Country of the Week: Colombia



The South American country of Colombia has so many festivals and interesting locales that can make for a wonderful place to set your sights on when it comes to your next vacation trip.
ContinentSouth America

Other namesRepública de Colombia

CapitalBogota

Most populous cityBogota

Language(s)Spanish, Amerindian languages, Creole languages, Romani language

Current political leader: President: Iván Duque Márquez

CurrencyColombian peso

Major ReligionsRoman Catholic

National costumeLa Pollera Colora, Ruana

National symbolCoat of Arms: At the top of the Coat of Arms is the Andean Condor. The shield of the Coat of Arms is divided into three sections: the base with the Isthmus of Panam, the middle section witha Phrygian cap for freedom,and the top section with a pomegranate along with two cornucopia, a colonial symbol for the Viceroyalty of New Grenada.
Behind the shield is a sail made from the Colombian flag, drapped over spears. Above the shield are the words "Libertad Y Orden" meaning "Liberty and Order". Flower: Cattleya Trianae (May Flower) Motto: "Libertad y Orden" "Liberty and Order" Tree: Wax Palm Tree
Famous landmarkMonserrate, Plaza de Las Esculturas, Fort of San Felipe, El Cabo, Cocora Valley, Santa Cruz de Mompox, Coffee Triangle, Zipaquira Salt Cathedral

Movies filmed on-location Mile 22, Orbiter 9, Sniper: Ultimate Kill, Triple Frontier

ClimateIn parts of the country, there are strong tropical climates that can be felt (around 86% of the country). But this doesn't necessarily mean the climate is uniformly warm. Some of the chillier climates can be experiences in cities like Medellín or Bogotá, but that isn't saying much when it comes to a tropical country.

Popular festivals: Carnival of Barranquila, Feria de las Flores, Carnaval de negros y blancos, Feria de Cali, Barranquilla Carnival

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Monthly Trivia: November