful" when you say you're Colombian, the reason is because Colombia has some of the most beautiful women in the world. Take for example Shakira, Sofia Vergara, Catherine Siachoque, or Carmen Villalobos. We also have some attractive men, such as Fabian Rios, James Rodriguez, or Maluma.
"Did you see Colombia play in the World Cup back in 2014?"
"Damn she's gorgeous.. She had to be from Colombia.."
"I wanna go visit Colombia."
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The best place on earth, it is near the equator and Is hot 24/7. You should live there.
Person 1: Guess where I’m going on vacation to
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