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7 Things You Didn’t Know Yet About Colombia

For me, Colombia is one of the most exciting, and all encompassing, travel destinations on the planet, its got pretty much everything, so can satisfy the desires of every type of traveller.

As the only South American country to border both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts you can find a whole host of exquisite beaches, plus sections of the Amazon rainforest, snow capped mountain ranges, large modern cities and traditional villages high in the wilderness.

The country has fought against stigma and bad times, but conditions have vastly improved over the past few years, so much so, that Colombia is now just as safe to travel to and around, as the other, more well known, traveller favourites of Peru, Brazil and Argentina.

Take your pick of Colombia's array of beaches on the Pacific or Caribbean coast.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Colombia

It’s a Nature Haven

As you would probably expect from a country that boasts such a hugely diverse array of landscapes, Colombia is home to many different species of plant and wildlife. In fact, per square foot, it’s the most bio-diverse country in the world.

For example, there are more species of bird and frog in Colombia then anywhere else in the world, as well as over 2000 species of plant that haven’t even been identified and named yet!

Take a trip such as The Lost City Trek which will take you into the famous Amazon rainforest and help you see just a few of them.

Colombia is the most bio-diverse country in the world - official!

It’s Green

And this time I’m not talking about the rainforest. Colombians get around 70% of their electricity from hydropower. The natural rivers and winds create enough power to supply more than double the countries electricity needs.

It’s full of adventure

It may be only just starting out, but Colombia’s adventure sports industry is about to boom. It’s already gaining an established and respected reputation among thrill seekers as the place to go for new and exciting adventure opportunities.

Try your hand at kite-surfing, paragliding, trekking, sailing, abseiling, canoeing, mountain biking as well as incredible diving and snorkelling in the most amazing setting.

You Can Watch a Whale (or 10)

In a country that, on one side, boarders the Caribbean Sea, you may not expect to be able to watch whales however you’d be wrong. Between July and November, it’s possible to see Humpback whales on their journey from the chilly South Pole (understatement of the year) as they migrate to the, much warmer, Colombian Pacific Ocean.

They’re happy to have finally finished their journey, and they show it. Time it right and you’ll be able to see the males bouncing in and out of the water as they try to impress the females.

For the best seat in the house, head to Bahia Solano in Colombia’s Chocó Department, not too far from the border with Panama.

Take a peek into the world of one of natures giant off the coast of Bahia Solano.

The Food is Delish

Back in 2005 the Colombian town of Popayán, also known as the ‘white city’ that lies to the Southwest of capital Bogota, was the first place in the world to be declared a City of Gastronomy by UNESCO.

As you would probably guess, that basically means that they produce some pretty incredible cuisine that has impressed the most well travelled, and well fed, connoisseurs.

Some of the award winning foods you can try include pipian (a spicy sauce made of pumpkin seeds and chilli) and usually served with empanadas de pipian (mini pasty shaped snacks made from maize, potatoes and peanuts), carantanta soup (pork soup) and champús (a fruit drink).

It has magic healing qualities

Well, kind of. Around 30 miles outside of the beautiful colonial town of Cartagena is Volcán de Lodo El Totumo, a natural volcanic spa that is a proven healing remedy to help you get smooth, healthy skin – especially exciting if you’ve been travelling for months!

The spa is actually a big pool of mud at the top of a volcano in the principality of Santa Catalina. Once you climb the hill to the top of the crater the mud you’ll find is said to remove toxins and heal your skin with its sulphates, phosphates and magnesium properties.

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