Colombia is a transcontinental country located in the northwest of South America, with territories in Central America, and is officially known as the Republic of Colombia. It shares its border with Panama to the northwest, Brazil and Venezuela to the east, Ecuador and Peru to the south. It is distinguished for being the only South American country sharing coastal boundaries with the Caribbean Sea and North Pacific Ocean.
Leading the list of tourist attractions in the country is the stunning Caño Cristales River. It is a unique natural wonder owing to its unusual combination of beautiful colors like blue, yellow, green, black and particularly the red color from the sub-aquatic plant called Macarenia Clavigera. Colonial Cartagena is one of South America’s most picturesque cities and an essential visit on any tour to Colombia. Bogota - the capital has much to allure its visitors, including a planetarium, gold museum, botanical gardens, cultural events and a thriving nightlife. Deem your trip incomplete if you don't visit the Mt. Monserrate mountains and the famous Salt Cathedral- a salt mine converted into a church. For nature lovers, a visit to the Tayrona National Natural Park is a must.
La Guajira with its desert and alien landscapes, proud heritage, and traditions of its indigenous inhabitants is one of the most interesting tourist spots in the country. Mompox is a Colombian town distinguished for its architecture, culture and its great natural landscapes. Colombia's coffee region is also named the Coffee Triangle. This fertile region, located in the heart of the Andes, is where a majority of the famous Colombian coffee is produced.
Colombian food is very diverse, each region of the country having its characteristic dishes. This cuisine offers dishes that have been influenced by not only indigenous Colombian culture but Spanish, African and Arab cultures as well. Colombian food is versatile, full of flavors, colors, and comfort. Naming a few - Bandeja Paisa is the national dish, and the other prominent ones include Ajiaco, Asado Bogotano, Changua, and Sancocho.
Be it the unblemished beauty of its surroundings, rare species of wild animals, beautiful landscapes, the country has it all! Also known for its emeralds and high-quality coffee, Colombia should unquestionably be your next vacation destination.
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