Life in Colombia
* Colombia is located in northwestern South America; bordered by Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Panama. Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America with a population of 44.91 million.
* Colombia is rich in natural resources, and its main exports include petroleum, coal, coffee and other agricultural products, and gold. Colombian is known as the world´s leading source of emeralds, and 70% of cut flowers imported by the United States are Colombian.
* For many years Colombia´s internal armed conflict and official travel warnings prevented tourists and students from visiting Colombia. However, today foreign students are encouraged to travel to Colombia as the security issues have improved with police presence, and most of the country is considered safe to visit.
* Colombia has numerous places worth discovering, as its diversity is always surprising. You will find colonial cities, modern cities with skyscrapers and nightclubs, coffee plantations, beautiful Caribbean beaches, Amazon safaris, surfing, scuba diving, hiking and whale watching.
* Colombia is considered the second richest country in the world in biodiversity. 49% of Colombia´s total land mass is covered by forests that house 10% of the world’s biodiversity.
* Colombian cuisine is diverse and varies depending on the region of Colombia. Some typical main dishes are: Ajiaco, Bandeja Paisa, Fritanga, Puchero, Empanadas, Tamal, Sancocho, Sobrebarriga and Lechona.
* The Colombian currency is the Colombian Peso. There are paper notes (bills) in the following denominations: $1.000, $2,000, $5,000, $10,000, $20,000 and $50,000.
* The Capital City of Colombia is Bogotá, located near the geographical center of Colombia, on a high plateau in the Andes Mountains. It is the third highest mayor city in the world, with an altitude of 2,640 meters (8661 ft) above sea level. It has a population of 7.881.156 (2005 census).
* The average temperature in Bogotá is 14°C, varying from 3°C to 25°C. Dry and rainy seasons alternate throughout the year; hailstorms are common during the rainy season.
* Bogotá has 58 museums, 62 art galleries, 45 stage theatres, 33 library networks and 75 sports and attraction parks.